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Dog Haus To Open Four New Restaurants By End Of 2014 With Future Expansion Into Arizona On The Horizon »

September 22, 2014 at 12:05PM PDT | Source: Dog Haus

Acclaimed Gourmet Concept Prepares to Bring Cult Favorite Hot Dogs, Sausages and Burgers Across State Lines
September 22, 2014 // Franchising.com // Pasadena, CA - Hot off the successful opening of its first franchise location in Canoga Park, CA earlier this summer, Dog Haus, the SoCal-based gourmet hot dog, sausage and burger concept, has announced a slew of newly planned locations and openings to bring "The Absolute Würst" to locales throughout the West and beyond. With more than 70 restaurants planned across California, Colorado, Utah, and, most recently, Arizona, the three-year-old fast-casual concept continues to set its sights beyond its Pasadena hometown with the vision that originally inspired Partners André Vener, Hagop Giragossian and Quasim Riaz to found Dog Haus in 2010...

Fresh To Order Takes "fine. Food. Fast." Mobile With New App Delivering »

September 22, 2014 at 11:03AM PDT | Source: Fresh To Order

Fresh Experience Directly to Guests
September 22, 2014 // Franchising.com // Fresh To Order (f2o), known for offering fine food fast, now offers a new mobile app, where guests can pay for their meals and earn rewards through their cell phones. The Fresh To Order App is now available through the Apple App Store and Google Play for iOS (iPhone) and Android platforms.
Fresh To Order(f2o), known for offering fine food fast, now offers a new mobile app, where guests can pay for their meals and earn rewards through their cell phones. The Fresh To Order App is now available through the Apple App Store and Google Play for iOS (iPhone) and Android platforms. The Fresh To Order App will integrate with Apple Passbook (Apple's mobile wallet) and Google Wallet beginning in October...

Drafthouse And Filmbuff Team To Distribute Festival Favorite, Romantic-Horror 'Spring' In The US »

September 22, 2014 at 10:45AM PDT | Source: Alamo Drafthouse Cinema

Justin Benson & Aaron Moorhead's Spring Acquired at Fantastic Fest Following an Enthusiastically Received US Premiere
September 22, 2014 // Franchising.com // AUSTIN, TX - Drafthouse Films and FilmBuff announced today the acquisition of US distribution rights to the romantic-horror Spring at Fantastic Fest. Directed by Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead (creators of the critically acclaimed film festival darling Resolution), and shot in coastal Italy, the film was written by Benson and stars Lou Taylor Pucci (Evil Dead, Thumbsucker) and introduces Nadia Hilker. Spring was produced by Benson, Moorhead and David Lawson, with 9.99 Films producing the film in Italy and XYZ Films partners Nate Bolotin, Nick Spicer, Aram Tertzakian, and Todd Brown executive producing...

McAlister's Deli Signs Development Agreement To Open 10 Locations »

September 22, 2014 at 9:51AM PDT | Source: McAlister's Deli
McAlister's Deli Opportunities Available

Award-winning Fast Casual Concept Accelerates Franchise Growth throughout North Carolina, South Carolina, Missouri, Colorado and Wyoming 
September 22, 2014 // Franchising.com // ALPHARETTA, Ga. – McAlister's® Deli, a leading fast casual restaurant chain, announced today it has signed an agreement with existing franchise group Southern Deli Holdings, LLC to open 10 additional locations throughout North and South Carolina, Colorado and Wyoming, with three locations slated to open in late 2014. Additionally, the franchise group recently acquired seven existing locations in St. Louis, Mo. The new development commitments will result in two new restaurants per year over the next five years.
"We are excited about McAlister's accelerated growth and expansion and see tremendous opportunity to further develop the brand throughout all five states," said McAlister's Chief Development Officer Jeff Sturgis...

Chicken Gets Its Time To Shine At Culver's »

September 22, 2014 at 9:30AM PDT | Source: Culver's

New TV spot Highlights Culver's Antibiotic-Free Chicken
PRAIRIE DU SAC, Wis. - September 5, 2014 - Guests at Culver's have another reason to feel good about meal choices for themselves and their families. In a new television spot, guests experience, first-hand, the care and quality that goes into the restaurant's plump, juicy chicken. Culver's brings the importance of humanely-raised, great-tasting chicken front and center with the help of CEO and co-founder Craig Culver and one of the restaurant's chicken growers - a sixth-generation farmer and mother of two from South Carolina.
"In everything we do at every restaurant, we treat our guests as we would treat our own families," says David Stidham, vice president of marketing at Culver's...

