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Bojangles’ Famous Chicken ‘n Biscuits reached its milestone 500th unit when its latest store opened in Surf City, North Carolina, last week. Eric Newman, executive vice president of Charlotte, North Carolina–based Bojangles’ Restaurants Inc., says the milestone is “a validation and indication of...
The Melt will offer grilled cheese and soup combos.
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To many, the presentation seemed like a practical joke. But earlier this month, Jonathan Kaplan, the businessman who helped create the Flip camera, took the stage of the D9 conference and announced his latest venture: a fast-casual, tech-heavy grilled-cheese concept called The Melt. Entrepreneurs...
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Roark Capital Group, an Atlanta-based private equity firm, announced that its affiliates have acquired Il Fornaio (America) Corporation, owner of Corner Bakery Cafe and Il Fornaio Restaurants and Bakeries. Beginning in 1991 as a small bread bakery in Chicago, Corner Bakery Cafe has emerged over the...
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Wendy’s/Arby’s Group, Inc. announced a definitive agreement for the sale of Arby’s Restaurant Group, Inc. to a buyer formed by Roark Capital Group. Wendy’s/Arby’s Group will retain an 18.5 percent ownership interest in the Arby’s business. Atlanta-based Arby’s is the second largest quick-service...
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Denise Lee Yohn: QSR's Marketing Guru
*/ Kelly’s Roast Beef Headquarters: Saugus, MassachusettsFounded: 1951Number of units: 6 In its 60 years of operation, Kelly’s Roast Beef has become a Massachusetts good-eats legend. It began in 1951 with Frank McCarthy and Raymond Carey Jr. as a family owned hotdog stand that happened to sell...
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Does he throw the perfect curve ball? Build the biggest fort? Catch monster fish? Grill the best burger in town?  If you answered yes to any of these amazing dad feats, than you have a Super Dad in your house! TCBY wants to thank Super Dads across the country for all that they do with a free small...
The Google Wallet lets customers pay at quick serves using their smartphone.
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Google recently announced its latest innovation to considerable fanfare, but it’s not just techies that will have a watchful eye on its development—the quick-serve industry will, too. According to the company, Google Wallet—an app that will give smartphones the payment capabilities of a physical...
Taco Bell CEO Greg Creed is defending the reputation of his popular brand.
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A group of cartoon superheroes dubbed the Super Delicious Ingredient Force that lives in a “Fortress of Flavor” will never be the stars of a marketing campaign for Panera Bread. Chipotle CEO Steve Ells will never say that a $2.69 taco is expensive. And it’s highly unlikely that McDonald’s will...