For Le Duff, Growth is All the Rage

Only a little more than a month into 2013, Le Duff America—the world’s second-largest restaurant company in the bakery café segment, with brands like Bruegger’s Bagels and la Madeleine Country French Café in its portfolio—can already tell it’s going to be a big year.

For starters, it recently purchased casual-dining chain Mimi’s Cafe from Bob Evans for $50 million. It also plans to begin franchising the growing la Madeleine brand, and is expanding Bruegger’s presence with both traditional and nontraditional unit openings.

Bob Evans Sells Mimi's Cafe to LeDuff America for $50M

Bob Evans Farms announced it had entered into a definitive agreement for the sale of its Mimi's Cafe restaurant chain to LeDuff America (LDA).   

Mimi's Cafe is a French-inspired casual-dining restaurant with 145 locations in 24 states, primarily in the West and Southwest. It recently launched a new store-within-a-store concept that adds a quick-service component to its offerings. 

Bruegger's Celebrates 30 Years with New and Old Favorites

Bruegger’s Bagels celebrates 30 years of serving up its fresh-baked, New York–style bagels by adding new flavors to its lineup of nearly 20 bagel varieties and inviting its Facebook fans to bring back some retired favorites.

For those who crave something new, Bruegger’s Bagels’ latest flavor, the Five Grain Everything Bagel, will appear in bakeries through May 7.

Bruegger's Bagels Targets Trio of Markets for Expansion

Bruegger's Bagels, a fast-casual chain known for its New York-style bagels baked fresh in every location, has announced plans for aggressive expansion in Nashville, Tennessee; Tallahassee, Florida; and Huntsville, Alabama.

The planned expansion will open up new opportunities for potential franchisees in markets already proven successful for the brand.

Bruegger's Bagels Makes a Landing at Cincinnati Airport

Bruegger’s Bagels will open in Concourse B at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG) on December 13.

The new location features the full Bruegger’s Bagels menu of freshly baked bagels and other items that offer easy, on-the-go options for hungry travelers.  

“CVG is thrilled to once again partner with Bruegger’s Bagels to offer our customers a unique dining option in Concourse B,” says CVG vice president for commercial management Paul Hegedus.

More Than 8,200 Restaurants Chip In to End Child Hunger

Last month, 8,292 restaurants of every type, their employees, and customers came together to help end childhood hunger in the U.S. by participating in Share Our Strength’s Dine Out For No Kid Hungry fundraising program. Together, their generosity raised more than $5 million, more than twice what was raised last year, for Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign to ensure that every child in the U.S. gets the food they need, every day. 

Bruegger's Moves to Eliminate Pork Gestation Crates

Bruegger’s Bagels announced it will eliminate gestation crates—cages used to confine breeding pigs—from its pork supply chain, becoming the latest in a growing list of major food companies to address this issue.

Bruegger’s Bagels has more than 300 locations in 25 states, the District of Columbia, and Canada.

Bruegger’s Bagels Lands at Pittsburgh International Airport

AIRMALL USA, the airport concessions developer and operator of the AIRMALL at PIT, is pleased to welcome its newest restaurant to Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT), Bruegger’s Bagels. This is Bruegger’s first location at PIT and its fifth airport location in the U.S.

Travelers looking for authentic New York-style bagels and a wide range of sandwiches, salads, soups, and desserts at PIT can now satisfy their cravings at the newly opened bakery of 1,372 square feet, located in Concourse B.