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California Tortilla Helps End Child Hunger With No Kid Hungry, Raises Over $17,000 For The Charity »

September 29, 2014 at 11:51AM PDT | Source: California Tortilla

Fast Casual Favorite Donates $1 to No Kid Hungry® for Every "Fresh Deal" Sold September 7 - 13
September 29, 2014 // Franchising.com // ROCKVILLE, MD - At California Tortilla, hungry customers craving signature burritos, salads, and more re-imagined Mexican favorites come in every day, leaving full and satisfied. But there are many who struggle to afford a well-rounded meal, for themselves and for their children. Which is why California Tortilla teamed up with Share Our Strength to support Dine Out For No Kid Hungry®, making sure that kids get the nourishment they need to stay happy and healthy.
From September 7 – September 13th California Tortilla asked customers to upgrade their meal to a "Fresh Deal", which added a drink and side item or dessert to their meal for just $2...

Pizza Inn Invites Guests To Do The Pepperoni Twist »

September 29, 2014 at 11:34AM PDT | Source: Pizza Inn

Popular International Chain takes New Spin on a Pie-Making Tradition
DALLAS - Sept. 29, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - Pizza Inn is thinking outside the crust this month, introducing a delicious take on some classic favorites with its distinctive new Pepperoni Twists. These Stromboli-like sensations will make pizza lovers twist and shout for joy starting today at participating locations.
Made by wrapping fresh, hand-tossed Italian dough around a generous blend of zesty pepperoni and mouthwatering, melted mozzarella, and topped off with a generous sprinkling of signature Romano and Parmesan magic dust, these delectable creations are the perfect addition to any meal at Pizza Inn.
"Our new Pepperoni Twists have been under wraps for a while, so we're excited to introduce them now," said Amanda Morgan, Pizza Inn's director of marketing...

Fatburger To Award $10,000 In Ultimate Cook-Off Competition »

September 29, 2014 at 10:34AM PDT | Source: Fatburger

Famous Burger Brand Hosts Competition Encouraging Fans To Build Their Own Burger Creations
September 29, 2014 // Franchising.com // LOS ANGELES – Fatburger, famous for its juicy, made-to-order burgers, is challenging social media fans to build the most delicious and creative Fatburgers they can for a chance to win $10,000 and endless glory. Fatburger recommends that participants use Fatburger beef patties sold at Walmart locations across the US, and post their cook-off videos on the Fatburger Facebook page. The fans with the top three videos will have the opportunity to be flown to Los Angeles to participate in "The Great Fatburger Kitchen Cook-Off" for the chance to win the big grand prize.
The three finalists will be judged by a panel of Fatburger judges based on creativity, originality, appearance, and taste at the Beverly Hills Fatburger/Buffalo’s Express restaurant...

All Aboard! The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf® Celebrates National Coffee Day At Union Station »

September 29, 2014 at 10:27AM PDT | Source: The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf®

Southern California's iconic specialty coffee and tea retailer and Metrolink surprise local commuters by taking over Los Angeles' busiest transit hub on Sept. 29
September 29, 2014 // Franchising.com // LOS ANGELES; CA - Today, The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf® is celebrating National Coffee Day with up to 15,000 commuters at Southern California's most heavily traveled transit hub, Union Station. Born and brewed in Southern California since 1963, the specialty coffee and tea retailer teamed with Metrolink to take over Union Station with mystery offers for travelers, the first-ever The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf® train car, and seven decorated platforms.
"Coffee is synonymous with commuting - especially on Monday mornings - so we thought bringing a happy surprise to 15,000 Southland commuters would be the ideal way to celebrate National Coffee Day," says Diane Kuyoomjian, vice president of marketing at The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf®...

Local State Senator Introduces Costa Vida To Georgia With First Location Opening In Cumming On October 13 »

September 29, 2014 at 10:22AM PDT | Source: Costa Vida Restaurants

Brothers Donald and Michael Williams Sign Area Developer Agreement for State of Georgia, Invite Community to Celebrate First Opening
September 29, 2014 // Franchising.com // CUMMING, GA – As Costa Vida Fresh Mexican Grill continues to gain popularity across regions of the United States, the fresh Mexican grill attracted the attention of 2015 State Senator, Michael Williams and his brother Donald Williams, both franchise industry veterans. Proponents for American small business, the brothers signed an area development agreement with Salt Lake City-based Costa Vida for the state of Georgia, beginning with eight locations in the greater Atlanta area, the first of which will open in Cumming on October 13.
Opening their doors to the first Costa Vida location in the state of Georgia, local owners Donald and Michael Williams will be introducing Costa Vida’s made-from-scratch and gluten-friendly menu inspired by the cuisine and flavors of coastal Mexico...

