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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 […]

The Loop Expands In Jacksonville Florida

The Loop Pizza Grill is growing again in Jacksonville, Florida. Two franchise owners have announced plans to open Loop Pizza Grills in growing communities south of Jacksonville — one in the Nocatee Town Center in Ponte Vedra, and another in Fleming Island. Franchisee Maurilio Gonzalez will be opening a Loop in the fast-growing community of […]

Fatburger Reopens Detroit Store

Fatburger has reopened its store on Woodward Avenue, Detroit, Michigan, under new ownership.  Local residents and visitors can return to Fatburger and indulge in the many famous menu items including custom-built burgers ranging in sizes from S to XXXL. Guests can customize their burger with a variety of toppings including bacon, chili, egg, and guacamole. Each burger […]

Steak Escape Expands to Russia

“From America with love,” says Steak Escape franchisee, Michael Shariff when asked about his new franchise endeavor in Russia. Escape Enterprises Ltd. of Columbus, Ohio, along with partners Michael Shariff, Mikhail Romanov, and the Sherwood Group, have signed a deal with Escape Enterprises to introduce the Steak Escape brand in Russia. The plans are to […]

Freddy’s Opens 150th Location

Fast-casual restaurant franchise, Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers, will opens its 150th location on Tuesday, April 28 in Loveland, Colorado. Freddy Simon, the restaurant’s 90-year-old cofounder and namesake, will attend the restaurant opening. Simon will greet guests and sign autographs from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. “We opened the doors to our first area Freddy’s […]

Uncle Maddio’s Closes in on Orlando

Uncle Maddio’s Pizza Joint continues its aggressive Florida expansion and will soon enter the Orlando market. Existing Tallahassee franchisee Michael Holmes has signed an agreement to build three units in Orlando in the next four years. Holmes, along with his Orlando operating partners Nick Holmes and Tyler Lackey, will open the first restaurant in the […]

Hungry Howie’s Expands in Louisiana

Hungry Howie’s Pizza is continuing its expansion in Louisiana, opening its newest location in Gretna on Wednesday, April 29. Franchisee, Ray Williams Jr., continues his expansion across the state with this being his sixth location and first in the Westbank area. Local residents will now be able to enjoy the brand’s eight flavored crust options, […]

Chickery Opens New Toronto Location

The Chickery, founded in 2012 by celebrity chef David Adjey of Food Network fame, has inked a deal to open five units in non-traditional units across Toronto, the first of which will open in Mt. Sinai Hospital’s new food court project. Mt. Sinai is one of Toronto’s busiest hospitals, and RioCan, which serves as both […]