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Fatburger And Buffalo's Express Continue Expansion With New South Los Angeles Location »

January 26, 2015 at 9:07AM PST | Source: Fatburger

All-American Sister Restaurants Open New Co-Branded Store in California
January 26, 2015 // Franchising.com // LOS ANGELES – Fatburger, famous for delicious, made-to-order burgers, and its sister brand Buffalo's Express have opened a new co-branded location in the South Park neighborhood of Los Angeles at Central and Slauson. As a Los Angeles-based burger restaurant, this location is sure to be a success with the locals, offering residents juicy burgers and delectable chicken wings in an array of sauces.
Fatburger will offer customers their famous menu items, including mouthwatering, custom-built burgers in a variety of size options. Each burger can be paired with delicious sides including crispy fat fries and hand-battered onion rings, and fans can wash it all down with a creamy hand-scooped milkshake...

Executive Team At Hurricane Grill & Wings Welcomes Fred T. Grant, Jr. »

January 26, 2015 at 8:50AM PST | Source: Hurricane Grill & Wings
Hurricane Grill & Wings Opportunities Available

New Chief Financial Officer To Oversee Financial Activities
January 26, 2015 // Franchising.com // WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – Restaurant franchise Hurricane Grill & Wings, announced today that Fred T. Grant will be joining the executive team as Chief Financial Officer to oversee all financial functions for the company.
Grant brings more than 25 years of experience in finance and investment management, and will spearhead Hurricane Grill & Wings efforts in employing the most effective tactics to accelerate the restaurant's rapid growth plans. Previously, he served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for Perkins & Marie Callender's Inc. Most recently, he served as Chief Financial Officer for Café Enterprises, Inc...

Hearts Set On Valentine's Day At Dunkin' Donuts With Heart-Shaped Donuts And New White Chocolate Raspberry Coffee And Lattes »

January 26, 2015 at 8:20AM PST | Source: Dunkin' Donuts
Dunkin' Donuts Opportunities Available

Heart-shaped Cookie Dough and Brownie Batter Donuts return to Dunkin' Donuts
Coffee and chocolate lovers alike can enjoy the flavors of White Chocolate and Raspberry in Dunkin' Donuts' new White Chocolate Raspberry Lattes, topped with festive hearts.
January 26, 2015 // Franchising.com // CANTON, Mass. – This Valentine's Day, Dunkin' Donuts is putting a little extra "heart" into its menu by introducing the brand's seasonal lineup of sweet heart treats. Just in time for the sweetest holiday of the year, Dunkin' Donuts is bringing back two varieties of its beloved heart-shaped donuts, Cookie Dough and Brownie Batter, while introducing special new White Chocolate Raspberry Coffee and Lattes sure to warm any heart.
Dunkin' Donuts' Brownie Batter Donut is a heart-shaped donut filled with delicious chocolatey brownie batter flavored buttercreme filling, topped with chocolate icing and heart sprinkles...

The Melting Pot Announces Year-End Achievements To Fuel National And International Franchise Development »

January 26, 2015 at 8:04AM PST | Source: The Melting Pot Restaurants Inc.

Leading Polished Casual Fondue Restaurant Focuses on Operational Excellence and an Enhanced Dining Experience as it Celebrates 40 Years in Business -
January 26, 2015 // Franchising.com // TAMPA, Fla,– The Melting Pot® Restaurants, Inc., the world's premier fondue restaurant and a leading polished casual dining franchise, announced today key achievements in its strategic growth plan, including operational and menu enhancements to build on its strong fondue foundation and position the brand for future international and domestic franchise development as the restaurant celebrates its 40th anniversary in 2015.
In 2014, new leadership positions were created to support the brand's evolution, including the hiring of Maryellen Torres as chief brand officer of its management company Front Burner Brands while Chef Jason Miller joined The Melting Pot to lead culinary development...

Nathan's Famous® Snack Line Introduces On Trend Onion-Flavored Snack With Beer Battered Onion Rings »

January 26, 2015 at 7:13AM PST | Source: Nathan's Famous

Nathan's Famous® Snack Line Introduces On Trend Onion-Flavored Snack With Beer Battered Onion Rings
PHOENIX - Jan. 26, 2015 /PRNewswire/ - Inventure Foods, Inc. (NASDAQ: SNAK), the nation's leading snack food innovator, has expanded its licensed Nathan's Famous® snack food line with the addition of Beer Battered Onion Rings. The new snack is currently available in convenience and grocery stores nationwide in 2.0 and 3.5 ounce bags with a suggested retail price of $1.99 - $2.49 per package.
Onion-flavored snacks have been a favorite flavor among consumers for some time and the flavor trend is only increasing. The new onion ring snack mirrors the Beer Battered Onion Rings found on the restaurant's menus. Nathan's Famous ready-to-eat snacks began with Cheddar Cheese Crunchy Crinkle Fries, replicating the restaurant's popular side dish, and expanded its offerings with additional flavors...

Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt Rewards Fans With Free Froyo On National Frozen Yogurt Day »

January 26, 2015 at 7:08AM PST | Source: Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt

Self-Serve Frozen Yogurt Company Offers BOGO Froyo to Facebook Fans
OKLAHOMA CITY - Jan. 26, 2015 /PRNewswire/ - In celebration of National Frozen Yogurt Day, Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt will offer an exclusive buy-one-get-one (of equal or lesser value) discount to their Facebook fans on Feb. 6. All froyo enthusiasts are encouraged to "like" Orange Leaf on Facebook and claim the offer when it is posted on Feb. 4. Offers are redeemable at all of Orange Leaf's more than 300 participating locations on Feb. 6 with proof of claim via smartphone or printed confirmation.
Orange Leaf customers choose from their local store's selection of 16 flavors (taken from the menu of 70 plus), including no-sugar-added, gluten-free, dairy-free and vegan alternatives...

Red Robin Gourmet Burgers Is Two Weeks Away From Opening Its Newest Restaurant In New Jersey »

January 26, 2015 at 6:13AM PST | Source: Red Robin Gourmet Burgers

During grand opening week, the Gourmet Burger Authority™ will donate all sales from signature Freckled Lemonade® to Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation.
GREENWOOD VILLAGE, Colo. - Jan. 26, 2015 /PRNewswire/ - Alert your taste buds! Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, Inc. (Red Robin) is two weeks away from bringing craveable gourmet burgers to Brick, New Jersey. Located at 1054 Cedar Bridge Road in Brick Plaza, just southeast of the John Davison Rockefeller Memorial Highway, the newest Red Robin® restaurant will open on Feb. 9 at 11 a.m. To help celebrate the grand opening of the new restaurant, Red Robin will donate all sales of its signature Freckled Lemonade® from Feb. 9 to Feb. 15, to Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to finding cures for all kids with cancer...

The Bold And The Bluetiful: Wendy's Beguiling New Bacon And Blue On Brioche »

January 26, 2015 at 5:44AM PST | Source: Wendy's

DUBLIN, Ohio -  Jan. 26, 2015 /PRNewswire/ - Honing in on one of the hottest food trends of 2015, Wendy's® goes blue-cheese bold to satisfy customers' cravings with its latest premium offering, the new Bacon and Blue on Brioche. The limited-time hamburger is packed with robust, artisan blue cheese – delivering a bluetiful meal option crafted with tantalizing tastes and ingredients.
Wendy's hones in on a 2015 food trend with its latest premium offering, the new Bacon and Blue on Brioche. Available for a limited-time, Wendy's new Bacon and Blue on Brioche features savory, artisan Wisconsin blue cheese crumbles, rich blue cheese herb aioli, spring mix, Applewood smoked bacon and 100% fresh, pure beef, all served on a toasted brioche bun...

Slim Chickens Crosses Another State Line, Brings Better Chicken To Nebraska »

January 26, 2015 at 5:17AM PST | Source: Slim Chickens

Fast-Casual Franchise Brand Opens First Location in Lincoln through Multi-Unit Development Deal
January 26, 2015 // Franchising.com // FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - Slim Chickens, a leader in the "better chicken" segment of fast-casual restaurants, will be expanding its fresh chicken and unparalleled flavor to the Old Cheney area of Lincoln, Nebraska. The expansion is spearheaded by restaurant veterans and local franchisees, Bill and Stacie Hooks, who have long-standing roots in the Lincoln community and look forward to sharing the Slim Chickens experience with neighbors and surrounding communities.
Located at 5805 S. 58th St., the restaurant is scheduled to open on February 9, 2015 with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 10:30 a.m. This is the first of five locations Hooks plans on opening in the Cornhusker State...

DQ® Treat Store Opens In Queen Creek »

January 26, 2015 at 4:50AM PST | Source: DQ Grill & Chill

New location offers soft-serve treats and Orange Julius® products.
January 21, 2015 // Franchising.com // Queen Creek, Ariz. - The Dairy Queen® system is pleased to announce the opening of the Queen Creek DQ® Treat store located at 20911 E. Rittenhouse Road #101. This location is the newest Dairy Queen location in a family of more than 6,400 restaurants world-wide committed to offering every fan a place where they can relax and share great snacks and treats. The 1,975 square foot restaurant, which also features a drive-thru, employs a staff of 35.
The DQ Treat store in Queen Creek features DQ favorites such as the iconic Blizzard® Treats, DQ Cakes, a wide variety of other soft-serve items and the full line of Orange Julius fruit-blended beverages...

