8 Simple Rules for Renovation

Remodeling restaurants in a franchised system is a tough sell and even tougher to execute, but the challenges are minimized for those who follow these guidelines.

Cinnabon revamped its store model to modernize its business offering.
Cinnabon revamped its store model to modernize its business offering. Cinnabon

In many respects, Cinnabon isn’t the brand it was just one decade ago. From the company’s growing beverage line to menu introductions like Center of the Roll and Cinnabon Stix, life within a Cinnabon’s four walls has shifted in the 21st century.

But executives realized a few years ago that the look of Cinnabon’s stores hadn’t similarly changed with the times. The brand’s so-called “heritage” look—a tile-dominated space outlined in blonde wood—had become dated and uninspired, lacking pop and contemporary charisma.

Carry On

Bread isn’t just the staff of life. It’s the food—in a wide variety of forms and styles—that helps drive the limited-service restaurant industry.

Whether they’re traditional breads, buns, tortillas, bagels, pitas, or flatbreads, these carriers are filling the sandwich needs of a wide variety of consumers.

The list of carriers at quick-service restaurants has grown over the past decade. Operators are using various baking styles, ingredients, tastes, and textures—along with assorted sizes and shapes—to differentiate themselves from their competitors.

Togo's Hits the Oregon Trail with Plans to Open 25-30 Units

Togo’s, a “West Coast Original” since 1971 serving up big, made-to-order sandwiches stuffed with the freshest ingredients, is aggressively targeting Oregon for expansion.

The San Jose, California–based sandwich chain has fueled its development plans based on the recent success of its Oregon franchisees.

Togo’s aims to open 25–30 restaurants throughout Oregon in cities such as Portland, Eugene, Hillsboro, Bend, Medford, Salem, Klamath Falls, as well as Vancouver, Washington, over the next several years. 

Togo's Unveils Roast Beef Dip and Triple Dip

Togo’s, a “West Coast Original” since 1971, serving up big, made-to-order sandwiches stuffed with the freshest ingredients, unveiled two new sandwiches today to its lineup – the Roast Beef Dip and the Triple Dip. Raving fans can now be the first to try the new creations available at all participating 250 Togo’s locations.

The Town-Gown Affair

Even with a customer base made up of transient students, college towns represent a major opportunity for quick-serve operators.

McAlister's college town locations seek life long brand customers.
An employee at a college-town McAlister's location helps the brand earn potential life-long customers. McAlister's Deli

Many college-bound students have one word on their minds: freedom. Restaurant operators associate another word with campus life: captivity.

And both groups are equally excited about it.

Togo's Franchisee Opens Fourth Unit in California

Residents of Oxnard, California, now have a new go-to deli inspired restaurant serving up big, made-to-order sandwiches stuffed with the freshest ingredients.

Togo’s Eateries, Inc., a “West Coast Original” since 1971, announced the opening of its newest restaurant located at 2170 North Rose Ave. in Oxnard.

“I am thrilled to have opened Togo’s in Oxnard, and I am confident local residents will become big fans of the brand once they try our delicious, seriously stacked sandwiches, wraps, salads, and more,” says Togo’s franchisee Robert Dorian.  

Togo's Ramps Up West Coast Development

Togo's, a "West Coast Original" since 1971, announced plans to expand its footprint in four key markets: Salt Lake City; Boise, Idaho; Las Vegas; and Seattle. Additionally, the sandwich chain will continue its growth efforts throughout Oregon and Arizona.

The new development strategy comes on the heels of strong growth for Togo's in the first half of 2012, with the signing of 10 agreements for new restaurants in California, Nevada, and Oregon.

Togo’s Debuts Restaurant in Tracy, California

Togo’s Eateries, Inc. announced today the opening of its newest location in Tracy, California, at 1867 W. 11th St. The restaurant is owned by local resident Byron Bogaard, an existing Togo’s franchisee who also operates a Togo’s sandwich franchise in Stockton, California.

The community is invited to attend the grand opening event, which will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 25, with music, prizes, and local high school cheerleading performance. 

Togo's Tackles Arizona with Gilbert Store Opening

Sandwich brand Togo's debuted its newest location in Gilbert, Arizona, marking its first foray into the state under new management. 

To celebrate, two Gilbert store customers won free sandwiches for one year, and the local community is invited to attend the official grand opening celebration that will take place Saturday, Aug. 18, 2012. The all-day event will feature music, prizes, and local fundraiser events.