Red Robin Teams Up With Law Enforcement For Ninth Annual Tip-A-Cop Fundraiser To Benefit Special Olympics »

September 29, 2014 at 10:22AM PDT | Source: Red Robin Gourmet Burgers

Uniformed Officers to Wait Tables at Participating Red Robin Restaurants Nationwide
GREENWOOD VILLAGE, Colo. - Sept. 29, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - There's a new server in town! This October, law enforcement officers across the country will trade their ticket books for order pads and unite at Red Robin® restaurants* to serve guests for a special cause. Red Robin's ninth annual Tip-A-Cop® events will take place on Saturday Oct. 11, 18 and 25 between 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 8 pm., at more than 350 restaurants in 36 states. Law enforcement officers will volunteer their time as servers alongside Red Robin's wait staff to collect tips from guests to raise funds for their local Special Olympics programs.Red Robin Gourmet Burgers.
"Red Robin is proud to continue the tradition of partnering with local law enforcement personnel and Coca-Cola for our Tip-A-Cop events," said Denny Marie Post, Red Robin's senior vice president and chief marketing officer...

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

September 29, 2014 at 8:20AM 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
GREENWOOD VILLAGE, Colo. - Sept. 29, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - Alert your taste buds! Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, Inc. (Red Robin) is two weeks away from bringing craveable gourmet burgers to Palm Beach, Fla. Located on Palm Beach Lakes Blvd. at the main entrance of the Palm Beach Outlets, across the street from Target, the newest Red Robin® restaurant will open on Oct. 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 Oct. 13 to Oct. 19, to Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to finding cures for all kids with cancer...

Villa Italian Kitchen To Celebrate National Pizza Month With 5th Annual Free Slice Day October 14th »

September 29, 2014 at 8:17AM PDT | Source: Villa Enterprises

Facebook Fans can 'Have a Slice Day' by LIKING and Downloading Free Slice Coupon
September 29, 2014 // Franchising.com // MORRISTOWN, NJ - Villa Enterprises, multi-brand restaurant operator and franchisor celebrating 50 years in business, will celebrate National Pizza Month this October, when they host their fifth annual Have a Slice Day pizza giveaway, offering new and existing Facebook fans a free slice of pizza on Tuesday, October 14th, 2014.
Beginning today, pizza-loving Facebook fans who 'LIKE' Villa Fresh Italian Kitchen on Facebook will have access to a time-sensitive, downloadable coupon for one free slice of pizza. These coupons will only be redeemable during the Have a Slice Day on Tuesday, October 14th at participating locations across the United States...

Einstein Noah Restaurant Group Enters Agreement To Be Acquired By JAB Holding Company For $20.25 Per Share In Cash »

September 29, 2014 at 7:45AM PDT | Source: Einstein Noah Restaurant Group Inc

Transaction Valued at Approximately $374 Million
LAKEWOOD, Colo. - (BUSINESS WIRE) - SepT. 29, 2014 - Einstein Noah Restaurant Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:BAGL), a leader in the fast-casual segment of the restaurant industry operating under the Einstein Bros.® Bagels, Noah's New York Bagels®, and Manhattan Bagel® brands and JAB Holding Company ("JAB") today announced a definitive agreement under which an affiliate of JAB will acquire Einstein Noah Restaurant Group for $20.25 per share in cash, or a total diluted equity value of approximately $374 million. The agreement, which has been unanimously approved by Einstein Noah Restaurant Group's directors, represents a premium of approximately 47 percent over Einstein Noah Restaurant Group's 30-day average trading price...

Red Robin Gourmet Burgers Is Two Weeks Away From Opening Its First Restaurant In Bronx, New York »

September 29, 2014 at 6:58AM 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.
GREENWOOD VILLAGE, Colo. - Sept. 29, 2014 /PRNewswire/  - Alert your taste buds! Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, Inc. (Red Robin) is two weeks away from bringing craveable gourmet burgers to the Bronx. Located at the Mall at Bay Plaza, just off the Hutchinson River Parkway on Baychester Drive, the newest Red Robin® restaurant will open on Oct. 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 Oct. 13 to Oct. 19, to Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to finding cures for all kids with cancer...

