Category: Growth



Emerging Concepts



Fast Casual

Bubbakoo’s Eyes Expansion into Nontraditional Spaces

Bubbakoo’s Burritos has been growing rapidly since 2008, and it continues to be a dominating force in the dining landscape. The unique Mexican-fusion concept has redefined the burrito industry and is now looking to strategically expand into non-traditional venues and go beyond the conventional brick-and-mortar establishments. Following the opening of its second casino location at […]

Captain D’s Promotes Nan Ward to COO

Captain D’s announced that Nan Ward has been promoted to chief operating officer. Ward has been with the nation’s leading fast casual seafood restaurant since 2012 and most recently served as chief people development officer. In her new role, she will oversee all company operations, human resources, training and people development. This promotion comes as Captain D’s recently announced […]

Noodles & Company Opens in Williston, North Dakota

Noodles & Company, the national fast-casual chain known for its globally inspired noodle bowls, best-in-class service, and value-centric culture opened a new location in Williston, North Dakota, which is owned and operated by its franchise partner, Little Deep Pasta, a subsidiary of restaurant management company Cultivate Solutions. This new restaurant is the sixteenth Noodles restaurant owned […]



Craveworthy Brands Launches Equity Crowdfunding Campaign

Craveworthy Brands, the innovative fast casual restaurant platform company behind Dirty Dough, Wing It On!, The Budlong, Krafted Burger + Tap, Genghis Grill, BD’s Mongolian Grill, Flat Top Grill, Lucky Cat Poke Co., Pastizza, Scramblin’ Ed’s, and Soom Soom Mediterranean, has launched an equity crowd funding campaign to raise growth capital through the Issuance platform. […]

Corner Bakery Cafe Finds Success in Revitalization Efforts

When SSCP, a family-owned, award-winning restaurant leader, acquired Corner Bakery Cafe last June, its goal was to stabilize the brand and lay a strong foundation that would drive growth of the 100+ unit chain in 2024 and beyond, as it has demonstrated with successful history across its portfolio of restaurants. Less than six months later, Corner Bakery […]



Franchising

Donatos Operator Travis Hibbert Named IFA Franchisee of the Year

The International Franchise Association (IFA) named Travis Hibbert, owner of Donatos Pizza in Knoxville, TN, as a 2023 Franchisee of the Year. Hibbert was honored at the 64th IFA Annual Convention in Phoenix, Ariz., for being an outstanding franchise establishment owner-operator. “Franchisees of the Year exemplify what franchising is all about – providing opportunity, serving others, and fulfilling […]

Slim Chickens to Open in Florence, South Carolina

Slim Chickens, a leader in the “better chicken” segment of fast-casual restaurants, will continue expansion of its 100% all-natural, fresh chicken and unrivaled flavor in South Carolina, with its newest opening at 1530 S Church St. in Florence on March 4th. With more than 50 years of combined restaurant experience, Larry Chandler and his nephew […]


Marketing & Promotions

Taco Bell Operator Cotti Foods Corporation Unveils Solar Canopies at Store in Tulare, California

Cotti Foods Corporation will be hosting a ribbon-cutting ceremony on February 21st at 10am PT to unveil three new solar canopies installed at the franchisee’s Taco Bell on 1051 S Mooney Blvd in Tulare, California.  Integrate Solar installed two 45’ solar canopies over the drive-thru and one 45’ solar canopy in the parking lot. The 56.1 […]