Domino's Pizza® Prepares For Biggest Delivery Day Of The Year, Launches Tracker On Your Samsung Smart TV »

January 26, 2015 at 4:25AM PST | Source: Domino's Pizza

On Feb. 1, Domino's expects to sell more than 11 million slices of pizza, with 50 percent of sales coming from digital ordering channels.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. - Jan. 26, 2015 /PRNewswire/ - Football players aren't the only ones who have been preparing for the big game on Feb. 1. Domino's Pizza (NYSE: DPZ), the recognized world leader in pizza delivery, is bringing its fan-favorite Domino's Tracker® to your Samsung Smart TV, just in time for the company's busiest delivery day of the year.
As the New England and Seattle football teams get ready for their biggest Sunday of the season, Domino's expects to deliver more than 11 million pizza slices and more than 3 million chicken wings nationwide on game day – nearly an 80 percent overall increase from a typical Sunday...

Celebrate Super Sunday At Twin Peaks Restaurant On Sunday, February 1 »

January 26, 2015 at 4:21AM PST | Source: Twin Peaks

Dallas, TX (PRWEB) January 23, 2015 - Twin Peaks, the ultimate sports lodge known for its rugged man-cave atmosphere and playful Twin Peaks Girls, will host a blowout Super Sunday watch party on February 1 as Seattle takes on New England in football's most exciting game of the year. One lucky guest will also walk away with two tickets to Draft Day in Chicago.
Twin Peaks is every football lover's ideal game day hideaway. Each Twin Peaks location features multiple high definition televisions visible from every angle so guests won't miss a single play. Twin Peaks has the perfect game day feast with dishes like the BBQ Pulled Pork Nachos and Spicy Buffalo Wings. No Super Sunday party would be complete without freezing, 29-degree draft beer served by the beautiful Twin Peaks Girls dressed in playful football-inspired gear...

Menchie’s Expands Reach With First Arkansas Location At Alcoa Exchange In Bryant »

January 26, 2015 at 4:01AM PST | Source: Menchie's

Self-Serve Frozen Yogurt Store Fulfills Cravings with Family-Friendly Treats
January 23, 2015 // Franchising.com // BRYANT, Ark. – Menchie's, the friendliest place on earth with a mission to make every guest smile, opens its newest store at Alcoa Exchange, located at 7301 Alcoa Rd., Suite 5, Bryant, AR 72022. Offering high quality, delicious self-serve frozen yogurt, Menchie's is sure to become a Bryant favorite!
To celebrate the opening, Menchie's will spread smiles with a seven-day grand opening celebration from Saturday, January 24 to Friday, January 31, packed with free giveaways including t-shirts, Menchie's merchandise, family-friendly activities and free servings of its best-in-class frozen yogurt.
"I've always been a people person and enjoy building valuable relationships with others, so introducing the Menchie's concept to Arkansas was the perfect choice for me," said franchisee, Pat Abshire...

Edible Arrangements Names Havas Worldwide New York Creative Agency Of Record »

January 23, 2015 at 7:41AM PST | Source: Edible Arrangements

NEW YORK - Jan. 23, 2015 /PRNewswire/ - Edible Arrangements has named Havas Worldwide as Integrated Agency of Record.
Havas Worldwide will produce traditional and digital campaigns and work on brand strategy for the fresh-fruit gift company, including a new campaign for 2015.
"Havas Worldwide combines the keen consumer insights, creative imagination, and digital savvy necessary to support our growing global brand," said Rob Price, President of Edible Arrangements. "Most of all, they are genuinely passionate about our business and the success of our talented franchisees."
About Edible Arrangements
Edible Arrangements is the leading online retailer and franchisor of stores offering hand crafted fruit arrangements, chocolate covered fruit and fresh fruit smoothies...

Cousins Subs® In Appleton, Wis. Supports Those In Need »

January 23, 2015 at 5:29AM PST | Source: Cousins Subs

Restaurant Makes Monetary Donation To Fox Valley Warming Shelter
January 23, 2015 // Franchising.com // APPLETON, WIS. – Cousins Subs® located at 706 W. Northland Ave. in Appleton, Wis. recently donated approximately $838 to the Fox Valley Warming Shelter (FVWS), which provides homeless men and women with life’s basic needs - shelter, food, clothing and safety - along with referrals to local resources to help them achieve self-sufficiency.
Funds were raised through the restaurant’s "Stuff the Stocking" fundraiser that ran throughout the holiday season. Supporters were able to purchase paper ornaments for $1 or stop by the restaurant’s donation night event where 10 percent of proceeds went to FVWS.
"As a member of this community, I feel it is imperative to come together to help those in need," said Kim Seidler, owner of the Northland Avenue Cousins Subs...

