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Papa John's Introduces: "Knot" Just Another Pizza Deal »

April 24, 2015 at 10:04AM PDT | Source: Papa John's

Get a Large 2-topping Pizza for $10 plus + $4 all-new Garlic Knots online only for a limited-time.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - April 24, 2015 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Papa John's announced today its latest offering: all-new Garlic Knots - a shareable side that's sure to please fans of both its fresh, never frozen, original dough and signature garlic sauce. Papa John's will also offer customers the opportunity to pair a large, two-topping pizza for $10 with new Garlic Knots for just $4 when you order online - $1 lower than the regular menu price of $5.
This limited-time offering starts Monday, April 27 and lasts through May 24. The perfect complement to any Papa John's pizza, the twisted bread knots are oven baked and then sauced with Papa John's delicious, signature garlic parmesan sauce...

Pizza Pizza Among First Brands To Launch App For Apple Watch »

April 24, 2015 at 9:09AM PDT | Source: Pizza Pizza

TORONTO, ONTARIO - (Marketwired - April 24, 2015) - It's pizza time. Pizza Pizza customers will now be able to order pizza from their wrist, as the company announces the launch of its app for Apple Watch. Canada's leading pizza chain is among the first brands to introduce an app for Apple Watch.
The Pizza Pizza app for Apple Watch, one of the first to offer food ordering, is based on the company's popular app for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad models. It was first launched in 2011 in partnership with Plastic Mobile, and has seen well over half a million downloads to date. The app received a Webby Award, just one month after its launch, for best shopping tool for a handheld device and continues to delight customers.
"We have been on the forefront of innovation since we started delivering pizzas back in 1967," said Paul Goddard, President and Chief Executive Officer of Pizza Pizza Limited...

Tropical Smoothie Café Introduces Luau Sliders And New Mojito Smoothie Line »

April 24, 2015 at 9:03AM PDT | Source: Tropical Smoothie Cafe

Popular Café Chain Offers Unique, Seasonal Flavors for May and June
April 24, 2015 // Franchising.com // ATLANTA – Tropical Smoothie Café, the leading fast casual café concept known for its better-for-you food and smoothies with a tropical twist, is pleased to introduce its new LTO line of Luau Sliders and Mojito Smoothies. The savory and sweet menu offerings can be enjoyed starting April 27th, and will continue through June 28th.
Making its debut on the Tropical Smoothie Café menu this month is a new line of luau sliders, all served on a Hawaiian-style bun and stacked with flavor. A tender balance of spicy and sweet, the Caribbean Jerk Chicken Slider includes grilled chicken, jerk sauce and pineapple & mango salsa...

Hooters Appoints New CMO, CHRO And SVP Of Franchise Operations »

April 24, 2015 at 8:48AM PDT | Source: Hooters

New Executives Bolster Hooters Leadership Team and Growth Strategy with Depth of Restaurant and Retail Expertise
April 24, 2015 // Franchising.com // ATLANTA, GA – Hooters has welcomed three new executives to “the nest,” most recently naming Carl Sweat as chief marketing officer (CMO) to strategically lead the iconic wing destination’s marketing, public relations and brand management initiatives. Hooters also appointed Terri Hoskins as chief human resources officer (CHRO) to lead organizational development, employee relations and recruitment efforts. Additionally, Pete Servold joined the leadership team to support Hooters robust global expansion initiatives as senior vice president of franchise operations.
Sweat brings a wealth of global industry knowledge to his role as Hooters CMO...

NY Bagel Cafe Brings Back The Old European Feel »

April 24, 2015 at 4:31AM PDT | Source: NY Bagel Cafe' & Deli

NY Bagel Cafe is proud to bring the old European feel to bagels, the way they once were. New locations of NY Bagel Cafe are now open in Doral and West Palm Beach Florida.
Rutherford, New Jersey (PRWEB) April 23, 2015 - It is incredibly difficult to imagine that the simple golden bagel we often times see today on the breakfast tables of many upper-class families in fact has its origins on the rather poor pre-war streets of Eastern Europe. As the Jewish immigrants were arriving to the U.S. on now famous trans-Atlantic boats, thus serving as perfect picture material to countless iconic Ellis Island photos, America was introduced to the new variety of the golden bagel (occasionally even the bagel & lox combo), which they would most aptly describe as the "taste of the old country...

