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Jersey Mike's Subs Opens First West Caldwell Location »

July 28, 2015 at 8:06AM PDT | Source: Jersey Mike's Subs

Owners Celebrate With Free Sub Fundraiser
July 28, 2015 // Franchising.com // West Caldwell, NJ - Jersey Mike’s Subs, known for its fresh sliced/fresh grilled subs, opened in West Caldwell on July 22. Franchise owners John Helm and Matt Catania held a grand opening fundraiser from Wednesday, July 22 to Sunday, July 26 to support West Essex High School PTO and James Caldwell High School HSA.
The new restaurant, located at 775 Bloomfield Ave., circulated thousands of flyers throughout the community with various offers. For each offer redeemed, Jersey Mike’s will make a $2 donation to West Essex High School PTO and James Caldwell High School HSA.
“We have been looking at West Caldwell for a while because it is such a community-oriented town,” said Catania...

UFood Grill Announces VetFran Membership »

July 28, 2015 at 6:56AM PDT | Source: UFood Grill

CEO, a U.S. Army veteran, wants to help fellow veterans own their own business after service to the country.
July 28, 2015 // Franchising.com // BOSTON - UFood Grill, the award-winning fast-casual franchise where "delicious meets nutritious," today announced that the company has partnered with VetFran, a program that helps U.S. Military veterans locate franchise opportunities and provides a path towards business ownership with training, mentoring and financial assistance.
As a member of VetFran, UFood Grill will now offer veterans a 50 percent discount on its current franchise fee, reducing it to $17,500, to help veterans own and operate a UFood Grill restaurant.
The announcement marks a special milestone for UFood Grill CEO Sal Rincione who was a counter intelligence officer in the U...

Del Taco Restaurants, Inc. Announces Fiscal Second Quarter 2015 Financial Results For Del Taco Holdings, Inc. »

July 28, 2015 at 5:31AM PDT | Source: Del Taco
Del Taco Opportunities Available

Del Taco Holdings, Inc. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Del Taco Restaurants, Inc.; Conference Call and Webcast will be held at 5:00 PM EDT Today
LAKE FOREST, Calif. - July 28, 2015 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Del Taco Restaurants, Inc. (NASDAQ: TACO, TACOW), today announced fiscal second quarter financial results for its wholly-owned subsidiary Del Taco Holdings, Inc. (“Del Taco” or the “Company”), the second largest Mexican-American QSR chain by units in the United States, operating restaurants under the name Del Taco.
Fiscal second quarter 2015 financial results for Del Taco reflect the twelve weeks ended June 16, 2015, prior to the closing of the recent business combination (the “Business Combination”) between Del Taco and Levy Acquisition Corp...

Brinker International Adds Jose Luis Prado To Board Of Directors »

July 28, 2015 at 5:09AM PDT | Source: Brinker International

DALLAS - July 28, 2015 /PRNewswire/ - Brinker International, Inc. (NYSE: EAT), a recognized leader in casual dining, announces the election of Jose Luis Prado to its Board of Directors.
Prado is an accomplished executive with more than 30 years of international experience at PepsiCo, Inc. He most recently served as President for Quaker Oats North America, a multi-billion dollar division of the company headquartered in Chicago. Prior to that, he was President for Gamesa-Quaker, the leading cookies and crackers brand in Mexico. He also held a number of financial, sales and general management positions at Frito-Lay International, most notably Chief Financial Officer in Spain and President in the Caribbean, Andean and South America. In addition to Brinker, Prado serves on the Board of Directors for Northern Trust Corporation as well as a number of business and civic organizations in Chicago and New York...

Ruby Tuesday Announces Promotion Of Brett Patterson To Ruby Tuesday Concept President  »

July 28, 2015 at 5:02AM PDT | Source: Ruby Tuesday

And Resignation of Todd Burrowes, Ruby Tuesday Concept President and Chief Operations Officer
MARYVILLE, Tenn. - (BUSINESS WIRE) - July 27, 2015 - Ruby Tuesday, Inc. (NYSE: RT) (the “Company”) today announced the promotion of Brett Patterson to the role of Ruby Tuesday Concept President and the resignation of Todd Burrowes, Ruby Tuesday Concept President and Chief Operations Officer. These changes are effective immediately.
JJ Buettgen, Chairman of the Board, President, and CEO stated, “I am so pleased that Brett will assume the role of Ruby Tuesday Concept President. Brett has been an invaluable member of our leadership team since joining the Company two years ago. He is a strong operator and has a solid track record of leading and developing teams, enhancing efficiencies, streamlining processes, and improving business results...