Get Ready, Hoosiers: The Pie Five Pizza Revolution Is Headed Your Way! »

September 22, 2014 at 9:12AM PDT | Source: Pie Five Pizza Co.

Leading Fast-Casual Pizza Chain Announces 15 Locations Coming to Indiana
INDIANAPOLIS - Sept. 22, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - Hoosiers have always loved their pizza. But in a few short months, everything they thought they knew about getting their own perfect, individualized, hand-crafted pizza will change. For the better.
Pie Five Pizza Co., the nation's leading fast-casual pizza brand, announced today that it has awarded up to 15 franchise units to accomplished restaurateur Carl Dissette. He plans to open his first restaurant in South Bend in the second quarter of 2015.
Dissette, whose career includes nearly two decades of experience in the food service and franchising industries, currently owns and operates 10 successful Jimmy John's restaurants and knows how to identify a winning concept...

Donatos To Add 200 Jobs In Central Ohio »

September 22, 2014 at 9:05AM PDT | Source: Donatos Pizza

September 22, 2014 // Franchising.com // COLUMBUS, OHIO - Donatos Pizza announced today plans to add 200 new jobs in Central Ohio in both their Restaurant and Bakery Divisions. The initiative will kick off with a job fair to be held at the following locations:
Hampton Inn & Suites Columbus-Easton
4150 Stelzer Road
Columbus, OH 43230
Hampton Inn & Suites Columbus-Hilliard
3950 Lyman Drive
Hilliard, OH 43026
Columbus State Conference Center (Columbus State Community College)
550 Spring Street
Columbus, OH 43215
Donatos job creation effort will focus on staff and management at the restaurant level as well as key line and lead positions at Jane's Dough Foods, the company's dough and pizza topping operation in Gahanna...

Fatburger And Buffalo’s Express Open In Lake View Terrace »

September 22, 2014 at 8:23AM PDT | Source: Fatburger

Sister Brands Continue To Expand With New Southern California Location
September 22, 2014 // Franchising.com // LOS ANGELES – Fatburger, famous for its fresh, juicy, made-to-order burgers, and Buffalo's Express, the all-American, chicken wing brand, have opened a co-branded location in Lake View Terrace. The sister brands give guests the opportunity to satisfy their cravings with various tasty burgers, fries and sizzling chicken wings.
The newest location offers classic mouthwatering burgers ranging in size from small to XXX Large, which can be prepared with appetizing toppings such as eggs, bacon and chili. Every burger can be paired with a variety of sides including hand-battered onion rings, fat fries and creamy hand-scooped milkshakes...

Taco John’s® Serves Free Coffee On September 25 »

September 22, 2014 at 7:56AM PDT | Source: Taco Johns

September 22, 2014 // Franchising.com // Taco John's® is getting a jump on International Coffee Day. Instead of waiting until September 29, the Mexican quick service restaurant chain is offering free coffee to its guests four days early – on Thursday the 25th.
Taco John's® began offering Boyer's Coffee during the summer of 2014."The first cup is on us because we want everyone to try the distinctive, high-quality flavor of Boyer's, our new coffee partner," says Jeff Linville, CEO for Taco John's®. "We want to provide our guests with another reason to keep coming back."
Free coffee will be available during breakfast hours at participating locations on the 25th. Taco John's® began offering Boyer's Coffee this past summer...

Jamba Juice Continues Expansion Of Juice Offerings With Launch Of Cold Pressed Juice Line »

September 22, 2014 at 6:06AM PDT | Source: Jamba Juice

Consumers Can Now Enjoy the Great Taste of Jamba at Home or On-the-Go in Convenient, Ready-to-Drink Format
EMERYVILLE, Calif. - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Sept. 22, 2014 - Jamba, Inc. (NASDAQ:JMBA), a leading health and wellness brand and the leading retailer of freshly squeezed juice today announced the launch of its new line of cold-pressed juices. Made from wholesome fruit and vegetables, the juices are available in 12 oz. bottles for easy, on-the-go convenience or multiple purchases to store or support routine consumption at home. The Jamba Cold Pressed Juice launch will initially focus on the Southern California markets with the product becoming available in Northern California by mid-October, and eventually rolling out across the Jamba system in 2015...

