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Sweet Arleen's Celebrates First Franchise Location With Ribbon Cutting And Grand Opening »

August 22, 2014 at 6:27AM PDT | Source: Sweet Arleens

Three-peat Winner of 'Cupcake Wars' Celebrates Launch of Franchising Nationwide in Yorba Linda, Calif.
Westlake Village, CA (PRWEB) August 22, 2014 - Just four years after opening its bakery doors, Sweet Arleen's is celebrating the opening of its first franchise location with a ribbon cutting and grand opening celebration at 18503 Yorba Linda Boulevard in Yorba Linda, Calif. The ribbon cutting with the Yorba Linda Chamber of Commerce will take place at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 22, and the grand opening will take place on Saturday, Aug. 23, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. This location marks the bakery's entry into the franchise marketplace, spearheaded by the brand's first franchisee, Toren Halseth.
"Based on the incredible success we've seen since our bakery launch, we felt that franchising the concept would be the best avenue for growth on a national scale," said the bakery's namesake, CEO and Founder Arleen Scavone...

Texas Roadhouse, Inc. Announces Quarterly Dividend »

August 22, 2014 at 5:58AM PDT | Source: Texas Roadhouse

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - (BUSINESS WIRE) - August 22, 2014 - On August 21, 2014, Texas Roadhouse, Inc.'s (Nasdaq: TXRH) Board of Directors authorized the payment of a cash dividend of $0.15 per share of common stock. This payment will be distributed on October 3, 2014, to shareholders of record at the close of business on September 17, 2014.
About Texas Roadhouse 
Texas Roadhouse is a casual dining concept that first opened in 1993 and today operates over 430 restaurants system-wide in 49 states and three foreign countries. For more information, please visit the Company's Web site at www.texasroadhouse.com.
Forward-looking Statements
Certain statements in this release that are not historical facts, including, without limitation, those relating to our anticipated financial performance, are forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties...

Terrific Two: Dunkin' Donuts Celebrates Two Years Of Its Mobile App With Special Appiversary Twitter Sweepstakes »

August 22, 2014 at 5:40AM PDT | Source: Dunkin' Donuts
Dunkin' Donuts Opportunities Available

Twenty-two fans will win two $22 Dunkin' Donuts mGifts for sharing what FREE medium beverage they would order after receiving the free coupon for joining the brand's DD Perks® Rewards Program
August 15, 2014 // Franchising.com // CANTON, MA - August 16 marks the two-year anniversary of the Dunkin' Mobile® App for mobile payment and gifting. To celebrate, Dunkin' Donuts, America's all-day, everyday stop for coffee and baked goods, today launched a special "Appiversary" Twitter sweepstakes to give fans the chance to win Dunkin' Donuts mGifts. In just two years, the Dunkin' Mobile App has been downloaded more than eight million times, giving people across the country a quick and convenient way to pay for Dunkin' Donuts food, beverages and merchandise...

El Pollo Loco Signs Franchisee To 20 Unit Expansion Agreement In Texas, Unveils Multi-Year Franchising Initiative »

August 22, 2014 at 5:23AM PDT | Source: El Pollo Loco

COSTA MESA, Calif. - Aug. 22, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE - El Pollo Loco (Nasdaq:LOCO) signed AA Pollo Inc. to a 20 restaurant franchise development agreement as the first step in a multi-year franchising initiative designed to expand the nation's leading fire-grilled chicken restaurant chain's presence in the greater Southwest.
As part of their agreement, AA Pollo Inc. will develop 20 new El Pollo Loco restaurants in Houston, a new development market, and San Antonio. The franchisee company has also purchased six El Pollo Loco restaurants in San Antonio. AA Pollo Inc. is owned by Anil Yadav, a multi-unit franchisee who owns and operates more than 260 restaurants with three brands covering multiple states.
"As El Pollo Loco continues to expand in the greater Southwest, there is no better franchisee with which to align than AA Pollo Inc...

Maui Wowi Expands With Second Location In Music City »

August 22, 2014 at 5:16AM PDT | Source: Maui Wowi Hawaiian Coffees & Smoothies
Maui Wowi Hawaiian Coffees & Smoothies Opportunities Available

Hawaiian coffee and fruit smoothie retailer, Maui Wowi Hawaiian, adds a second store location near Nashville, continuing its growth in the area.
Greenwood Village, CO (PRWEB) August 22, 2014 - Maui Wowi Hawaiian, the rapidly growing retailer of premium coffees and fruit smoothies, has opened a new store near Nashville, Tennessee. Located in Franklin at the new Berry Farms development, this is the first store for local franchisees Eric and Holley Rilko and the second store in the greater Nashville community. The first store opened last summer in Mt. Juliet, Tennessee.
Berry Farms is a new community development in Franklin that has quickly become a prime location to live, work, and do business; drawing a wide range of visitors. Maui Wowi is the latest to join the rapidly growing area...