Tropical Smoothie Café Announces Highest Average Unit Volume In 18-Year History »

April 23, 2015 at 11:47AM PDT | Source: Tropical Smoothie Cafe

Leading Fast Casual Café Now Boasts AUV of More Than $578,000 with Top 50 Percent Exceeding $734,000
April 23, 2015 // Franchising.com // ATLANTA – Tropical Smoothie Café, the leading fast casual café concept known for its better-for-you food and smoothies with a tropical twist, announced today an all-time high average unit volume (AUV) of more than $578,000, while the top 50 percent of its cafes nationwide reported exceeding $734,000.
“We are thrilled that in the last year our system’s AUV has grown by nearly 10 percent - an outstanding result of Tropical Smoothie Cafe introducing more fresh food featuring bold flavors and quality ingredients, and our franchisees’ hard work and passion for the brand,” said Mike Rotondo, CEO of Tropical Smoothie Café...

Carvel Celebrates Free Cone Day April 30 »

April 23, 2015 at 9:07AM PDT | Source: Carvel

Guests Invited to Try Carvel…America’s Freshest Ice Cream for Free and Help Raise Money for the American Red Cross
April 23, 2015 // Franchising.com // ATLANTA - Carvel … America’s Freshest Ice Cream®, is celebrating Free Cone Day Thursday, April 30 from 3-8 p.m. Participating Carvel® shoppes will treat guests to a free junior cone filled with their choice of freshly made vanilla, chocolate or the limited-time soft ice cream made with Ferrero’s Nutella® hazelnut spread.
In addition to enjoying free soft ice cream, guests are encouraged to help raise money for the American Red Cross on Free Cone Day. Throughout the day, Carvel will offer a $2 coupon book worth more than $20 in savings...

Ignite Restaurant Group, Inc. To Announce First Quarter 2015 Results On May 4, 2015 »

April 23, 2015 at 7:04AM PDT | Source: Ignite Restaurant Group, Inc.

Company to Present at the Baird 2015 Growth Stock Conference
HOUSTON - April 22, 2015 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Ignite Restaurant Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:IRG) today announced that it will host a conference call to discuss first quarter 2015 financial results on Monday, May 4, 2015 at 4:30 PM Eastern Time.
The conference call can be accessed live over the phone by dialing 888-663-2254 or for international callers by dialing 913-312-1463. 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 7592396. The replay will be available until May 11, 2015. The call will also be webcast live from the Company's website at www.igniterestaurants.com under the "Investors" section...

Rita's Italian Ice Partners With Sandella's Flatbread Cafe To Bring Guests Extended Menu Offerings »

April 23, 2015 at 6:35AM PDT | Source: Rita's Ice-Custard-Happiness

Nation's Largest Italian Ice Concept Celebrates the Opening of its First Store with New Partnership
TREVOSE, Pa. and NEW CITY, N.Y. - April 23, 2015 /PRNewswire/ - Today, Rita's Italian Ice, the world's largest Italian Ice concept with more than 600 stores, announced its partnership with Sandella's Flatbread Cafe, a leader in the fast-casual market with more than 130 locations. The company will formally announce its partnership and the first-ever Rita's Italian Ice featuring Sandella's Flatbread Cafe at its grand opening celebration, bringing Rita's guests a dining option in addition to its signature "cool treats."
"We were looking for a delicious and fun, yet contemporary, food concept to add to our Italian Ice portfolio and help franchisees grow," said Jeff Moody, CEO of Rita's Franchise Company...

Domino's Pizza Announces First Quarter 2015 Financial Results »

April 23, 2015 at 5:31AM PDT | Source: Domino's Pizza

Continued Global Momentum with Strong Sales and EPS Growth
ANN ARBOR, Mich. - April 23, 2015 /PRNewswire/ - Domino's Pizza, Inc. (NYSE: DPZ), the recognized world leader in pizza delivery, today announced results for the first quarter of 2015, comprised of strong same store sales results and store count growth, which resulted in robust EPS growth. Domestic same store sales grew 14.5% during the quarter versus the year-ago period, continuing the positive sales momentum in the Company's domestic business. The international division also posted strong results with quarterly same store sales growth of 7.8%, marking the 85th consecutive quarter of international same store sales growth. The Company had global net store growth of 110 stores in the first quarter of 2015...

