Biscuitville Founder Maurice Jennings Sr. Dies at 86

Greensboro, N.C. — Biscuitville founder Maurice Neuborne Jennings passed away on September 19, having spent his last days surrounded by his family. He was 86. Jennings founded Biscuitville in 1966 first as Pizzaville, which became a community favorite pizza restaurant.

Beloved D.C. Eatery, Bob & Edith’s Diner, Plans National Expansion

Arlington, Va. — Bob & Edith’s Diner, an iconic Washington, D.C., eatery beloved by celebrities and locals alike, recently opened its fifth corporate location in Arlington, Va., despite COVID-19-related delays. The new location welcomed more customers than anticipated in its

Hurricane Grill & Wings Makes Debut in California

Chula Vista, Calif. — FAT (Fresh. Authentic. Tasty.) Brands Inc., parent company of Hurricane Grill & Wings and eight other restaurant concepts, has opened Hurricane Grill & Wings in Chula Vista, Calif. This marks the restaurant brand’s first location in

Darden Restaurants Reports 28.4% Slide in Fiscal First-Quarter Sales

Orlando, Fla. — Darden Restaurants Inc. has reported its sales fell 28.4% in its fiscal first quarter, which ended Aug. 30. The Orlando, Fla.-based company owns restaurant brands including Olive Garden, LongHorn Steakhouse, Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen, Yard House, The Capital

Rodeo 39 Public Market to Open in October in Southern California

Orange County, Calif. — Rodeo 39 Public Market will be Southern California’s newest culinary and community experience when it opens in mid-October. Not your typical food hall, Rodeo 39 features expansive hangar doors that open up for an inside/outside setting,

Jamba to Open 50 Units in Japan by 2025

Atlanta — Jamba®, a global lifestyle brand leader, has signed a 50-unit deal to expand in Japan. With two Tokyo locations now open, ADASTRIA eat Creations Inc. — a subsidiary of one of the largest fashion and apparel companies in

Iowa’s First Non-Alcoholic Bar Opens in Davenport

Davenport, Iowa — The state of Iowa’s first and only non-alcoholic bar called Unimpaired, located at 246 W. 3rd St. in the heart of downtown Davenport, has now opened. Unimpaired’s mission is to provide excellent customer service with the highest

Slim Chickens Inks 10-Unit Franchise Agreement in Tennessee

Chattanooga, Tenn. — Slim Chickens, a leading fast-casual franchise in the “better chicken” segment, has inked a deal that will bring 10 locations to cities throughout Tennessee. The Davis Group, which consists of Scott, Ricky and Cody Davis, will bring

Papa John’s Plans New Global Headquarters in Atlanta Area

Louisville, Ky. — Papa John’s International, Inc. plans to open a new global headquarters in metropolitan Atlanta, where menu innovation; marketing; customer experience; HR; diversity, equity and inclusion; communications; and development functions will be located. IT, supply chain and legal

Taco John’s Enjoys 4 Months of Sales Growth

Cheyenne, Wyo. — Taco John’s International Inc., a leading quick-service Mexican franchise, announced that same-store sales are up at the brand for the third month in a row. From May through August, comp sales were up by an average of

Juice It Up! Appoints Franchise Veteran to Advance Operations

Irvine, Calif. — Juice It Up!, one of the nation’s leading handcrafted smoothie, açaí bowl and raw juice chains, has appointed Carlo Verdugo as director of operations and business development. An industry veteran with nearly two decades of franchise experience,

Del Taco Restaurants Names New Vice President, Marketing Technology

Lake Forest, Calif. — Del Taco Restaurants, Inc., the nation’s second-largest Mexican quick-service restaurant*, has appointed Erin Levzow to the new position of vice president, marketing technology. Levzow brings a wide breadth of experience in marketing, marketing technology, mobile apps

Teriyaki Madness Plans First Locations in Wisconsin

Milwaukee — Seattle-style teriyaki restaurant Teriyaki Madness is planning its first foray into Wisconsin, with five new locations set to open by the end of 2020, plus a sixth in Illinois. The first shop will open at 920 S. Moorland

Chicken Salad Chick to Open First Restaurant in Raleigh Area

Auburn, Ala. — Chicken Salad Chick, a Southern-inspired, fast-casual chicken salad restaurant concept, will be expanding in North Carolina with its newest restaurant in Cary. Marking the brand’s first restaurant in the greater Raleigh area and first in the Triangle

Top Chef Winner to Debut New Restaurant in Chicago

Chicago — Top Chef winner and former executive chef of Michelin-starred Spiaggia and Café Spiaggia Joe Flamm will open his debut restaurant in Chicago’s Fulton Market District in early 2021. The highly anticipated restaurant will be named Rose Mary. “Rose

Penn Station East Coast Subs Updates Restaurant Design

Milford, Ohio — Penn Station East Coast Subs is updating its 35-year-old brand with the rollout of PS 2020, which includes a restaurant redesign and certain menu changes and additions. The first restaurants with the new menu and design opened

NYC’s Mamoun’s Falafel Plans 25 New Units Across New Jersey

East Rutherford, N.J. — Mamoun’s Falafel, New York City’s oldest falafel restaurant and the fastest growing Middle Eastern restaurant chain in North America, has opened a new location in East Rutherford, N.J. It is the fourth of 25 Mamoun’s Falafel

Mountain Mike’s Pizza Debuts New Restaurant Design

Newport Beach, Calif. — Mountain Mike’s Pizza, a leading family-style pizza chain for over 40 years, has opened its Newport Beach/Mesa, Calif., location, the first to showcase the brand’s completely updated restaurant design and refreshed guest experience. Located on the border of Costa

Relevant Risk

— By Crystal Jacobs — Restaurant cybersecurity and cyber insurance are more relevant than ever as online orders boom amid COVID-19.   As the Covid-19 viral pandemic continues to cause major disruptions throughout the global economy, countless restaurants across the

Restaurant Technologies Hires Former HR Chief at Caribou Coffee

Minneapolis — Alissa Partee has joined Restaurant Technologies as chief people officer. Her role at Restaurant Technologies, the top provider of foodservice cooking oil and hood and flue management solutions, will be to lead human resources and expand upon the

Ziggi’s Coffee to Open its First Location in Texas

Longmont, Colo. — Ziggi’s Coffee, which was recently ranked on the Inc. 5000 list of fastest growing private companies, has signed an agreement with new franchisees David and Amber King to open the company’s first unit in the state of

Dickey’s Barbecue Pit Launches Virtual Kitchens as New Franchise Opportunity

Dallas — Dickey’s Barbecue Pit is expanding its franchise opportunities to feature another non-traditional franchise model: virtual kitchens. The barbecue franchise has executed area development agreements to bring more of Dickey’s slow-smoked, Texas-style barbecue to Chicago, Houston and Orlando, as