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Jersey Mike's Subs Opens Third Denver-Metro Location »

July 29, 2015 at 11:12AM PDT | Source: Jersey Mike's Subs

Owners Celebrate With Free Sub Fundraiser
July 29, 2015 // // Denver, CO - Jersey Mike’s Subs, known for its fresh sliced/fresh grilled subs, opened in Denver on July 22. Franchise owners Bob Merullo, Kevin Embree, along with operating partner Pete Cardillo, held a grand opening and free sub fundraiser from Wednesday, July 22 to Sunday, July 26 to support SungateKids.
The new restaurant, located at 1390 S. Colorado Blvd., circulated 7,500 coupons throughout the community offering a free regular sub for a minimum $1 contribution to SungateKids.
SungateKids provides comprehensive investigation support services to victims of child abuse. They are national leaders in providing forensic interviews to child victims of crime...

Juice It Up! Offering Exclusive Opportunities In Southern United States »

July 29, 2015 at 11:04AM PDT | Source: Juice It Up!

Leading Raw Juice Bar and Smoothie Chain Seeks New Partners in Texas and Florida
July 29, 2015 // // IRVINE, California – Juice It Up!, one of the nation’s leading raw juice bar and hand-crafted smoothie chains, is excited to announce new franchise opportunities available to passionate entrepreneurs in the Southern United States. As a brand that has flourished in a competitive space, Juice It Up! has its sights set on steady expansion throughout the southern states, specifically Texas and Florida.
“We’ve done our due diligence in Orlando and Dallas, and these markets in particular are ripe for the Juice It Up! concept, which features a full raw juice bar and delicious, good-for-you smoothie options,” said Carol DeNembo, Juice It Up! vice president of business development...

Famous Dave's Second Quarter 2015 Earnings Release And Conference Call »

July 29, 2015 at 10:18AM PDT | Source: Famous Dave's

MINNEAPOLIS - July 29, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) - Famous Dave's of America, Inc. (NASDAQ:DAVE) ("Famous Dave's") will announce its Second Quarter 2015 earnings at 7:00 a.m., Central Time on Wednesday, August 5, 2015. The company will host a conference call on August 5, 2015 at 7:30 a.m., Central Time, to discuss its financial results. A live web-cast of the discussion will be available through the "Investor Relations" section of Famous Dave's web site at
A replay will be available for one week following the call by dialing (888) 640 7743 and entering the replay code "119957#".
About Famous Dave's
Famous Dave's develops, owns, operates and franchises barbeque restaurants. As of July 29, 2015, the company owned 49 restaurants and franchised 132 additional units, with locations in 33 states, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and Canada...

DineEquity, Inc. Reports 32% Increase In Adjusted Earnings Per Diluted Share For The Second Quarter 2015 »

July 29, 2015 at 9:10AM PDT | Source: DineEquity, Inc.

Second Quarter 2015 Highlights

Second quarter 2015 adjusted EPS (Non-GAAP) of $1.53, an increase of 32% over second quarter 2014
Second quarter 2015 GAAP EPS of $1.40, a 40% increase over second quarter 2014
Returned approximately $37 million to shareholders, including $20 million in the form of share repurchases and approximately $17 million in cash dividends
Returned over $68 million combined to shareholders in the first six months of 2015
Second quarter domestic system-wide same-restaurant sales increased 6.2% at IHOP and 1.0% at Applebee's
IHOP and Applebee's each ranked number one by Nation's Restaurant News for the eighth consecutive year in their respective categories based on last fiscal year's U...

Capriotti’s Opens First Nebraska Location In Lincoln »

July 29, 2015 at 8:28AM PDT | Source: Capriotti's Sandwich Shop
Capriotti's Sandwich Shop Opportunities Available

Sandwich Shop Celebrates Debut By Giving First 100 Guests Free Sandwiches
July 29, 2015 // // LAS VEGAS – Capriotti’s Sandwich Shop announces the upcoming arrival of its first Nebraska location in Lincoln. Franchisee, Corey Tallman, will be opening the new Lincoln location on Monday, August 3rd, marking an important milestone in the company’s continued expansion across the United States. On opening day, Capriotti’s will be give the first 100 guests a free 9” Bobbie to commemorate the new store opening.
Corey Tallman first came across Capriotti’s while pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Information Security at the University of Advancing Technology in Phoenix, AZ. It only took one visit for Corey to fall in love with the sandwich shop’s subs...

