Corner Bakery Cafe

Corner Bakery Cafe Nabs Handful of Multiunit Franchisees

Corner Bakery Cafe announced that it is entering the Oklahoma and Massachusetts markets, as well as three new markets in Florida and California, as part of five multiunit restaurant franchise agreements.

The agreements represent nine new restaurants in San Diego; seven in Oklahoma; 14 in Tampa, Florida; 10 in Northeast Florida; and 21 in Boston. The first cafés in each market are expected to open next year.

Corner Bakery Cafe Promotes Experienced Employee

Corner Bakery Cafe has promoted Gregg Koffler to vice president of franchise sales, responsible for the overall sales and growth of the franchise division.

 

With more than 150 cafes open, Koffler steps into his new role as the rapidly expanding brand of fast-casual restaurants continues its path to more than double its footprint over the next three to four years in the U.S. through a combination of franchised and company-owned cafes.

 

Huddle House Brings On Ex- Corner Bakery Exec as CDO

Huddle House, the nearly 400-unit restaurant franchise known for its comfort food and value pricing, named Jonathan Benjamin as its new chief development officer.

Benjamin, a veteran sales and franchising executive with more than 20 years of leadership experience, will spearhead expanded unit growth in underserved markets and will play in integral role in improving Huddle House facilities.

Inside the Test Kitchen

Ray White has a problem. The chief foodie and head of product development for Southern California–based Veggie Grill wants to put bacon on his menu.

To the average quick-service operator, this doesn’t seem like a problem at all. But consider that Veggie Grill is an all-vegan concept offering 100 percent plant-based food. If White wants to put bacon on the menu, it has to be made of meat substitutes like tofu, seitan, or tempeh. Consider, too, that White wants the product to have the same flavor and textural profiles as regular bacon.

The Corner of Innovation

Corner Bakery Café’s new menu items push fast-casual boundaries.

Corner Bakery's new menu items use fresh ingredients to offer premium quality.
Corner Bakery's Garden Gate Scrambler Corner Bakery

In a push to distinguish itself from growing competition in the fast-casual bakery-café space, Corner Bakery Café is doubling down on menu innovation.

The 22-year-old, Dallas-based chain recently leveraged its high-quality kitchen equipment and capabilities, as well as more than 40 fresh fruits and vegetables delivered daily to its stores, to launch a handful of seasonal offerings.

Dressing Up

Not that long ago, consumers visited limited-service restaurants mostly for items such as burgers, fried chicken, french fries, and sandwiches. But in the past two decades, salads have become an integral part of quick-service and fast-casual menus, now showcased as a prominent entrée on many restaurants’ menuboards.

“The great story of the last 20 years is that salads moved to the center of the plate,” says Paul Steck, president of Philadelphia-based Saladworks, the nation’s largest salad chain with more than 100 units in 11 states.

Corner Bakery Cafe Makes its Mark in Boston

Fresh off the heels of a record-breaking year, Corner Bakery Cafe plans to significantly expand its presence in the Northeast by opening approximately 18 new restaurants in the Boston area.

The company recently sold out markets in neighboring Connecticut, Rhode Island, New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania.

Growth of the fast-casual bakery cafe will be accomplished through franchising, and Corner Bakery officials are actively seeking experienced restaurant professionals with the ability to open multiple locations to drive the development.

Corner Bakery Cafe Continues Big Apple Expansion

Corner Bakery Cafe announces plans to open 16 new restaurants in six counties in the Greater New York City area as part of a recent multi-unit agreement with CBCWSNY LLC. The group of veteran restaurant operators plans to open its first restaurant in 2013 and the remaining sites over the next six years.

Corner Bakery Cafe Looks to Even Greater Growth in 2013

Corner Bakery Cafe’s renewed emphasis on franchise growth paid off immensely in 2012 with the signing of 10 new Area Development Agreements, more than doubling its best previous year. The new agreements added 125 cafes, raising the total to 288 cafes under development, as the company moves forward on its goal to double its U.S. footprint by the end of 2015.

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