Dunkin' Brands Reports First Quarter 2015 Results »

April 23, 2015 at 4:48AM PDT | Source: Dunkin' Brands

CANTON, Mass., April 23, 2015 /PRNewswire/ --
First quarter highlights include:

Dunkin' Donuts U.S. comparable store sales growth of 2.7%
Baskin-Robbins U.S. comparable store sales growth of 8.0%
Added 79 net new restaurants worldwide including 78 net new Dunkin' Donuts in the U.S.
Revenue increased 8.1%
Adjusted operating income increased 15.8%; adjusted operating income margin of 47.1%
Diluted adjusted EPS increased 21.2% to $0.40

Dunkin' Brands Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: DNKN), the parent company of Dunkin' Donuts (DD) and Baskin-Robbins (BR), today reported results for the first quarter ended March 28, 2015.
"This was a really strong quarter and we are delighted with the performance of our product and marketing programs given the severe weather that we experienced in many of the markets where our restaurants are located...

Dunkin' Brands Announces Second Quarter Cash Dividend »

April 23, 2015 at 4:18AM PDT | Source: Dunkin' Brands

CANTON, Mass. - April 23, 2015 /PRNewswire/ - Dunkin' Brands Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: DNKN), the parent company of Dunkin' Donuts (DD) and Baskin-Robbins (BR), today announced that its Board of Directors has declared a quarterly cash dividend to shareholders. The dividend of $0.265 per share of common stock is payable on June 17, 2015 to shareholders of record at the close of business on June 9, 2015.
About Dunkin' Brands Group, Inc.
With more than 18,900 points of distribution in nearly 60 countries worldwide, Dunkin' Brands Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: DNKN) is one of the world's leading franchisors of quick service restaurants (QSR) serving hot and cold coffee and baked goods, as well as hard-serve ice cream. At the end of fiscal 2014, Dunkin' Brands' nearly 100 percent franchised business model included more than 11,300 Dunkin' Donuts restaurants and more than 7,500 Baskin-Robbins restaurants...

Dunkin' Brands Announces 2016 Retirement Of John Costello, President, Global Marketing And Innovation »

April 23, 2015 at 4:03AM PDT | Source: Dunkin' Brands

Responsibilities To Be Assumed By Current Members Of Marketing Leadership Team
CANTON, Mass. - April 23, 2015 /PRNewswire/ - Dunkin' Brands, the parent company of Dunkin' Donuts and Baskin-Robbins, today announced that John Costello, President, Global Marketing and Innovation, 67, has decided to retire in the middle part of 2016. Mr. Costello will remain President, Global Marketing and Innovation, until he retires next year and will continue to report to Nigel Travis, Dunkin' Brands Chairman and CEO. As of May 1, 2015, he will transition to a new, more strategic role focused largely on the evolution of the Company's brands with a special emphasis on Dunkin' Brands' international businesses. The Company will not be replacing Mr. Costello, and will instead promote two members of the senior marketing leadership team to assume his current responsibilities...

Café Yumm! Issues Its First Benefit Company Report »

April 22, 2015 at 11:58AM PDT | Source: Cafe Yumm!

Healthy Food, Healthy People, and Healthy Environment Emphasized
April 22, 2015 // Franchising.com // Eugene, OR. – As Oregon’s First Benefit Company (tied with 28 other Oregon companies) and one of 467 Benefit Companies headquartered in Oregon, it is most satisfying to release on this Earth Day 2015 our first ever Benefit Company Report.
The Report consists of 24 pages of data, inspiring stories, photos, and explanation of how our Triple Bottom Line efforts are being carried out. It is organized into three categories: Healthy Food, Healthy People, and Healthy Environments.
Healthy Food reviews food choices, nutrition and calories, sourcing certified organic/sustainably grown, and filtered water programs. It illustrates our efforts to provide food that is Soul satisfying...

From Farm To Table »

April 22, 2015 at 9:37AM PDT | Source: Huddle House
Huddle House Opportunities Available

Farmers turned restaurant owners bring Huddle House to Litchfield, Ill.
April 22, 2015 // Franchising.com // LITCHFIELD, Ill. - For 40 years, Larry and June Brandt raised corn and soybeans on their farm in Litchfield, Ill. Now they are making the transition from raising food to serving it as franchise owners of the new Litchfield Huddle House.
“The Litchfield community has not had anything like a Huddle House,” Larry said. “There are other restaurants, but none that are 24 hours with an expansive menu that covers all three meals.”
The Brandts are natives of Litchfield and decided to purchase their first franchise after several visits to Huddle House in nearby communities.
The Litchfield restaurant, at 11 Corvette Drive, is a freestanding location that reflects the 51-year-old chain’s new look and branding...