Jersey Mike's Subs Opens First Fresno Location »

July 29, 2015 at 8:10AM PDT | Source: Jersey Mike's Subs

July 29, 2015 // // Fresno, CA - Jersey Mike’s Subs, known for its fresh sliced/fresh grilled subs, opened in Fresno on July 22. Franchise owner Alvaro Garcia, held a grand opening and fundraiser from Wednesday, July 22 to Sunday, August 2 to support Boys & Girls Club of Fresno County.
The new restaurant, located at 6709 N. Riverside Dr., circulated thousands of flyers throughout the community each containing various offers. For each offer redeemed, Jersey Mike’s will make a $3 donation to the participating charities from July 22 to August 2 as part of a twelve day Grand Opening Celebration.
"At Jersey Mike's our fundraising partnerships create a layer of sustainability for schools, youth sports leagues, and other nonprofits in and around our city,” said Garcia...

Panera Bread Company Reports Q2 2015 Diluted EPS Of $1.61, Excluding One-Time Items »

July 29, 2015 at 6:04AM PDT | Source: Panera Bread

ST. LOUIS, MO - (Marketwired - July 28, 2015) - Panera Bread Company (NASDAQ: PNRA)

Q2 2015 Revenue increased 7% to $677 million
Q2 2015 Company-owned comparable net bakery-cafe sales up 2.4%
Q3 2015 (first 27 days) Company-owned comparable net bakery-cafe sales up 4.7%

Panera Bread Company (NASDAQ: PNRA) today reported net income of $42 million, or $1.60 per diluted share, for fiscal Q2 2015. Diluted EPS for fiscal Q2 2015 was $1.61 or down 7%, excluding charges recorded in fiscal Q2 2015 related to the Company's previously announced refranchising initiative of $0.01 per diluted share, and excluding the $0.08 per diluted share benefit in fiscal Q2 2014 from a favorable resolution of an insurance coverage matter...

Jamba, Inc. Posts Update On Refranchising Initiative »

July 29, 2015 at 5:59AM PDT | Source: Jamba Juice

Jamba® Continues Move to Asset-Light Model; Nears Completion of Refranchising Initiative
EMERYVILLE, Calif. - (BUSINESS WIRE) - July 29, 2015 - Jamba, Inc. (NASDAQ:JMBA) a leading health and wellness brand and leading retailer of freshly-squeezed juice today posted an update of its ongoing efforts to transition to an asset-light model. With the closing of a multi-market deal announced yesterday, Jamba has completed a significant portion of its ongoing refranchising initiative.
Jamba announced the refranchising initiative at the end of 2014, with a stated goal of refranchising “up to 114” stores during 2015. The Company has significantly exceeded its initial goal with closed deals today representing 150 stores. The Company expects that deals for 74 additional stores will be refranchised for three California markets by the end of 2015 and the Chicago/Midwest market by the first quarter of 2016...

Golden Krust Launches First Annual National Jamaican Patty Day »

July 29, 2015 at 5:52AM PDT | Source: Golden Krust Caribbean Bakery & Grill

Golden Krust Caribbean Bakery & Grill (GK), the nation's largest Caribbean franchise chain,will launch the first Annual National Jamaican Patty Day with celebrations nationwide. 
BRONX, NY - July 29, 2015 /24-7PressRelease/ - On Saturday, August 1st, 2015 Golden Krust Caribbean Bakery & Grill (GK), the nation's largest Caribbean franchise chain,will launch the first Annual National Jamaican Patty Day. Celebrations will take place nationwide, with Golden Krust locations selling 99cent beef patties from 11:00am to 3:00pm, while supplies last. All Golden Krust locations will be decorated with the Festive Golden Krust National Jamaican Patty Day material.
National Jamaican Patty Day will be celebrated every year on the first Saturday in August...

Roy’s Restaurant Names Mario Cernadas Chief Operating Officer »

July 29, 2015 at 5:06AM PDT | Source: Roy’s Restaurant

Internationally-Acclaimed Restaurant Expands Operations Leadership Team
DALLAS - July 28, 2015 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Roy’s Restaurant, an internationally-acclaimed restaurant founded by Roy Yamaguchi and known for its fresh seafood, innovative chef creations and Pacific Rim cuisine, announced today the addition of Mario Cernadas as chief operating officer. With extensive experience in the restaurant industry, Cernadas will oversee daily operations of Roy’s Restaurant.
“Mario’s natural leadership abilities and vast knowledge of the restaurant industry made him an attractive candidate, and having him onboard will only complement the acceleration and transformation of our business.”
“As we accelerate and prepare Roy’s for the future, we are honored to have Mario join the Roy’s Ohana, leading day-to-day operations and ensuring a strengthened connection with each of our Guests,” said Sunil Dharod, president and chief executive officer of SSCP Management...

