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Painting With A Twist Studios Nationwide To Host Charitable Events For Veteran's Day »

October 22, 2014 at 11:59AM PDT | Source: Painting with a Twist

Leading Paint and Sip Franchise Hosts Nov. 11 'Painting with a Purpose' to Benefit Special Operations Warrior Foundation
MANDEVILLE, La. - October 22, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Painting with a Twist®, the nation's largest paint-and-sip franchise, will host system-wide fundraising events on Veteran's Day, Nov. 11, to benefit the Special Operations Warrior Foundation through the company's charitable arm, Painting with a Purpose.
There are 100 studios participating in this fundraiser with at least 50 percent of each event's proceeds being donated to the Special Operations Warrior Foundation. Some studios are donating 100 percent.
Guests can visit the Painting with a Twist locations page to find their nearest participating studio...

Bruegger's Bagels Announces Winner Of $10,000 Artist Challenge »

October 22, 2014 at 11:36AM PDT | Source: Bruegger's Bagels

Minnesotan's artwork is displayed at Flagship Bakery in Commerce Hill
October 22, 2014 // Franchising.com // BURLINGTON, Vt. – Bruegger's Bagels has selected the original artwork of Taia Morley of Stillwater, Minnesota, as the winner of its $10,000 Artist Challenge.
As part of the 2014 opening celebration for its new prototype and flagship Commerce Hill bakery in Woodbury, Minnesota, Bruegger's Bagels issued a $10,000 Artist Challenge. The competition sought an original work that conveyed the artist's interpretation of the Bruegger's Bagels brand to complement the bakery's new urban chic design. Morley's winning work is now displayed in the Commerce Hill bakery and other select locations nationwide.
"The bagel is the heart and soul of Bruegger's Bagels, and we love how Taia's design conveys that 'bagel world' in a way that is whimsical, original and just a little bit quirky," said Judy Kadylak, vice president of marketing for Bruegger's Bagels...

Cousins Subs® Awards $1,000 To Literacy Green Bay »

October 22, 2014 at 11:31AM PDT | Source: Cousins Subs

Make It Better Foundation Grant will Help Support Read & Lead Tutoring Program
October 22, 2014 // Franchising.com // MILWAUKEE – The Cousins Subs® Make It Better Foundation has awarded Literacy Green Bay a $1,000 grant to support its Read & Lead Tutoring Program, which connects trained teen volunteers with elementary-aged participants who provide close one-on-one positive relationships with disadvantaged children, assisting them with their school work while also supporting their literacy development outside of the classroom.
Foundation funds will be used to replenish program workbooks, art and crafts materials, and training materials that are routinely consumed by the children and tutors, as well as replace books, games and puzzles that are damaged or have missing pieces for the 2014-2015 school year...

Stevi B's Pizza Celebrates The Holiday Season With Creative In-Store Promotions, Charity Partnerships And New Menu Additions »

October 22, 2014 at 8:26AM PDT | Source: Stevi B's Pizza

Creative Customer Promotions Highlight Winter at the Nation's Favorite Family Friendly Pizza Buffet
October 22, 2014 // Franchising.com // ATLANTA – The start of a new season comes with even more reason to enjoy the tasty offerings – and great savings – from the country's only premium pizza buffet.
Starting this month, Stevi B's Pizza, everyone's favorite neighborhood pizza buffet, is introducing an exciting collection of deals, desserts, giveaways and community give-back programs including:

A Toys for Tots Community Partnership
Holiday Gift Car Promotion
Fundraising Group Facebook Contest
Limited Time Strawberry Cheesecake Dessert Pizza

"At Stevi B's, we cherish the opportunity to strengthen the bonds we have with fans during the holiday season," said Allyson Smith, chief marketing officer for Stevi B's Pizza...

Burger 21 Seeks Additional Franchisees For Greater Washington D.C. Expansion »

October 22, 2014 at 8:04AM PDT | Source: Burger 21
Burger 21 Opportunities Available

Award-Winning Fast-Casual Chain to Host Franchising Executive Roundtable on Nov. 2 
October 22, 2014 // Franchising.com // TAMPA, Fla. – Burger 21®, a new better burger franchise founded by the owners of The Melting Pot® Restaurants, Inc. franchise company based in Tampa, Fla., announced today it is targeting the Greater Washington D.C. area for future franchise development. Target cities include Bethesda, Silver Spring, College Park and Rockville, Md.; Alexandria, Arlington, Manassas and Gainesville, Va.; and downtown D.C.
To fuel expansion in the region, Burger 21 will be exhibiting at the Capital Franchise Expo, Nov. 1 and 2 at the Dulles Expo Center, booth No. 209. In addition, the Tampa-based franchise's development team will also host a franchising Executive Roundtable on Nov...

