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Outback Steakhouse Launches New Brand Campaign So Bold, It Lets The Food Speak For Itself »

May 28, 2015 at 10:06AM PDT | Source: Outback Steakhouse

Restaurant launches nationwide petition to make steak the official food of the United States.
May 28, 2015 // Franchising.com // Tampa, Fla. – Outback Steakhouse® launched the new “Bold at Steak” brand campaign today, centered on the bold flavors, sights and sounds that make Outback the steak authority. No stone was left unturned to demonstrate Outback’s steak leadership: the multi-media, multi-platform campaign includes a series of new commercials, in-restaurant steak training recertification for all Outback employees, a new menu design and fresh menu innovations, including the new Wood-Fire Grilled Flat Iron Steak, starting at just $13.99*.
The “Bold at Steak” creative, developed by Deutsch NY, personifies how the five senses come to life for each guest when they step foot into an Outback restaurant...

Giant Tiger Announces New Embrun Store »

May 28, 2015 at 10:00AM PDT | Source: Giant Tiger Stores Limited

OTTAWA, ONTARIO - (Marketwired - May 28, 2015) - Giant Tiger is pleased to announce that it is building a new store in Embrun, Ontario. The new store will remain at 654 Notre Dame Street and will occupy approximately 20,075 square feet.
"Giant Tiger is excited to bring the great community of Embrun an enhanced shopping experience" said Thomas Haig, President of Giant Tiger Stores Limited. "Our new stores offer the same outstanding value and friendly service our customers have come to expect, but with an updated look and feel."
"Our loyal customers have been asking for a new store for quite some time now, so we are thrilled to bring them an improved Giant Tiger," said Art McGaughey, store owner, Giant Tiger Embrun. "We thank everyone for their patience as we transition to our new building and are confident that the new store will be well worth the wait," added McGaughey...

The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf® Opens First Store Locations In Japan This May 2015 »

May 28, 2015 at 9:08AM PDT | Source: The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf®

The iconic Los Angeles-based specialty coffee and tea retailer opens its flagship store in Tokyo’s Nihonbashi business district and a second location within Koshigaya’s Aeon Lake Town Kaze
May 28, 2015 // Franchising.com // LOS ANGELES - The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf®, a Southern California favorite for more than 50 years, enters its 25th international market when it opens in Japan this May 2015. Founded in Los Angeles in 1963, the iconic brand is one of the world's first and largest privately held coffee and tea retailers with nearly 1,000 stores globally collectively serving more than 110 million coffee and tea beverages each year and over 25,000 Ice Blended® drinks a day. The two new stores in Japan include a flagship location that opened May 26 in Nihonbashi, the financial hub of Tokyo, followed by the May 30 debut of a second location at AEON LakeTown, Japan’s largest eco-friendly supermall in the Saitama Prefecture of Koshigaya...

SweetFrog And MDA Join Forces To Send Kids With Muscle Disease To Summer Camp »

May 28, 2015 at 8:47AM PDT | Source: sweetFrog

Stores nationwide to raise vital funds through MDA’s summer camp mobile program.
Richmond, VA (PRWEB) May 28, 2015 - More than 300 locations of the Richmond-based company sweetFrog Premium Frozen Yogurt will raise money to help the Muscular Dystrophy Association save and improve the lives of kids fighting muscular dystrophy and related life-threatening diseases that limit muscle strength and mobility by participating in the MDA Summer Camp mobile program.
From June 1 to June 30, sweetFrog associates will sell $1 pin-up mobiles that offer customers the opportunity to help send local children affected by neuromuscular diseases to a week where anything is possible at MDA Summer Camp – all at no cost to their families.
“MDA summer camp is often considered ‘the best week of the year’ for our kids, and it wouldn’t be possible without support from partners like sweetFrog and its generous customers and employees," said MDA Executive Director Andrea Shaver...

Bennigan’s ‘Superfan’ Wins Trip To Ireland »

May 28, 2015 at 8:33AM PDT | Source: Bennigan's Grill & Tavern

Winner of 2015 St. Paddy’s Day sweepstakes will celebrate 10th wedding anniversary on the Emerald Isle.
May 28, 2015 // Franchising.com // DALLAS, TX – Allison Parkyn has been going to Bennigan’s since she was a kid, but the last thing she expected was for Bennigan’s CEO to show up at her doorstep.
Yet that’s exactly what happened on Tuesday, May 12, when Paul Mangiamele dropped by her Plano, Texas, home to inform Allison that she had won the grand prize in Bennigan’s 2015 “Blarney Blast” sweepstakes!
Allison had heard about this year’s St. Paddy’s Day contest through her Bennigan’s E-Club membership, as well as on the restaurant’s Facebook page. She entered, but never thought she’d actually win...