Jersey Mike's Subs Opens First League City Location »

July 29, 2015 at 4:43AM PDT | Source: Jersey Mike's Subs

Owners Celebrate With Free Sub Fundraiser
July 29, 2015 // // League City, TX - Jersey Mike’s Subs, known for its fresh sliced/fresh grilled subs, opened in League City on July 22. Franchise owners Jim Mellon, Ed McCaffrey and Scott Irvine with operating partner, Josh Singletary held a grand opening and free sub fundraiser from Wednesday, July 22 to Sunday, July 26 to support University of Houston-Clear Lake’s Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities.
The new restaurant, located 2456 Marina Bay Drive, circulated 7,500 coupons throughout the community offering a free regular sub for a minimum $2 contribution to CADD.
“I have a very close relative who has been diagnosed with autism” explains Singletary...

Pie Five Pizza Heats Up Expansion With 25 Store Multi-Unit Franchise Deal »

July 29, 2015 at 4:31AM PDT | Source: Pie Five Pizza Co.

Nation's Leading Fast Casual Pizza Chain Adds Missouri, Arizona and New Mexico
DALLAS - July 28, 2015 /PRNewswire/ - Dallas-based Pie Five Pizza just expanded its piece of the pie. The brand known for artisan pizzas, handcrafted with farm fresh ingredients and baked with lightning speed today announced a new development deal with HCW Development that will add 25 locations in Branson and Springfield, Missouri; Tucson, Arizona and Albuquerque, New Mexico. The first location is set to open next year in Branson, Missouri.
The newest Pie Five development deal is with franchise partners Rick Huffman and Sam Catanese of HCW Development, which own several hotels, restaurants and developments in Branson and Phoenix. This new development deal follows multi-unit deals recently announced in in Michigan, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, Arkansas, Missouri, Tennessee, Colorado, Kentucky, Indiana, Alabama and Mississippi...

Juice It Up! Celebrates 20 Years With Free Smoothies On August 4 »

July 29, 2015 at 4:09AM PDT | Source: Juice It Up!

Company Commemorates Milestone with Guest Freebies at All Locations
July 29, 2015 // // IRVINE, California – Juice It Up!, one of the nation’s leading raw juice bar and hand-crafted smoothie franchises, is celebrating 20 refreshing years by offering guests a free smoothie at the chain’s more than 80 units nationwide. On Tuesday, August 4, between 9 and 11 a.m., head to Juice It Up! to receive a complimentary small Strawberry Wave™ or the new California Cooler™ smoothie, with no purchase necessary.

The Strawberry Wave is a refreshing blend of Strawberry juice, non-fat yogurt, banana, and strawberries
The California Cooler is an invigorating blend of fresh cucumber, pineapple juice, lemonade, lime sherbet and pineapple

“We’ve been fueling the active lifestyles of our guests for 20 years and we wanted to show our appreciation for their support by doing something special for them,” said Frank Easterbrook, president & CEO of Juice It Up! “We pride ourselves on staying ahead of trends and provide each of our guests with delicious, customizable products that satisfy individual tastes along with their specific nutritional wants and needs...

John F. Theuer Joins Pizza Studio As CFO »

July 29, 2015 at 3:59AM PDT | Source: Pizza Studio

July 29, 2015 // // CALABASAS, CA – Pizza Studio announced today that former Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf and Panda Express Chief Financial Officer, John F. Theuer, has joined Pizza Studio as CFO.
Pizza Studio is the most rapidly growing fast-casual pizza brand in the nation and intends to scale even more by adding Theuer to the leadership team. Pizza Studio currently has 30 locations in 10 states and the District of Columbia. Management expects to have over 50 locations open by the end of 2015 with rapid company-owned and franchise unit growth continuing in 2016 and beyond.
Theuer was part of the Executive Team that led the sale of Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf to a trio of private equity firms led by Advent International...

Jamba Juice Announces Completion Of Refranchise Agreement With Vitaligent, LLC For Sale Of 73 Stores In Sacramento And San Francisco Markets »

July 29, 2015 at 3:46AM PDT | Source: Jamba Juice

EMERYVILLE, Calif. - (BUSINESS WIRE) - July 28, 2015 - Jamba Juice Company (NASDAQ:JMBA), a leading healthy, active lifestyle brand announced today the completion of a refranchising agreement for 73 stores in the San Jose/Easy Bay and Sacramento markets with Vitaligent, LLC (“Vitaligent”). Under the terms of the agreement the Company will receive $25 million in cash. The Company expects to sell the remaining 27 Company locations in the San Diego market by the end of 2015.
“We see the closing of the first 73 stores as a great accomplishment for our continued refranchising efforts toward an asset light business model,” stated James D. White, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Jamba. “Given the size and complexity of this transaction we have decided to delay the refranchising of the San Diego stores to the end of 2015 in order to complete the Northern California transaction with excellence...

Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, Inc. To Release Second Quarter 2015 Results On August 11, 2015 »

July 29, 2015 at 3:42AM PDT | Source: Red Robin Gourmet Burgers

GREENWOOD VILLAGE, Colo. - July 28, 2015 (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, announced that it will release results for the quarter ended July 12, 2015, on Tuesday, August 11, 2015. The Company will host a conference call to review financial results on Tuesday, August 11, 2015, at 10:00 AM ET.
The conference call can be accessed live over the phone by dialing (888) 609-5701, or for international callers (913) 905-3216. 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 6807530...

Cousins Subs® In Franklin, Wis. Supports Mission Of Kayla’s Krew »

July 29, 2015 at 3:36AM PDT | Source: Cousins Subs

Restaurant Makes Monetary Donation To Help Build All-accessible, All-inclusive Playground In Franklin
July 29, 2015 // // FRANKLIN, WIS. – Cousins Subs® located at 7178 S. 76th and 7700 S. Lovers Lane Road in Franklin, Wis. contributed more than $1,970 to support the mission of Kayla’s Krew - to build an all-inclusive playground in Franklin that is inspiring and truly all-accessible for children and families of any age and ability.
“By building an all-accessible, all-inclusive playground, Kayla’s Krew aims to enable all who have special needs to forget about the challenges that they are presented with daily while teaching able-bodied individuals the value of friendship and compassion,” said Shelly Runte, founder of Kayla’s Krew...

Ohio Get First Taste Of MOOYAH Burgers, Fries & Shakes: Opens In Cleveland »

July 28, 2015 at 12:00PM PDT | Source: MOOYAH Burgers & Fries

Customizable Burger Franchise Enters Ohio with Rocky River Opening
DALLAS, TX (PRWEB) July 28, 2015 - MOOYAH Burgers, Fries & Shakes, a fast-casual, “better burger” chain, is ready to give taste buds in The Buckeye State a reason to rejoice. MOOYAH’s Rocky River location, which opens on July 28, 2015, marks the first for the national brand in the state and will be located at 19815 Center Ridge Road.
The debut location is owned and operated by Jay Patel, who has been a restaurateur and entrepreneur for many years despite being 32 years young.
“Cleveland is a very family-oriented place, and the MOOYAH brand creates a great family-friendly environment and a great place for people to share a meal,” said Patel...

Jersey Mike's Subs Opens First Sherwood Location »

July 28, 2015 at 11:57AM PDT | Source: Jersey Mike's Subs

Owners Celebrate With Free Sub Fundraiser
July 28, 2015 // // Sherwood, OR - Jersey Mike’s Subs, known for its fresh sliced/fresh grilled subs, opened in Sherwood on July 22. Franchise owners Joseph and Cathleen Karcher, along with District Manager Beth Teske, held a grand opening and free sub fundraiser from Wednesday, July 22 to Sunday, July 26 to support Sherwood Regional Family YMCA.
The new restaurant, located at 21155 S.W. Baler Way, circulated 10,000 coupons throughout the community offering a free regular sub for a minimum $2 contribution to Sherwood Regional Family YMCA.
“The charity we decided to partner up with is the hub of this community,” said Joseph Karcher. “A lot of people in the community are members of the YMCA and we are proud to help support a good cause...

Rita's Makes Bold Move Into Convenience & Gas Channel »

July 28, 2015 at 11:44AM PDT | Source: Rita’s Italian Ice

World's largest Italian Ice concept opens first store in California and plans for 60 stores by 2025
TREVOSE, Pa. - July 28, 2015 /PRNewswire/ - Today, Rita's Italian Ice, the world's largest Italian Ice concept with more than 600 stores, officially announced it will enter the convenience and gas channel nationwide with two area development agreements. The agreements were awarded to M&M ARC Inc. for the development of the West and to Ice & Go LLC for the development of the Midwest, South and Northeast. Together, the two agreements call for 60 units by 2025 - the first of which opened its doors last month in Newbury Park, California at the Chevron Extra Mile convenience store and recently celebrated its grand opening.
"The convenience and gas channel allows us to further penetrate the market, while presenting franchisees with even more opportunity," said Mo Boutara, senior director of franchise development at Rita's Franchise Company...

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