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Shane's Rib Shack Kicks Off The 6th Annual Georgia Transplant Foundation Drink Promotion!!! »

June 30, 2015 at 6:11AM PDT | Source: Shane's Rib Shack

June 30, 2015 // Franchising.com // Shane’s Rib Shack is a family oriented restaurant that not only focuses on exceptional food and service, but also on giving back to the community. For the 6th year in a row, Shane’s Rib Shack is honored to be participating in the Annual Georgia Transplant Foundation Drink Promotion. The Georgia Transplant Foundation is a non-profit foundation that provides support with financial, emotional and educational needs for transplant donors, recipients, candidates and their families. Shane’s Rib Shack is eager to give to the Georgia Transplant Foundation and contribute to those community members suffering from such hardship. During the promotional period, for every beverage sold at participating Shane’s Rib Shack locations, a dime will be given directly to GTF...

Move Over Traditional Flatbreads: Corner Bakery Cafe Introduces “Unflat” Grilled Flats »

June 30, 2015 at 6:04AM PDT | Source: Corner Bakery Cafe

June 30, 2015 // Franchising.com // DALLAS – Proving to be anything but flat, Corner Bakery Cafe is rolling out new breakfast, lunch and dinner flatbread sandwiches, bursting with fresh ingredients and available nationwide.
Designed to power guests through the morning, Breakfast Power Flats feature a few of the more than 40 types of produce used daily at Corner Bakery Cafe. They are a made to order, portable breakfast option for the on-the-go guest, with freshly scrambled eggs, cheddar and Parmesan cheeses on a grilled multigrain flatbread. The Power Flats lineup includes options such as the Avocado & Spinach, Applewood Smoked Bacon and the new Ham & Spinach. For an additional charge, guests can add a cup of steel-cut oatmeal with brown sugar, oven-roasted potatoes or fresh fruit...

Jersey Mike's Subs Opens First Downers Grove Location »

June 30, 2015 at 5:25AM PDT | Source: Jersey Mike's Subs

Owner Celebrates With Free Sub Fundraiser
June 30, 2015 // Franchising.com // Downers Grove, IL - Jersey Mike’s Subs, known for its fresh sliced/fresh grilled subs, opened in Downers Grove on June 24. Franchise owner Jim Shipman held a grand opening and free sub fundraiser from Wednesday, June 24 to Sunday, June 28 to support People’s Resource Center Food Pantry.
The new restaurant, located at 62A Ogden Ave., circulated 7,500 coupons throughout the community offering a free regular sub for a minimum $1 contribution to People’s Resource Center Food Pantry.
“For the first five days we are open we will be raising money for a very integral aspect of our community, the People’s Resource Center Food Pantry,” said Shipman...

Corner Bakery Cafe To Take Off In Airports »

June 30, 2015 at 5:06AM PDT | Source: Corner Bakery Cafe

Fast Casual Brand's Customizable Menu and Flexible Footprint a Hit for Travelers and Investors
DALLAS, - June 30, 2015 /PRNewswire/ - According to the Airport Council International of North America, more than 40 percent of retail and food and beverage sales at airports are generated by national chains. With the opportunity to grab market share and introduce the fast-growing brand to travelers across the country, Corner Bakery Cafe announces its plans to expand the cafe brand in the nation's busiest airports.
"Through the success of our Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport location, we've seen firsthand the tremendous opportunity airports offer our brand," says Gary Price, President of Corner Bakery Cafe. "In Atlanta, it has been proven that our prototype flexibility and menu is ideal for airports and busy, on-the-go travelers...

Jersey Mike's Subs Opens First Vienna Location »

June 30, 2015 at 4:48AM PDT | Source: Jersey Mike's Subs

Owners Celebrate With Free Sub Fundraiser
June 30, 2015 // Franchising.com // Vienna, VA - Jersey Mike’s Subs, known for its fresh sliced/fresh grilled subs, opened in Vienna on June 24. Franchise owners Kristin Treacy and Pat Foley held a grand opening and free sub fundraiser from Wednesday, June 24 to Sunday, June 28 to support Semper Fi Fund.
The new restaurant, located at 2672 C Avenir Place, circulated thousands of coupons throughout the community offering a free regular sub for a minimum $1 contribution to Semper Fi Fund.
“Vienna is located in the middle of northern Virginia and is populated by a large percentage of military families both active and retired,” said Foley. “The Semper Fi Fund is good at getting money donated directly to those warriors that need help the most...

