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Blaze Fast Fire'd Pizza Set To Open 40th Restaurant »

September 02, 2014 at 9:36AM PDT | Source: Blaze Pizza

Adds Nine Franchise Groups & Grows Development Pipeline to 315 Units in 33 States & D.C.
LOS ANGELES, CA - (Marketwired - Sep 2, 2014) - Blaze Fast Fire'd Pizza, the nation's largest and fastest growing build-your-own pizza chain, today announced that its 40th restaurant is set to open next month in San Diego, CA. The fast-casual pizza chain, known for its chef-driven recipes and casually hip restaurants, also announced that it has signed nine new area development agreements that will add 67 franchise restaurants to its pipeline. In total, Blaze Pizza now has commitments to open 315 company-owned and franchised units in 33 states and Washington, D.C.
The first Blaze Pizza restaurant opened on August 6, 2012 in Irvine, CA - just over two years ago...

Smoothie King Recognizes Franchisee Of The Year »

September 02, 2014 at 9:23AM PDT | Source: Smoothie King
Smoothie King Opportunities Available

Leading Smoothie Concept Honors Family-Run, Multi-Unit Franchisee for Dedication to the Brand 
NEW ORLEANS - Sept. 2, 2014 /PRNewswire - Smoothie King Franchises, Inc., the premier smoothie and nutritional retail lifestyle center, announced its Franchisee of the Year during its annual conference in New Orleans, where more than 1,000 corporate team members, franchise partners and partner vendors franchise partners and partner vendors from all over the world gathered. This year, David and Dawn Cotrone and their son David Cotrone, Jr., were recognized for their exceptional operations, sales and contributions to the success of the Smoothie King brand.
"We are pleased to honor the Cotrones for their commitment and dedication to Smoothie King and for inspiring people to live a healthy and active lifestyle," said Smoothie King Global CEO Wan Kim...

Chicken Salad Chick Huntsville One Week Away »

September 02, 2014 at 8:58AM PDT | Source: Chicken Salad Chick

Southern Fast-Casual Restaurant Concept to Open Additional Alabama Franchise
Huntsville, AL (PRWEB) September 02, 2014 - Chicken Salad Chick, the nation's newest, fast-casual restaurant concept, is scheduled to open its new franchise location in Huntsville next week on September 9th. The new restaurant will be located in Westbury Square at 975 Airport Road SW, Suite J-1, Huntsville, Alabama 35802.
"We are so excited to open our first Huntsville location and add it to the growing Chicken Salad Chick community throughout the Southeast," said Kevin Brown, president of Chicken Salad Chick. "Huntsville has been on our radar for a while now, and we could not be more pleased that the Calcotes will be sharing our concept there."
The Huntsville restaurant is owned by franchisees Bob and Terry Calcote of Seriously Southern, LLC...

Zaxby's Teams Up With 'The Identical' For Its First Major Motion Picture Partnership »

September 02, 2014 at 8:50AM PDT | Source: Zaxby's

Southeast-based restaurant chain offers free music downloads from the soundtrack of the film starring Ray Liotta and Ashley Judd.
(PRWEB) August 31, 2014 - For the first time ever, Zaxby's – a Southeast favorite for chicken fingers and wings and one of the nation's fastest-growing restaurant chains – has partnered with a major motion picture. To celebrate the launch of the movie, The Identical, Zaxby's is offering a free song download from the movie's soundtrack each week at participating locations from now through Sept. 28. Rolling out in theatres Sept. 5, The Identical is an inspiring drama set in the South in the 1950s during rock 'n' roll's heyday.
As an extension of the partnership, race fans will recognize the film title from the Zaxby's team car, which has been carrying movie graphics since July 19...

Big Smoke Burger Opens In New York City »

September 02, 2014 at 8:16AM PDT | Source: Big Smoke Burger

Big Smoke Burger Opened Its 2nd U.S. Location
Toronto, Canada - Big Smoke Burger, the Toronto-based gourmet burger chain, opened this summer on 7th Ave in New York City, expanding on its existing U.S. franchise presence.
Marking the brand's 2nd location in the U.S. – Big Smoke Burger opened in Denver, CO in 2013 – and 13th location worldwide, Big Smoke Burger is expanding across Canada, the U.S. and the Middle East through a combination of company and franchise owned stores.
Big Smoke Burger is a dominant better burger chain in Canada, owned by restaurant veteran Mustafa Yusuf, whose menu offers always fresh, never frozen open-flame grilled beef, hand-cut fresh fries, traditional Canadian poutine, and healthy protein alternatives like veggie, chicken and lamb burgers, as well as unique signature sauces to give every burger distinctive flavor that you can't get elsewhere...

