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Del Taco Continues Midwest Expansion »

November 24, 2014 at 4:06AM PST | Source: Del Taco
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November 24, 2014 // Franchising.com // Lake Forest, California – Del Taco, a leader in the Mexican quick-service restaurant category, announced its plans to develop at least eight restaurants in the Chicago area to begin by early 2016. Currently with 550 restaurants in 16 states, this latest expansion supports the company's major-growth strategy to bring Del Taco's fresh, made-to-order Mexican and American favorites to guests across the country.
"We've had strong interest from franchise candidates in this part of the country for some time, and we've found a solid development partner," said Laura Tanaka, director of franchise development. "Backed by 50 years of excellence, Del Taco is eager to introduce the brand and unique menu offerings to our new guests in the Midwest...

Jersey Mike's Subs Opens First Amarillo Location »

November 21, 2014 at 10:14AM PST | Source: Jersey Mike's Subs

Owners Celebrate With Free Sub Fundraiser
November 21, 2014 // Franchising.com // Amarillo, TX - Jersey Mike's Subs, known for its fresh sliced/fresh grilled subs, opened in Amarillo on November 5. Franchise owners Brian Kelley and Greg Hazard, along with director of operations Johnny Cutter, held a grand opening and free sub fundraiser from Wednesday, November 5 to Sunday, November 9 to support the BraveCort Foundation.
The new restaurant, located at 2311 S. Georgia Street, circulated 10,000 coupons throughout the community offering a free regular sub for a minimum $1 contribution to the BraveCort Foundation.
The BraveCort Foundation was founded by Brian and Andrea Kelley in memory of their son Cort. BraveCort focuses its efforts on research in the field of childhood cancer...

CREAM Answers The Call For Ice Cream Sandwiches »

November 21, 2014 at 9:36AM PST | Source: CREAM

NPD Names Ice Cream Sandwiches the Number 8 Food of the Decade
November 21, 2014 // Franchising.com // Millbrae, CA – The past decade has seen sweeping changes in American food trends and a nostalgic treat is making a serious comeback, with the help of CREAM, a San Francisco-based dessert franchise that specializes in high quality ice cream sandwiches and other confections.
The consumer market research group, NPD, recently revealed its top 10 foods of the decade with the ice cream sandwich coming in at number 8. The dessert treat saw a 6.2 percent increase in consumers eating them at least once every two weeks. The list included other staples like pizza, Mexican food and yogurt.
CREAM, which is an acronym for "Cookies Rule Everything round Me," offers a menu of 20 ice cream flavors and 20 cookie flavors and as many as 24 toppings that customers can mix and match, as well as vegan and gluten-free options...

Gourmet Snack Franchise Doc Popcorn Plans To Develop 100 Locations In Chile, Peru »

November 21, 2014 at 9:31AM PST | Source: Doc Popcorn
Doc Popcorn Opportunities Available

World's Largest Franchised Popcorn Retailer Continues International Expansion
November 21, 2014 // Franchising.com // , Colo. – Doc Popcorn, innovator of fresh-popped kettle-cooked popcorn, has announced today that it plans to add 100 new units in Chile and Peru over the next 15 years following a recently executed master franchise agreement with Alice Keh and her husband, Patricio Haristoy. The first Doc Popcorn location will open in the couple's hometown of Santiago, Chile.
Alice, who was originally born in the U.S., will lead day-to-day operations for the Doc Popcorn business in Chile and Peru, while her Chilean husband, Patricio, will oversee the strategic and legal aspects of the company.
"What makes Doc Popcorn so special is that it is a fun, playful brand that addresses consumer demand for higher quality, healthier—yet affordable—options in the snack category; and, the business is simple to run," says Keh...

ShakeAway Offers Customization In A Cup »

November 21, 2014 at 7:45AM PST | Source: ShakeAway

The World's Largest Milkshake Bar Company™ Satisfies Guests' Cravings for Fun
November 7, 2014 // Franchising.com // BOURNEMOUTH, U.K. – With three highly successful openings in La Jolla, Calif., Pacific Beach, Calif., and Cumming, Ga., Americans have once again fallen in love with milkshakes! From indulgent to healthy - to allergy-friendly - ShakeAway's unique, customizable menu offers something for everyone to enjoy.
ShakeAway's world-famous menu offers an amazing variety of signature shakes, fit & healthy shakes, fizzy soda shakes and hot shakes, frozen yogurt, smoothies and low-fat fries. The international brand offers more than 180 delicious ingredients and has millions of combinations to choose from, including Nestlé®, M&M's®, Milky Way®, OREO®, Skittles®, Nutella®, fresh fruit, British confectionary and more...

