Franchising Franks

— By Katie Lee — Pasadena, California-based Dog Haus is entering new markets through franchising and partnerships with Kitchen United and Live Nation.   Dog Haus is an emerging new restaurant concept that, frankly, isn’t that new. But it is

Carrols Restaurant Group, Inc. Names Interim CFO

Syracuse, N.Y. — Carrols Restaurant Group, Inc. has named Timothy J. LaLonde as interim chief financial officer, interim treasurer and interim vice president. The company is conducting a search for a permanent CFO to replace the late Paul R. Flanders,

Juice It Up! Taps Jamba Veteran to Lead Operations

Irvine, Calif. — Juice It Up!, one of the nation’s leading handcrafted smoothie, raw juice and superfruit bowl chains, has appointed Susan Taylor as vice president of operations. Leveraging over 26 years of experience in the restaurant industry, Taylor has

Bojangles’ Names New Chief Development Officer

Charlotte, N.C. — Bojangles’, Inc. has hired Jose R. Costa as its first chief development officer, reporting to CEO Jose Armario. In this new role, Costa will be responsible for driving the overall unit growth of the company, recruiting new

Potbelly to Open 10 Locations in Las Vegas

Las Vegas — Potbelly Sandwich Shop has signed a franchise agreement to open 10 shops in the Las Vegas market. Eric Persson, an experienced, multi-brand restaurant operator and owner, will be bringing Potbelly to the area. The deal marks the

Fuzzy’s Taco Shop Promotes EVP to CFO

Dallas — Fuzzy’s Taco Shop has named Jessica Wescott as chief financial officer. She previously served as the executive vice president of finance for the Baja-inspired franchise. Wescott began her career in wealth management before moving into the franchising world

Tropical Smoothie Cafe Opens 800th Location

Atlanta — Tropical Smoothie Cafe, a leading national fast-casual cafe concept, is opening its 800th location. The location will open on September 6, 2019 in Arlington Heights, Ill. This milestone opening comes on the heels of a tremendous growth year

Whole30 Launches Delivery-Only Restaurant Concept

Chicago and Salt Lake City —  Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises, a Chicago-based multi-concept restaurant group, and Grubhub, the nation’s leading online and mobile food-ordering and delivery marketplace, are partnering to offer Whole30 Delivered, Whole30’s first-ever branded restaurant. This delivery-only restaurant concept from Whole30,

Saladworks Taps Former Schlotzsky’s President as New CEO

Conshohocken, Pa. — Saladworks has appointed a new chief executive officer, Kelly Roddy, effective August 1, 2019. He brings 30 years of industry experience to the brand. As former president of Schlotzsky’s, Roddy has demonstrated focus on unit level economics

Quest Partners with Buffalo Wild Wings to Handle Waste & Recycling

The Colony, Texas — Quest Resource Holding Corporation, a national leader in environmental reuse, recycling and waste disposal services, has added Buffalo Wild Wings, one of the largest American casual dining restaurant and sports bar franchise, which is owned by

Biscuitville Names VP of Technology and Transformation

Greensboro, N.C. — John Young has been named vice president of technology and transformation at Biscuitville Fresh Southern®. Most recently, he was global information officer for Static Control Components, a manufacturing company based in Sanford, N.C. Earlier in his career,

Largest Rooftop Deck Opens Atop Chicago’s Navy Pier

Chicago — Offshore, a 52,300-square-foot rooftop deck, has opened on the third floor of Chicago’s Navy Pier. The Guinness Book of World Records has named the establishment “the world’s largest rooftop deck.” KOO, a Chicago-based architecture and commercial interior design

Baskin-Robbins to Develop 10 New Locations in Upstate New York

Canton, Mass. — Baskin-Robbins, the world’s largest chain of ice cream specialty shops, has signed a multi-unit agreement to develop 10 new locations across Upstate New York, including in Syracuse and the Southern Tier, in addition to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, Pa. With

Yum! Brands Names New Chief Executive Officer

Louisville, Ky. — Yum! Brands, Inc.’s board of directors has unanimously elected David Gibbs as chief executive officer, effective January 1, 2020, and appointed him to the company’s board, effective November 1, 2019. Gibbs, who currently serves as Yum! Brands’

Pizza Hut to Close 500 Stores Over Next 24 Months

Louisville, Ky. — Pizza Hut will close as many as 500 dine-in stores over the next 24 months as part of a broader strategy to bolster its delivery and carryout services, company executives said during the second-quarter earnings call. Food

Potbelly Sandwich Shop Plans 38 New Franchise Units

Chicago — Potbelly Corporation, a neighborhood sandwich shop concept, has signed three new franchise agreements. Over the last 6 months, the company signed franchise agreements that, when fully built out over the coming years, will nearly double its franchise footprint

The Cheesecake Factory to Acquire Fox Restaurant Concepts & North Italia

Calabasas Hills, Calif. — The Cheesecake Factory Incorporated has entered into definitive agreements to acquire Fox Restaurant Concepts (FRC) and the remaining interest in North Italia, reinforcing its leadership position in experiential dining. The transactions will be completed for $308

The Rustic to Open Second Houston Location at Uptown Park

Houston — The Rustic plans to bring its farm-fresh fare and Texas-sized selection of wine, spirits and beer, served alongside live music 7 days a week, to the west side of Houston. Located at 1121 Uptown Park Blvd. in Houston’s

Yum! Brands Appoints CEOs of Taco Bell and Pizza Hut Divisions

Louisville, Ky. — Yum! Brands, Inc. has appointed Taco Bell division and Pizza Hut division chief executive officers, who each will assume global responsibility for driving their respective brand’s growth strategies, franchise operations and performance. Now, each of the company’s

Another Broken Egg Cafe Plans 30 New Franchise Locations

Orlando, Fla. — Another Broken Egg Cafe® has doubled in size over the past 5 years; recently it signed nine new deals from successful multi-unit franchisees and plans to operate 300 cafes by 2025. These franchise groups plan to open