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Penn Station Celebrates Free Lemonade Day August 20th »

August 18, 2014 at 4:53AM PDT | Source: Penn Station East Coast Subs

CINCINNATI - Aug. 15, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - Penn Station East Coast Subs, the upscale, fast-casual restaurant that features the best-tasting subs, celebrates their third annual Free Lemonade Day on August 20 by offering their signature, fresh-squeezed lemonade for free with the purchase of any sub.
"Our lemonade is delicious and refreshing, just the way it should be," says Craig Dunaway, President of Penn Station. "We take the time to make it the right way, from scratch."
Penn Station's lemonade is made fresh, in-store daily from hand-squeezed Sunkist lemons. The lemon juice is mixed with sugar and water for a perfect balance of sweet and tart.
Several times a day Penn Station employees can be seen juicing the lemons to make small batches...

Jersey Mike's Opens Second El Cajon Location »

August 18, 2014 at 4:37AM PDT | Source: Jersey Mike's Subs

Owners Celebrate With Free Sub Fundraiser
August 14, 2014 - El Cajon, CA - Jersey Mike's Subs, known for its fresh sliced/fresh grilled subs, opened in El Cajon on July 30. Franchise owners Ray Ibrahim and Nabil Somo held a grand opening and free sub fundraiser from Wednesday, July 30 to Sunday, August 3 to support the Eric Paredes Save a Life Foundation.
The new restaurant, located at 2514 Jamacha Road, circulated 10,000 coupons throughout the community offering a free regular sub for a minimum $1 contribution to the Eric Paredes Save a Life Foundation.
Eric was a healthy Steele Canyon High School sophomore athlete who died suddenly and unexpectedly from Sudden Cardiac Arrest/Death (SCA/D) in 2009. His parents, Hector and Rhina Paredes, established EP Save a Life Foundation to honor him through their commitment to prevent this tragedy from happening to other families...

Pizza Ranch Opens In Fort Dodge: Beloved Pizza And Fried Chicken Buffet Opens 77th Iowa Location »

August 18, 2014 at 4:21AM PDT | Source: Pizza Ranch

The Lore and Legendary Food of Pizza Ranch Lives On at Fort Dodge’s New Community Gathering Spot
August 18, 2014 // Franchising.com // FORT DODGE, Iowa. – Pizza Ranch, the legendary buffet-dining concept revered for its community leadership initiatives, announced today the opening of a new location in Fort Dodge. Enveloping guests in an authentic ranch-themed environment, Pizza Ranch brings to life an experience that blends just the right mix of mouthwatering buffet menu items and community camaraderie. Additionally, Pizza Ranch provides its loyal fans with opportunities to enjoy their pizzas, chicken, desserts and more outside the ranch through delivery and catering options.
"The smile and joy on people’s faces when we see them visit their local Pizza Ranch is a touching experience for us...

Jersey Mike's Opens Second Fort Wayne Location »

August 15, 2014 at 12:30PM PDT | Source: Jersey Mike's Subs

Owners Celebrate With Free Sub Fundraiser
August 15, 2014 // Franchising.com // Fort Wayne, IN - Jersey Mike's Subs, known for its fresh sliced/fresh grilled subs, opened in Fort Wayne on July 30. Franchise owners Lee Pines and Peter Lieffring, along with manager Ola El-Khatib, held a grand opening and free sub fundraiser from Wednesday, July 30 to Sunday, August 3 to support the National Kidney Foundation of Indiana and the Carroll High School Athletic Department.
The new restaurant, located at 10020 Lima Road, circulated 10,000 coupons throughout the community offering a free regular sub for a minimum $1 contribution to the National Kidney Foundation of Indiana or the Carroll High School Athletic Department.
"As we gear up to open our second location in Fort Wayne, we are reminded of how fortunate we are to be a part of the Jersey Mike's brand," said Pines...

Jersey Mike's Opens First Troy Location »

August 15, 2014 at 9:09AM PDT | Source: Jersey Mike's Subs

Owners Celebrate With Free Sub Fundraiser
August 15, 2014 // Franchising.com // Troy, MI - Jersey Mike's Subs, known for its fresh sliced/fresh grilled subs, opened in Troy on July 30. Franchise owners Bob Middleton, Carl Chandler, and Bill Biga held a grand opening and free sub fundraiser from Wednesday, July 30 to Sunday, August 10 to support Gleaners Foodbank of Southeastern Michigan.
The new restaurant, located at 644 W. Big Beaver Road, circulated 20,000 coupons throughout the community offering a free regular sub for a minimum $1 contribution to Gleaners Foodbank of Southeastern Michigan.
For more than 37 years, Gleaners Community Food Bank has been "feeding hungry people and nourishing our communities." Last year, Gleaners distributed more than 41 million pounds of emergency food to over 550 partner schools, soup kitchens, shelters and pantries in Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Livingston and Monroe counties...