Jersey Mike's Subs Opens 4th Los Angeles Location »

November 21, 2014 at 6:57AM PST | Source: Jersey Mike's Subs

Owner Celebrates With Free Sub Fundraiser
November 21, 2014 // Franchising.com // Los Angeles, CA - Jersey Mike's Subs, known for its fresh sliced/fresh grilled subs, opened in Los Angeles on October 29. Franchise owner John Cotter held a grand opening and free sub fundraiser from Wednesday, October 29 to Sunday, November 2 to support Children's Institute, Inc. (CII).
The new restaurant, located at 4700 W. Pico Boulevard, circulated 2,500 coupons throughout the community offering a free regular sub for a minimum $1 contribution to CII. In addition, 2,500 flyers containing various offers will be distributed. For each offer redeemed, Jersey Mike's will donate $1 to CII.
Children's Institute, Inc. serves more than 22,000 children and their families in the city's most challenged neighborhoods, and trains more than 9,000 professionals in the realm of child development, mental health, and welfare...

Fresh To Order Named 'Ones To Watch' By QSR Magazine »

November 21, 2014 at 6:47AM PST | Source: Fresh To Order

Fast-Fine Restaurant Also Receives HALO Award Honorable Mention
Atlanta, GA (PRWEB) November 21, 2014 - Atlanta-based Fresh To Order(f2o), the pioneer of "Fast-Fine" dining, has been recognized as 'Ones To Watch' by QSR Magazine, a top restaurant industry trade magazine. The magazine also named the fast-casual restaurant as an honorable mention in its inaugural HALO awards, which recognizes restaurants for healthy menu offerings.
Fresh To Order was named 'Ones To Watch' for its upscale menu items that are made to order for each guest in 10 minutes for around $10. The judges cited Fresh To Order for its emphasis on food presentation and the sleek restaurant atmosphere, which are similar to a fine-dining establishment.
The restaurant also received an honorable mention in QSR's HALO awards, which recognizes its Better For You Burgers...

Good Earth Coffeehouse Comes To Ottawa »

November 21, 2014 at 6:40AM PST | Source: Good Earth Cafes Ltd.

Visitors to Ottawa International Airport can "Do Good. Feel Good."
CALGARY, ALBERTA - (Marketwired - Nov. 21, 2014) - Good Earth, the Canadian coffeehouse that serves wholesome food and delicious coffee while living a proud commitment to social and environmental responsibility, will open its first Ontario location at Ottawa International Airport in March, 2015.
Good Earth serves up exceptional direct-trade, organic and fair-trade coffees and a wide selection of hand-crafted espresso and tea-based beverages. Wholesomesalads, sandwiches, andsignature fresh baked goodsare also offered alongside vegetarian and vegan options, plus gluten-free, dairy-free,wheat-free, egg-free and nut-free choices.
"We are very excited about coming to Ottawa," says Michael Going, Co-founder and CEO of Good Earth Coffeehouse...

GRILLiT Retire Senior Secure Note »

November 21, 2014 at 6:20AM PST | Source: GRILLiT, Inc.

MIAMI - Nov. 21, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - GRILLiT, Inc. (the "Company" or "GRILLiT") (OTC Pink Markets: GRLT) today announced the retirement of its senior secure credit facility.
In July of 2013, Grillit entered into a credit facility under which the Company entered into a $250,000.00 senior secured note. Per the terms of the credit facility, the Company issued a combined 2,586,205 common shares in connection with the note, which are due to be retired, pursuant to the terms of the repayment of the note.
As of November 12, 2014 the Company was able to complete the satisfaction of the note and terminate the credit facility in exchange for the issuance of common shares as iterated within the Company's third quarter financial filing on otcmarkets...

Yum! Brands Inc. Appoints Greg Creed And Elane B. Stock To Board »

November 21, 2014 at 6:16AM PST | Source: Yum! Brands
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November 21, 2014 // Franchising.com // LOUISVILLE, KY - Yum! Brands, Inc. (NYSE: YUM) announced that Greg Creed, 57, who will become Chief Executive Officer of the Company on January, 1, 2015, was formally appointed as a Director of the Board. Additionally, the Company appointed Elane B. Stock, 50, to its Board of Directors. Stock is the Group President of Kimberly-Clark International, comprising its operations in Asia-Pacific, Latin America, Middle East, Europe and Africa. The appointments are effective immediately.
"I'm very pleased the Board today appointed Greg Creed as a Director of our Company, furthering our seamless leadership transition," said David Novak, Chairman and CEO, Yum! Brands. "Greg walks the talk of our culture, is a visionary business leader and will make an outstanding Director and CEO of YUM Brands...

