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The 100 Biggest Stories of 2011

1. Roark Capital Buys Arby’s

With concerns about the economy running high, restaurant industry mergers and acquisitions dipped noticeably.

None of 2011’s mergers came close in value to the previous year, when Burger King and CKE, parent of Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s, were each sold for more than $1 billion. Instead, there were smaller deals and one big buyer, Roark Capital Group.

Wendy's Doubles the Fun With the "W"

With its tantalizing taste, the new "W" cheeseburger is another winning addition to Wendy's expanding menu ... and its budget-friendly price may cause consumers to do a double take!

The "W" – with emphasis on the double – serves up two 2.25-ounce patties of sizzling, fresh, never-frozen North American* beef, with double the cheese, too.

Topped with the zesty signature sauce, the "W"  is made-to-order with fresh, quality ingredients: sweet red onions, hand-leafed lettuce, and crinkle-cut pickles, all on a buttered, toasted bun.

Top 3 Trends from Biggest Q3 Calls

Quick-serve companies wrapped up their quarter earnings calls and investor meetings earlier this month, paving the way for the final fiscal term of 2011 (or, in Starbucks’ case, the beginning of fiscal 2012).

Here are a few things to learn about the industry from the results.

1. Premium menu items are the name of the game. Though customers have clamored for value-driven items throughout the recession, quick-serve companies are turning to higher-quality fare to appeal to frugal-fatigued consumers.

Papa Murphy’s Promotes Ken Calwell to CEO

Papa Murphy’s International, America’s take ‘n’ bake pizza leader and fifth largest pizza chain in the U.S., announced the company’s President Ken Calwell will assume the position of Chief Executive Officer, effective Dec. 31, 2011.

Current CEO John Barr will remain Papa Murphy’s Chairman of the Board and will hand over day-to-day executive duties to Calwell.

United Capital Refinances Multi-Unit Subway Operator

United Capital Business Lending, a subsidiary of BankUnited, announced today that it is providing $1,350,000 in financing to Subwayowner, CCreations LLC. United Capital refinanced eight existing stores for the Indiana-based franchisee, and will also provide funding to relocate and remodel some newly acquired locations. CCreations LLC operates more than 30 Subway restaurants in Indiana and Kentucky.

Wendy’s Destroyed by Tornado Reopens in Missouri

Legacy Restaurant Group, LLC, in cooperation with Wendy’s International, announces the grand opening of its newly reconstructed Wendy’s franchise at 1625 Range Line Rd. in Joplin, Missouri. The new building sits on the site of the former Wendy’s restaurant, which was demolished by an EF5 tornado May 22, 2011. A ribbon-cutting ceremony with the Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce is scheduled for 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, Oct. 26.

Food News Media Debuts Fresh Bytes Newscast

Food News Media, parent of QSR and sister publication RMGTmagazine.com, debuts a new series of newscasts, Fresh Bytes, designed to get you up to date on all of the latest industry news. Stay tuned to QSRmagazine.com and RMGTmagazine.com for future installments of Fresh Bytes, and click here to view the first newscast.

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