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Panera Bread Company Reports Q3 2014 Diluted EPS Of $1.46 »

October 29, 2014 at 7:59AM PDT | Source: Panera Bread

ST. LOUIS, MO - (Marketwired - Oct 28, 2014) - Panera Bread Company (NASDAQ: PNRA)
Highlights

Q3 2014 Company-owned comparable net bakery-cafe sales up 2.1%
Q3 2014 Company-owned comparable net bakery-cafe transactions up 1.4%
Q4 2014 (first 27 days) Company-owned comparable net bakery-cafe sales up 3.3%
FY 2014 EPS target range adjusted to $6.60 to $6.70

Panera Bread Company (NASDAQ: PNRA) today reported net income of $39 million, or $1.46 per diluted share, for fiscal Q3 2014. These results compare to net income of $43 million, or $1.48 per diluted share, for fiscal Q3 2013. The fiscal Q3 2014 results include favorable tax adjustments of $2.3 million, or $0.08 per diluted share, which were anticipated in the diluted EPS target for fiscal Q3 2014...

Menchie's And Cinnabon Swirl Together For A Frosty Treat »

October 29, 2014 at 7:38AM PDT | Source: Menchie's

Menchie's Invites Fans To Warm Up Their Taste Buds With New Limited-Time Fall Flavor
OENCINO, Calif. - October 29, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Menchie's, North America's fastest growing self-serve frozen yogurt franchise, is delighted to partner with Cinnabon for its November featured yogurt, Cinnabon® Classic Cinnamon Roll flavor. The partnership marks the first time that Cinnabon has teamed up with a frozen yogurt brand to create a cinnamon roll flavor.
Cinnabon® Classic Cinnamon Roll flavor yogurt is made with Cinnabon world famous Makara® cinnamon blended with their signature cream cheese frosting to deliver the classic flavor of Cinnabon treats. Menchie's guests can top their yogurt with limited-time featured toppings including Cinnabon® Morsels, which consist of cookie dough bites mixed with cinnamon and yogurt chips, as well as a sweet cream cheese icing to create a melt-in-your-mouth taste...

Blaze Fast-Fire'd Pizza Announces Grand Opening Of Ft. Lauderdale Restaurant »

October 29, 2014 at 7:24AM PDT | Source: Blaze Pizza

Free Pizzas for Blaze Pizza Fans at Uptown Centre on Tuesday, November 4
LOS ANGELES, CA - (Marketwired - Oct 29, 2014) - Blaze Fast Fire'd Pizza, the nation's leading build-your-own pizza chain, today announced that it will open its first Florida location on Monday, November 3rd. To celebrate the grand opening, the Ft. Lauderdale location will offer FREE build-your-own artisanal pizzas on Tuesday, November 4 between 11:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m. to anyone who follows Blaze Pizza on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook. The fast-casual concept, known for its chef-driven menu and casually hip restaurants, is located in Ft. Lauderdale's Uptown Centre (6334 North Andrews Avenue), near the Cypress Creek Tri-Rail Station.
Blaze Pizza is a modern day "pizza joint" known for its custom-built artisanal pizzas, freshly made salads, blood orange lemonade and s'more pies...

Jamba Juice And Quaker Celebrate National Oatmeal Day With Debut Of Jamba Build-Your-Own Steel-Cut Oatmeal »

October 29, 2014 at 6:40AM PDT | Source: Jamba Juice

Jamba's 100% Whole Grain, Organic, Steel-Cut Quaker Oats Are Now Customizable with a Variety of Premium Toppings and Only $2 With a Special Limited Time Offer
EMERYVILLE, Calif. - Oct. 29, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - Jamba Juice Company (NASDAQ: JMBA), a leading healthy, active lifestyle brand, and The Quaker Oats Company, a subsidiary of PepsiCo, Inc., and leader in delicious and nourishing whole grain oat based products, are celebrating National Oatmeal Day (October 29th) by encouraging customers nationwide to start their mornings off right with a hearty, nutritious, bowl of Jamba Juice® Steel-Cut Oatmeal. Quaker Oatmeal is slow cooked with 100% organic steel-cut oats, and customers are now able to customize their bowls with a variety of delicious toppings...

Cast Your Ballot For Free Chips & Queso At California Tortilla! »

October 29, 2014 at 6:11AM PDT | Source: California Tortilla

Election Day Freebie with Password "I Voted" - No Purchase Necessary!
What: Next Tuesday, California Tortilla rewards voters for doing their civic duty with free chips and queso - no purchase necessary! To redeem your Election Day freebie, just say the secret password "I VOTED," or simply show the cashier your "I Voted" sticker. So no matter which candidates come out on top in the polls, with free chips and queso at California Tortilla, everyone wins!
When: Tuesday, November 4 (hours vary by location)
Where: Available at all California Tortilla locations nationwide (excluding Ronald Reagan Trade Center).
For more information visit www.californiatortilla.com, like us on Facebook at and follow us on Twitter @caltort...