The Pizza Press Set To Open Second Location This December »

November 21, 2014 at 5:31AM PST | Source: The Pizza Press

The fast casual, build-your-own pizza restaurant will open its doors in Old Towne Orange with a Great Pizza Giveaway.
Orange, CA - November 21, 2014 - (PR.com) - Orange County is welcoming a new dining option this winter with the opening of the second location of The Pizza Press, a fast casual, build-your-own pizza restaurant. Owned by founder Dara Maleki, The Pizza Press will be serving its made-to-order specialty pizzas to hungry students and members of the community at 155 North Glassell in Old Towne Orange this December.
The new location, sitting inside The Plaza, will boast a 3,000 square foot interior, with seating for over 50 people inside, and a front patio to seat another 18 diners. Guests are encouraged to design their own pizza, complete with unlimited toppings, or choose from popular pizzas flavored after regional newspapers, including "The Times," "The Tribune," and "The Chronicle...

Jersey Mike's Subs Opens First Renton Highlands Location »

November 21, 2014 at 5:27AM PST | Source: Jersey Mike's Subs

Owners Celebrate With Free Sub Fundraiser
November 21, 2014 // Franchising.com // Renton Highlands, WA - Jersey Mike's Subs, known for its fresh sliced/fresh grilled subs, opened in Renton Highlands on November 5. Franchise owners Ray and Kristina Neyens and their partners, Red Polo Ventures LLC, held a grand opening and free sub fundraiser from Wednesday, November 5 to Sunday, November 9 to support the Hazen High School PTSA.
The new restaurant, located at 4710 NE 4th Street, circulated 10,000 coupons throughout the community offering a free regular sub for a minimum $1 contribution to the Hazen High School PTSA.
"We've seen the Jersey Mike's brand grow tremendously since opening our first shop in the Seattle market in 2003," said Ray Neyens...

Americana Group To Open 35 Additional TGI Fridays™ Restaurants By 2019 »

November 21, 2014 at 4:48AM PST | Source: T.G.I. Friday's Restaurants

KUWAIT CITY - November 21, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Americana Group (Kuwait Food Company) and TGI Fridays today announced that they will significantly grow their partnership with a new agreement for Americana to open 35 new Fridays restaurants over the next five years. This agreement will give Americana a total of 90 Fridays locations by 2019.
Earlier this year, Americana, the leading operator of casual and quick service restaurants across the Middle East and North Africa, celebrated the opening of its 50th Fridays restaurant in Al Jabriya, Kuwait. Next year, they will operate Fridays restaurants in nine countries when a new location opens in Erbil, Kurdistan.
"We believe this agreement demonstrates our confidence in the Fridays brand and the brand revitalization strategy that the Fridays management team have put in place," said Marzouk Al Kharafi, Chairman of Americana Group...

Maui Wowi Hawaiian Offers 45 Percent Online Discount On Premium Hawaiian Coffee »

November 21, 2014 at 4:38AM PST | Source: Maui Wowi Hawaiian Coffees & Smoothies
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Maui Wowi incentivizes online coffee with a Cyber Monday Deal to give customers more reason to enjoy its premium Hawaiian roasts.
Greenwood Village, Colo. (PRWEB) November 20, 2014 - Once the frenzy of Black Friday is in the rearview mirror, Maui Wowi Hawaiian is giving online shoppers something to look forward to.
On Cyber Monday, which falls on December 1 this year, Maui Wowi Hawaiian is offering an online exclusive deal (shop.mauiwowi.com) where customers can purchase 12 oz. bags of gourmet Maui Wowi Hawaiian coffee and receive a 45 percent discount off their order by using the promotional code: CYBER.
"This is the season of giving, and this Cyber Monday we’re giving coffee lovers everywhere a chance to stock up on our premium Hawaiian coffee for nearly half the price," said Maui Wowi Hawaiian CEO, Mike Weinberger...

Jersey Mike's Subs Opens First Macon Location »

November 21, 2014 at 4:28AM PST | Source: Jersey Mike's Subs

Owners Celebrate With Free Sub Fundraiser
November 21, 2014 // Franchising.com // Macon, GA - Jersey Mike's Subs, known for its fresh sliced/fresh grilled subs, opened in Macon on October 29. Franchise owners Danny and Trinette Rosales, along with manager Brooke Phillips, held a grand opening and free sub fundraiser from Wednesday, October 29 to Sunday, November 2 to support Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Georgia.
The new restaurant, located at 5005 Riverside Drive, circulated 10,000 coupons throughout the community offering a free regular sub for a minimum $2 contribution to Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Georgia.
"After hearing great things about Jersey Mike's, I finally tried my first sub while visiting family in Orlando," said Danny Rosales...