Brinker International Announces Dividend Increase, Stock Repurchase Authorization »

August 22, 2014 at 4:29AM PDT | Source: Brinker International

DALLAS - Aug. 21, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - The Board of Directors for Brinker International, Inc. (NYSE: EAT) declared a quarterly dividend of $0.28 per share on the common stock, representing a 17 percent increase in Brinker's quarterly dividend. The increased dividend will be payable on Sept. 25, 2014 to shareholders of record as of Sept. 5, 2014.
Brinker's Board of Directors also authorized an additional $350 million in share repurchases, bringing the total share repurchase authorization to approximately $3.9 billion as of today's date.
Brinker International, Inc. is one of the world's leading casual dining restaurant companies. Founded in 1975 and based in Dallas, Texas, as of June 25, 2014, Brinker owned, operated, or franchised 1,615 restaurants under the names Chili's® Grill & Bar (1,569 restaurants) and Maggiano's Little Italy® (46 restaurants)...

Bruster's Real Ice Cream Turnaround Fueled By Same-Store Sales Growth Streak »

August 22, 2014 at 4:20AM PDT | Source: Bruster's Real Ice Cream

New U.S. and International Franchise Locations Announced
August 22, 2014 // Franchising.com // PITTSBURGH - Sales and growth are heating up at Bruster's Real Ice Cream®, even though the frozen yogurt industry is showing signs of cooling off. The 200-unit, franchised premium frozen treat chain, which just celebrated its 25th anniversary, is enjoying its sixth straight quarter of same-store sales growth, with some markets up as much as 13.1 percent over last year. It is the chain's best performance in 12 years.
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The Keg Royalties Income Fund Announces August 2014 Cash Distribution »

August 21, 2014 at 9:17AM PDT | Source: Keg Steakhouse & Bar

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA - (Marketwired - Aug. 12, 2014) - The Keg Royalties Income Fund (the "Fund") (TSX:KEG.UN) today announced that its August 2014 distribution of $0.08 cents per unit has been declared and is payable to unitholders of record as at August 21, 2014. The August 2014 distribution will be paid on August 29, 2014.
The Fund is a limited purpose, open-ended trust established under the laws of the Province of Ontario that, through The Keg Rights Limited Partnership (the "Partnership"), a subsidiary of the Fund, owns certain trademarks and other related intellectual property used by Keg Restaurants Ltd. ("KRL"). In exchange for use of those trademarks, KRL pays the Fund a royalty of 4% of gross sales of Keg restaurants included in the royalty pool...

Smoothie Authority Tropical Smoothie Cafe Debuts UnBEETable Berry Smoothie On Menus Nationwide »

August 21, 2014 at 9:03AM PDT | Source: Tropical Smoothie Cafe

Industry Leader Releases First Beet Smoothie of its Kind in the Market
ATLANTA - Aug. 21, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - Further cementing its position as a category leader in product innovation and a forward-thinking, better-for-you restaurant brand, Tropical Smoothie Cafe is unveiling its latest innovation in its signature Superfood Smoothie series, the UnBEETable Berry, starting August 25, 2014.
Available for a limited time only, Tropical Smoothie Cafe, with 385 locations across the U.S., is the first national restaurant chain to release a beet smoothie of its kind in the marketplace. Unlike offerings at other smoothie chains, Tropical Smoothie Cafe's new UnBEETable Berry smoothie is made with fresh whole beets - not beet concentrates or juices - expertly blended with ripe strawberries, blueberries, bananas and cranberries, ensuring its customers get the highest nutritional benefit out of this tasty superfood smoothie...

Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen, Inc. Reports Results For Second Quarter 2014; Reiterates Earnings Guidance »

August 21, 2014 at 8:02AM PDT | Source: Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen

ATLANTA - August 20, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen, Inc. (NASDAQ: PLKI), the franchisor and operator of Popeyes® restaurants, today reported results for its fiscal second quarter of 2014 which ended July 13, 2014. The Company also reiterated guidance for fiscal 2014.
“Popeyes strong second quarter demonstrates our focused execution of our strategic roadmap. We have consistently delivered excellent results quarter after quarter for the past six years. The sustainability of our performance is a reflection of our principles, priorities and processes. As we look ahead, we are excited about this new era for Popeyes – an innovative menu, beautifully remodeled restaurants, an expanding global footprint, and a renewed focus on our employees and guests,” commented Cheryl Bachelder, Popeyes Chief Executive Officer...

Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen, Inc. Names William P. Matt As New Chief Financial Officer »

August 21, 2014 at 7:43AM PDT | Source: Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen

ATLANTA - August 21, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen, Inc. (NASDAQ:PLKI), the franchisor and operator of Popeyes® restaurants, today announced that William P. Matt will be joining the Popeyes executive team as Chief Financial Officer, effectively immediately. Reporting to Chief Executive Officer, Cheryl Bachelder, Mr. Matt will oversee the Company’s financial matters and lead the Company’s efforts in determining and implementing the most effective strategies for Popeyes to accelerate its long-term growth potential and maximize shareholder value.
"The addition of Will as our new CFO brings a strong complement to our leadership team as we execute our strategic roadmap for growth around the globe," said Ms...

GRILLiT Franchise Marketing Initiative For The Southwest Kicks Off In Austin, Texas »

August 21, 2014 at 7:29AM PDT | Source: GRILLiT, Inc.

MIAMI - Aug. 21, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - GRILLiT, Inc. (the "Company" or "GRILLiT") (OTC Pink Markets: GRLT) announced that its southwestern United States master franchisee operator, Texas Expansion Wing Group, LLC, is beginning its franchise marketing campaign in Texas today, exhibiting at a major retail franchise forum.
Its debut exhibition event will commence today in Austin, Texas at the "Retail Live!" exclusive retailer expo, which can be found on the Internet at www.retaillive.com/location/austin. This prestigious gathering features participation of hundreds of franchisors, retail developers, and other related industry professionals, who are instrumental decision-makers in acquiring and developing new franchise concepts.
"We are now prepared to aggressively roll out our franchise marketing strategy throughout the southwestern United States, which commences today in the State of Texas," stated Texas Expansion Wing Group's president, Bill Roberts...

Wendy's Offers Consumers "The Gouda Life" With The New Smoked Gouda Chicken On Brioche »

August 21, 2014 at 7:20AM PDT | Source: Wendy's

Smoked Gouda Chicken on Brioche
August 21, 2014 // Franchising.com // DUBLIN, Ohio – Wendy's® is inviting consumers to get a taste of "The Gouda Life" – a world filled with exquisite tastes and posh provisions such as a brioche bun, Dijon aioli and Gouda cheese – through Wendy's latest premium offering, the new Smoked Gouda Chicken on Brioche. With Gouda making its appearance on Wendy's menu for the first time, the limited-time only Smoked Gouda Chicken on Brioche is packed with savory sophistication without pricey pretension.
"The new Smoked Gouda Chicken on Brioche brings distinct and sophisticated flavors to the table – particularly the mild yet nutty tastes of Smoked Gouda – to help elevate our customers' food experience," said Liz Geraghty, Wendy's Vice President, Brand Marketing...

Dunkin' Donuts Announces Plans For 14 New Restaurants In Kansas »

August 21, 2014 at 7:04AM PDT | Source: Dunkin' Donuts
Dunkin' Donuts Opportunities Available

Leading Coffee and Bakery Chain Continues Westward Expansion with New Locations in Wichita and Topeka
August 21, 2014 // Franchising.com // CANTON, MA – Dunkin' Donuts, America's all-day, everyday stop for coffee and baked goods, announced today the signing of multi-unit store development agreements with three franchise groups to develop 14 new restaurants in Wichita and Topeka, Kansas over the next several years.
The three franchise groups and their development plans include:

New franchisees Douglas Day and Dan Day plan to develop nine restaurants in Wichita. With more than 20 years of combined experience in the Quick Service Restaurant (QSR) industry, these new franchise partners plan to open their first restaurant before the end of 2014...

Buffalo Wild Wings Revs Up Pizza Business With Grand Opening Of Second PizzaRev In Minnesota »

August 21, 2014 at 6:36AM PDT | Source: PizzaRev

Build-Your-Own Pizza Concept in Edina Set to Open on August 21
MINNEAPOLIS - August 21, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Buffalo Wild Wings, Inc. (NASDAQ: BWLD), known for its restaurants focused on wings, beer and sports, is expanding its pizza business with the opening of its second PizzaRev franchise restaurant in Edina, Minn. in suburban Minneapolis on August 21. The new location of the Los Angeles-based, build-your-own artisanal pizza shop follows Buffalo Wild Wings' first PizzaRev restaurant opening in Hopkins, Minn. - and the first PizzaRev outside of California - this past May.
Following a ribbon cutting with Buffalo Wild Wings CEO and President Sally Smith, Smith will help create the first pizza.
Guests will "craft their own" 11" artisanal-quality pizzas loaded with 30+ fresh, premium ingredients of their choosing, and served piping hot from a custom-built, 9,600 pound, open-flame, stone-bed oven in less than three minutes, for just $7...