Fuddruckers Debuts Its Second North Dakota Fast Casual Restaurant Location In Minot Today »

September 29, 2014 at 5:43AM PDT | Source: Fuddruckers
Fuddruckers Opportunities Available

With Local Franchisee Serka Services, LLC
MINOT, N.D. - Sept. 29, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - Fuddruckers introduces the "World's Greatest Hamburgers" and signature "Build Your Own" market fresh produce bar to Minot, ND today. The 6,800-square-foot location at 1603 35th Ave, SW. is on the city's south side and in close proximity to Dakota Square Mall, La Quinta Inn, Baymont Suites and the Minot Family YMCA. Highlights include seating for 151, a full bar and a gaming area with TouchTunes interactive music and entertainment platform. It is the second of five fast casual restaurants that will debut throughout the state as part of a franchise agreement with Williston-based Serka Services, LLC.
According to Peter Tropoli, Chief Operating Officer, "We're excited to be expanding our presence in North Dakota with the Serka Services, LLC team and have been thrilled by the state's reception to the Fuddruckers brand...

Second Cup Coffee Chain Prepares To Open In Manchester »

September 29, 2014 at 5:11AM PDT | Source: Second Cup Ltd., The

Manchester to soon be home to the UK’s first Second Cup Coffee Café
Mississauga, Ontario, Canada (PRWEB UK) 28 September 2014 - Canadian-based The Second Cup Coffee Company Inc. ("Second Cup") continues to develop its global presence. As part of its continued global expansion strategy, it will open a flagship location in the heart of Manchester, UK.
The 2500-square-foot, two-level café is scheduled to open in Manchester city center in early October of 2014 on Corporation Street next to the Arndale Mall. "Second Cup cafés are designed to be a second home —there’s plenty of space with plenty of varied seating for relaxation or work. Our cafés are designed to make everyone feel at home...

SONIC Drive-In Adds Industry Veteran Harold Ceron To Lead Company Drive-in Operations »

September 29, 2014 at 5:06AM PDT | Source: Sonic Drive-In

Ceron Joins the Team as Senior Vice President of SONIC Restaurants, Inc.
OKLAHOMA CITY - September 29, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - SONIC® Drive-In (NASDAQ: SONC), the nation's largest chain of drive-in restaurants, today announced the hiring of Harold Ceron to the position of senior vice president of SONIC Restaurants, Inc. (SRI), the arm of SONIC Corp. that operates all company locations. In the role, Ceron is responsible for leading the business, including overseeing operations, facilities, field marketing and risk management. He reports to Omar Janjua, president of SRI.
"Our company drive-ins make up about 10 percent of the SONIC system and play a vital role in the success of the entire system. In addition to contributing to our overall business results, we depend on these drive-ins for testing initiatives, products and procedures before roll-out to franchised locations," said Janjua...

TGI Fridays™ Announces Corporate Initiative Designed To Accelerate Growth Of Its Restaurant Portfolio »

September 29, 2014 at 4:55AM PDT | Source: T.G.I. Friday's Restaurants

CARROLLTON, Texas - September 26, 2014  - (BUSINESS WIRE) - TGI Fridays™, the world's leading casual dining bar and grill, today announced the launch of a refranchising initiative designed to accelerate the growth and re-imaging of the brand's restaurant portfolio. Following completion of this program, TGI Fridays expects to franchise most of its 247 company-owned and operated locations in the U.S. to highly-experienced franchise operators.
"It's important to note that we're only franchising our corporate restaurants to owners with a proven track record of success and excellence, and who have a clear passion for our brand and our people."
Potential and current franchisees will be offered the opportunity to purchase groups of restaurants in exchange for a commitment to an accelerated timetable for restaurant re-imaging and construction of new restaurants...

Domino's Pizza® To Deliver Fire Safety Messages With The National Fire Protection Association During Fire Prevention Week »

September 29, 2014 at 4:29AM PDT | Source: Domino's Pizza

Domino's and NFPA Marking Seven Consecutive Years of Fire Safety Awareness
ANN ARBOR, Mich. - Sept. 29, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - Domino's Pizza (NYSE: DPZ), is teaming up with the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and Sparky the Fire Dog®, NFPA's official mascot. For the seventh consecutive year, the recognized world leader in pizza delivery will deliver fire safety messages from NFPA to homes across the nation.
During Fire Prevention Week, Oct. 5-11, participating markets in the U.S. will be reinforcing this year's Fire Prevention Week campaign theme, "Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives: Test Yours Every Month!", on top of pizza boxes.
Working smoke alarms cut the chance of dying in a fire in half. However, two-thirds of U...

