Potbelly Launches Potbelly Pantry to Make Sandwiches at Home

Chicago — On April 6, 2020, Potbelly Sandwich Shop launched Potbelly Pantry, which allows fans to stock up on their favorite Potbelly staples, like its famous hot peppers, fresh hand-sliced meats, cheeses, breads and even pre-portioned A Wreck® and Italian

Ready Launches Virtual Kiosks for Safe On-Premise Pickup Food Ordering

Vancouver, B.C. — Ready, a financial technology company that offers seamless self-pay and food ordering solutions to hospitality venues across North America, launches its “virtual ordering kiosks” to businesses that have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, waiving its standard

Yum! Brands Implements Next Phase of COVID-19 Response

Louisville, Ky. — Yum! Brands, Inc. has provided an update on the next phase of its response to the COVID-19 pandemic. “Working together, we can limit the spread of COVID-19 while offering convenient, affordable food in a low contact environment,”

Yum! Brands Completes Acquisition of The Habit Restaurants, Inc.

Louisville, Ky. — Yum! Brands, Inc. has acquired The Habit Restaurants, Inc., following the approval by The Habit Burger Grill stockholders. The transaction marks the addition of the first fast-casual concept to Yum! Brands’ portfolio of iconic global restaurant brands.

Twin Peaks Reopens in Austin, Texas, After Remodel

Austin, Texas — The first Twin Peaks restaurant in the Austin area, which originally opened in 2007, got a lift and reopened its doors with a fresh new look on March 7, 2020. Since that time, due to COVID-19 concerns,

Jersey Mike’s Plans 17 New Restaurants in the DMV

Washington, D.C. — Jersey Mike’s Subs has been rapidly expanding throughout the Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia (“DMV”) region with the help of real estate partner KLNB. In total, KLNB has closed 17 deals for Jersey Mike’s across the DMV

GFG Bakery-Café is Opening its First Franchise Location

Philadelphia — Greek from Greece (GFG) Bakery-Café, the authentic Greek fast-casual phenomenon, has finalized a deal to open its first franchise location. Franchisee Dimitri Gouliaberis plans to open the new location this summer at a site near Drexel University in

Farmer Boys Celebrates 100th Restaurant Opening

Perris, Calif. — Farmer Boys, the Southern California-based fast casual concept known for its award-winning burgers and exceptional service, is celebrating the grand opening of its Perris, Calif., restaurant this month. This marks the company’s 100th restaurant. “Almost 40 years

TravelCenters of America Inc. Appoints EVP, CFO and Treasurer

Westlake, Ohio — TravelCenters of America Inc. (TA) has appointed Peter J. Crage as executive vice president, chief financial officer and treasurer, effective immediately. Crage succeeds William E. Myers, who has resigned from the company. “Peter joins TA with experience

Taco John’s Appoints Vice President for Franchise Development

Cheyenne, Wyo. — Taco John’s International Inc., a leading quick-service Mexican franchise, has appointed Brooks Speirs as vice president for franchise development. In his new role, Speirs will oversee all elements of franchise development for the legacy brand. As Taco

Golden Corral Unveils Newly Remodeled Restaurant

Richmond, Ind. — The Golden Corral in Richmond, Ind., recently underwent a comprehensive remodel and reopened with an all-new look and feel on February 27. Located at 3625 East Main St., the restaurant now features Golden Corral’s new prototype design

Slim Chickens to Open More Than 30 Restaurants in 2020

Fayetteville, Ark. — Slim Chickens, which features dine-in and drive-thru in the “better chicken” segment, plans to open more than 30 restaurants in 2020 alone. Franchise locations are slated to open in new domestic markets including Maryland, New Jersey, Florida

FRONTIER Building Completes KFC Renovation After Fire

Miami — FRONTIER Building has completed the post-fire renovation of Kentucky Fried Chicken in Kimball, Tenn., which will restore more than 20 jobs in the community. In June 2019, the fast-casual establishment was destroyed by an overnight fire and was

Mountain Mike’s Pizza Expands in Orange County with New Prototype

Newport Beach, Calif. — Mountain Mike’s Pizza, a leading Southern California-based family-style pizza chain, will open two new restaurants featuring the brand’s updated prototype and refreshed guest experience this spring in Costa Mesa and Fountain Valley, Calif. The decision to

Second Century Growth

— Interview by Katie Lee —   As A&W approaches the second year of its second century of operation, it looks to a promising future while also honoring its iconic past.   With almost 1,000 locations open in the U.S.

MOOYAH Burgers, Fries & Shakes Plans 14 New Locations in 2020

Dallas — MOOYAH Burgers Fries & Shakes, a “better burger” fast-casual franchise, plans continued expansion into new markets and a revamped restaurant model. In 2020, MOOYAH will be opening 14 new locations, all of which will feature the new prototype

Slim Chickens to Open First Florida Locations in the Spring

Panama City, Fla. — Slim Chickens, a leading fast-casual franchise which features dine-in and drive-through in the “better chicken” segment, plans to open its first location in Florida in the spring. The forthcoming restaurant, which will be in Panama City,