Celebrate Krispy Kreme’s 78th Birthday With A 78 Cents Second Dozen »

June 30, 2015 at 4:10AM PDT | Source: Krispy Kreme

July 10, 2015, Krispy Kreme Celebrates its 78th Birthday with Birthday Cake Batter treats and a 78 Cents Second Dozen at participating U.S. locations.
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - (BUSINESS WIRE) - June 30, 2015 - #HBDKrispyKreme. Krispy Kreme is celebrating its 78th Birthday with a special gift for its U.S. fans. Friday, July 10, 2015, stop into a participating Krispy Kreme® U.S. shop and pick up a dozen Original Glazed® doughnuts for 78 cents with the purchase of a dozen of any variety doughnuts - including Krispy Kreme’s deliciously festive Birthday Cake Batter Doughnut.
Celebrate Krispy Kreme’s 78th birthday with these tasty confetti and cake batter treats. Available at participating locations July 6, 2015 through August 30, 2015...

Wayback Burgers Launches High-Protein Milkshakes Made From Crickets And Jerky »

June 29, 2015 at 12:18PM PDT | Source: Wayback Burgers
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America’s Hometown Burger Joint Unveils the Jerky Milkshake and Oreo® Mud Pie Cricket Protein Milkshake Available Nationwide Through September 30
June 29, 2015 // Franchising.com // CHESHIRE, CT – Wayback Burgers, serving delicious, fresh, never frozen burgers and hand-dipped milkshakes amidst an atmosphere reminiscent of a hometown burger joint, today announced the launch of two new high-protein milkshakes – the Oreo® Mud Pie Cricket Protein Milkshake and the Jerky Milkshake – available at all locations nationwide from July 1 – September 30.
Wayback Burgers’ new Jerky Milkshake masterfully captures the essence of the fabulously dehydrated meat, in milkshake form. Made with premium, hand-dipped vanilla bean ice cream and barbeque, maple syrup and hickory spice flavors, the Jerky Milkshake is served with one or two Slim Jim®Snack Sticks – depending on the size of the milkshake – and packs 20 grams of protein...

The Greene Turtle Signs 10-Unit Development Agreement For Philadelphia »

June 29, 2015 at 11:02AM PDT | Source: The Greene Turtle Sports Bar and Grille

Deal Will Bring Family-Friendly Sports-Themed Bar & Grille To Montgomery, Bucks, Lehigh and Northampton Counties
June 29, 2015 // Franchising.com // HANOVER, Md. – The Greene Turtle announced today that a group of investors with more than 30 combined years of corporate management experience and ties to multiple global and regional quick-service and fast-casual restaurant franchises has signed a franchise agreement for the development of 10 units in Montgomery, Bucks, Lehigh and Northampton Counties, the areas surrounding Philadelphia. Operating as The Integritty Group, franchisees Pranav Desai, Jiger Patel and Rajan Mahadevia are currently seeking properties and expect to open their first location in the spring of 2016.
“We are delighted to announce that as a continuation of our expansion beyond our Mid-Atlantic hub, we have secured a deal to establish a significant presence in Eastern Pennsylvania,” said Tom Finn, Vice President of Franchise Business for The Greene Turtle...

Fatburger Opens Second Qatar Location In Doha »

June 29, 2015 at 9:54AM PDT | Source: Fatburger

All-American Burger Brand Continues International Expansion
June 29, 2015 // Franchising.com // LOS ANGELES – Fatburger, famous for its juicy, made-to-order burgers, has opened a second Doha, Qatar location in the food court of the city’s brand new shopping center, the Gulf Mall. This will be franchisee Khalifa Alsowaidi’s second Fatburger location in the city where he will continue to bring the burger brand’s tasty selections to locals.
With over 150 locations in 32 countries, Fatburger is dedicated to expanding internationally and bringing its delicious menu items to the rest of the world. Guests will be able to satisfy their cravings with any of the menu’s mouth-watering selections, which include custom-built burgers, handmade onion rings and crispy “Fat Fries...

Pieology Pizzeria Opens 60th Location »

June 29, 2015 at 9:52AM PDT | Source: Pieology Pizzeria

Dozens of New Locations Scheduled to Open by Summer’s End
June 29, 2015 // Franchising.com // Rancho Santa Margarita, California – Pieology Pizzeria, where pizza lovers go to create custom pizzas in endless flavor combinations, is proud to announce that it has opened its 60th restaurant, with its newest location in Rancho Cordova, California.
“Since its founding in 2011, Pieology has followed a unique business philosophy that is focused on quality over quantity, a model that we will continue to employ throughout our nationwide expansion,” said Carl Chang, founder and CEO. “Because of our unwavering dedication to this model, where we seek to partner with franchisees who share our business ethics and commitment to community, we’re confident we’re doing what’s best for the concept and our valued guests...