Denny's Corporation Announces Reopening Of Remodeled Las Vegas Casino Royale Restaurant »

November 21, 2014 at 3:52AM PST | Source: Denny's
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Highest Historical Volume Company Owned Restaurant
SPARTANBURG, S.C. - Nov. 20, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) - Denny's Corporation (Nasdaq:DENN), franchisor and operator of one of America's largest franchised full-service restaurant chains, today announced the reopening of its Las Vegas restaurant located at 3397 South Las Vegas Boulevard today. Historically the highest volume Company owned restaurant, this location was closed for reconstruction in January 2014 and is opening ahead of its originally scheduled 2015 opening date. It is located between the Casino Royale and The Venetian.
"This is a historic high volume Denny's location that has been a part of our system for nearly 50 years. We are excited to reopen this location after an extensive refresh that celebrates Denny's diner heritage, while staying true to the sights and sounds of Las Vegas," commented John Miller, President and Chief Executive Officer of Denny's...

Carvel Partners With Andes Mints For New Peppermint Line Of Ice Cream Treats »

November 20, 2014 at 12:13PM PST | Source: Carvel

Carvel Ice Cream Partners with Iconic Candy Brand for First Time
ATLANTA - November 20, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Carvel…America’s Freshest Ice Cream®, is giving guests a "cool" way to indulge this holiday season with a new line of treats made with Andes® Mints.
For a limited time beginning Nov. 20, guests can visit participating local Carvel® shoppes to enjoy freshly made peppermint soft ice cream, as well as the following treats:

Hand-Scooped Peppermint Ice Cream made with chunks of Andes® Mints
Andes® Mints Sundae Dasher™ featuring freshly made peppermint soft ice cream with layer upon layer of Andes® Mints and topped with hot fudge and whipped cream
Andes® Mints Premium Peppermint Shake made with fresh peppermint soft ice cream and topped with whipped cream and sprinkles of Andes® Mints

"Peppermint is the flavor of the holiday season," said Carvel President Scott Colwell...

Texas Roadhouse, Inc. Announces Quarterly Dividend »

November 20, 2014 at 12:08PM PST | Source: Texas Roadhouse

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Nov. 20, 2014 - On November 19, 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 January 2, 2015, to shareholders of record at the close of business on December 17, 2014.
About Texas Roadhouse
Texas Roadhouse is a casual dining concept that first opened in 1993 and today operates over 440 restaurants system-wide in 49 states and four 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...

Russo's Restaurants Targets Regional Growth Throughout Maryland, Washington D.C. And Virginia »

November 20, 2014 at 8:57AM PST | Source: Russo's New York Coal-Fired Italian Kitchen
Russo's New York Coal-Fired Italian Kitchen Opportunities Available

Authentic Fast-Casual New York Pizzeria and Refined Coal-Fired Italian Kitchen Concepts Initiate Strategic Expansion Plan for Mid-Atlantic Region
November 20, 2014 // Franchising.com // HOUSTON – Russo's Restaurants, the founders of dining concepts that include Russo's New York Pizzeria and Russo's Coal-Fired Italian Kitchen, announced today plans to significantly enhance the brands' footprint in Maryland, Washington D.C. and Virginia in order to continue expansion into key markets.
Evidencing the excitement around both brands, Russo's kicked off 2014 with the opening of the company's first Hawaii location in Ewa Beach. An additional three to five restaurants are planned to open during the remainder of the year throughout markets like Dallas, Houston, San Antonio and Austin...

SONIC And Kevin Durant Team Up For All-Star Partnership »

November 20, 2014 at 8:23AM PST | Source: Sonic Drive-In

America's Drive-In signs multi-year endorsement deal with 2014 NBA MVP
OKLAHOMA CITY - November 20, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - SONIC® Drive-In (NASDAQ: SONC) today announced it has reached a multi-year endorsement agreement with Kevin Durant - the 2014 NBA MVP, five-time NBA All-Star, Olympic gold medalist and Male Athlete of the Year ESPY Award winner - as a national brand ambassador to collaborate on the development of balanced menu items and promoter of co-branded philanthropic efforts.
"SONIC is a great national brand with charitable ties that match my own," said Durant. "I'm excited to have the chance to work with them to create healthier and affordable options for people across the country and to have some fun with the process...



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