Costa Eco Pod Serves Up Sustainability Success In Telford »

May 28, 2015 at 5:55AM PDT | Source: Costa

Today (27 May) The Newly Appointed Mayor Of Telford, Councillor Leon Murray, Formally Opened Costa’s Eco Pod – The UK’s First ‘Zero Energy’ Coffee Shop.
May 28, 2015 // Franchising.com // Costa gathered its development partners, sustainability experts and the local community to thank those involved in the project and mark the success of the Eco Pod’s environmental performance – saving 54% of the energy used in a ‘conventional’ unit in its first month of trading.
The combination of sustainable technologies, smart architecture and intelligent use of building materials means the unit has achieved its target of balancing its energy consumption to be ‘zero energy’. The Eco Pod’s energy saving features include, solar panels which help to power the building and passive ventilation which naturally manages the internal temperature, keeping it at suitable and pleasant levels for customers and staff alike...

Dunkin’ Donuts K-Cup® Pods Now Available In Retail Outlets Nationwide »

May 28, 2015 at 5:30AM PDT | Source: Dunkin' Donuts
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Dunkin’ Brands, The J.M. Smucker Company and Keurig Green Mountain partner to bring Dunkin’ K-Cup® pods to retailers throughout the U.S. and Canada
May 28, 2015 // Franchising.com // CANTON, MA, ORRVILLE, OH, and WATERBURY, VT - Dunkin' Brands Group, Inc., (NASDAQ: DNKN), The J.M. Smucker Company (NYSE: SJM) and Keurig Green Mountain, Inc. (Keurig) (NASDAQ: GMCR) today announced that Dunkin’ K-Cup®* pods are now available for sale at thousands of retailers nationwide for the first time. As part of an agreement between the three companies first announced in February, Smucker will distribute and market Dunkin' K-Cup® pods exclusively to grocery chains, mass merchandisers, club stores, drug stores, dollar stores and home improvement stores...

Uncle Maddio’s Pizza Joint Opening In High Point, North Carolina »

May 28, 2015 at 5:26AM PDT | Source: Uncle Maddio's

Build-Your-Own Pizza Restaurant to Host Grand Opening May 30
High Point, NC (PRWEB) May 28, 2015 - Uncle Maddio’s Pizza Joint will open its first location in High Point N.C., on Friday, May 29, 2015. In celebration of the grand opening May 30, the restaurant will serve free 9-inch, build-your-own, three-topping pizzas to guests in line from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The restaurant is located in the High Point Palladium Shopping Center at 4112-101 Brian Jordan Place off of Wendover Avenue.
In addition to free pizza on Friday, the restaurant has celebrations planned for the weekend. There will be activities for children and a live band from 5-8 p.m. on Saturday, May 30, 2015 and the restaurant will feature beer from local Red Oak Brewery...

Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen, Inc. Reports Results For First Quarter 2015 »

May 28, 2015 at 4:37AM PDT | Source: Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen

Increases Fiscal Year 2015 EPS Guidance
ATLANTA - May 27, 2015 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen, Inc. (NASDAQ: PLKI), the franchisor and operator of Popeyes® restaurants, today reported results for its fiscal first quarter of 2015, which ended April 19, 2015. The Company also increased earnings guidance for fiscal 2015.
“Popeyes delivered another strong quarter. These results were driven by our menu innovation with Louisiana-inspired food, our compelling messaging and increasing media weights. Our five pillar strategic roadmap, coupled with excellence in execution, continues to deliver consistent results quarter after quarter. The strength and reliability of our performance gives us confidence in our organic growth opportunities, which include investments in human capital and international expansion,” commented Cheryl Bachelder, Popeyes' Chief Executive Officer...

Moe’s Southwest Grill Names Bruce Schroder As President »

May 28, 2015 at 4:16AM PDT | Source: Moe's Southwest Grill

ATLANTA - May 27, 2015 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - FOCUS Brands® announced that Bruce Schroder has been named President of Moe’s Southwest Grill®, the fast-casual restaurant chain best known for creating delicious burritos to order with fresh, flavorful ingredients.
Since taking on the new role of Group President, with responsibility for FOCUS Brands Restaurant Brands, Paul Damico has been leading the 15-year-old brand while searching for a leader with both the right experience and the right fit for the brand’s irreverent culture.
“Bruce is an accomplished executive who has a strong track record for leading high-performance teams and growing highly differentiated brands,” said FOCUS Brands Group President, Paul Damico...

