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Painting With A Twist Raises $70,000 For Vera Bradley Foundation »

October 16, 2014 at 8:20AM PDT | Source: Painting with a Twist

Nation's Leading Paint and Sip Franchise Donates through Nationwide 'Painting with a Purpose' Events
MANDEVILLE, La. - October 16, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Painting with a Twist®, the nation's largest paint-and-sip franchise, raised $70,000 throughout the month of July to benefit the Vera Bradley Foundation for Breast Cancer through the company's charitable arm, Painting with a Purpose.
As part of the program, 78 local Painting with a Twist studios held charity events through Painting with a Purpose, part of the businesses' commitment to giving back through painting parties. Each location chose paintings that were specially selected for the event and 50 percent of the proceeds went towards breast cancer research. At certain locations, owners held auctions, raffles and sold paintings to raise even more money for the cause...

Jamba Juice Announces Grand Opening Of St. Louis University Store »

October 16, 2014 at 8:02AM PDT | Source: Jamba Juice

Jamba® Continues to Bring Health and Wellness to the St. Louis area
EMERYVILLE, Calif. - October 16, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Offering splashes of goodness and empowering a healthy life-style, Jamba Juice® today announced the opening of a new store at St. Louis University (SLU), situated in the heart of the school's main campus at Fusz Hall, 3700 West Pine Mall. The location marks the 10th Jamba® in the St. Louis market and will be the first location for the Jamba franchise partner Aramark dba DineSLU. The new location arrives at SLU as the fall semester is underway and is an ideal addition to the home of the Billikens.
The opening of the SLU store continues Jamba's rich tradition of providing a wide variety of nutritious and freshly-prepared offerings that are wholesome and healthy...

Russo's Restaurants Surpasses 40 Restaurants Nationwide, Brand Focuses On Continued Growth »

October 16, 2014 at 7:26AM PDT | Source: Russo's New York Coal-Fired Italian Kitchen
Russo's New York Coal-Fired Italian Kitchen Opportunities Available

Authentic Italian Fast-Casual Pizzeria and Refined Coal-Fired Kitchen Concepts Initiate Strategic Expansion Plan, Including International Locations
October 16, 2014 // Franchising.com // HOUSTON - Russo's Restaurants, the family of dining concepts that includes Russo's New York Pizzeria and Russo's Coal-Fired Italian Kitchen, announced today plans to continue enhancing the brands' footprint worldwide after successfully opening more than 40 locations in the U.S. The restaurant's systemwide revenue is also celebrating an 8 percent increase.
Evidencing the excitement around both brands, Russo's kicked off 2014 with the opening of the company's first Hawaii location in Ewa Beach. An additional 2-5 restaurants are planned to open during the remainder of the year throughout markets like Dallas, Houston, San Antonio and Austin...

Albion Charles Hotel (Part Of The ALH Group) To Open Gourmet Burger Bar »

October 16, 2014 at 5:38AM PDT | Source: Burger Edge

October 16, 2014 // Franchising.com // ALH Group, who operate over 300 hotels nationally have partnered with Shine Hospitality to introduce Burger Edge at the Albion Charles hotel, located in the heart of the cosmopolitan inner Melbourne suburb of Northcote.
100% Australian owned and operated, Burger Edge was inspired by the growing number of casual diners wanting a fast, healthy and value for money burger that includes gourmet options using the freshest ingredients.
Burger Edge will be the first franchise food concept introduced to ALH hotels. "We have identified a number of unique sites across our business nationally, where we believe a specific concept could work in conjunction with our existing business and also contribute to the surrounding area" said ALH CEO Bruce Mathieson Jnr...

Anniversary Celebrations At House Of Bread Bakery Café Across The Country »

October 16, 2014 at 4:25AM PDT | Source: House of Bread

House Of Bread Owners Bake 100 Pound Cinnamon Roll
San Luis Obispo, Ca (PRWEB) October 16, 2014 - The House of Bread Founder, Sheila McCann has made plenty of 100 pound cinnamon rolls since founding the bakery and café nearly 18 years ago in San Luis Obispo, California. But what started out as a way to entertain local customers has turned out to be a major event, where hundreds of customers stop by to watch the staff assemble the monster roll.
To celebrate the one year anniversary of the House of Bread Bakery and Café in Victoria, owners Tom and Ann Fitzwilliam requested that Head Baker, Neil Giannini come to Victoria to help the local franchisees make their first 100 pound roll. The gooey concoction is based on the same recipe that is used daily to make the popular single serve roll...