Wallace's First Zaxby's Hatches Monday, Aug. 18 With A Grand Opening Celebration »

August 15, 2014 at 7:36AM PDT | Source: Zaxby's

First 100 Guests Will Receive A Zaxby's Fanatic Pack of FREE Dealz For A Year*
August 15, 2014 // Franchising.com // WALLACE, N.C. - A Southeast favorite for chicken fingers and wings and one of the nation's fastest-growing restaurant chains, Zaxby's is celebrating the grand opening of its first location in Wallace on Monday, Aug. 18 by giving away a Fanatic Pack of 52 FREE Dealz – meaning a year of free Zaxby's – to the first 100 guests. Located at 107 Tobacco Drive, the restaurant will operate 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Sunday.
Kicking off at 10:30 a.m., the community is invited to the grand opening festivities and the first 100 guests in line will receive a Zaxby's Fanatic Pack with 52 cards each valid for one week for the dates specified...

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton To Honor Rick Ross With Key To The City »

August 15, 2014 at 7:13AM PDT | Source: Wingstop Restaurants Inc.
Wingstop Restaurants Inc. Opportunities Available

During Wingstop Union Avenue Grand Opening Celebration
August 15, 2014 // Franchising.com // DALLAS - After announcing his 25-location Wingstop franchise expansion this week, rapper/entrepreneur Rick Ross is gearing up to celebrate his two recently opened restaurants in Memphis. With five Wingstop locationsin the area, the Union Avenue location (which opened in June) and Bartlett Boulevard (which opened in May) are welcomed additions.
"It is most definitely an exciting time for me and what I like to call the 'Boss Wings' team when we open a new Wingstop," said Ross, who is coming personally to host the grand opening celebrations."Not only is it growth for us, but also growth for the community, providing jobs, good food and a family environment for the people of that city...

Bojangles' Raises More Than $34,000 For Public Education In South Carolina »

August 15, 2014 at 6:59AM PDT | Source: Bojangles' Famous Chicken 'n Biscuits

August 13, 2014 // Franchising.com // Lexington, S.C. - Bojangles' announced that, with the support of its loyal customers, Bojangles' restaurants across South Carolina raised more than $34,000 for public education during Teacher Appreciation Month in May. Bojangles' presented a check for funds raised to nonprofit partner South Carolina Future Minds during a special Bojangles' breakfast in Lexington, S.C. this morning.
The funds raised will help South Carolina Future Minds support the 700,000 students, 50,000 teachers and nearly 1,200 schools in South Carolina's public education system. This is the fifth year that Bojangles', a founding sponsor of South Carolina Teacher Appreciation Month, has held the statewide fundraiser. Bojangles' invited customers to honor teachers who have made a difference in their lives by purchasing $1 and $5 paper apples that were displayed in the restaurants with the teachers' names...

Tim Hortons Goes Dark Across North America »

August 15, 2014 at 6:50AM PDT | Source: Tim Hortons

Company Launches First New Blend in its History with Full-Flavoured Dark Roast 
August 15, 2014 // Franchising.com // OAKVILLE, ON - Welcome to Tim Hortons, will that be a Double Double Dark or Original? On Friday, August 15, Dark Roast coffee makes its North American debut at Tim Hortons restaurants, marking the first time in the company’s 50-year history that an alternate blend is available in-restaurant in addition to Tim Hortons iconic Original premium blend."
The launch of Dark Roast is historic for Tim Hortons and it couldn’t have come at a better time than during our 50th anniversary year," said Marc Caira, President & CEO, Tim Hortons Inc."Tim Hortons prides itself on serving best-in-class coffee and responding to the evolving tastes of our guests, and our new Dark Roast blend speaks to that commitment...

Jersey Mike's Opens First Timonium Location »

August 15, 2014 at 6:10AM PDT | Source: Jersey Mike's Subs

Owners Celebrate With Free Sub Fundraiser
August 15, 2014 // Franchising.com // Timonium, MD - Jersey Mike's Subs, known for its fresh sliced/fresh grilled subs, opened in Timonium on July 30. Franchise owners Philip Horn and Donald Bauer held a grand opening and free sub fundraiser from Wednesday, July 30 to Sunday, August 3 to support Cool Kids Campaign.
The new restaurant, located at 1942 York Road, circulated 4,000 coupons throughout the community offering a free regular sub for a minimum $2 contribution to Cool Kids Campaign. To accompany the free sub coupons, Jersey Mike's is distributing 2,500 flyers that contain various offers. For each offer redeemed, Jersey Mike's will donate $2 to Cool Kids Campaign.
Cool Kids Campaign is devoted to improving the quality of life for pediatric oncology patients and their families by focusing on the academic, social and emotional needs brought on by a cancer diagnosis...