Buffalo Wild Wings® Launches GameBreak™, Feature-Rich Multi-Platform Fantasy Sports And Competitive Gaming Experience »

September 02, 2014 at 7:12AM PDT | Source: Buffalo Wild Wings

GameBreak is available at all U.S. Buffalo Wild Wings locations, on the web and via an app for Android and Apple iOS devices
MINNEAPOLIS - September 2, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Today, Buffalo Wild Wings®, Inc. (NASDAQ: BWLD) announced it is launching GameBreak™, a single sign-on, multi-platform gaming experience allowing consumers to play a wide range of fantasy-style and competitive sports games in restaurant (via tablet), online and on a mobile app for Android and iOS devices. The company is offering weekly prizes and season-long prize packs to winners, in addition to a $10,000 "Ultimate VIP Ticket Experience" for one winner.
GameBreak allows guests to compete when and where they want, through daily and season-long games, special event competitions and exclusive games that interact with live sporting events...

Richburg's First Zaxby's Hatched Monday, Aug. 25 With A Grand Opening Celebration »

September 02, 2014 at 6:48AM PDT | Source: Zaxby's

First 100 Guests Will Receive A Zaxby's Fanatic Pack of FREE Dealz For A Year*
RICHBURG, S.C. - August 19, 2014 - A Southeast favorite for chicken fingers and wings and one of the nation's fastest-growing restaurant chains, Zaxby's is celebrating the grand opening of its first location in Richburg on Monday, Aug. 25 by giving away a Fanatic Pack of 52 FREE Dealz – meaning a year of free Zaxby's – to the first 100 guests. Located at 3009 Crenshaw Parkway, the restaurant will operate 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Sunday.
Kicking off at 10:30 a.m., the community is invited to the grand opening festivities, and the first 100 guests in line will receive a Zaxby's Fanatic Pack with 52 cards each valid for one week for the dates specified...

Denny's Corporation To Participate In Three Investor Conferences In September »

September 02, 2014 at 6:28AM PDT | Source: Denny's
Denny's Opportunities Available

SPARTANBURG, S.C. - Sept. 2, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) - Denny's Corporation (Nasdaq:DENN), franchisor and operator of one of America's largest franchised full-service restaurant chains, today announced that the Company will be participating in three investor conferences in September.
On September 9, 2014, the Company will present at the CL King's Annual Best Ideas Conference at the Omni Berkshire Place Hotel in New York City starting at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time.
On September 23, 2014, the Company will present at the Wedbush Securities California Dreamin' Consumer Conference at Le Parker Meridien Hotel in New York City starting at 2:30 p.m. Eastern Time.
On September 30, 2014, the Company will conduct investor meetings at the Wells Fargo Securities Retail and Restaurants Summit at the Four Seasons Hotel in Boston...

Dunkin' Donuts Ventures West To California »

September 02, 2014 at 6:22AM PDT | Source: Dunkin' Donuts
Dunkin' Donuts Opportunities Available

Iconic Coffee and Baked Goods Company Opens its First Two Full Expression Restaurants in California
September 02, 2014 // // CANTON, MA – Dunkin' Donuts, America's all-day, everyday stop for coffee and baked goods, is giving California a taste of the iconic brand's high-quality products and fast speed of service with the opening of its first full expression locations on the West Coast, which are now open in Modesto and Santa Monica. The restaurants offer the full Dunkin' Donuts menu of beverages, sandwiches and baked goods, along with inviting restaurant environments, comfortable seating areas and free Wi-Fi for guests.
"Today we continue to celebrate our highly anticipated expansion to California, starting with the opening of our new restaurants in Modesto and Santa Monica," said Paul Twohig, President, Dunkin' Donuts US and Canada, and Dunkin' Donuts & Baskin-Robbins Europe and Latin America...

Savor The Flavors Of Fall At Krispy Kreme® Doughnuts »

September 02, 2014 at 4:49AM PDT | Source: Krispy Kreme

Pumpkin Spice Cake and Pumpkin Cheesecake doughnuts now available at participating locations
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Sep. 2, 2014 - The deliciously craveable flavors of fall have returned to Krispy Kreme® Doughnuts. Pumpkin Spice Cake and Pumpkin Cheesecake doughnuts are available now through November 27, 2014 at participating Krispy Kreme® US and Canadian locations.
Treat your tastebuds to these seasonal treats at your nearest participating Krispy Kreme location:

Pumpkin Spice Cake Doughnut: A moist, old-fashioned pumpkin spice flavored cake doughnut coated in Krispy Kreme’s signature glaze.
Pumpkin Cheesecake Doughnut: A yeast shell with pumpkin cheesecake filling, topped with cream cheese icing and a gingersnap cookie crumble...