Bring The Fun & Flavor Of Northwest-Favorite Candy Store To Your Town With A Schwietert's Cones & Candy Franchise »

September 22, 2014 at 5:08AM PDT | Source: Schwietert's Cones & Candy

Huge, Delectable Variety of Treats; Exciting, Interactive Store Environment; Complete Business Startup & Success Package Make Schwietert's an Ideal Small Biz Opportunity in Recession-resistant Industry
CANNON BEACH, Ore. - Sept. 19, 2014 /PRNewswire - Schwietert's Cones & Candy, the family-owned candy store with more, is now offering turnkey franchise opportunities in 23 states, giving entrepreneurs around the country the chance to launch a proven-successful, destination sweet shop in their community.
A family-owned and operated business, Schwietert's has been a Pacific Northwest candy shop favorite since 1985 with three locations in and around Cannon Beach, Oregon. Specializing in salt-water taffy, homemade fudge, ice cream and a wide selection of premium coffees, retro sodas and gummy candies, Schwietert's is also the destination for old-fashioned and hard-to-find candies and treats...

Nothing Bundt Cakes Celebrates 100th Bakery Amid Steady Growth »

September 22, 2014 at 4:50AM PDT | Source: Nothing Bundt Cakes

Bakery Leader Seeks to Open 30-40 New Bakeries each year through 2019
LAS VEGAS - Sept. 19, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - Nothing Bundt Cakes today celebrates its 100th bakery in the United States with the grand opening of its San Marcos, California, location and announces plans for continued national expansion over the next five years.
The company, which was founded in Las Vegas in 1997 and now has locations in 22 states from coast to coast, says it will target 30-40 new bakery openings annually through 2019 in existing and new markets.
"Today marks an important milestone in the Nothing Bundt Cakes story," said Nothing Bundt Cakes co-founder Dena Tripp. "We could have never imagined that what began in our own home kitchens would lead to a thriving national business...

Former NFL Player Sidney Rice Opens New Wingstop Location In Renton »

September 19, 2014 at 11:09AM PDT | Source: Wingstop Restaurants Inc.
Wingstop Restaurants Inc. Opportunities Available

The Wing Experts now saucing and tossing in Renton, Wash. at 804 N. Landing Way, Ste. A.
September 19, 2014 // Franchising.com // DALLAS – Wingstop has landed a new location in the Seattle area with Sidney Rice, former Seattle Seahawks wide receiver, taking the reins. The award-winning wing concept, with more than 670 locations, recently opened its newest restaurant at 804 N. Landing Way, Ste. A.
This location will host a Take 5 event and Wing Eating Contest on Sunday, Sept. 21 from 12 to 6 p.m. Every Guest will receive five free wings and may even spot a local NFL player or two.
This is the sixth location for "The Wing Experts" in the state of Washington, and will operate under the leadership of District Manager, Gregory Southern II...

Hurricane Grill & Wings Debuts Redesigned Website »

September 19, 2014 at 9:01AM PDT | Source: Hurricane Grill & Wings
Hurricane Grill & Wings Opportunities Available

Tropical-Themed Restaurant Franchise Introduces New Web Features
September 19, 2014 // Franchising.com // WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - Hurricane Grill & Wings®, a casual-dining franchise known for its never-frozen, jumbo wings and more than 35 signature sauces and rubs, announced today a new and modernized website. The revamped website was designed with the user in mind in order to create an easier online experience for fans.
Hurricane Grill & Wings' updated website boasts a variety of components built to enhance both the mobile and desktop web experience including: location services, customized menu with pricing per location, click to call your closest Hurricane Grill & Wings restaurant, as well as a redesign that showcases the brand's beachy and laid back vibe...

Cousins Subs® In Appleton, Wis. Hosts Guest Appreciation Day  »

September 19, 2014 at 7:09AM PDT | Source: Cousins Subs

Store Owners Thank Community For Patronage
September 19, 2014 // Franchising.com // APPLETON, Wis. – Join the Cousins Subs® located at 3020 E. College Avenue in Appleton, Wis. on Wednesday, Sept. 24 for a guest appreciation day to commemorate one year under new ownership.
As part of the celebration, the store is offering guests a special price of $2.99 for its 7½-inch Ham and Provolone, Turkey Breast and Veggie subs.* In addition, guests will have the chance to play games such as Plinko and enter to win various prizes including subs, Cousins gear and other fun items.
"It has been an incredible experience getting to know the members of this community and I am awe-inspired by the endless generosity showcased each and everyday," said Sujal Baherawala, owner of the College Avenue Cousins Subs...