Planet Smoothie And Tasti D-Lite Expanding In Southern California »

October 22, 2014 at 6:54AM PDT | Source: Planet Smoothie
Planet Smoothie Opportunities Available

Two New Stores Are Tip of the Iceberg for Smoothie Franchise and Dessert Franchise
LOS ANGELES, CA - (Marketwired - Oct 21, 2014) - Planet Smoothie and Tasti D-Lite, which together have more than 150 locations nationwide, are about to get a whole lot bigger in Southern California. The smoothie franchise, which currently has one store in Arvin, is about to open two more - one in Santa Monica (530 Wilshire Ave. No. 107, Santa Monica 90401), and the other in the Northridge Fashion Center (9301 Tampa Ave., Northridge, CA 91324). The Santa Monica location will also house a Tasti D-Lite - a popular Manhattan dessert franchise.
That's just the beginning. Planet Smoothie and Tasti D-Lite plan to open dozens of locations in Southern California...

Ignite Restaurant Group, Inc. To Announce Third Quarter 2014 Results On October 29, 2014 »

October 22, 2014 at 6:24AM PDT | Source: Ignite Restaurant Group, Inc.

HOUSTON - October 21, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Ignite Restaurant Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:IRG) today announced that it will host a conference call to discuss third quarter 2014 financial results on Wednesday, October 29, 2014 at 5:00 PM Eastern Time.
The conference call can be accessed live over the phone by dialing 888-221-9542 or for international callers by dialing 913-312-1513. A replay will be available one hour after the call and can be accessed by dialing 877-870-5176 or 858-384-5517 for international callers; the password is 6720636. The replay will be available until November 5, 2014. The call will also be webcast live from the Company's website at www.igniterestaurants.com under the “Investors” section.
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Togo's Opens In Brawley With 1,000 Free Hot Pastrami Sandwiches »

October 22, 2014 at 6:13AM PDT | Source: Togo's Franchisor, LLC

"West Coast Original" Kicks Off with a Fundraiser and One Month of Giveaways
BRAWLEY, Calif. - Oct. 21, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - Togo's Eateries, Inc., a "West Coast Original" since 1971, will give away 1,000 free Hot Pastrami Sandwiches to celebrate the opening of its new restaurant in Brawley. In the month ahead, guests will have a chance at winning free sandwiches for a year, gift certificates and a catering party. The new restaurant is located at 1050 S. Brawley Ave, Brawley, CA 92227 in the new Walmart shopping center. The team will host a training fundraiser for Brawley High School on Thursday, October 23rd from 4pm-7pm and the grand opening will take place on October 24th.
Renowned for its big and meaty sandwiches, Togo's piles on the premium ingredients with one-on-one deli-style service...

Sonic Announces 4.6% System Same-Store Sales Increase For Fourth Fiscal Quarter »

October 22, 2014 at 4:56AM PDT | Source: Sonic Drive-In

Adjusted EPS Increase of 17% for the Fiscal Year
OKLAHOMA CITY - October 21, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Sonic Corp. (NASDAQ:SONC), the nation's largest chain of drive-in restaurants, today announced results for the fourth fiscal quarter and fiscal year ended August 31, 2014.
Key highlights of the company's fiscal year 2014 included:

Net income per diluted share was $0.85 compared with net income per diluted share of $0.64 in fiscal 2013; excluding certain adjustments outlined below, net income per diluted share increased 17% to $.84 compared with $0.72 in fiscal 2013;
System same-store sales increased 3.5%, consisting of a 3.5% same-store sales increase at both franchise and company drive-ins;
Company drive-in margins improved by 90 basis points;
40 new drive-ins were opened; and
The company repurchased $80 million in stock representing 7% of the company's outstanding shares as of the beginning of the fiscal year...

West Virginia Man Brings A Texas Favorite To His Home State With Dickey's Barbecue Pit »

October 22, 2014 at 4:51AM PDT | Source: Dickey's Barbecue Pit®
Dickey's Barbecue Pit® Opportunities Available

October 22, 2014 // Franchising.com // Beaver, WV - Perry McKinney loves meeting new people and sharing his love of Texas barbecue. Following retirement, McKinney decided his next adventure would be to open a barbecue joint. On Thursday October 23 at 11 a.m., McKinney along with investors Joshua Conaway and Patrick Haynes will open Dickey's Barbecue Pit in Beaver. The new owners are hosting a three day grand opening to introduce the Beaver community to slow smoked Texas-style barbecue.
"After tasting Dickey's Barbecue Pit's Texas-style barbecue, I knew it would be a great fit for West Virginia," said first time owner, Perry McKinney. "I'm looking forward serving great food and meeting new people in our store and through catering their events...