First Watch Restaurants, Inc. Acquires The Egg & I Restaurants »

May 28, 2015 at 4:10AM PDT | Source: First Watch Restaurants

May 28, 2015 // Franchising.com // BRADENTON, Fla. – First Watch Restaurants, Inc., the country’s leading breakfast, brunch and lunch concept, announced today that it has acquired 114-unit Centennial, Co.-based The Egg & I Restaurants. The transaction positions First Watch as the nation’s largest and fastest-growing breakfast, brunch and lunch restaurant company with 267 restaurants in 26 states and a combined 18 under development in 2015. Terms of the deal were not announced.
The acquisition is significant as the combined organization immediately becomes the leading player in the breakfast category, which is the fastest-growing segment in the restaurant industry – continually out-pacing all other segments...

Bowl Of Heaven To Develop Three More Units In California »

May 28, 2015 at 4:00AM PDT | Source: Bowl of Heaven

The delicious açaí bowl brand expands through a franchise deal to include La Canada, Pasadena and Burbank.
Newport Beach, CA, May 27, 2015 – Bowl of Heaven - the innovative concept which serves up delicious açaí bowls, smoothies and cold pressed juices which feature plant protein and super food ingredients - has announced the signing of a 3-unit franchise deal for territories in home state of California.
Bowl Of Heaven has partnered with Fransmart, the development company responsible for the explosive growth of brands like Five Guys and Qdoba Mexican Grill, to expand through franchising. The brand now has over 50 units in development across CA and NV.
The new franchisee, Alda Au-Yeung, worked with Fransmart VP of Sales, Al Rowe, and Fransmart Director of Development, Cam Le, on her agreement, and is currently evaluating locations in the hopes to open as soon as possible...

Slapfish Signs 3-Unit Deal For Southern California »

May 28, 2015 at 3:57AM PDT | Source: Slapfish

The Fast Casual Seafood Brand Continues Franchise Expansion In Its Home State
May 28, 2015 // Franchising.com // Huntington Beach, CA - Slapfish, a Huntington Beach-based Chef-driven fast-casual seafood restaurant with an emphasis on serving fresh, sustainable dishes, has announced the signing of a multi-unit franchise deal to focus on Southern California.
Slapfish is expanding through a partnership with Fransmart, the franchise development company behind the explosive growth of brands like Five Guys Burgers and Fries and Qdoba Mexican Grill. The franchisee, Doug Pham, worked with Fransmart VP of Sales, Al Rowe, and Director of Development, Cam Le, on the agreement.
Pham’s development deal is for a total of 3 new stores, with the first location planned for Brea...

CREAM Expanding To The California Central Valley »

May 27, 2015 at 11:27AM PDT | Source: CREAM

Company plans call for having as many as five locations over the next several years.
May 27, 2015 // Franchising.com // MILLBRAE, Cali. – CREAM, a Bay Area-based dessert franchise that specializes in high quality ice cream sandwiches and other confections, has inked a franchise deal that will bring five new locations to various parts of the Central Valley.
The first of the five locations is slated to open in the next several weeks in Fresno. This will be the first store operated by MAD Frozen Delights, a group consisting of David Barhum, Mohammad Barhum, and Mike Zahriya. The group has additional locations planned for Stockton, Bakersfield, Merced, and Modesto.
“We’re going to grow quickly. There’s a lot of excitement around the brand,” said CREAM president and COO Jim Ryan, noting that the franchise has more than 30 other stores in various stages of development throughout California and Florida...

Jackmont Hospitality And JIB Management Purchase Florida TGI Fridays™ Restaurants »

May 27, 2015 at 9:19AM PDT | Source: T.G.I. Friday's Restaurants

Fridays on Track to Refranchise Nearly All Corporate-Owned Locations in 2015
CARROLLTON, Texas - May 27, 2015 /PRNewswire/ - Today TGI Fridays™ announced it has completed two separate transactions that will transition 32 company-owned Florida restaurants to franchise-owned locations.
The 16 Fridays restaurants in the Miami and Ft. Lauderdale area have been purchased by existing Fridays franchise partner Jackmont Hospitality, Inc. ("Jackmont"), and the 16 restaurants in Orlando have been purchased by JIB Management, Inc. ("JIB"), a new franchise partner for Fridays. Together, these two transactions keep Fridays on track to refranchise nearly all of its corporate-owned restaurants this year.
Jackmont, a veteran Fridays franchise partner for more than 20 years, doubles their Fridays portfolio with the purchase of the 16 Florida locations and two additional locations in Charlotte, NC...