Capriotti’s Announces Return Of Hockessin Location »

June 29, 2015 at 8:59AM PDT | Source: Capriotti's Sandwich Shop
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Popular Sandwich Shop Commemorates Reopening By Giving Away 100 Sandwiches
June 29, 2015 // Franchising.com // LAS VEGAS – Capriotti’s Sandwich Shop, famous for its delicious, handmade subs, reopens its Hockessin location under new management. The award-winning sandwich shop will be returning to its original address at 120 Lantana Square, Hockessin, DE 19707. To celebrate the grand reopening, Capriotti’s in Hockessin will be giving away 100 free 9” Bobbies to the first 100 guests.
With over 100 locations in 16 states and federal districts, Capriotti’s is dedicated to serving guests mouth-watering subs made only with fresh, high-quality ingredients. Since its inception in 1976, the acclaimed sandwich shop has stayed true to its founding nightly tradition of slow-roasting turkeys in-house and shredding them every morning to make its delicious subs...

Hurricane Grill & Wings Continues Nationwide Expansion »

June 29, 2015 at 8:52AM PDT | Source: Hurricane Grill & Wings
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Tropical-Themed Casual Dining Franchise To Operate 80 Units In 2015
June 29, 2015 // Franchising.com // WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.  – Hurricane Grill & Wings®, a tropical-themed casual-dining restaurant franchise known for its fresh, jumbo wings and more than 35 flavors of signature sauces and rubs, announced today its growth plans for the second half of 2015.
Hurricane Grill & Wings will end the second quarter having opened three new locations during the month of June in Florida, Iowa and Maryland, bringing the total number of operating restaurants to 72. Currently operating in 13 states, the brand will also open nine additional locations in the third and fourth quarter in both existing markets as well as new markets that include Louisiana, Oklahoma and California...

Bruegger’s Bagels Launches New Summer Menu »

June 29, 2015 at 8:20AM PDT | Source: Bruegger's Bagels

From pretzels to coconut and burgers to blueberries, seasonal flavors abound.
June 17, 2015 // Franchising.com // DALLAS – Bruegger’s Bagels, known for its authentic New York-style bagels and signature egg sandwiches, launches its new summer menu today, adding two new menu items and bringing back some seasonal favorites to the classic Bruegger’s Bagels menu.
Guests will not leave hungry with the Back Bay Egg Sandwich – a hearty sandwich with egg, bacon, Swiss cheese, tomato, pickled red onions and smoked salmon cream cheese, all on a poppy seed bagel. On the lunch menu, the new Bacon & Blue Burger Melt is a summer picnic on a bagel, featuring a 100 percent beef patty topped with peppered bacon, blue cheese, Swiss cheese and apple cider coleslaw...

Little Caesars® Brings Back Soft Pretzel Crust Pizza By Popular Demand And Introduces Spinoff »

June 29, 2015 at 7:37AM PDT | Source: Little Caesars Pizza
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New Cheese-N-Pretzel Dippers Join the Return of Fan Favorite
June 29, 2015 // Franchising.com // DETROIT - Little Caesars Pizza, the largest carryout-only pizza chain in the world and home of the $5 Hot-N-Ready® pizza, is bringing back its much loved Soft Pretzel Crust Pepperoni Pizza to its U.S. restaurants once again following requests by customers. This time, customers can get their soft pretzel fix from the pizza or from the new Cheese-N-Pretzel Dippers . From June 29, 2015 to August 30, 2015, the Soft Pretzel Crust Pepperoni Pizza and Cheese-N-Pretzel Dippers will be available at all U.S. Little Caesars restaurants. They will be Hot-N-Ready® every day from 4-8 p.m.
When first introduced last fall, the Soft Pretzel Crust Pepperoni Pizza was scheduled to be available from September 1 - October 26, 2014, but was extended twice through the end of February due to demand...

Smyrna’s Old Ivy Village Lands Uncle Maddio’s Pizza Joint Restaurant »

June 29, 2015 at 6:55AM PDT | Source: Uncle Maddio's

Atlanta’s favorite build-your-own pizza concept to open on July 10.
June 29, 2015 // Franchising.com // ATLANTA - Uncle Maddio’s Pizza Joint continues to dominate the Atlanta-area fast-casual pizza scene as it opens another restaurant in Smyrna, Ga., on July 10. The Atlanta-based build-your-own pizza concept will open at 4340 East-West Connector South Cobb Drive in the Old Ivy Village. The restaurant will hold a grand opening celebration on July 11 and will serve free 9-inch, build-your-own, three-topping pizzas to guests in line from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The opening is the13 Uncle Maddio’s restaurant for the Atlanta-area. The popular hometown customizable pizza place has expanded quickly across the country with more than 33 locations in 14 states...