Pollo Tropical® Doubles Up In Frisco »

August 15, 2014 at 6:05AM PDT | Source: Pollo Tropical

Miami's Iconic Island-Inspired Chicken Restaurant to Open Second and Third DFW-Area Locations in September
MIAMI - Aug. 15, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - Pollo Tropical, Florida's beloved fast-casual concept known for its citrus-marinated, flame-grilled chicken and array of authentic sauces and sides, continues its Texas expansion with the opening of two more DFW-area locations in Frisco this September. The restaurants will be located at 9055 John Hickman Parkway and 11440 N. Dallas Parkway.
The new restaurants will celebrate their grand opening Sept. 5 with festivities to include calypso music, a proclamation by local officials and a robosurfing contest. The surf contest will feature local personalities competing for monetary prizes to benefit their chosen charities...

Dunkin' Donuts Introduces New Colombian Packaged Coffee »

August 15, 2014 at 5:20AM PDT | Source: Dunkin' Donuts
Dunkin' Donuts Opportunities Available

Limited Time Single-Origin Packaged Coffee is also Dunkin' Donuts First-Ever Rainforest Alliance Certified™ Coffee
August 15, 2014 // Franchising.com // CANTON, Mass. -  August is National Coffee Month, and Dunkin' Donuts, America's all-day, everyday stop for coffee and baked goods, has brewed big news for coffee drinkers, today introducing new Colombian Packaged Coffee, the brand's first-ever single-origin packaged coffee. Dunkin' Donuts' new Colombian Packaged Coffee is a medium roast with a full-bodied flavor and sweet finish, showcasing the balanced and lively characteristics that have made Colombian coffee one of the world's most popular coffee varieties. Dunkin' Donuts' Colombian Packaged Coffee is available in an 8-ounce bag only at participating Dunkin' Donuts restaurants nationwide for a limited time, while supplies last...

Jersey Mike's Opens First Bellevue Location »

August 15, 2014 at 4:55AM PDT | Source: Jersey Mike's Subs

Owner and Operator Celebrate With Free Sub Fundraiser
August 15, 2014 // Franchising.com // Bellevue, NE - Jersey Mike's Subs, known for its fresh sliced/fresh grilled subs, opened in Bellevue on July 30. Franchise owner Jeff Marcotte and director of operations Ross Olsbo held a grand opening and free sub fundraiser from Wednesday, July 30 to Sunday, August 3 to support the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) of Nebraska.
The new restaurant, located at 10110 South 15th Street, circulated 10,000 coupons throughout the community offering a free regular sub for a minimum $2 contribution to the Muscular Dystrophy Association of Nebraska.
"Bellevue is a wonderful, tight-knit community and we are grateful for this opportunity to introduce the Jersey Mike's brand here," said Marcotte...

Taco John’s® Launches Rebranding Campaign »

August 15, 2014 at 4:48AM PDT | Source: Taco Johns

August 15, 2014 // Franchising.com // With an eye on the future and a nod to the past, Taco John’s® is updating its brand. The Mexican quick service restaurant chain has launched a new tagline, advertising campaign and website urging customers to "Unwrap the Original." Its goal is to make the Taco John’s® brand more relevant for Millennials and new markets without alienating current guests.
"We found that for many guests, Taco John’s means nostalgia – it’s the Mexican quick serve place they grew up with. But in new markets, guests don’t have that type of history," says Jeff Linville, CEO for Taco John’s®. "Our research found people love our food once they taste it. And new customers appreciate the fact we’ve been in business for 45 years...

Arizona Mills’ Multi-Million Dollar Food Court Transformation Complete – "Food Hall By Villa" Now Open »

August 14, 2014 at 11:48AM PDT | Source: Villa Enterprises

Dine & Donate: Grand Opening Celebration to Benefit Treasures 4 Teachers; Saturday, August 23 at 10 a.m.; First 200 Guests to Receive Free Prize Pack
August 14, 2014 // Franchising.com // MORRISTOWN, N.J. and TEMPE, Ariz. - Villa Enterprises, multi-brand restaurant operator and franchisor enjoying 50 years in business, will celebrate the grand opening of its "Food Hall by Villa" at Arizona Mills, the largest outlet and value retail shopping destination in Arizona, on Saturday, August 23 at 10 a.m. The new multi-million, 13,262- square-foot concessions area features 10 new restaurant concepts - Villa Italian Kitchen, Green Leaf's, Bananas, South Philly Steaks & Fries, Far East Asian Fire, Tinta Mexicana, Mo' Burger, Sukotto Japanese Grill, Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf and Church's Chicken – that will further enhance Arizona Mills' reputation as a place for the whole family to shop, dine and play...