Chanticleer Holdings Announces $526,106 Cash Distribution From Investment In Hooters Of America »

August 21, 2014 at 5:18AM PDT | Source: Hooters

CHARLOTTE, NC - (Marketwired - August 20, 2014) - Chanticleer Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: HOTR) (Chanticleer Holdings, or the "Company"), owner and operator of multiple restaurant brands internationally and domestically, announced today that the Company has received a $526,106 cash distribution from its investment in Hooters® of America ("HOA").
Over the last three years, as a franchisee, Chanticleer Holdings has opened several Hooters locations worldwide: five in South Africa, one in Eastern Europe, and two in Australia; and has acquired two additional locations in Australia, one in England, and two in the U.S., Oregon and Washington, for a total of thirteen Hooters restaurants to date. The Company is also expecting two new locations to open in the coming months with the goal of opening additional locations worldwide in these markets over the next several years...

Fresh Healthy Vending International, Inc. Ranked In Top 20 Percent Of Inc. 5000 Fastest-Growing Private U.S. Companies »

August 21, 2014 at 5:08AM PDT | Source: Fresh Healthy Vending

Inc. Magazine's list of fastest-growing, private companies in U.S., now in its 33rd year, ranks Fresh Healthy Vending #894 in 2014
SAN DIEGO - August 21, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Fresh Healthy Vending International, Inc. (OTC Markets: VEND), the leading healthy vending franchisor in North America, announced its ranking at #894 on Inc. Magazine's 5000 fastest-growing private companies in the U.S. for 2014. Published on August 20, 2014, the Inc. 5000 list, now in its 33rd year, measured Fresh Healthy Vending's growth over a 3-year period, from 2010 to 2013, just prior to the Company becoming public in July 2013.
"We feel honored to be ranked within the top 20 percent on the Inc. 5000 list this year. It is a wonderful testament to our timely and innovative business model," said Nick Yates, founder of Fresh Healthy Vending International, Inc...

On Eve Of Big Telethon, Froyo Businesses Participate But Also Go Their Own - Local Way »

August 21, 2014 at 4:54AM PDT | Source: Zinga Frozen Yogurt

Zinga! Frozen Yogurt franchisees in New England, Virginia and Florida stand out with local cause related marketing. Hiring special needs employees, tying in with schools, teams, making national charities local works.
Denver, Colorado (PRWEB) August 21, 2014 - In less than a week the airwaves will be filled with celebrities making pleas for donations to fight muscle related disease. Helping the huge telethon effort raise funds will be well-known national companies and brands through their cause-related marketing heft. With their help – and the public's, the 2013 MDA Telethon raised nearly $60 million.
But for small self-serve business entrepreneurs such as Zinga Frozen Yogurt franchisees, cause-related marketing remains decidedly local and, although the money they raise for their communities is small in individual cases, their efforts stand out as shining examples of how neighborhood businesses can make a real difference in the lives of their communities – and their customers...

Quaker Steak & Lube® To Give Away Free Award-Winning Wings In Advance Of Its Official Pohatcong Grand Opening »

August 20, 2014 at 10:58AM PDT | Source: Quaker Steak & Lube

Award-Winning Casual-Dining Concept to Give Away FREE Wings on Thursday, August 21
August 20, 2014 // Franchising.com // SHARON, PA. – Quaker Steak & Lube®, or The Lube® to loyalists, the Award-Winning casual-dining concept, known for its Best Wings USA and over 25 signature sauces today announced that the official grand opening of its newest restaurant, located at 1304 US Route 22, Phillipsburg, NJ, will take place on Wednesday, August 27 at 11:00AM. Owned and operated by Lube It Up, LLC, the restaurant will bring 190 new jobs to the local economy and will be the third Quaker Steak & Lube® location in the state.
In advance of opening day, The Lube® will give local aficionados a sneak peak of its deep fried gold by giving away FREE wings to the general public on a first come, first served basis, on Thursday, August 21, beginning at 1:00PM and 7:00PM, while supplies last...

VooDoo BBQ & Grill To Open Newest Location In Boca Raton »

August 20, 2014 at 9:33AM PDT | Source: VooDoo BBQ & Grill

The Award Winning New Orleans Style BBQ Restaurant continues its expansion by adding its Fifth South Florida location in 18 months.
Boca Raton, Florida (PRWEB) August 20, 2014 - VooDoo BBQ & Grill is set to open their latest South Florida location on Monday, August 25, 2014 at 11 am. The new store is located at 5030 Champion Blvd. Boca Raton, FL – near the corner of N. Military Trail and Clint Moore Rd., in the Polo Shoppes. This is the company's fifth South Florida location and marks the first location in Palm Beach County after establishing the first four units in Miami-Dade and Broward counties (Kendall, Pembroke Pines, Hollywood, and Fort Lauderdale).
"VooDoo Grand Openings are always fun. The public is invited to taste our Magic...



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