East Coast Wings & Grill Offers Free Honey BBQ Chicken Wings July 29 »

July 28, 2015 at 4:55AM PDT | Source: East Coast Wings & Grill

Casual Family Dining Restaurant Celebrates National Chicken Wing Day with Six Free Wings with Purchase of Entrée; Fans Declare Honey BBQ is the Best Chicken Wing Flavor in America
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - July 27, 2015 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - In honor of National Chicken Wing Day on July 29, East Coast Wings & Grill will be offering guests nationwide six free chicken wings of America’s favorite flavor, with the purchase of any entrée.
East Coast Wings & Grill offers dozens of flavors that can be paired with nine heat intensities, creating hundreds of delicious sauce options. To discover the most popular flavor nationwide, the restaurant invited Americans over the past month to cast their vote via the company’s Facebook page and Twitter handle...

Jersey Mike's Subs Opens First Miami Location »

July 28, 2015 at 4:53AM PDT | Source: Jersey Mike's Subs

Operating Partner Celebrates With Free Sub Fundraiser
July 28, 2015 // Franchising.com // Miami, FL - Jersey Mike’s Subs, known for its fresh sliced/fresh grilled subs, opened in Miami on July 22. Operating partner Pablo Jimenez held a grand opening and free sub fundraiser from Wednesday, July 22 to Sunday, July 26 to support March of Dimes.
The new restaurant, located at 10141 W. Flagler St. in Fountain Square Shopping Center, circulated 10,000 coupons throughout the community offering a free regular sub for a minimum $2 contribution to March of Dimes.
“I couldn’t be happier to be part of such a great team, taking a leap into the Miami area,” said Jimenez. “Jersey Mike’s has presented an opportunity for me that I just could not resist; have fun, lead a great team, give to give and make awesome subs while you’re at it! Giving to give is so fundamental for us; this is how I knew that it is where I belong...

Portland Gets Set For Its Second Helping Of Zoup! »

July 28, 2015 at 4:00AM PDT | Source: ZOUP! Fresh Soup Co.

Popular fast-casual fresh soup restaurant prepares for July 30 grand opening in Beaverton.
July 28, 2015 // Franchising.com // BEAVERTON, OR – Portlanders got their first taste of the award-winning, healthy soup recipes made popular by Zoup! just over a year ago. And they want more!
Fortunately, franchisee Brian Carney, and his parents Dave and Alex Carney, are happy to oblige.
The Carneys’ second area restaurant, located in the Cedar Hills Crossing II at 2695 S.W. Cedar Hills Blvd. in Beaverton, is holding its grand opening on Thursday, July 30.
“We have been overwhelmed by the reception our first Zoup! has received in Wilsonville, and we can’t wait to introduce the good folks in Beaverton to all the wonderful soups, freshly baked bread and other delicious items we offer,” said Brian Carney...

Famous Dave's Of America, Inc. Adds Anand Gala To Board Of Directors »

July 28, 2015 at 3:56AM PDT | Source: Famous Dave's

MINNEAPOLIS - July 27, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) - Famous Dave's of America, Inc. (Nasdaq:DAVE) today announced the appointment of Anand D. Gala to the Company's board of directors. Mr. Gala is the Founder, President and Chief Executive Officer of Gala Holdings International, a diversified holding company that conducts consulting, restaurant development and management operations. Among its business operations, Gala Holdings International is a Company franchisee that owns and operates Famous Dave's and Fresh Griller franchise restaurants. Mr. Gala is also Founder and Managing Partner of Gala Development Partners, LLC, which focuses on the acquisition, development and management of commercial real estate comprising retail and office properties. Mr...

Hurricane Grill & Wings® Announces Unprecendented Development Deal For 25 Locations In Europe »

July 28, 2015 at 3:50AM PDT | Source: Hurricane Grill & Wings
Hurricane Grill & Wings Opportunities Available

Florida Based Restaurant Chain to Bring Its Famous Beach-Inspired Meals Overseas
July 28, 2015 // Franchising.com // WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - Hurricane Grill HYPERLINK "http://www.hurricanewings.com/"&HYPERLINK "http://www.hurricanewings.com/" Wings®, the beach-inspired full-service restaurant franchise, announced today the brand’s largest foray into international territory with a development agreement of 25 restaurants. The company’s expansion in Europe will be split up between 5 countries, the first of which is Italy.
Fall 2015 will mark the opening of Hurricane Grill & Wings’ first European location in the suburbs of Milan. Luxembourg based franchise group, Hurricanum, S.A. is the partner for Hurricane Grill & Wings’ European expansion...