Villa Italian Kitchen Honors Heroes With Salute For Slices »

May 27, 2015 at 9:06AM PDT | Source: Villa Enterprises

Multi-unit Pizza Operator Shows Appreciation for Armed Forces and Local Heroes with Special In-Store Offer and Prizes for Nominating a Hero on Facebook!
May 27, 2015 // Franchising.com // MORRISTOWN, NJ - Villa Enterprises, multi-brand restaurant operator and franchisor celebrating 50 years in business, announced Villa Italian Kitchen will show their appreciation in-store to the Armed Forces and Local Heroes by honoring all officers and military with a Buy One Get One Free Neapolitan Cheese pizza slice, at participating Villa locations nationwide June 15th - June 19th, 2015. Offer is valid to any individual dressed in uniform or who show ID - to members of the United States Armed Forces (current and veterans), local police and fire departments, EMT, and mall security...

Ignite Restaurant Group, Inc. To Participate At The Piper Jaffray 35th Annual Consumer Conference On June 10, 2015 »

May 27, 2015 at 8:18AM PDT | Source: Ignite Restaurant Group, Inc.

HOUSTON - May 27, 2015 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Ignite Restaurant Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:IRG) today announced that the Company will participate in a fireside chat at the Piper Jaffray 35th Annual Consumer Conference at The New York Palace Hotel in New York City. The discussion will begin at 10:15 AM Eastern Time on June 10, 2015.
Investors and interested parties may listen to a live webcast of this discussion from our corporate website at www.igniterestaurants.com under the "Investors" section.
About Ignite Restaurant Group
Ignite Restaurant Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:IRG) owns and operates restaurants throughout the U.S. Headquartered in Houston, Ignite's portfolio of restaurant concepts currently includes Joe's Crab Shack and Brick House Tavern + Tap...

‘Posh’ Franchise Opportunity Heats Up Pizza Industry »

May 27, 2015 at 8:13AM PDT | Source: Posh Tomato

Posh Tomato Launches Franchise Program for Upscale, Customizable Pizza Concept
May 27, 2015 // Franchising.com // Brooklyn, N.Y. – Beloved in Brooklyn for its distinctive thin-crust, brick oven pies topped with hand-pulled mozzarella cheese, made-from-scratch tomato sauce and the finest original toppings, Posh Tomato has launched a franchise opportunity aimed at significantly expanding the concept throughout the Northeast U.S.
The custom-built pizza category is expected to lead the restaurant industry in percentage growth and unit expansion over the next three years, according to research firm Technomic. Posh Tomato is looking to break out from the crowded field with its streamlined operational model, architectural and design support and connections to prime real estate locations throughout the country...

Smashburger Expands United States Presence Along East Coast »

May 27, 2015 at 7:35AM PDT | Source: Smashburger

Better Burger Concept Continues Rapid Growth with Three New Franchise Partners
DENVER - May 27, 2015 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Smashburger, the rapidly expanding better burger restaurant concept, today announced it has added three new partners to its growing family of better burger franchisees. The combined commitment for 61 new restaurants brings Smashburger’s total active franchise pipeline to over 350 units set to open over the next several years. As a part of the company’s ongoing commitment to expand operations across all fifty states and abroad, the agreements launch Smashburger into new markets in Florida including Tampa, St. Petersburg, Sarasota, Ft. Myers and Naples. In addition, Smashburger’s new partners will open units in upstate New York including Buffalo, Rochester and Syracuse...

Amsterdam Falafelshop Signs Multi-Unit Development Agreement For The Greater Philadelphia Market »

May 27, 2015 at 7:21AM PDT | Source: Amsterdam Falafelshop

Local Entrepreneur to Launch Three New Shops in Philadelphia and Surrounding Communities
May 27, 2015 // Franchising.com // PHILADELPHIA, PA – Amsterdam Falafelshop today announced plans to bring the brand’s award-winning falafel to the Philadelphia market. Local entrepreneur Chirag Gandhi signed a multi-unit franchise agreement to launch three new shops in the metropolitan area and surrounding suburbs.
Based in D.C., the fast-growing fast casual franchise concept has already captured widespread admiration in the nation’s capital and beyond for its tasty falafel and authentic atmosphere.
“During a family vacation, my wife and I had the opportunity to visit Amsterdam Falafelshop – it was love at first bite,” said Gandhi, who formerly owned and operated a local hotel and currently owns multiple Edible Arrangements units...



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