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CKE Marks 300th Restaurant in the Middle East

CKE Restaurants Holdings Inc. (CKE), parent company of Hardee’s and Carl’s Jr., has reached a significant milestone with the opening of its 300th restaurant in the Middle East. The new Hardee’s location will open April 21, 2015, in Yanbu Al-Sinaiyah, King Fahd Street, Saudi Arabia, and will be operated by Al-Ahlia Restaurant Company, a subsidiary of longtime […]

Burger 21 Opens Second Restaurant in South Florida

  Burger 21 announced today its second restaurant in South Florida will open in Fort Lauderdale on April 27 at 2949 N. Federal Highway. To celebrate, the restaurant will be giving away Burger 21 t-shirts to the first one hundred guests. Attorney-turned-restaurant owner, Adam Booken, left the corporate world to follow his life-long dream of […]

Steak ‘n Shake Hosts Re Grand Opening For IL Location

Steak ‘n Shake, famous for the Original Steakburger and hand-dipped Milkshakes, celebrates the Re-Grand Opening of its Quincy, Illinois, location at 3819 Broadway this Friday, April 24 at 10 a.m. The Grand Opening will be hosted by owners Paul Ledgard Sr. and Cindy Ledgard; partners Alyson Collins & Paul Ledgard Jr.; district manager Dave Atchison; […]

HoneyBaked Ham Co Preps For Growth

The HoneyBaked Ham Company and Café, a premium food retailer with more than 400 locations nationwide, is announcing an aggressive franchise expansion program to develop 15 to 20 new locations in the year ahead, awarding additional franchises in target markets across the nation. The brand has 190 franchised locations. HoneyBaked is the most recognized ham […]

Fractured Prune Opening Celebrates Arizona Anniversary

Fractured Prune Doughnuts is celebrating its one-year anniversary in the Arizona by opening its Tempe location at University House on Tuesday, April 28 at 7 a.m. For more than 40 years, Fractured Prune Doughnuts has beenknown for its always hot, customizable, and made-to-order doughnuts. To celebrate its newest location in Tempe, the first 300 people […]

Juice It Up! Opens New Texas Location

Juice It Up! will open its newest Texas location in the Pearland Market Shopping Center in Pearland, Texas on Friday, April 24. This is the first location operated by Kahled Ibrahim, president of Matrix Juice LLC. “After experiencing Juice It Up!’s delicious smoothies and fresh, raw juices for myself, I knew that I had to […]

Doc Popcorn Opens Second Japan Location

The latest opening of Doc Popcorn at Lalaport Mall in Fujimi, Japan this past week drew crowds of customers at its Grand Opening, which marked the second successful opening of the fresh-popped, kettle-cooked popcorn retail franchise in Japan. Less than one year after the first Doc Popcorn grand opening in Tokyo, the Lalaport Mall PopShop […]

Bowl of Heaven Opens Another Franchise Unit

Bowl of Heaven—the innovative, health-casual concept featuring delicious açaí bowls, smoothies, and cold-pressed juices made with plant protein and super food ingredients—opened another franchise store this past month in Tustin, California. Bowl of Heaven currently has eight stores open, 10 new locations set to open in 2015, and more than 65 new franchise units sold […]

Corner Bakery Cafe Looks to Ohio For Growth

Corner Bakery Cafe, a fast casual restaurant concept known for its ingredient-inspired menu and neighborhood cafe atmosphere, is off to a fast start in the second quarter with the announcement of a 13-location deal for greater Cleveland-area, the brand’s first area development agreement in the state of Ohio. According to the National Restaurant Association (NRA), […]

Donatos Pizza Plans for 200 Units by 2018

The fast-casual pizza segment has gone from nowhere to seemingly everywhere with head-spinning speed. And while a band of start-ups have debuted in the past few years, Donatos Pizza, the leading pizza chain in Technomic’s most recent Top 150 Fast-Casual Chain Restaurant Report, is dominating the category. And they’re showing no signs of slowing down. […]

Halal Guys Grows Executive Team

Following this week’s announcement that The Halal Guys hired former Qdoba VP of human resources and training, Mike Speck, as COO, comes the hiring of two strong operations and training professionals to the team. Mame Fall and Juan Bustamante, who have a combined total of almost 30 years in the restaurant and hospitality industry, will work […]

Dunkin’ Partners With New Franchise Group in Minneapolis

Dunkin’ Donuts announced today the signing of a multi-unit store development agreement with new franchise group, Legacy Concepts LLC, to develop 10 new restaurants in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and the surrounding areas of Bloomington, Edina, Eden Prairie, and the communities west of the Metro area. The first restaurant is planned to open by the end of […]

The Halal Guys Names New COO

The Halal Guys, the American Halal street food concept with over 200 new corporate and franchise restaurants in development, has hired Mike Speck as the company’s new chief operating officer. Speck is a 25-year restaurant operations and training veteran, whose most recent role as vice president of Human Resources and Training for Qdoba Mexican Grill involved […]

CREAM Signs Deal for 13 New Locations

CREAM, a San Francisco-based dessert franchise that specializes in high quality ice cream sandwiches and other confections, has inked a franchise deal that will bring 13 new locations to various uncharted parts of Northern California, including Fairfield, Vacaville, Marin County, Chico, Santa Cruz, and Napa, among others. The latest agreement has been signed with brothers […]

