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Red Mango, Smoothie Factory Blast from Past for Franchisee

Mohammad Mansour still remembers the summers he spent riding his bike to the Orland Park Mall for his first job in the food court while attending the local high school. Now the roles have reversed where Mansour is the business owner of several food concepts at the mall giving students their first jobs. And the […]

Fresh To Order Will Expand to Philadelphia

“Fast-fine” dining innovator Fresh To Order has awarded a three-unit deal with restaurant and convenience store experts Tony Chong and Daryl Ortiz, partners of the Kephas Group. The pair plans to bring Fresh To Order’s chef-driven menu of freshly prepared, healthy dishes to diners in the Philadelphia area next year.  It will be the first […]

Planet Sub to Develop 12 Units in San Antonio

Kansas City–based oven-baked sandwich chain, Planet Sub, has signed an agreement to develop 12 stores in the San Antonio, Texas area, which brings the total of units under development in Texas to 35. The growing fresh-casual brand has 23 stores set for other varying metroplexes in Texas including Austin, Dallas, Denton, and Fort Worth, with […]

Corner Bakery Targets Southeast for Growth

Corner Bakery Cafe, a fast-casual restaurant concept known for its ingredient-inspired menu and neighborhood café atmosphere, is looking for top multiunit franchise operators to expand into the Southeast. "Experts are forecasting that the fast-casual industry will lead the way for new restaurant development this year. When we couple that with a growing demand for Corner […]

Pie Five to Open 24 Units in Northeast

Pie Five Pizza Co., announced a new development deal that will open up to 24 new locations across multiple northeastern states. Local Pie Five franchisee, Mashoor Awad, will be developing the Pie Five Pizza brand across the northeast area including the state of Delaware, Eastern Pennsylvania/Philadelphia, Northern Maryland, and Southern New Jersey. The first location, […]

Uncle Maddio’s Comes to New Jersey

Fast casual, build-your-own pizza restaurant Uncle Maddio’s Pizza Joint will open in New Jersey later this year. Franchisees Ben Perez-Ringus and Dipen Desai, partners, have signed a deal to build five Uncle Maddio’s restaurants in Morris, Somerset, Middlesex, Bergen, and Essex counties. The first restaurant is expected to open in late 2015. Perez-Ringus will serve as the […]

Carl’s Jr. Opens First Colombia Location

Carl’s Jr. continues to expand in Latin America with the opening of its first restaurant in Colombia today. Located at Parque de La 93 in the heart of Bogota, the restaurant marks the first of a multi-unit development agreement between Carl’s Jr. parent company CKE Restaurants Holdings Inc. (CKE) and International Meal Company (IMC). IMC […]

Boardwalk to Open Third Unit in Saudi Arabia

Boardwalk Fresh Burgers and Fries continues expansion in the Middle East. Adding to its development in Riyadh, Boardwalk's multiunit developer has expanded its area by signing a second agreement with Boardwalk to develop the entire country of Saudi Arabia. Two Boardwalk restaurants opened in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia: last June at Tahksosy Road, and then October […]

VertsKebap Opens First San Antonio Location

The Austin-based fast casual chain, VertsKebap, will open the doors to its first San Antonio restaurant in the Park North Shopping Center at 842 NW Loop 410 on Saturday, May 16.  VertsKebap Park North will celebrate its first day of business with a grand opening event from 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. featuring one free, full sized entrée […]

Dunkin’ Inks Albuquerque Expansion Deal

Dunkin’ Donuts announced today the signing of a multi-unit store development agreement with existing franchise group, NMR LLC, to develop five Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants and four multi-brand restaurants with its sister brand, Baskin-Robbins, in Albuquerque and its surrounding areas. The first restaurant is planned to open in Summer 2016. Led by Amin Habib, Murad Fazal, […]

Halal Guys Announces International Multi-Unit Expansion

The Halal Guys has announced the signing of three major multi-unit franchise deals abroad. Nearly 40 new restaurants will open in the Philippines; Jakarta, Indonesia; and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.  The franchisee for the Philippines has signed a 20-unit deal for the entire country, with the first location expected to open in the summer of 2015 in […]

Burger 21’s First Franchisee to Open New Unit

Burger 21, an award-winning, “beyond the better burger” fast-casual franchise, announced that it has signed an additional franchise agreement with the brand’s very first franchisee, Dennis Saller, to develop its first restaurant in Melbourne, Florida, at the Avenue Viera shopping mall. Additionally, the Tampa, Florida–based chain signed lease agreements for its Snellville and Johns Creek, […]

Tom+Chee to Open First North Carolina Location

Cincinnati-based restaurant Tom+Chee will open its first North Carolina location in Carrboro on May 15, 2015. The 54-seat, 2,000-square-foot restaurant, which also offers additional outdoor seating, is located at 370 E. Main Street, Suite 140, Carrboro, NC 27510. The Carrboro location will celebrate its grand opening with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 10:15 a.m. on […]

