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Coeur d’Alene, Idaho — Pita Pit, a Mediterranean fast-casual brand specializing in made-to-order pita sandwiches, has rolled out a nationwide brand refresh. The refresh introduces new features, such as a modernized restaurant design and drive-thru business model, reimagined menu, technological upgrades and a new logo. Pita Pit’s rebrand is a key component in the company’s growth strategy. The new drive-thru model allows franchise partners more real estate options, as the smaller footprint of about 800 to 1,000 square feet can flex to fit into a variety of layouts that fit …

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Atlanta — Papa John’s International, Inc. plans to open 50 new restaurants by 2028 in partnership with franchisee Nadeem Bajwa and his company, The Bajco Group, which has grown over the past 20 years to become one of Papa Johns largest domestic franchisees. Furthering Bajwa’s goal to own 500 Papa Johns restaurants, the new agreement will expand the Papa Johns footprint in The Bajco Group’s existing markets across the Midwest and in Arizona, Pennsylvania and Florida, adding to the more than 200 restaurants the franchisee and his team currently operate. …

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Wichita, Kan. — Fast-casual restaurant concept Freddy’s has opened its newest location in Gerald R. Ford International Airport (GRR) in Grand Rapids, Mich., adding to its existing four restaurants in the market. Owned and operated by North American travel retailer Paradies Lagardère, the GRR opening marks Freddy’s second airport location, having debuted its first airport unit in Oklahoma City in 2022. In addition, Freddy’s plans to open in the Salt Lake City International Airport by year-end and is continuing to identify growth opportunities in non-traditional spaces, including stadiums, college campuses, …

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Los Angeles — FAT (Fresh. Authentic. Tasty.) Brands Inc., parent company of Fazoli’s and 17 other restaurant concepts, has inked a new development deal with franchisee Briwin Restaurants Inc. to bring 25 Fazoli’s locations to Canada over the next 10 years. The first units are expected to open in 2025 in the province of Alberta. “Fazoli’s has enjoyed tremendous success expanding domestically, operating in 26 states with over 200 locations, and is now well positioned to make its international debut,” says Taylor Wiederhorn, chief development officer of FAT Brands. “At …

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New York City — Just Salad, the fast-casual restaurant chain with a mission to make everyday health and sustainability possible, has appointed Andrew Marsallo as the company’s director of real estate. He will be responsible for managing Just Salad’s rapidly growing real estate pipeline, with a particular focus on the chain’s growth in both existing and new markets. Marsallo joins the company from Shake Shack. “We are thrilled to welcome Andrew Marsallo to the Just Salad team as our new director of real estate,” says Nick Kenner, founder and CEO …

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— By Herschel Pazornick — Turning to design and technology to streamline restaurant operations. There are numerous reasons restaurant operators prioritize streamlining operations. The main reason being that efficient and effective operations are crucial to long term success. Staying ahead of technology, incorporating the latest innovations and being mindful of space layout can lead to faster service and reduced wait times for customers. Here are a few ways operators can streamline operations: Keeping Design in Mind To optimize speed of service, kitchens should be designed mindfully to allow chefs to …

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New York City – BurgerFi® is reopening in the heart of New York City on April 4 with the unveiling of its highly-anticipated Better Burger Lab™ on the Upper East Side. The Better Burger Lab is the first of its kind for the brand, bringing guests a delicious and unique experience where they can taste-test products — and provide feedback — that will not be available elsewhere. “We know, as a brand, that guests are looking for unique dining experiences, which means we need to go where the guest is …

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Minneapolis — Restaurant Technologies broke its own sustainability record by recycling and converting more than 314 million pounds of used cooking oil (UCO) into renewable diesel or biodiesel in 2023, breaking the record set in 2022 by 25 million pounds. The company continues to help its 40,000 customers nationwide be more sustainable and reach their Environmental, Social, Governance (ESG) goals to create a cleaner, more livable planet. With the support of renewable energy partners such as Chevron Renewable Energy Group, Restaurant Technologies converts 100% of UCO collected into renewable diesel …

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Tampa, Fla. — Pups Pub, a popular off-leash, indoor and outdoor dog sports bar with two locations in Florida, is launching a strategic franchise initiative, signaling a bold move toward expansive growth on a national scale. Leading the pack in dog bars, Pups Pub is set to quickly gain a strong foothold nationally. In support of the brand’s franchise development efforts, the company has teamed up with Franchise Well, the nation’s leading franchise consulting franchise practice led by industry veteran Dr. Ben Litalien, CFE. Along with company founders Alex Wright …

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Glenview, Ill. — ITW Food Equipment Group has received the 2024 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). The Sustained Excellence award is the highest honor among ENERGY STAR awards. This year marks the 17th consecutive year ITW Food Equipment Group has been recognized as an ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year and 15th consecutive year receiving the Sustained Excellence award. “The development of energy-efficient products is an absolute priority for our brands …

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