CREAM Inks Deal For Santa Clara County Expansion »

October 16, 2014 at 4:11AM PDT | Source: CREAM

October 16, 2014 // Franchising.com // MILLBRAE, Cali. – CREAM, a San Francisco-based dessert franchise that specializes in high quality ice cream sandwiches and other confections, has signed a multi-unit development agreement with existing franchisee Moeen Abudamous to develop four additional locations throughout Santa Clara County, California.
Abudamous, who opened his first CREAM store in San Jose in February 2014, has already signed a lease for his second location, which will open early next year in Cupertino. Additional locations are planned for Milpitas, Los Gatos and Almaden Valley
"With the success of my first location in San Jose, I felt it was the right time to expand and introduce the high quality product to the rest of the good people of Santa Clara County," said Abudamous...

Arlington Gets Its Falafel Fix: Amsterdam Falafelshop Opens Highly Anticipated Clarendon Shop »

October 16, 2014 at 4:06AM PDT | Source: Amsterdam Falafelshop

Iconic D.C. Hangout Opens to Local Residents, Lunch Crowds, Late Nighters in High-Profile Northern Virginia Locale
October 16, 2014 // Franchising.com // ARLINGTON, Virg. – Falafel. Amsterdam. Clarendon. What could be better?
Washington, D.C.'s iconic Amsterdam Falafelshop, a staple in the Adams Morgan neighborhood where the concept originated, and more recently on 14th Street, is opening its first Northern Virginia shop Oct. 16.
Located at 3024 Wilson Blvd, the new shop continues the Amsterdam Falafelshop tradition of serving America's most craved falafel in a unique atmosphere that only this beloved brand can create. D.C.-based restaurateur, hotelier and commercial real estate executive, David Rosenstein, is the owner and operator of the new Amsterdam Falafelshop opening in one of the nation's most vibrant neighborhoods...

Denny's Corporation Announces Promotions For Brand Leadership Team »

October 16, 2014 at 3:56AM PDT | Source: Denny's
Denny's Opportunities Available

Chris Bode Promoted to Chief Operating Officer, John Dillon to Chief Marketing Officer and Jill Van Pelt to Chief People Officer 
SPARTANBURG, S.C. - Oct. 15, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) - Denny's Corporation (Nasdaq:DENN), franchisor and operator of one of America's largest franchised full-service restaurant chains, today announced promotions for key leaders, including Chris Bode to the position of Chief Operating Officer, John Dillon to the position of Chief Marketing Officer and Jill Van Pelt to the newly created position of Chief People Officer.
"Chris, John and Jill have all contributed to Denny's success in a meaningful way, further revitalizing America's Diner by leading key initiatives in our plan to drive improvements across our food, service and atmosphere," stated John Miller, President and Chief Executive Officer of Denny's...

Edible Arrangements To Open Its First Store On A Military Base »

October 15, 2014 at 11:56AM PDT | Source: Edible Arrangements

Fort Bragg Location Scheduled to Open in November
October 15, 2014 // Franchising.com // Wallingford, CT - Edible Arrangements will open its first store ever on a United States military base later this year at Fort Bragg in North Carolina.
Franchisees Laverna and Martinez Alexander are scheduled to open the location in November. With a population of over 50,000, Fort Bragg provides services to more than 250,000 soldiers, retirees, family members and civilians. The base is also home to the 82nd Airborne.
"This is a tremendous opportunity for Edible Arrangements to provide fresh, healthy and delicious fruit products direct to the men and women of our military and their families," said Edible Arrangements’ founder and CEO, Tariq Farid...

McCormick & Schmick's Seafood Restaurants Recognize U.S. Military Veterans On November 9th With Free Entrée »

October 15, 2014 at 11:46AM PDT | Source: Landry's Restaurants

Seafood Restaurant Celebrates 15 Years of Honoring Our Nation's Heroes
October 15, 2014 // Franchising.com // HOUSTON, TX - McCormick & Schmick's Seafood Restaurants is proud to thank U.S. military veterans by offering a complimentary lunch or dinner entrée to those who have served our country on Sunday, November 9 in recognition of Veteran's Day. McCormick & Schmick's will treat veterans for the 15th consecutive year to a special menu at participating locations across the country.
"We are proud to honor the brave service men and women who commit their lives to defend our country's freedom," said Tilman Fertitta, sole owner, chairman and CEO of Landry's, Inc. "This is McCormick & Schmick's 15th year to treat our nation's heroes with a well-deserved meal and look forward to continuing this tradition for many more years to come...