Blaze Pizza Opens Sixth Location in Chicago Area

Blaze Fast Fire'd Pizza, the fast-casual concept, known for its chef-driven menu and casually hip restaurants, announced today that it will open its sixth Chicago-area restaurant, in Niles, on Thursday, May 7. To celebrate the grand opening, the restaurant will offer free build-your-own artisanal pizzas on Friday, May 8 from 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. […]

McDonald’s CEO Easterbrook Unveils Turnaround Plan

McDonald's president and CEO Steve Easterbrook today announced the initial steps of the company's turnaround plan, including a restructuring of McDonald's worldwide business and financial updates. "Today we are announcing the initial steps to reset and turn around our business," Easterbrook says. "As we look to shape McDonald's future as a modern, progressive burger company, […]

MAD Greens Open Two Locations in Two Weeks

MAD Greens will open two locations in Colorado in just two weeks. Its first Westminster restaurant at 1181 W. 120th Avenue, Suite 300 will open with a Free Salad Day on April 28, and a Lone Tree location will open at Lincoln Avenue and RidgeGate Parkway two weeks later. This is the first time in […]

Chicken Salad Chick Inks Investment Deal

Chicken Salad Chick recently announced that it has received an investment from Eagle Merchant Partners (Eagle), an Atlanta, Georgia-based private equity firm. This partnership brings a depth of restaurant industry experience to the leadership team, including the naming of restaurant industry veteran Russ Umphenour as chairman of the board and Scott Deviney as president and […]

Villa Italian Kitchen Opens New Food Court Locations

Villa Enterprises, multi-brand restaurant operator and franchisor celebrating 50 years in business, announced Villa Italian Kitchen has opened three new restaurant locations today at Dublin, Ohio’s Tuttle Crossing Mall, 2000 Riverchase Galleria, in Birmingham, Alabama, and 8401 Park Meadows Center Drive, at Park Meadows Mall in Lone Tree, Colorado, each conveniently located at the Food Court featuring a variety of freshly made […]

Pie Hole Eyes “Foodie” Areas in Orange County

The Pie Hole, the Los Angeles, California-based pie and coffee concept, has closed a three-unit franchise deal for Orange County, California. Named to CondeNast Traveler’s Best Pies in America list, The Pie Hole features sweet and savory, made-from-scratch pies and premium coffees in a fast casual, local gathering space format. The Pie Hole has two […]

Persona Pizzaeria Signs First Texas Franchise Agreement

Persona Wood Fired Pizzeria has signed a five-unit deal for Houston. This marks the brand’s first franchise development agreement in the state of Texas. The new Persona locations in Houston will be owned and operated by Spicy Ketchup LLC, a locally based franchise group experienced with the Jimmy John’s brand. The group plans to open […]

Taco John’s Now at Love’s Travel Stops

Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores, a national travel stop company, has signed a deal to add 10 Taco John’s quick-service Mexican restaurants to its travel stop locations. “Mexican QSR is a fast-growing segment of the food industry, and Taco John’s will help us expand those offerings to our customers,” says Joe Cotton, Love’s director […]

Sloan’s Ice Cream Announces Middle East Expansion

Sloan’s Ice Cream today announced a major development deal that will expand the brand into the Middle East. West Palm Beach, Florida-based Sloan’s — a premium brand combining innovative ice cream flavors with over-the-top aesthetics, including bold pink and neon green walls and heaping amounts of candy and toys — has signed a franchise development […]

Great Wraps Targets Second Tier Markets

After success in initial second tier markets, Great Wraps Grill, a restaurant franchise that lives at the intersection of flavor and health, announced its strategy to focus franchising growth on secondary markets across the country. The brand has proven to thrive in these markets due to its flexible footprint that works in various venues including […]

Crushed Red Targets North Carolina for Growth

Crushed Red, a progressive Urban Bake & Chop Shop franchise dishing up chopped-to-order salads and artisan-crafted, whole-grain pizzas in an elevated fast-casual atmosphere, is targeting North Carolina for franchise expansion in 2015. The company plans to develop six restaurants with qualified franchisees throughout the market, serving up true artisan flavors and boosting the local economy […]

Halal Guys Signs Multi-Unit Texas Expansion Deal

The Halal Guys has announced the signing of multi-unit franchise deals outside its home market of New York City. Fifteen new restaurants will open in parts of Houston and Austin, Texas, including one unit at George Bush Intercontinental Airport. Texas has a number of major markets with prime franchise territories still available or under negotiation, including […]

Toronto-Based The Chickery to Open U.S. Location

The Chickery, the Toronto-based fast casual founded by celebrity Chef David Adjey of Food Network fame, has signed a lease in Washington, D.C., to open a corporate location in Dupont Circle. The new site — which takes the place of a burger restaurant — is located at 1300 Connecticut Ave., right next to Chop’t Creative Salad […]

Gulf Coast Expansion Plans For Newk’s Eatery

One of Newk’s Eatery’s most successful franchisee teams is bringing the franchise into downtown Pensacola, Florida, with the city’s second Newk’s restaurant. The Newk’s franchisee team, consisting of managing partners and seasoned restaurateurs Kevin Fitzpatrick, Roman Mayer, and Craig Reeder, is jump-starting the site of the former Wintzell’s Oyster House and Copeland’s New Orleans Restaurant […]