McDonald's Reports First Quarter 2015 Results »

April 22, 2015 at 8:45AM PDT | Source: McDonald's

OAK BROOK, Ill. - April 22, 2015 /PRNewswire/ - McDonald's Corporation today announced results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2015.
First quarter results included:

Global comparable sales decrease of 2.3%, reflecting negative guest traffic in all major segments
Consolidated revenues decrease of 11% (1% in constant currencies)
Consolidated operating income decrease of 28% (20% in constant currencies) due to weaker operating performance and $195 million of strategic charges related to restaurant closings and other management actions
Diluted earnings per share of $0.84, a decrease of 31% (23% in constant currencies), which includes strategic charges totaling $0.17 per share and a negative foreign currency translation impact of $0...

Cold Stone Creamery® Conducts International Search For The World’s “Ultimate Crew Member” »

April 22, 2015 at 8:34AM PDT | Source: Cold Stone Creamery

Brazil Takes the Grand Prize
April 22, 2015 // Franchising.com // SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – Ice cream lovers around the world know Cold Stone Creamery® (www.ColdStoneCreamery.com) as an innovator when it comes to creating delicious and unique flavors. Along with that innovation, the brand is just as well-known for its special style of customer service, resulting in what it likes to call the Ultimate Ice Cream Experience®. To create this type of memorable customer experience, crew members at Cold Stone Creamery® pull out all the stops. Each year, the brand hosts an international crew member search to identify and celebrate the cream of the crop crew members at its annual “Global Creamery Cup” competition.
For months leading up to the global competition, the various countries within the Cold Stone Creamery system hold local “Creamery Cup” competitions, which are a series of team building events that inspire and energize crew members through friendly competition...

Local Entrepreneurial Couple Opens New Wild Wing Cafe Location In Dacula »

April 22, 2015 at 8:20AM PDT | Source: Wild Wing Cafe

Seasoned Restaurateurs to Bring More of the Brand’s Mouth-Watering Bites and First-Class Musical Entertainment to Dacula Residents with New Hamilton Mill Location
April 22, 2015 // Franchising.com // HAMILTON MILL, Ga. – Wild Wing Cafe is hitting all the right notes at its new Hamilton Mill restaurant.
The brand that lives by the motto “Hot Wings, Cold Beer, Good Times” today announces the grand opening of it’s new Wild Wing Cafe (WWC) location in Dacula. The new restaurant will be the second location for local entrepreneurial couple Bill and Kris Peterson, who own an existing unit in Snellville.
“Wild Wing Cafe combines the best of both worlds,” said Bill. “From world-class food to top-notch musical entertainment, we offer a one-of-a-kind experience for our customers...

Rouse Properties And Nestlé® Toll House® Café By Chip Celebrate ‘Extraordinarily Successful’ Partnership »

April 22, 2015 at 8:05AM PDT | Source: Nestle Toll House Cafe by Chip

Parties to open 17 of 18 planned cafés in mall center courts in just 17 months.
April 22, 2015 // Franchising.com // DALLAS – From San Francisco to Hickory, NC, and Shreveport, La., to Traverse City, Mich., a total of 17 shopping malls owned and operated by Rouse Properties, Inc. (NYSE: RSE) are now, or will soon be, home to mouthwatering new cafés owned by franchisees of Nestlé Toll House Café by Chip.
The two organizations entered into a long-term master lease agreement in October 2013, with the goal of opening 18 new bakery cafés in regional enclosed malls under Rouse's management. Three months later, the first location debuted in the center court of Animas Valley Mall in Farmington, NM, and the 17th café is set to open in June in the West Valley Mall in Tracy, Calif...

Burger 21 To Open Second South Florida Restaurant In Fort Lauderdale On April 27 »

April 22, 2015 at 6:50AM PDT | Source: Burger 21

Award-Winning Fast Casual Chain to Celebrate New Restaurant with Prize Giveaways on Opening Day
April 22, 2015 // Franchising.com // TAMPA, Fla. - Burger 21®, an award-winning, "beyond the better burger" fast casual franchise, 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 business ownership. He, along with his family, also own and operate the Burger 21 location in Davie, Fla., located at 2451 S. University Drive, which opened last year. As a Burger 21 franchisee, Booken has been able to combine his love for great food with his desire to support the local community...



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