Shula's Restaurants Launch In-Store Campaigns For Breast Cancer Awareness Month »

October 21, 2014 at 11:36AM PDT | Source: Shula’s Restaurants

Shula's Restaurant Locations Join Forces this October to Raise Money for the Shula Fund
Fort Lauderdale, FL (PRWEB) October 21, 2014 - This October, one Florida-based restaurant franchise is rewarding loyal fans who donate to breast cancer treatment and awareness with an opportunity to celebrate like a Super Bowl winner and become a champion against breast cancer.
Until the end of October, all Shula's restaurant patrons who donate and/or contribute to the Shula Fund, an ongoing donation program that generates funds for the Moffitt Cancer Center, a leading national breast cancer treatment and research organization location in Tampa, will be able to hoist a replica of the Lombardi trophy. Managers at each Shula's location will snap a photo and encourage each patron to share their picture using the hashtags #shulafund, #shulaburger and/or #shulas to let all of their followers know they became a champion in the fight against breast cancer...

Buffalo Wild Wings® Kicks Off New Year's Day College Football With Citrus Bowl Sponsorship »

October 21, 2014 at 9:18AM PDT | Source: Buffalo Wild Wings

The Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl™ Airs at 1:00 pm (ET) on ABC in the new Orlando Citrus Bowl Stadium
MINNEAPOLIS - October 21, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Buffalo Wild Wings, Inc. (NASDAQ: BWLD) and Florida Citrus Sports (FCSports) announced a partnership to present the Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl in Orlando, Florida. The 2015 Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl airs live on ABC on New Year's Day at 1:00 p.m. (ET) in the new Orlando Citrus Bowl stadium. The game is in its first year of a new cycle, pitting top non-College Football Playoff teams from the Big Ten (or Atlantic Coast) conference against a top non-CFP Southeastern Conference team.
"Buffalo Wild Wings is a brand for the fans and we're excited to continue to bring our unique Buffalo Wild Wings experience to college football fans across the country through this sponsorship," said Bob Ruhland, vice president of marketing at Buffalo Wild Wings...

Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, Inc. To Release Third Quarter 2014 Results On November 4, 2014 »

October 21, 2014 at 8:30AM PDT | Source: Red Robin Gourmet Burgers

GREENWOOD VILLAGE, Colo. - Oct. 21, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) - Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, Inc., (Nasdaq:RRGB), a casual dining restaurant chain focused on serving an innovative selection of high-quality gourmet burgers in a family-friendly atmosphere, today announced that it will release results for the quarter ended October 5, 2014, on Tuesday, November 4, 2014. The Company will host a conference call to review financial results on Tuesday, November 4, 2014, at 10:00 AM ET.
The conference call can be accessed live over the phone by dialing (877) 780-3381, or for international callers (719) 325-2313. A replay will be available from two hours after the end of the call and can be accessed by dialing (877) 870-5176 or (858) 384-5517 for international callers; the conference ID is 5775183...

Edible Arrangements® Adds New Franchise Revenue Channels »

October 21, 2014 at 8:15AM PDT | Source: Edible Arrangements

Category Originator and Global Leader Announces Innovative Partnerships With Military, Higher Education
WALLINGFORD, CT - (Marketwired - Oct 21, 2014) - Edible Arrangements®, the world's largest franchisor of stores offering fresh-cut fruit arrangements and other fruit products, is expanding into two exciting new markets - military bases and universities. Plus, it is pursuing similar initiatives at other high traffic locations throughout the U.S.
This November, Fort Bragg, NC, home of the U.S. Airborne and Special Operations and one of the largest military complexes in the world, will become home to the first on-base Edible Arrangements store. Earlier this Fall, Oakwood University in Huntsville, AL, became the first university to own an Edible Arrangements store...

Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc. Announces Third Quarter 2014 Results »

October 21, 2014 at 6:51AM PDT | Source: Chipotle Mexican Grill

DENVER - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Oct. 20, 2014 - Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc. (NYSE: CMG) today reported financial results for its third quarter ended September 30, 2014.
Highlights for the third quarter of 2014 as compared to the third quarter of 2013 include:

Revenue increased 31.1% to $1.08 billion
Comparable restaurant sales increased 19.8%
Restaurant level operating margin was 28.8%, an increase of 200 basis points
Net income was $130.8 million, an increase of 56.9%
Diluted earnings per share was $4.15, an increase of 56.0%
Opened 43 new restaurants

Highlights for the nine months ended September 30, 2014 as compared to the prior year include:

Revenue increased 28...