Bojangles'® Names New VP Of Information Technology And Strategic Planning »

July 27, 2015 at 10:15AM PDT | Source: Bojangles' Famous Chicken 'n Biscuits

July 27, 2015 // Franchising.com // Charlotte, N.C. - Bojangles’, Inc. (NASDAQ:BOJA) announced today that Jayson Romeo has been named Vice President of Information Technology and Strategic Planning for Bojangles’ Restaurants, Inc. In his new role, Romeo is responsible for spearheading corporate strategic initiatives designed to drive IT and organizational efficiencies, and leading the implementation of new technology across the business.
Romeo is a twenty-nine year veteran of the Quick Service Restaurant (QSR) industry who has served in leadership positions of increasing responsibility with such brands as Discovery Zone, Boston Market and Whataburger. He joined the Bojangles’ team in 2014 as Senior Director of Strategic Management, and since February 2015 has been leading the IT function on an interim basis...

It's #DomiNoNo Day - Domino's To Give Away 20,000 Free Pizzas Today »

July 27, 2015 at 10:09AM PDT | Source: Domino's Pizza

Domino's to offer free pizzas for every no-hitter through the end of the season.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. - July 27, 2015 /PRNewswire/ - The third no-hitter of the 2015 Major League Baseball season was thrown on Saturday night. For MLB.com registered users, that no-hitter, courtesy of Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Cole Hamels, means 20,000 free pizzas from Domino's Pizza (NYSE: DPZ), the recognized world leader in pizza delivery.
Beginning TODAY at 3 p.m. (EDT), the first 20,000 MLB.com registered users who visit MLB.com/dominos and log in will receive a free, two-topping medium Handmade Pan Pizza (redeemable for carryout orders only) when they order online from dominos.com. The Domino's DomiNoNo offer will be available for five consecutive days or until 20,000 codes are given away...

Togo's Sandwich Franchise Launches New Franchise Information Website »

July 27, 2015 at 10:02AM PDT | Source: Togo's Eateries, Inc.

West Coast Original Provides Detailed Info for Those Interested in Starting a Sandwich Franchise
SAN JOSE, CA - (Marketwired - Jul 27, 2015) - Togo's, an iconic West Coast sandwich franchise with a strong following in California, has big news for fans and investors in the western United States: the company is in growth mode. The sandwich franchise is expanding in nine states and has launched a new website -- www.togosfranchise.com -- to explain the opportunity to entrepreneurs.
The website features Q&As with franchisees, video interviews with the Togo's leadership team, startup costs and revenue figures, and details about the sandwich and how Togo's stands out from competitors.
Togo's has more than 300 sandwich franchises open and under development throughout the West...

Baskin-Robbins Announces Sweet Franchising Opportunities In Los Angeles And San Diego »

July 27, 2015 at 9:59AM PDT | Source: Baskin Robbins

World's Largest Chain of Ice Cream Specialty Shops Seeks Entrepreneurs to Purchase Existing Locations in Glendora, Long Beach, Oceanside and Pico Rivera
July 27, 2015 // Franchising.com // CANTON, Mass. - Baskin-Robbins, the world's largest chain of ice cream specialty shops, today announced that it is seeking Los Angeles entrepreneurs to develop new and existing ice cream shops in Southern California. Specifically, Baskin-Robbins is seeking candidates who are looking for a sweet opportunity in Glendora, Long Beach, Oceanside and Pico Rivera, as well as San Diego.
"We're looking for motivated entrepreneurs who have a passion for their local communities to join our team and take advantage of the many perks that Baskin-Robbins offers," said Grant Benson, CFE, vice president of global franchising and business development, Dunkin' Brands...

YoFresh Yogurt Café Targets Nationwide Expansion Following Encouraging Industry Outlook »

July 27, 2015 at 8:59AM PDT | Source: YoFresh Yogurt Cafe

July 27, 2015 // Franchising.com // BOSTON - YoFresh Yogurt Café, the popular frozen yogurt chain that serves a medley of all natural nonfat frozen yogurts, toppings and smoothies is seeking to expand in territories throughout the U.S. Coming off the heels of an IBISWorld report on the frozen yogurt industry that projects annual revenues of $2 billion and noted annual growth from 2010-2015 of 20.6 percent, YoFresh’s expansion comes at a time of a growing awareness of the importance of making healthy diet choices. Providing many frozen yogurt flavors that are gluten free and have no sugar added, along with topping options that include fresh fruit, granola and nuts, YoFresh is responding to the demand for delicious treats that are as healthy as they are great-tasting...

