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Wendy’s Enters Japan With Grand Opening in Tokyo

The Wendy’s Company today announced the grand opening of the first joint venture Wendy’s restaurant in Japan, located in Tokyo’s Omotesando area.

Starting with Tokyo, Wendy’s Japan LLC plans a national rollout of restaurants in the coming years. Wendy’s Japan plans to open approximately 100 Wendy’s restaurants within the next five years and estimates the long-term market potential to be about 700 restaurants.

Wendy’s Japan LLC was established earlier this year as a joint venture between Wendy’s and Higa Industries Co., Ltd.

Most Popular QSR Stories of 2011

With the year 2011 coming to a rapid end, QSR takes stock of its most popular online stories of the last 12 months. This year's biggest headlines point to reader interest in franchising deals, the QSR 50, and (of course) food trucks. 

"This was an exciting year for our editorial team," says Blair Chancey, editorial director of Food News Media, publisher of QSR and full-service-restaurant news site Restaurant Management.

Wendy’s, Subway Slash Prices

Recent efforts by the two brands show quick serves are trying to fill a pricing void.

On December 1, Subway rattled the quick-service world when it announced its latest promotional offer: $2 six-inch subs.

As a “Customer Appreciation Month” promotion, the $2 December-only deal may be Subway’s boldest play yet in the pricing wars to compete with other chains’ value menus.

“[Subway is] clearly trying to take the focus off of what people can get for $1,” says pricing consultant Leslie Kerr, founder of Boston-based Intellaprice.

Wendy's Announces High School Heismans

Out of 48,000 applicants, 12 outstanding high school seniors have been chosen as national finalists for the Wendy's High School Heisman Award.

On Dec. 9, Wendy's will honor these students at the Wendy's High School Heisman Awards ceremony in New York City where one male and one female athlete will be chosen as the national winners of the prestigious award.

The Wendy's High School Heisman celebrates the achievements of the nation's top high school seniors both in and out of the classroom.

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.

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