Wild Wing Cafe Names Tom Lewison Chief Executive Officer »

August 14, 2014 at 9:37AM PDT | Source: Wild Wing Cafe

Proven Restaurant Industry Leader to Guide Nationwide Expansion and Brand Innovation
August 14, 2014 // Franchising.com // MT. PLEASANT, S.C. – Wild Wing Cafe, a leading restaurant brand best known for blending its mouth-watering menu and extraordinary musical entertainment, today announced the appointment of Tom Lewison to the role of chief executive officer (CEO).
"After a thorough search, Tom emerged as the natural choice to lead Wild Wing Cafe," said Edna Morris, the company’s interim CEO and managing director of Axum Capital Partners, the private-equity firm that owns Wild Wing Cafe. "Tom is the high-caliber leader we need to take our brand to the next level. His vast industry knowledge combined with his extensive experiences in company leadership, operations and restaurant franchise ownership will be key assets as we extend our reach across the country...

Menchie's To Serve One Millionth Cup Of Frozen Yogurt In Louisiana »

August 14, 2014 at 9:02AM PDT | Source: Menchie's

Frozen Yogurt Chain To Give Away Free Frozen Yogurt For A Year
August 14, 2014 // Franchising.com // ENCINO, Calif. - Menchie's, North America's fastest growing self-serve frozen yogurt franchise, will be selling its one millionth cup of frozen yogurt at one of its six Louisiana locations. The lucky guest will receive free frozen yogurt for one year, a $400 value.
Menchie's Frozen Yogurt, known for serving up smiles and yogurt worldwide, is dedicated to providing the ultimate store experience with world-class service that guests feel when they enter any Menchie's store. One of the youngest franchisees in the system at just 25 years old, Travis Hood will surprise the millionth cup customer by bursting out from the back of the store with balloons and confetti alongside company mascot, Menchie...

Red Robin Gourmet Burgers Reports Results For The Fiscal Second Quarter Ended July 13, 2014 »

August 14, 2014 at 6:51AM PDT | Source: Red Robin Gourmet Burgers

GREENWOOD VILLAGE, Colo. - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Aug. 14, 2014 - Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, Inc., (NASDAQ:RRGB), a casual dining restaurant chain serving an innovative selection of high-quality gourmet burgers in a family-friendly atmosphere, today reported financial results for the 12 weeks ended July 13, 2014 compared to the 12 weeks ended July 14, 2013.
Second Quarter Financial Highlights
Revenues were $256.1 million, an increase of 7.5%
Comparable restaurant revenue increased 1.2%
Restaurant-level operating profit, as a percent of restaurant revenue, declined to 22.2% from 23.3% (See Schedule II)
GAAP earnings per diluted share were $0.65, compared to $0.77 for the same period a year ago
Adjusted earnings per diluted share were $0...

Sweet Success: Sweet Arleen's First Franchise-Owned Location Off To Successful Start »

August 14, 2014 at 6:40AM PDT | Source: Sweet Arleens

Yorba Linda Sweet Arleen's Sells More Than 2,000 Cupcakes During First Week
Westlake Village, CA (PRWEB) August 13, 2014 - It has only been one week since the very first franchise-owned Sweet Arleen's location opened its doors in Yorba Linda, California at 18503 Yorba Linda Blvd., and cupcakes have been flying off the shelves. More than 2,000 cupcakes have been sold since Yorba Linda owner Toren Halseth opened the business. This does not include hundreds of bread puddings, cakes and beverages, as well as multiple wedding bookings, including one for over 200 guests this October.
"We have been extremely pleased with the success so far," said Arleen Scavone, the bakery's namesake, CEO and Founder. "The results of our first week, without advertising and prior to our grand opening, not only exceeds my expectations but is four fold to our financial forecast for new openings...

Luby's, Inc. Brings Twice The Taste To Webster Today  »

August 14, 2014 at 5:54AM PDT | Source: Fuddruckers
Fuddruckers Opportunities Available

With The Greater Houston Area's Third New Build, Side-By-Side Luby's And Fuddruckers Restaurant Location
August 14, 2014 // Franchising.com // HOUSTON - Just days from the second anniversary of it's prototype new build, dual concept launch in Pearland, Houston-based Luby's, Inc. welcomed its freshest side-by-side Luby's cafeteria and Fuddruckers fast casual restaurant pairing today with simultaneous openings in Webster. The south side project is the company's fifth in Texas and third in Greater Houston. Recent additions have included Dallas in June, Austin in March and Katy in January.
The venues, which are ideally situated at 20001 Gulf Freeway on the northbound access road between Bay Area Boulevard and W. Medical Center Blvd...



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