Gigi's Cupcakes Goes Gluten Free In 2015 »

January 23, 2015 at 4:19AM PST | Source: Gigi's Cupcakes

Gourmet Gluten-Free Cupcakes Now Available Daily from America's Largest Cupcake Franchise
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - January 22, 2015 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Gigi's Cupcakes has kicked off the new year with the introduction of gluten-free versions of its award-winning gourmet cupcakes. Now, guests who prefer to follow a gluten-free diet can enjoy mouthwatering cupcakes in their favorite flavors every day of the week.
Each Gigi's Cupcakes bakery is now offering at least three different flavors of gourmet gluten-free cupcakes daily. The weekly gluten-free cupcake menu can be found at GigisCupcakesUSA.com/gluten-free-cupcakes and features customer favorites such as Wedding Cake and Midnight Magic Chocolate Chip. Many locations will also bake up gluten-free specials unique to their neighborhoods and special orders are available on request...

Maui Wowi Hawaiian Relocates Global Corporate Headquarters To Sleek Denver Office Space »

January 23, 2015 at 4:14AM PST | Source: Maui Wowi Hawaiian Coffees & Smoothies
Maui Wowi Hawaiian Coffees & Smoothies Opportunities Available

International coffee and smoothie retailer moves corporate office to an environment that better represents the brand culture.
Denver, Colo. (PRWEB) January 22, 2015 - Maui Wowi Hawaiian is escaping the corporate ivory tower in Greenwood Village and relocating its global corporate headquarters to a stylish office space in the heart of Denver, Colo. The company's central location provides closer proximity to its corporate-owned café that was recently announced will open spring 2015.
The new corporate office of the leading Hawaiian coffeeand fruit smoothie franchise company will be located at 1509 York Street, Suite 300, Denver, CO 80206 in the City Park West neighborhood, an eclectic urban area that is just minutes from bustling downtown Denver...

Daily Juice To Debut In Nashville In 2015 »

January 22, 2015 at 10:19AM PST | Source: Daily Juice

Growing Juice and Smoothie Café Franchise Signs Area Developer Agreement for 3 Stores in the greater Nashville market.
January 22, 2015 // Franchising.com // NASHVILLE - Daily Juice Café, an organic juice and smoothie café chain based in Austin, Texas, has signed an area developer agreement with Vitality, LLC to open a total of 3 locations within the next two years in the greater Nashville area. Daily Juice will debut its first store in February 2015 at The Shops at Seven Springs (700 Old Hickory Boulevard, Suite 203, in Brentwood), and a total of three locations will open in the market by 2016.
"I'm pleased to introduce Daily Juice Café to the Nashville and Brentwood communities, bringing more people quick-food options with as much focus on nutrition as taste," commented Robbie Nowinski, a Registered Dietitian and principal of Vitality LLC...

Rita’s Italian Ice Bolsters Leadership Team With New Executive »

January 22, 2015 at 7:07AM PST | Source: Rita's Ice-Custard-Happiness

Quick Service Marketing Veteran, Robin Seward, Joins Rita's as Chief Marketing Officer
January 22, 2015 // Franchising.com // TREVOSE, Pa. - Rita's Italian Ice, the world's largest Italian Ice concept with more than 600 stores, named Robin Seward as the company's Chief Marketing Officer. Seward brings nearly 25 years of industry expertise to her new position and will head the development and execution of marketing strategies and research and development at Rita's Italian Ice.
Seward's impressive career includes leadership positions at quick-service and full-service restaurant giants such as Burger King Corporation, Carrabba's Italian Grill and, most recently, Arby's Restaurant Group, Inc., where she served at the helm of the brand experience team as vice president of brand marketing...

Jamba Juice Helps Consumers Enjoy A Healthy New Year With Expansion Of Whole Food Nutrition And Fruit & Veggie Smoothie Lines »

January 22, 2015 at 6:26AM PST | Source: Jamba Juice

Jamba "Green is Good" Taste Challenge Guarantees Consumers Will Enjoy New Smoothies
EMERYVILLE, Calif. - Jan. 22, 2015 /PRNewswire/ - Jamba Juice Company (NASDAQ; JMBA), a leading healthy, active lifestyle brand, is encouraging consumers to enjoy a healthy start to 2015 by expanding its Whole Food Nutrition and Fruit & Veggie smoothie lines. Keeping with the company's ongoing mission to provide consumers with healthier food and beverage options, Whole Food Nutrition smoothies are made with real fruit and provide a good source of protein and Vitamin C. Fruit & Veggie smoothies contain at least three total servings of fruit and vegetables in each small size. Jamba Juice is committed to helping reverse America's well-documented fruit and vegetable deficit...



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