Pieology Opens Vacaville Location

Pieology Pizzeria, where pizza lovers go to create custom pizzas in endless flavor combinations, announced the opening of its first Vacaville location on Friday, April 17.  Pieology Vacaville is located at The Nut Tree Plaza between The Habit Burger and Buckhorn BBQ. A proven favorite with pizza fans, Pieology currently has eight locations in Northern […]

Dickey’s Barbecue Opens in Whittier

Whittier, California, residents will get a fast casual barbecue option on Thursday, April 16 at 11 a.m., when Dickey's Barbecue Pit opens in the Santa Fe Springs Plaza. Local owner, Kevin Vuu is hosting a three-day grand opening celebration where the first 50 guests will receive gift cards ranging from $5 to $50. "Dickey's Barbecue […]

Cinnaholic Follows Shark Tank Win With New Openings

Less than a year after being featured on the ABC reality show "Shark Tank,” Cinnaholic announced that it will have eight new franchise locations open within the next couple of months. The award-winning bakery specializes in nothing but custom gourmet and vegan cinnamon rolls. The newly revealed locations include Santa Rosa, California; South Lake, Texas; […]

Captain D’s Looks To Expand In The Carolinas

Captain D's, the leading national fast casual seafood restaurant, announces plans to expand its presence in the Carolinas, including Charlotte, North Carolina. The company has 27 Captain D's restaurants located throughout the state with twelve in the Charlotte market. As part of Captain D's expansion plan, this announcement comes on the heels of unprecedented growth […]

Gigi’s Cupcakes Plans to Open 25 Locations in 2015

Amid rising sales and the debut of a new bakery design, Gigi’s Cupcakes, America’s largest cupcake and specialty baked goods franchise, plans to open 25 locations this year. Through the first quarter 2015, Gigi’s Cupcakes saw same-store sales—a key indicator of a retail company’s health—increase more than 4 percent. In the same period, total sales […]

Canadian Poutine Concept Eyes American Markets

Smoke’s Poutinerie, the colorful cult brand that has achieved icon status for its twist on Canada’s classic fries, cheese curds, and gravy, is poised for immense expansion, planning to open 1,300 restaurants in the next five years with 800 in the United States. The original and largest poutinerie in the world has mapped a course […]

New Locations and More to Come From Huddle House

Huddle House continued its aggressive expansion during the first three months of the year, opening four new restaurants and signing four franchise agreements representing additional locations to be opened by the end of the year.  New restaurants opened in Vernon, Texas; Mount Vernon, Illinois; Hahira, Georgia; and Winfield, Alabama, at a pace of one every […]

Chicken Salad Chick Opens First Tampa Unit

Chicken Salad Chick announced the location of its newest franchise in Tampa, Florida. The restaurant, set to open this summer, will be located in the University Collection at 2790 East Fowler Avenue, Suite 490. Owners Brad and Tammy Cochran of Tampa Bay CSC, LLC are thrilled to bring their first of six locations to the […]

Penn Station Subs to Open 10 Atlanta Units

Penn Station East Coast Subs, the fast-casual restaurant known for its fresh grilled, made-to-order sub sandwiches, hand-squeezed lemonade, and fresh-cut fries, has signed a 10-unit agreement for northeast Atlanta with a franchisee group led by Rusty Clifton. The group will open 10 restaurants over the next five years, with the first location opening this month […]

Newk’s Looks to Franchise in Seven States

Newk’s Eatery is laying franchise growth plans in new markets stretching across the South from Savannah, Georgia and Orlando, Florida, to Lubbock and Midland-Odessa, Texas, with Washington, D.C, Richmond and Norfolk/Virginia Beach, Virginia, Indianapolis, St. Louis and Oklahoma City in between. The fast-casual chain, known for its culinary-driven menu and open kitchens, is expanding its […]

Carl’s Jr. Opens Second Toronto Location

The Southern California-based Carl’s Jr. will be serving up burgers, fries, shakes, and more 24 hours a day with the opening of its newest restaurant on April 8. Operated by Toronto-based 6Points Food Services Ltd., the Carl’s Jr. restaurant, which will feature a delicious shake bar with more than 20 flavors of hand-scooped Chapman’s Canadian […]

Grabbagreen Begins Franchising

Arizona-based food+juice restaurant Grabbagreen announced a nationwide franchising opportunity. Grabbagreen is a nutritious restaurant concept that meets the speed and convenience of traditional fast food with a breakfast, lunch, and dinner menu packed full of super food ingredients. Founded in 2012 by moms and childhood friends, Keely Newman and Kelley Bird, Grabbagreen serves organic food […]

Charleys Philly Steaks Opens at Lenox Square in Atlanta

Charleys Philly Steaks has opened at Lenox Square, one of Atlanta, Georgia’s premier retail shopping establishments. The brand’s sales have started out strong—far exceeding opening projected sales numbers. This success mirrors Charleys 2014 same-store sales numbers, and other recent openings across the United States. “The exceptional sales show that Atlanta is embracing Charleys fresh, grilled-in-front-of-you […]