Papa Murphy's Expands Frightfully Fun Offerings This Halloween With New Spooky Dough »

October 21, 2014 at 6:38AM PDT | Source: Papa Murphy's
Papa Murphy's Opportunities Available

Family Favorite Jack-O-Lantern Pizza Available Nationwide and New Spooky Dough Available at Participating Stores October 21
VANCOUVER, Wash. - Oct. 21, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) - Papa Murphy's Holdings, Inc. (Nasdaq:FRSH) the world's leading take 'n' bake pizza franchise, is kicking off this Halloween with its popular one-of-a-kind Jack-O-Lantern Pizza and launching a new, spooky offering sure to please cookie monsters of all ages. Halloween is the chain's busiest day of the year as costumed families and friends gather for Papa Murphy's scary delicious pizza before heading out to trick-or-treat. The Jack-O-Lantern pizza will be available at Papa Murphy's locations nationwide beginning today, October 21 through October 31. Spooky Dough is available at participating stores...

Brinker International Reports Increases In First Quarter Fiscal 2015 EPS, Comparable Restaurant Sales And Traffic »

October 21, 2014 at 6:18AM PDT | Source: Brinker International

DALLAS - Oct. 21, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - Brinker International, Inc. (NYSE: EAT) today announced results for the fiscal first quarter ended Sept. 24, 2014.
Highlights include the following:

Earnings per diluted share, excluding special items, increased 16.3 percent to $0.50 compared to $0.43 for the first quarter of fiscal 2014
On a GAAP basis, earnings per diluted share increased 16.7 percent to $0.49 compared to $0.42 for the first quarter of fiscal 2014
Brinker International company sales increased 3.4 percent to $686.9 million and comparable restaurant sales at company-owned restaurants increased 2.4 percent
Chili's company-owned comparable restaurant sales increased 2...

Planet Smoothie Franchise Expanding In Orlando »

October 21, 2014 at 6:12AM PDT | Source: Planet Smoothie
Planet Smoothie Opportunities Available

The Smoothie Franchise Plans to Open Eight More Locations in the Next Three Years
ORLANDO, FL - (Marketwired - Oct 21, 2014) - The Planet Smoothie franchise, which already has 28 locations in Central Florida, plans to open eight more in the next three years.
Jason Mann, who owns three area stores and helps support the other 25, says the company is looking for franchise partners to bring Planet Smoothie to new neighborhoods and cities. He sees opportunities to expand in the Orlando area downtown, on International Drive, at Florida Mall, Kissimmee, Celebration and Clermont. He also says the business opportunity is strong in Daytona Beach, Ormond Beach, New Smyrna Beach, Ocala and Lakeland.
Planet Smoothie was an easy choice for Mann when he was looking for a business to start...

Barbecue Buffs In Haslet Feed Their Cravings With New Dickey's Barbecue Pit »

October 21, 2014 at 5:21AM PDT | Source: Dickey's Barbecue Pit®
Dickey's Barbecue Pit® Opportunities Available

October 21, 2014 // Franchising.com // Haslet, TX - Haslet barbecue fans can cheer when Dickey's Barbecue Pit opens with a three day grand opening on Thursday October 23 at 11 a.m. The barbecue celebration kicks off with the first 50 dine-in guests receiving gift cards worth up to $50 and on Friday guests can test their luck when the new location awards three free barbecue for a year prizes.
"Our grand openings are bigger and better than other franchise, so it's always a blast when we open a new location," said multi-unit owner and area developer, Joseph Vongsombath. "The support we receive from Dickey's as franchise owners makes being in the barbecue business fun while at the same time allows us to open new locations."
On Friday from 11 a...

Fresh To Order Continues To Grow In Atlanta Home Market, Fast Casual Leader Opens In Decatur, Georgia »

October 21, 2014 at 5:03AM PDT | Source: Fresh To Order

Atlanta, GA (PRWEB) October 21, 2014 - Atlanta-based Fresh To Order (f2o), the pioneer of "Fast Fine" dining, opens its ninth Atlanta location in Decatur, Ga. The Decatur location is located at 205 E. Ponce De Leon Avenue at the corner of Church St. in the heart of this city's downtown area.
The restaurant's convenient location for residents and students, as well as its strong daytime population from the many office workers nearby, makes it a prime spot for Fresh To Order. The restaurant has great visibility and easy access to the courthouse, office buildings and Decatur Town Center.
Only minutes from Atlanta, Decatur is part of a larger growth strategy for Fresh To Order. Decatur fits into the restaurant's submarket criteria with its neighborhood appeal, great community spirit and lively downtown scene...



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