Jacksonville-Area Woody's Bar-B-Q® Locations Vie For The Title Of Tailgate Party Headquarters »

September 26, 2014 at 10:14AM PDT | Source: Woody's Bar-B-Q

Florida-Based Southern Barbecue Chain to Feature Special Offer of FREE BBQ Chicken with purchase of two full slabs of Woody's Smokin' Spare Ribs at its First Coast Restaurants
September 26, 2014 // Franchising.com // Jacksonville, Florida - Beginning October 1, 2014, the nine Woody's Bar-B-Q locations in and around the Southern barbecue franchise chain's founding city of Jacksonville, Florida will vie for the coveted title of "Tailgate Party Headquarters". Poised in a Southern city that takes its football very seriously, it seems only fitting that this popular restaurant franchise would create a limited time only special that features the perfect union of tailgate food. The special boasts a FREE perfectly prepared, slow-smoked Bar-B-Q Chicken with the purchase of two full slabs of Woody's Smokin' Spare Ribs...

Potbelly Sandwich Shop Opens Franchise Location In Little Rock »

September 26, 2014 at 8:48AM PDT | Source: Potbelly Sandwich Works

The beloved shop will bring its toasty warm sandwiches, signature shakes and live music to Little Rock's Park Avenue shopping center.
September 26, 2014 // Franchising.com // LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Potbelly Sandwich Shop announced today that Arkansas' first shop, a franchise location in Little Rock, will open on Tuesday, Sept. 30 in the Park Avenue shopping center at 314 S. University Avenue, in the Midtown area. The widely acclaimed neighborhood hangout will feature its toasty warm sandwiches, hand-dipped milkshakes and live, local music, which make it "The Best Place for Lunch."
Potbelly shops have earned a reputation in communities across the United States for having delicious food, fun décor and fresh tunes. Ryan Hamra, the new sandwich shop's managing partner, is a Little Rock native and the successful operator of North Little Rock's Blue Coast Burrito...

New Menchie's Store In North Port Celebrates Grand Opening With Week Of Fun Festivities »

September 26, 2014 at 8:38AM PDT | Source: Menchie's

Self-Serve Frozen Yogurt Store Fulfills Cravings with Family-Friendly Treats
September 26, 2014 // Franchising.com // NORTH PORT, FL – Menchie's, the friendliest place on earth with a mission to make every guest smile, has opened its newest store at Cocoplum Village, located at 17419 Tamiami Trail, North Port, FL 34287. Offering high quality, delicious self-serve frozen yogurt, Menchie's is sure to become a North Port favorite!
To celebrate the opening, Menchie's will spread smiles with a seven-day grand opening celebration from Saturday, October 4 to Friday, October 10 packed with free servings of its best-in-class frozen yogurt all day long.
"I've always had an interest in the food industry and when my husband and I visited our first Menchie's store, we instantly became fans," said franchisee Tomi Oparison...

Smoothie King® Opens 700th New Store & Eyes Future Growth In Texas »

September 26, 2014 at 7:18AM PDT | Source: Smoothie King
Smoothie King Opportunities Available

National Chain Unveils New Cedar Park Location & Announces Slew of Upcoming Store Openings in the Lone Star State
September 26, 2014 // Franchising.com // NEW ORLEANS - Smoothie King held a grand opening event on Saturday at its new (and very first) store in Cedar Park, TX. The Austin area store opening represented somewhat of a milestone for the 40-year-old company, which opened its first location in 1973.
"We realized that the new Cedar Park location was going to be our 700th store, so decided to celebrate the occasion the Smoothie King way, by incorporating fitness challenges and offering healthy smoothies to those in attendance," said Wan Kim, owner and CEO of Smoothie King.
At the event, Hill Country area kids were encouraged to participate in the "Smoothie King 700 Step Challenge," a fitness activity designed to get children to be more physically active...

Make That 200! Raising Cane's Reaches Major Milestone With Two New Houston Restaurants »

September 26, 2014 at 6:08AM PDT | Source: Raising Cane's Chicken Fingers

Award-winning chain set to open pair of Space City restaurants Thursday, Sept. 25
September 26, 2014 // Franchising.com // With Raising Cane's Chicken Fingers going gangbusters across Houston, the locals are craving even more, and they'll get it when two new Cane's restaurants open their doors in the central and west side of town this week.
Word of the popular chain expanding its Cajun footprint throughout H-Town has been energizing Caniacs in and around the Energy Corridor and Montrose areas for months. The chicken finger takeover continues on Thursday, Sept. 25, when the new restaurants open at 1105 N. Dairy Ashford and 1902 Westheimer Rd. The additions mark a special milestone for the Louisiana-based company, as they bring the total number of restaurants system-wide to 200...



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