restaurants

Irvine, Calif. — Restaurant365, a leading all-in-one restaurant enterprise management platform, has named Jessica Lanier as its new chief financial officer, effective immediately. Lanier most recently served as vice president of finance at Qualtrics. “Jessica is a world-class finance leader, and we’re grateful to add her to our talented team. She will fit right in as she brings a passion for high-growth SaaS and experience with the milestones we plan to reach on the road ahead,” says Tony Smith, CEO and co-founder of Restaurant365. Prior to Qualtrics, Lanier served as …

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Atlanta — Continuing its impressive growth trajectory in the U.S. and internationally, quick-service chicken restaurant chain Church’s Texas Chicken® and Texas Chicken™ recorded blockbuster development growth in 2023. The company is also continuing its successful remodeling program. “2023 was a monumental year for the Church’s Texas Chicken® and Texas Chicken™ brands as we significantly grew our footprint and development pipeline, while at the same time, refining our brand positioning and strategy, investing substantially in new capabilities and breaking unit-level sales records across the board,” says Joe Guith, who was named …

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Los Angeles — FAT (Fresh. Authentic. Tasty.) Brands Inc., parent company of Marble Slab Creamery and 17 other restaurant concepts, has a new development deal to open 40 new Marble Slab Creamery franchised locations throughout Canada in partnership with Canadian Ice Cream Company Inc. The Marble Slab Creamery locations are set to open over the next 10 years, with the first of the new locations slated to open by the end of 2024. The development deal will bolster the brand’s presence from approximately 100 stores that are operating today in …

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St. Louis —  Philly Pretzel Factory is about to become a household name in the St. Louis market. The nation’s largest Philly-style pretzel brand will convert 11 Pretzel Pretzel locations throughout the region into new Philly Pretzel Factory locations within the next month. Philly Pretzel Factory CEO and co-founder, Dan DiZio, met with Pretzel Pretzel franchisees, sharing his humble founding story, mission and explaining the strengths of the Philly Pretzel Factory franchise support system. The message resonated — as all 11 Pretzel Pretzel franchisees opted to convert their stores to …

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Russell Leffers MaintenX Remodeling Quote

It’s going to happen, and any quick-service restaurant (QSR) owner-operator knows it. Sometime not too far in the future, they’ll need a refresh or remodel of their properties. There’s no getting out of it. Here are some hints from two project managers from MaintenX, a provider of HVAC&R, plumbing, electrical, roofing, construction and general contracting for multisite retailers, restaurants, healthcare, multifamily and other industries. They cover key topics like assembling the correct refresh or remodel team, managing the process and keeping projects on track in the face of potential delays, with a …

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Livonia, Mich. — TEAM Schostak Family Restaurants (TSFR), a Michigan-based family-owned restaurant group with an expansive portfolio of casual dining, fast-casual, quick-service, virtual kitchen and family dining restaurants throughout the state, has promoted John Andrews to chief operating officer. Andrews, whose previous post was senior vice president of TSFR’s casual dining division, has served more than 10 years in leadership at the restaurant group, overseeing some of its most significant brands. “In his many years at TSFR, John has led the way, inspiring our TEAM to be the best in …

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Chicago  — McHugh Construction, one of the Midwest’s largest commercial contractors, has completed the $30 million adaptive reuse transformation of Chicago’s historic Ramova Theatre from a long-shuttered single-screen cinema to an 1,800-person concert hall in Chicago’s Bridgeport neighborhood. As part of the 36,000-square-foot project on S. Halsted Street, McHugh also built out space for Other Half Brewing, an independent craft brewery and taproom; Ramova Grill, an 18-seat diner; and Ramova Loft, a second-floor 200-person event venue. The renovated Ramova Theatre reopened on Dec. 31, 2023. Ramova Theatre originally opened in …

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Toronto — The Popeyes® brand and Restaurant Brands Iberia (RB Iberia), the parent of the master franchisees for Burger King® Spain, Burger King Portugal, Popeyes® Spain and Tim Hortons® Spain, have entered into a master franchise and development agreement to develop and grow the Popeyes brand in Italy. The first Popeyes restaurant in Italy is scheduled to open later this year. “We’re very excited about growing the brand in Italy with RB Iberia, a long term partner and strong operator,” says David Shear, president of international, Restaurant Brands International, parent …

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Newport Beach, Calif. — Juice It Up!, a leading handcrafted smoothie, açaí bowl and raw juice chain, has concluded a successful year marked by strong sales and a robust development pipeline. In 2023, systemwide sales eclipsed $43 million — up 38% over 5 years. The brand also is on track to mark its 100-store milestone this year. “Consistent sales and franchise growth, segment-leading menu innovation and remarkably effective marketing initiatives made 2023 another extremely successful year for Juice It Up!, fueling significant brand momentum and increasing national recognition,” says Chris …

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Denver — Bad Ass Coffee of Hawaii is gearing up for a momentous 2024, following a year that saw 25 new franchise agreements and the opening of seven new stores, three of which were in new markets. The brand now has more than 100 stores in the development pipeline and aims to secure agreements for an additional 36 locations while opening more than 20 additional stores in 2024. During 2023, the company emphasized greater focus on implementing refined systems and processes with franchisees which resulted in improved store-by-store financial performance. …

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