Design
Eric Wolfe isn’t afraid to go small. As the CEO of the Erbert & Gerbert’s sandwich chain, Wolfe oversees nearly 100 units. The typical Ebert & Gerbert’s store, Wolfe says, runs about 1,400 square feet, but on a few occasions, Wolfe and his team have ventured out from convention, pursuing...
Industry News
California-based gourmet hot dog, sausage, and burger concept Dog Haus will open 300 locations over the next seven years following a deal valued at more than $500 million with American Development Partners. The development agreement will put Dog Haus in more than a dozen new states, and the new...
Fast Casual
It probably felt like the end of the line last year when Starbucks announced plans to close all 22 La Boulange pastry shops. This was the very same croissant-creating brand that Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz once publicly praised as a key to boosting the quality of Starbucks baked goods. But for La...
Industry News
Starbucks named Kevin Johnson its new CEO, effective in April, as Howard Schultz will step down to focus on the brand’s Reserve Roasteries and Retail stores. Johnson, the current president and COO, will take over the CEO role on April 3, and Schultz will continue to serve as chairman of the company...
Industry News
When Ray Omar ended his six-year service as a Special Forces communications officer for the U.S. Army in 2006, he moved to Maryland and began a consulting gig with the government. Meanwhile, he couldn’t help but notice that his new city looked nothing like his hometown of Queens, New York. One...
Outside Insights
Restaurant managers have a huge list of things they constantly have to think about: ordering the best ingredients, promoting their restaurant, keeping an eye on competition, and becoming the best restaurant they can be. When dealing with their staff, the list is equally as long: remaining in...
Industry News
In Mikey Wetzel’s calculation, the fast casual burrito frontier might be a competitive and crowded place, but it is far from cramped. And when he says calculate, he isn’t overstating. Wetzel didn’t dream up his restaurant as much as he programmed it. Since 2013, the former video-game developer has...
Industry News
Four former Wingstop executives have turned their attention to Florida-based Huey Magoo’s, purchasing the brand with plans to expand the chicken tender restaurant beyond its four locations. Huey Magoo’s, centered around Orlando, was founded in 2004 by Matt Armstrong and Thad Hudgens, who will...

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