Biggest Sale In Franchise History Points The Way To Fresh Healthy Vending's Continued Sales Growth »

June 29, 2015 at 6:34AM PDT | Source: Fresh Healthy Vending

The #1 Healthy Vending Franchisor in the Nation Announces the Sale of 58 Machines to Its Newest Franchisee in South Carolina
SAN DIEGO, CA - (Marketwired - Jun 29, 2015) - Fresh Healthy Vending International, Inc. (OTCQB: VEND) is pleased to announce the largest sale in the Company's history. Barry Taylor of Inman, South Carolina recently became a Franchisee by purchasing a total of 29 Micro Markets and 29 Healthy Vending machines.
"I believe people want to make better choices," says Barry. "I want to be able to provide healthier alternatives for people that will impact their lives in a positive way." Barry, who is excited about the opportunity to build a "sustainable and scalable" business with Fresh Healthy Vending, spent over a decade as a financial advisor and is now entering what he calls "the next phase of my professional career...

El Pollo Loco Keeps The Fire Going In Houston With New Humble Restaurant »

June 29, 2015 at 6:26AM PDT | Source: El Pollo Loco
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Fire-grilled chicken restaurant celebrates Fourth Houston Area Grand Opening
June 29, 2015 // Franchising.com // COSTA MESA, CA - El Pollo Loco (Nasdaq:LOCO), the nation’s leading fire-grilled chicken chain, today opened its newest location in Humble, TX. The new restaurant, located at 9540 FM 1960 Bypass Road West between Townsen Boulevard and Whitaker Road, is the fourth location in Houston and 13th in the state of Texas for the brand.
“We have seen great success in Houston with the three restaurants we’ve opened over the last year and we look forward to offering customers another convenient location to enjoy our signature fire-grilled chicken and Mexican-inspired entrees,” said Steve Sather, President and Chief Executive Officer of El Pollo Loco...

Coconut’s Fish Cafe Celebrates Opening Of Second Restaurant In Scottsdale »

June 29, 2015 at 6:20AM PDT | Source: Coconut's Fish Cafe

Seasoned Entrepreneur Brings Authentic Hawaiian Flavors and Aloha Spirit to New Scottsdale Cafe
June 29, 2015 // Franchising.com // SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – Coconut’s Fish Cafe announced today the opening of its second Scottsdale location. Located at the intersection of Scottsdale Rd. and East Shea Blvd. in the Shea Scottsdale East Shopping Center, the address for the new restaurant is 7366 E. Shea Blvd. The location opened to the public on Friday, June 19th with a grand opening celebration, which included the brand’s award-winning food, fun and festivities.
This is the second Coconut’s Fish Cafe location for licensee Kim Kuhljuergen, who opened the original location in the Promenade Shopping Center in 2013. Kuhlijuergen plans to open two additional licensed locations in the next three years...

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

June 29, 2015 at 6:13AM PDT | 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.
June 29, 2015 // Franchising.com // GREENWOOD VILLAGE, Colo. – Alert your taste buds! Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, Inc. (Red Robin) is two weeks away from bringing craveable gourmet burgers to Milford, Conn. Located at 1201 Boston Post Road, across from the food court on the second floor of the Westfield Connecticut Post mall, the newest Red Robin® restaurant will open on July 13 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 July 13 to July 19, to their national charity partner, Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to finding cures for all kids with cancer...

Respect The Bacon: Wendy's Baconator And New Baconator Fries »

June 29, 2015 at 5:37AM PDT | Source: Wendy's

DUBLIN, Ohio - June 29, 2015 /PRNewswire/ - With bacon sales at an all-time high and more than 50 "bacon festivals" slated for 2015—Americans love their bacon. So Wendy's® is taking its iconic Baconator® and delivering it in a whole new way…on fries.
"At Wendy's, 'Quality is our Recipe' is one of the defining values of our company," said Kurt Kane, Wendy's chief concept officer. "That's why we only use fresh – never frozen – beef in our hamburgers and cook our bacon fresh in our restaurants every day. Others use factory cooked bacon and reheat it in a microwave because it's easier, but that just isn't the Wendy's way. When you walk into a Wendy's and smell the bacon cooking, then you know we treat it with the respect that bacon lovers deserve...



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