Papa John's $10 "Kickoff Special" Starts NFL Season With A Perfect Play »

September 02, 2014 at 4:45AM PDT | Source: Papa John's

2013 Associated Press NFL Most Valuable Player Peyton Manning and Founder and CEO John Schnatter Highlight Kickoff Special for Fans
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - August 29, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Papa John's International, Inc. (NASDAQ: PZZA), the official pizza sponsor of the National Football League and Super Bowl XLIX, is a ritual for parking lot tailgates and armchair quarterbacks. When the NFL kicks off its season next week, Papa John's will be giving fans a perfect play - delivering better ingredients and an even better deal with its Kickoff Special, a large, two-topping pizza for just $10 and a warm chocolate chip cookie for $5. The special limited time offer will run through September 28.
Pizza fans and football fans across the country are already excited about kickoff weekend...

Maui Wowi Cruises Into Cary, North Carolina »

August 29, 2014 at 8:48AM PDT | Source: Maui Wowi Hawaiian Coffees & Smoothies
Maui Wowi Hawaiian Coffees & Smoothies Opportunities Available

Greenwood Village, Colo. (PRWEB) August 29, 2014 - Maui Wowi has made its way to Cary, North Carolina, a thriving community just outside Raleigh. A new store and drive-thru is now open, serving Maui Wowi Hawaiian's popular fruit smoothies and gourmet Hawaiian coffees. Franchisee Zach Dunbar, owner of the new location, relocated to Cary after retiring from a 24 year career in law enforcement at the New York State Police Department.
As a military veteran,Dunbar has been looking forward to continuing to serve his community through the new business and introducing residents to the fun, laidback atmosphere and quality products of Maui Wowi.
"Veterans have the innate characteristics of leadership and dedication that create successful business owners," said Justin Livingston, Vice President of Business Development at Maui Wowi...

Captain D's Opens Newest Franchise Location In West Point, Mississippi »

August 29, 2014 at 8:40AM PDT | Source: Captain D's Seafood
Captain D's Seafood Opportunities Available

Seafood Chain's Franchise and Corporate Store Growth Plan Gains Momentum
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - August 28, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - On August 18, 2014, Captain D's opened its newest franchise location in West Point, Mississippi.
Keith and Chris McBrayer were inspired by their father's love for Captain D's, which is why they decided to join the seafood chain's franchise system. "People in West Point love Captain D's. Since we made the announcement that Captain D's was coming to the community, we have received countless thank yous. We are very excited to bring fresh, affordable seafood to the people of West Point," said Chris McBrayer.
The restaurant, which is located at 1160 Highway 45 Alternate South, is the first Captain D's in the state of Mississippi to be built with the new coastal-theme that resembles a beachside destination...

Alamo Focuses On The "Draft" In Drafthouse With New Monthly Beer Spotlight »

August 29, 2014 at 8:16AM PDT | Source: Alamo Drafthouse Cinema

New national initiative delves deep into the world of brews focusing on a different beer style each month, starting this September with Oktoberfest beers.
August 29, 2014 // // Austin, TX - Prosit! The Alamo Drafthouse is excited to announce the launch of its new monthly spotlight exploring the vast and tasty world of beers, with a focus on a different style of brew each month. Long known as an oasis for those passionate about cinema and the moviegoing experience, "Drafthouse" is an equally vital part of the Alamo's name and identity. Celebrating craft beers has always been as much a part of the Alamo experience as the custom pre-shows, the no talking policy, and the "Royale with Cheese."
Now, the Alamo is taking its love of beer just a step further to help novices and aficionados alike discover the nuances of IPAs, brown ales, pilsners and more...

Chester's International Opens 12 New Locations In July »

August 29, 2014 at 6:58AM PDT | Source: Chester's

August 29, 2014 // // Birmingham, AL - Chester's partnered with local retailers in Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Missouri, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas and Washington to open twelve new restaurants.
Fans of Chester's delicious fried chicken can now satisfy their chicken cravings at the following new Chester's restaurants:

E-Z To Stop in Blanco, TX 
FastLane in Eolia, MO
FastLane in Fulton, MO
Heartland Foods in Hillsboro, KS
Hometown Market in Cashmere, WA
Love's Travel Stops & Country Stores in Guymon, OK
Orondo Market Place in Orondo, WA
Panther Petroleum in Johnstown, PA
Rhodes 101 Stop Convenience Store in Jackson, MO
T-Mart in Cookeville, TN
Trading Post in Huntington, IN
VIP Fuels 7 in Salyersville, KY

"We are excited to welcome twelve new restaurants to the Chester's family," stated John Nevels, Regional Operations Manager, Chester's International, LLC...

