New QSR Chain, PowerSoul Cafe, to Launch in Nevada

Las Vegas — Dina Mitchell, one of the driving forces behind Tropical Smoothie Cafe, which grew to over 900 stores nationwide, will debut a new quick-service restaurant project: PowerSoul Cafe. The chain is set to be the world’s first 100%

Capriotti’s Sandwich Shop Marks 45th Anniversary

Las Vegas —  Capriotti’s, known for its award-winning cheese steaks and hand-crafted subs, is celebrating 45 years this month. Recently, the brand introduced virtual restaurants, opened its first ghost kitchens and partnered with Reef Kitchens to open shops in Baltimore,

Slim Chickens to Bring 9 New Locations to Alabama

Huntsville, Ala. — Slim Chickens, a leading fast-casual franchise in the “better chicken” segment, has inked a deal to bring nine locations to cities throughout Alabama. Legends Development, LLC will be bringing the restaurants to Huntsville, Marshall, Etowah, Auburn, Montgomery,

CKE Restaurants Adds Chief Global Development Officer

Franklin, Tenn. — CKE Restaurants Holdings, Inc. (CKE), parent company of Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s, has appointed Matthew Walls as the company’s first chief global development officer. In this new role, Walls will be responsible for creating a Global Development

First Watch Expands Footprint in Chicago

Chicago — First Watch, the award-winning brunch restaurant that made its Chicagoland debut in Oak Brook in March, continues to expand into the region with the opening of a new restaurant in the suburb of Kildeer on June 7. The

Yum! Brands to Acquire Technology Company Dragontail Systems

Louisville, Ky., and Perth, Australia — Yum! Brands, Inc. and Dragontail Systems Limited, an innovative provider of technology solutions for the food industry, have entered into a binding agreement under which Yum! Brands would acquire Dragontail for A$93.5 million in

sweetgreen Rebrands to Reimagine the Future of Fast Food

Los Angeles — sweetgreen, the mission-driven restaurant brand serving healthy food at scale, introduces a new brand identity to reimagine fast food and speak to future generations about the importance of what they eat. The goal was to create a

Modern Visionary

— Interview by Katie Lee — Burger King unveils a new visual design for a bold, modern future.   When Burger King, one of the founding titans of the fast food hamburger industry since 1954, creates a completely new visual

Potbelly Names New Chief Development Officer

Chicago — Potbelly Corporation has appointed Larry Strain as its chief development officer (CDO) effective immediately. Potbelly is contracting with Restaurant Development Experts (RDE), LLC in connection with Strain’s engagement for this role and Bob Wright, president and CEO of

86 Repairs Names New Head of Revenue

Chicago — 86 Repairs, an innovative platform that automates equipment repair and maintenance for restaurants, has named Sean Ramsey as its new head of revenue. Previously, Ramsey served as vice president of revenue at document drafting lifecycle tech company Litera.

Inside Out

— By Andrew Eck — From the inside looking out: 2021 foodservice industry trends.   I think we all put a lot of pressure on 2021 to be a year of rebounding, the year that we return to normal. So

FAT Brands Adds 3 Executives to Senior Management Team

Los Angeles — FAT (Fresh. Authentic. Tasty.) Brands Inc., parent company of Fatburger, Johnny Rockets and seven other restaurant concepts, has added additional depth to its senior management team with three new hires: Allen Sussman, general counsel; Ken Kuick, chief

Alamo Drafthouse Cinema Partners With Fellowes Air Purifiers

Itasca, Ill. — Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, a dine-in cinema with movies, beer, food and events, has partnered with Fellowes and its air purifiers with patented technology. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, Alamo asked Fellowes to assess its facilities in

QDOBA Hires Vice President of Franchise Development

San Diego — QDOBA Mexican Eats, the largest franchise opportunity in the fast-casual Mexican segment, has hired franchising veteran Shawn Caric as vice president of franchise development. In his new role, Caric will be directing the 740-unit brand’s strategic franchise