Red Mango® Announces Grand Prize Winner Of Summer Sweepstakes »

July 27, 2015 at 7:57AM PDT | Source: Red Mango

Red Mango 4 Life sweepstakes names North Texas winner.
July 27, 2015 // Franchising.com // DALLAS – One lucky fan of Red Mango® has turned frozen yogurt love into red hot cash as the winner of the Red Mango 4 Life summer sweepstakes. Today the company announced that North Texas resident Cynthia Croom was selected as the grand prize winner of the ultimate summer giveaway.
“I am very excited to have been selected as the winner. I love Red Mango and frequently drop by for a quick healthy treat when I am on the go or traveling,” said Croom. “It is an honor to have won and I look forward to enjoying more Red Mango yogurt in the future.”
Running June 1 - July 12, the Red Mango 4 Life Sweepstakes kicked off summer delivering weekly and daily prizes for frozen yogurt lovers along with a chance to win the grand prize of Red Mango “for Life” or a $10,000 cash prize...

Blaze Fast-Fire'd Pizza Announces Grand Opening Of Seventh Chicagoland Area Restaurant »

July 27, 2015 at 7:48AM PDT | Source: Blaze Pizza

Free Pizzas for Blaze Pizza Fans in Oak Lawn, IL on Friday, July 31
LOS ANGELES, CA - (Marketwired - Jul 27, 2015) - Blaze Fast Fire'd Pizza, the fast-casual artisanal pizza concept known for its chef-driven menu and casually hip restaurants, announced today that it will open its seventh Chicagoland area location, in Oak Lawn, on Thursday, July 30th. To celebrate the grand opening, the restaurant will offer FREE build-your-own artisanal pizzas on Friday, July 31st from 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. to anyone who follows Blaze Pizza on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook. The new restaurant, which features a thoughtfully designed interior and an outdoor patio, is located at 6230-A West 95th Street, in the thriving downtown 95th Street Corridor...

Arby's Q2 System Same-Store Sales Up 7.6 Percent »

July 27, 2015 at 7:43AM PDT | Source: Arby's

Comparable two-year system sales up 13.8 percent
ATLANTA - July 27, 2015 /PRNewswire/ - Arby's, the Fast Crafted™ restaurant brand with more than 3,300 restaurants worldwide, today reported its 2015 Q2 sales results. Arby's achieved significant system same-store sales (SSS) growth of 7.6 percent versus the same quarter last year, outperforming a representative sample of the Quick Service Restaurant (QSR) industry by an estimated 5.3 percentage points*, and representing the company's 19th consecutive quarter of SSS growth. Comparable two-year system sales are up 13.8 percent.
Arby's also has accelerated new restaurant development and system remodels with the "Inspire" restaurant design. Through the first two quarters of the year, the Brand has opened 18 new restaurants and completed 53 remodels system-wide...

Tropical Smoothie Cafe Signs 77 Franchise Agreements »

July 27, 2015 at 7:30AM PDT | Source: Tropical Smoothie Cafe

Reports Same-Store Sales Of Over 12 Percent In First Half Of 2015; Leading Fast Casual Cafe Projected to Exceed 500 Locations This Year
ATLANTA - July 27, 2015 /PRNewswire/ - Tropical Smoothie Café, the leading fast casual café concept known for its better-for-you food and smoothies with a tropical twist, announced the signing of 77 franchise agreements in the first and second quarters of 2015 as the brand continues its aggressive, nationwide expansion. Additionally, the sandwich and smoothie franchise reported year-to-date same-store sales of more than 12 percent.
"This year is on track to be our most successful in recent company history," said Mike Rotondo, CEO of Tropical Smoothie Café. "Our balanced mix of smoothies and food continue to drive sales in all dayparts for our franchisees and recent limited-time offers like our Cucumber Mojito Smoothie, Luau Sliders and Avocolada Smoothie are driving traffic, resulting in strong same-store sales that far outperform our competitors in the smoothie and fast-casual industries...

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

July 27, 2015 at 6:15AM 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. - July 27, 2015 /PRNewswire/ - Alert your taste buds! Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, Inc. (Red Robin) is two weeks away from bringing craveable gourmet burgers to Vineland, N.J. Located at 3849 South Delsea Drive, near the main entrance to Cumberland Mall, the newest Red Robin® restaurant will open on August 10 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 August 10 to August 16, to their national charity partner, Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to finding cures for all kids with cancer...



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