Buzzwords, Defined

In the last several years, as consumers have become savvier and more educated about the food they eat, words like fresh, local, and artisanal have become the norm in the foodservice industry.

But with many companies throwing these terms around seemingly at will to try to differentiate their brand and resonate with customers, definitions have been grayed and misconceptions have been made. After all, many of these words still go undefined by regulatory bodies (unlike organic, which is regulated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)).

Charley's Adds Flavor to the Holidays with LTO Sandwich

Charleys’ restaurants, known for Charley’s Grilled Subs and Charleys Philly Steaks, introduced the Bacon Swiss Steakhouse Crunch in the U.S. and internationally on November 5, 2012. This new limited-time offer arrives just in time for the holidays for Charleys’ fans that want and expect more than fast food.

Charley's Celebrates Football with Chance to Win $2,500

Are you ready for some football? Charley’s, known worldwide for their Charley’s Grilled Subs and Charley’s Philly Steaks restaurants, is tackling the 2012 football season with a five-week campaign where participants have the chance to call plays, score touchdowns, and win one of 22 prizes including a grand prize of $2,500 cash.

The Heavyweight

A Charley’s franchisee wants to own 10 percent of his brand’s entire system.

Mario Contreras wants to own ten percent of the Charley's franchise system.
Mario Contreras wants to own 10 percent of the Charley's franchise system.

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Multiunit franchising is becoming a common practice in the quick-service industry, but one Charley’s Grilled Subs franchisee wants to take it to the next level.

Mario Contreras wants to own 10 percent of his company’s entire system.

QSR 50 Contenders

Want to know which 15 brands are knocking on the QSR 50's door? Some are old favorites, others are new to the list, but they're all trying their hardest to climb their way into the Top 50 ranks.

51 McAlister’s Deli rank last year: 52

Charley’s Goes for Gold with Bacon BBQ Ranch Sandwich

Charley’s Grilled Subs/Charley’s Philly Steaks, known for their signature Philly Steak Sandwiches, introduced the All-American Bacon BBQ Ranch Chicken Sandwich nationwide on July 16, 2012. This new, limited-time offer arrives just in time to celebrate America during the 2012 Summer Olympic Games.

Charley’s Introduces Chipotle Chicken Sandwich

Charley’s Grilled Subs is getting ready to introduce a Jalapeño Bacon Chipotle Chicken Sandwich nationwide on May 21, 2012.

The Chipotle Chicken Sandwich is hot, fresh, and made-to-order with sizzling chicken, all natural provolone cheese, and sautéed onions. The sandwich is layered with Ancho chipotle sauce and topped off with mouth-watering jalapeño bacon strips that are sure to fire up taste buds and consumer palates all over the nation.

Moreover, while supplies last, Charley’s is offering three additional strips of jalapeño or regular bacon on any sandwich for just $1.

Charley’s Grilled Subs Beefs Up Presence in Dubai

Charley’s Grilled Subs, the 454-unit Philly Steak restaurant chain, has grown to 15 restaurants in the United Arab Emirates. The most recent opened Jan. 19 at the Dubai International Airport in Terminal 1.

Prominent businessman Mohammad Al Madani, chairman and CEO of Al Madani Group of Companies (AMG), is leading the Dubai expansion. In addition to overseeing the development in the UAE, the group this month also signed a partnership agreement with Charley’s for exclusive master franchising of the sandwich chain for Saudi Arabia and Oman.

Bringing American Brands to the Middle East

Mohammad Al Madani is a worldly man. After graduating from the University of Tulsa, Oklahoma, with a bachelor’s degree in petroleum engineering, Madani went home to Dubai and launched an engineering consultancy firm, Apex International Engineering Consulting. Since then, Madani has become a prominent businessman in Dubai by building an impressive franchise portfolio that holds more than 10 companies, including Levi’s, Hang Ten, Dockers, and Charley’s Grilled Subs.

Charley’s Grilled Subs Promotes Wright to President

Charley’s Grilled Subs, the international Philly Cheesesteak sandwich franchise, has promoted Bob Wright to president and chief operating officer to help guide the brand into the future.

Bob Wright was named COO for Charley’s Grilled Subs in 2010. Since joining the company, Wright has been responsible for company and franchise operations, purchasing, training, and marketing. As President, Wright will now assume the responsibilities for HR, IT, and business analytics.