Muscle Maker Signs 40-Unit International Franchise Deal

League City, Texas — Muscle Maker Inc., the parent company of Muscle Maker Grill, Pokemoto and SuperFit Foods, has inked a Master Franchise Agreement for 40 units in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, solidifying the company’s second multi-unit international deal.…

Shipley Do-Nuts Breaks Ground on New Headquarters

Houston — Shipley Do-Nuts, the iconic Houston-born do-nut shop brand, celebrated its 85th anniversary with a groundbreaking on Oct. 28 for its new 60,000-square-foot corporate headquarters at Cullen and Gulf Freeway in Houston. The site is well-known to Houstonians as…

Lightspeed Launches New Flagship Restaurant POS Platform in North America

Montréal — Lightspeed Commerce Inc., the one-stop commerce platform for merchants around the world to simplify, scale and create exceptional customer experiences, has launched the all-new Lightspeed Restaurant, a unified hospitality commerce and point-of-sale (POS) platform. Through strategic global acquisitions,…

25-year Franchise Veteran Joins Fransmart Leadership Team

Alexandria, Va. — Fransmart, a global franchise development company, is expanding its leadership team with the appointment of seasoned food industry executive Don Baruch as vice president of franchise support operations. Baruch brings more than 25 years of franchise development…

Jack in the Box Names Chief Technology Officer

San Diego — Jack in the Box, Inc. has named Doug Cook as senior vice president and chief technology officer after an interim stint in the same position. Cook brings more than 20 years of industry experience to Jack in…

From Kitchen to Customer

— By Eric Symon — Keeping restaurants connected to enhance the customer experience.     One of the biggest challenges that restaurant owners face is implementing technological advancements to stay current with customer demands. According to a recent survey conducted…

Caribou Coffee Launches Domestic Franchise Program

Minneapolis — Caribou Coffee®, a national premium coffeehouse and Panera Brands portfolio concept, has launched its domestic franchise program. Since its inception in 1992, Caribou Coffee has grown to more than 718 locations systemwide including 314 company-owned coffeehouses primarily across…

AllPoints Hires Senior Vice President of Sales

Mt. Prospect, Ill. — AllPoints, a global foodservice parts and supplies provider, recently hired Jim Nelson as senior vice president of sales. In his new role, Nelson will be responsible for leading the AllPoints sales team in driving new market…

“Tech”-tonic Shift

— By Daniel Estrada — The new frontier for restaurants in the back of the house.   If it feels like the restaurant industry has been in the headlines for the last year — it’s because it has. Restaurants are…

Wetzel’s Pretzels Offers Franchise Opportunities with Phillips 66®

Pasadena, Calif. — Wetzel’s Pretzels is offering a unique franchise opportunity with the Phillips 66 family of brands. Operators will now have the opportunity to open a hot, fresh Wetzel’s experience at Phillips 66®, Conoco® and 76® branded convenience stores.…

Legal Considerations for Restaurants Following the Biden Vaccine Mandate

Like broader society, the restaurant industry must contend with the 3-way collision of economic reality, medical ethics and societal health concerns. More specifically, on September 9, 2021, President Biden issued an executive order requiring COVID-19 vaccinations for federal employees. As…

Brooklyn Dumpling Shop Signs First Franchise Deal in Florida

New York City — Brooklyn Dumpling Shop, the nation’s fastest growing dumpling automat concept, has a signed multi-unit franchise deal to make the brand’s first appearance in Florida. Florida-based franchisee Marc Silverstone closed on a deal with Brooklyn Dumpling Shop…

Papa John’s Signs its Largest Domestic Development Deal

Louisville, Ky., and Dallas — Papa John’s International, Inc. has signed its largest domestic franchisee development agreement in the company’s history with top U.S. franchisee operator Sun Holdings, Inc. Under the terms of the deal, Sun Holdings will oversee the…

Fatburger Celebrates 100th U.S. Location in Texas

Arlington, Texas — FAT (Fresh. Authentic. Tasty.) Brands Inc., parent company of Fatburger & Buffalo’s Express, has opened the 100th U.S. location of Fatburger, which is now open in Arlington, Texas. Co-branded with Buffalo’s Express, the restaurant will host a…