Red Robin Inspires Seattle Seahawks Offense With Tavern Double Tuesday »

August 29, 2014 at 5:27AM PDT | Source: Red Robin Gourmet Burgers

The Gourmet Burger Authority™ Partners with Seattle Seahawks to Kick Off Football Season so Fans can Score Tasty Rewards
GREENWOOD VILLAGE, Colo. - Aug. 27, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, Inc. (Red Robin) is ready for some football! This season, the Gourmet Burger Authority™ offers Seattle Seahawks fans the chance to reap the benefits of their team's on-field successes. Whenever the Seahawks trigger a Tavern Double Tuesday promotion, Red Robin® restaurants will serve up a FREE* Red's Tavern Double™ burger with Bottomless Steak Fries® with the purchase of two beverages and a burger, entree or entree salad. A Tavern Double Tuesday will be activated at all Washington and Oregon Red Robin restaurants on Tuesdays following any Seattle Seahawks game in which the team scores a touchdown from inside the red zone...

Uncle Maddio’s Pizza Joint Defies The Calendar And Celebrates National Panini Month »

August 29, 2014 at 4:16AM PDT | Source: Uncle Maddio's

When Warm, Toasted Sandwiches Should Be Enjoyed
Uncle Maddio's Pizza Joint Is More Than Just Pizza, Celebrating The Panini Sandwich This Fall
August 29, 2014 // // ATLANTA - While the calendar says August is National Panini Month, Uncle Maddio's Pizza Joint prefers to feature hot, toasted, sandwiches with fresh, melted cheeses, meats, and veggies when the weather starts to cool down. Uncle Maddio's is crazy like that. Just in time for fall, the original, and fastest growing, create-your-own premium fast casual pizza franchise is celebrating the never-forgotten pizza sidekick with our new limited-time offer expanded Panini menu.
"If you love our pizzas - and you know you do - then it's time now to be bold and come in to taste an Uncle Maddio's Toasted Panini sandwich," says Founder and Chief Pizza Maker Matt Andrew, Uncle Maddio's Pizza Joint...

Red Robin Cheers On Arizona Cardinals' Defense With Tavern Double Tuesday »

August 28, 2014 at 7:15AM PDT | Source: Red Robin Gourmet Burgers

The Gourmet Burger Authority™ Partners with Arizona Cardinals to Kick Off Football Season so Fans can Score Tasty Rewards
GREENWOOD VILLAGE, Colo. - Aug. 27, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, Inc. (Red Robin) is ready for some football! This season, the Gourmet Burger Authority™ offers Arizona Cardinals fans the chance to reap the benefits of their team's on-field successes. Whenever the Cardinals trigger a Tavern Double Tuesday promotion, Red Robin® restaurants will serve up a FREE* Red's Tavern Double™ burger with Bottomless Steak Fries® with the purchase of two beverages and a burger, entree or entree salad. A Tavern Double Tuesday will be activated at all Arizona Red Robin restaurants on Tuesdays following any Arizona Cardinals game in which the team records two or more sacks...

Fantastic Fest Celebrates 10 Years Of Chaos And Destruction With A Gala Red Carpet Screening Of "John Wick" With Keanu Reeves »

August 28, 2014 at 6:16AM PDT | Source: Alamo Drafthouse Cinema

U.S. Premiere Of "Nightcrawler" As Closing Night Film & Fantastic Debates Challenge From Bittorent
Second Wave of Programming for the Festival's 10th Anniversary and the Grand Reopening of Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar and The Highball September 18-25th, 2014 - Austin, Texas
August 28, 2014 // // Austin, TX - Celebrating its 10th anniversary, Fantastic Fest is excited to announce the second wave of events, special guests and film programming. Fantastic Fest 2014 takes place September 18-25th in Austin, Texas at the newly reopened Alamo South Lamar and Highball.
Get ready to be blown away by Lionsgate's latest action-packed thriller, John Wick starring Keanu Reeves, with a red carpet gala screening with Reeves and directors David Leitch and Chad Stahelski in attendance...

Menchie's Asks Fans "Why Pick Sides?" With The Launch Of A Partnership With Oreo »

August 28, 2014 at 6:13AM PDT | Source: Menchie's

Menchie's Offers Two New Cookie Flavors and Oreo Toppings
August 28, 2014 // // ENCINO, Calif. - Menchie's, North America's fastest growing self-serve frozen yogurt franchise, is delighted to launch not one, but two new flavors on September 1st that give yogurt lovers the choice of Just the Cookie or Just the Creme. To maximize these delicious flavors, Menchie's recommends swirling both flavors together to instantly create the mouthwatering taste of "America's Favorite Cookie."
Just the Cookie combines real chocolate cookie crumbs swirled with cocoa, bringing to mind the classic flavor of Oreo® sandwich chocolate cookies. The flavor's partner in crime Just the Creme takes dessert to the next level by offering sweet vanilla creme filling...

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