Buttermilk Sky Pie Shop Launches Franchise Opportunities »

October 15, 2014 at 9:49AM PDT | Source: Buttermilk Sky Pie Shop

Buttermilk Sky Franchising, Inc. announces their first Discovery Day for interested franchise investors who want to get their slice of the pie shop industry on October 17, 2014, at 11:00 a.m. in the Buttermilk Sky Franchising, Inc. headquarters located at 9827 Cogdill Road, Suite 1 in Knoxville, TN.
Knoxville, TN, October 15, 2014 - (PR.com) - Buttermilk Sky Pie Shop is owned and operated by Scott and Meredith Layton. Their first business in the sweets trade was called the Cupcakery, a bakery which featured cupcakes. The transition to pies was borne out of their pasts. Both Scott and Meredith grew up in their grandmothers’ kitchens where pies were made with passion and the freshest ingredients. The memories of Scott’s Granny and Meredith’s Nanny inspired the creation of the Buttermilk Sky Pie Shop which offers fresh handmade pies and thumbprint cookies daily in a unique, homey environment based on their southern traditions and heritage...

Quaker Steak & Lube® Celebrates 40 Years With Strong Growth Across The Nation »

October 15, 2014 at 9:02AM PDT | Source: Quaker Steak & Lube

Award-Winning Casual-Dining Franchise Opens Eight New Restaurants in 2014 
October 15, 2014 // Franchising.com // SHARON, PA. - The Award-Winning casual-dining franchise Quaker Steak & Lube®, known for its Best Wings USA and more than 25 sauces, announced today that it has experienced tremendous growth in its 40th year in business. Since January, The Lube® has expanded into core and emerging markets across the country, opening up eight new restaurants in New Jersey, Nebraska, Louisiana, Texas, Virginia, Pennsylvania and Ohio.
Fueling this announcement is the recent grand openings of the latest Quaker Steak & Lube® restaurants in Pohatcong and Edison, N.J., League City, Texas, and Bristol, Va. The brand also debuted its Award-Winning chicken wings to new communities in Grand Island, Neb...

Uncovered: Mama Fu's Black Market Menu Released »

October 15, 2014 at 8:52AM PDT | Source: Mama Fu's Asian House

Following Culinary Showdown, Flex-Casual® Asian House Releases Secret Seasonal Menu October 13th
October 15, 2014 // Franchising.com // AUSTIN, Texas – Mama Fu's Asian House, one of the leading Asian concepts in the fast casual restaurant industry, has concluded yet another one of the franchise's seasonal culinary competitions, resulting in the release of its newest Black Market Menu on October 13th, 2014.
Since Mama Fu's released its first Black Market Menu in 2012, debuting the award-winning Banh mi sandwich, menu items from each seasonal spread have been added to the franchise's core menu after overwhelming success with both consumers and critics. Over the years, added core menu items have included the Spicy Seoul Stir Fry, Sichuan Kung Pao, Korean Street Tacos, and most recently, the Bulgogi Steak Wraps and Vietnamese Iced Coffee...

Dunkin' Donuts Seeks Franchise Candidates In Flint, Lansing And Traverse City »

October 15, 2014 at 7:39AM PDT | Source: Dunkin' Donuts
Dunkin' Donuts Opportunities Available

Leading Coffee and Bakery Chain Continues Michigan Expansion
October 15, 2014 // Franchising.com // CANTON, Mass. - With more than 60 open and operating Dunkin' Donuts restaurants located throughout Michigan, and more than 40 additional restaurants planned to open in the state over the next several years, Dunkin' Donuts, America's all-day, everyday stop for coffee and baked goods, continues to recruit franchise candidates with an emphasis on Flint, Lansing and Traverse City.
Candidates interested in growing the brand in these territories can contact Shawn Caric at dunkinfranchising@dunkinbrands.com to learn more. Also, an Informational Franchising Webinar will be held on Thursday, October 23 from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. (EDT). Visit http://franchisingevents...

Bar Louie In Boynton Beach To Host Breast Cancer Fundraiser »

October 15, 2014 at 7:24AM PDT | Source: Bar Louie

BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. - Oct. 15, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - Bar Louie, located at Renaissance Commons in Boynton Beach, announced today they will be hosting a fundraiser this Saturday, October 18th to raise money for Making Strides Against Breast Cancer of South Palm Beach.
Beginning at 6 p.m., the indoor / outdoor event will feature a multitude of festivities, including live music on 2 stages, a Zumba class starting at 8 p.m., raffles, goodie bags for survivors and our Tickled Pink Martini for just $5.25 (6pm-close).The evening entertainment includes Datura Street taking stage inside at 8:00 p.m. and Grindstone on stage outside at 10:00 p.m. Other highlights include a free appetizer for anyone arriving in a pink car and a memory lantern lighting at 9:45 p...