Edo Japan Opens The Doors To 30th Calgary Restaurant »

September 19, 2014 at 6:38AM PDT | Source: Edo Japan

Popular Teppanyaki-Style Restaurant Poised for Continued Growth throughout Western Canada
September 19, 2014 // Franchising.com // Calgary, Alberta - Edo Japan opened the doors to its 30th Calgary restaurant, situated on the 36th Street N.E. Marlborough Mall pad site, today at 10 a.m.
Known for its signature dishes', including Sukiyaki Beef and Teriyaki Chicken, Edo Japan is dedicated to serving customers fresh, healthy meals made with simply better ingredients. The popular fast-casual restaurant serves more than eight million meals annually and the new location will mark the 76th restaurant in Alberta, totaling 108 locations across Canada.
The new restaurant is especially momentous for franchisee Geoffrey Nguyen who began his career with Edo Japan over 20 years ago...

Jersey Mike's Opens First Westlake Location »

September 19, 2014 at 4:46AM PDT | Source: Jersey Mike's Subs

Owners Celebrate With Free Sub Fundraiser
September 19, 2014 // Franchising.com // Westlake, OH - Jersey Mike's Subs, known for its fresh sliced/fresh grilled subs, opened in Westlake on September 10. Franchise owners Sean Getty and John Lescher held a grand opening and free sub fundraiser from Wednesday, September 10 to Sunday, September 14 to support Westlake Pay-to-Participate Scholarships.
The new restaurant, located at 30680 Detroit Road, circulated 7,500 coupons throughout the community offering a free regular sub for a minimum $2 contribution to Westlake Pay-to-Participate Scholarships.
"We're excited to bring Jersey Mike's to Westlake," said Lescher. "Every Jersey Mike's grand opening is a chance to support the community through a five day fundraiser and this time we've partnered up with Westlake Pay-to-Participate Scholarships...

Johnny Rockets Brings Food And Fun To New Extension At Stetson University »

September 19, 2014 at 4:03AM PDT | Source: Johnny Rockets

September 19, 2014 // Franchising.com // Johnny Rockets, the iconic modern Americana restaurant with more than 300 locations around the world, introduces its cravable burgers and world-famous, hand-dipped shakes to the campus of Stetson University in Deland, Fla.
Operated by Chartwells Higher Education Dining Services, an organization that provides campus dining services to more than 260 colleges and universities across the United States, Johnny Rockets was selected as the university's latest foodservice offering based on the brand's commitment to using the freshest, highest quality ingredients and exceptional service. Open in the heart of campus, inside the Hat Rack, Johnny Rockets' new campus location serves as the hub for students, faculty and staff seeking convenience, all-American fare and a unique dining experience...

Fazoli's Franchise Same-Store Sales Surge Ahead Of Industry »

September 18, 2014 at 11:40AM PDT | Source: Fazoli's Restaurants

Brand's Performance Sets Stage for Upcoming Domestic, International Growth
LEXINGTON, Ky. - September 18, 2014 - (EON: Enhanced Online News) - Fazoli's franchisees reported a 4.9% jump in August same-stores, far outpacing the quick-service industry, which was up less than 1%, according to a leading industry research firm. It was the 17th straight month of increases. So far this year, same-store franchise restaurant sales are up 5.6%.
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While many restaurant brands continue to face slow growth in traffic, Fazoli's franchisees saw guest counts increase 2...

Calexico Named ‘King Of NYC Street Food’ In 1st Ever Vendy Awards’ Masters Cup »

September 18, 2014 at 11:26AM PDT | Source: Calexico

Calexico Wins Famed Street Food Competition’s Masters Cup At The Vendy Awards’ 10th Anniversary
September 18, 2014 // Franchising.com // New York, NY – Calexico, the New York-based Mexican food favorite that took home the prestigious Vendy Award in 2008, competed again this year in a special Masters Cup for previous winners, taking home top honors once again.
The Vendy Awards were started 10 years ago by the Street Vendor Project, to raise money and support for New York City’s street food industry. Referred to as the ‘Academy Awards of Street Food’, it consists of an intense cookout competition open to the public, ultimately naming one top winner each year. Typically the rule is that once you’ve won you are barred from competing in future competitions, however to honor their 10th anniversary the Vendys decided to hold a special Masters Cup among notable past winners...



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