New DQ Grill & Chill® Restaurant Opens In Morgantown »

October 15, 2014 at 6:46AM PDT | Source: DQ Grill & Chill

New restaurant serves up Dairy Queen® iconic soft-serve treats, flavorful foods and Orange Julius® offerings.
October 6, 2014 - Morgantown, W.Va. – The Dairy Queen® system is pleased to announce the opening of the Morgantown DQ Grill & Chill® restaurant located at 421 Suncrest Town Center. This location is the newest Dairy Queen restaurant in a family of more than 6,300 restaurants world-wide committed to offering every fan a place where they can relax and share a great meal and one-of-a-kind soft-serve treats.
The 2,618 square-foot DQ Grill & Chill restaurant can seat 59 guests inside and offers a convenient drive-thru window. The Morgantown DQ Grill & Chill restaurant has added 50 new jobs, contributing to Morgantown’s employment growth...

East Dearborn, Mich. To Be Newest Location For BIGGBY COFFEE »

October 15, 2014 at 6:07AM PDT | Source: BIGGBY COFFEE

Local family will operate second location in area on Greenfield on Tuesday, Oct. 14
October 15, 2014 // Franchising.com // EAST LANSING, MI - BIGGBY COFFEE in East Dearborn, Mich. will open its doors Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014 at 3389 Greenfield Rd at the corner of Greenfield and Rotunda. This is in the historical area of Springwells Park. Operator Killoud Dabaja is excited for the store’s Grand Opening celebration which will feature a different drink special daily during opening week.
This is a family affair for Dabaja, whose brother Maher operates the store on Ford Road in Dearborn Heights. Although the family is newer to the BIGGBY COFFEE Franchise, they have been devoted family-business owners for a combined 36 years.
"We chose the BIGGBY franchise because we believe in Michigan based companies, since they provide a backbone for our state and communities," said Killoud Dabaja...

Mr. Dickey Visits North Stockton For Grand Opening Of New Dickey's Barbecue Pit »

October 15, 2014 at 5:51AM PDT | Source: Dickey's Barbecue Pit®
Dickey's Barbecue Pit® Opportunities Available

October 15, 2014 // Franchising.com // STOCKTON, Calif. - Stockton is ready for more slow-smoked barbecue. To help celebrate the newest Dickey's Barbecue Pit location, Mr. Dickey will be stopping by to get the party started! The three day celebration in Stockton kicks off on Thursday, October 16 at 11 a.m. with the first 50 dine in guests receiving gift cards worth up to $50. Friday includes a visit from Mr. Dickey and three chances to win free barbecue for a year.
"At Dickey's, we love to celebrate with guests across the country as often as we can," said Dickey's Barbecue Restaurants, Inc. chairman, Roland Dickey, Sr. "California is one of my favorite states to visit and I love the fact that Dickey's Texas-style barbecue is such a hit...

Maui Wowi Hawaiian Franchise Eyes California For Expansion »

October 15, 2014 at 5:39AM PDT | Source: Maui Wowi Hawaiian Coffees & Smoothies
Maui Wowi Hawaiian Coffees & Smoothies Opportunities Available

Global Smoothie and Coffee Franchise to Meet Prospective Franchisees in Anaheim at the West Coast Franchise Expo October 23 – October 25
Anaheim, Calif. (PRWEB) October 15, 2014 - Based on the success of its 33 franchisees operating a total of 55 units throughout California, Maui Wowi Hawaiianis expanding its footprint in the Golden State.
Maui Wowi Hawaiian, a 450-unit global leader in the mobile event business serving up premium fresh-fruit smoothies and gourmet Hawaiian coffee, first entered the California market in May 2001. Since then, Maui Wowi Hawaiian has been blending and brewing at sports stadiums, fairs and festivals, convention centers, various temporary events and non-traditional venues across the state, including the Orange County Fair, Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton and Qualcomm Stadium – home to the San Diego Chargers...

DQ® Treat Store Opens In Lee's Summit »

October 15, 2014 at 5:31AM PDT | Source: DQ Grill & Chill

New, convenient location offers soft-serve treats and Orange Julius® products.
October 6, 2014 - Lee's Summit, Mo. - The Dairy Queen® system is pleased to announce the opening of the Lee's Summit DQ® store located at 1000 NE Sam Walton Lane inside of the Wal-Mart. This location is the newest Dairy Queen location in a family of more than 6,300 restaurants worldwide committed to offering every fan a place where they can relax and share great snacks and treats. The 800 square foot restaurant employs a staff of 15.
The DQ store in Lee's Summit features DQ favorites such as the iconic Blizzard® Treats, DQ Cakes and a wide variety of other soft-serve items, as well as the full line of Orange Julius fruit-blended beverages...



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