There’s A New Way To Taco Bell® And It’s #onlyintheapp; Mobile Ordering And Payment Have Arrived »

October 29, 2014 at 5:46AM PDT | Source: Taco Bell
Taco Bell Opportunities Available

New Taco Bell® Mobile Experience for iOS and Android Opens Up Customization for Millions of Menu Options; Includes Mobile Ordering With Payment, Location Based Services, Easy Rotate to Reorder and More; Launches at Participating Restaurants Nationwide
October 29, 2014 // Franchising.com // IRVINE, Calif. - Taco Bell® becomes the first Quick Service Restaurant (QSR) to launch its mobile ordering and payment app at participating restaurants nationwide for both drive-thru and dining room orders. The free Taco Bell mobile ordering app for iOS and Android gives consumers complete access to every Taco Bell ingredient to create what they want, when they want it – all in the palm of their hand.
This new app – available now in the App Store and on Google Play – has multiple features that go beyond mobile ordering to bring a new Taco Bell experience to fans...

SONIC Lightens Up Your Cup With Guilt-Free Line Of Hand-Crafted Sodas »

October 29, 2014 at 5:31AM PDT | Source: Sonic Drive-In

Always hand-delivered and now hand-crafted, SONIC rolls out something new in soda.
OKLAHOMA CITY - October 29, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Already known as the Ultimate Drink Stop® offering more than one million different customizable, made-to-order drink options, SONIC® Drive-In (NASDAQ: SONC) today introduced SONIC Splash™ Hand-Crafted Sodas, a new line of refreshing and guilt-free sodas that offer a lighter artisanal beverage option without sacrificing taste. SONIC Splash sodas are made to order to guests' exact taste specifications, starting with sparkling crystal clear, filtered water - a bubbly base for infused layers of real fruit or unique fruit flavors, culminating in a refreshing and low-calorie1 beverage unlike anything you will find at other fast food restaurants...

Maui Wowi Says Mahalo With Complimentary Smoothies At Oceanside Location »

October 29, 2014 at 5:07AM PDT | Source: Maui Wowi Hawaiian Coffees & Smoothies
Maui Wowi Hawaiian Coffees & Smoothies Opportunities Available

Oceanside, Calif. (PRWEB) October 28, 2014 - Maui Wowi Hawaiian is saying mahalo to the Oceanside community with a Customer Appreciation Event at its location in the Ocean Place Cinemas Plaza, Thursday October 30, 2014 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. PST. The store, which opened this past summer, has been blending fresh fruit smoothies and brewing hot cups of Hawaiian coffee for thirsty customers looking for a break in their day.
The Customer Appreciation Event is a family friendly way to thank the customers for their business and for new ones to come and give it a try. Visitors who stop by will get their chance at the prize wheel and treated to complimentary smoothies. There will also be a chance to win complimentary Tiki size smoothies for an entire year...

Trick Or Treat ... Domino's Pizza® Gives Customers Something Good To Eat »

October 29, 2014 at 4:21AM PDT | Source: Domino's Pizza

Domino's apps and Group Ordering Tool make ordering for Halloween parties easy.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. - Oct. 29, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - Domino's Pizza, (NYSE: DPZ), the recognized world leader in pizza delivery, has your Halloween dinner plans covered! Ordering food for a night of trick-or-treating is now easier than ever, thanks to Domino's apps and Group Ordering Tool.
"Pizza is the perfect meal option as kids are getting ready to go trick-or-treating, or for those who are throwing Halloween parties," said Chris Brandon, Domino's Pizza spokesperson. "From the added convenience of our online ordering platforms to our Group Ordering Tool, Domino's has things covered to make Halloween a stress-free night."
Customers can use Domino's ordering apps for iPhone®, iPad®, Android™, Windows Phone 8® or Kindle Fire™, and place their Halloween dinner orders days in advance, so a piping hot pizza will be delivered to their door as soon as they get home...

Golden Corral Restaurants Salute America’s Heroes With 14th Annual Free Dinner On Military Appreciation Monday »

October 29, 2014 at 4:13AM PDT | Source: Golden Corral
Golden Corral  Opportunities Available

Gary Sinise and Collective Soul Help Salute Our Nation's Heroes
October 29, 2014 // Franchising.com // RALEIGH, N.C – On Monday, Nov. 17, Golden Corral will thank thousands of active duty and retired United States military personnel for their service with a free dinner buffet and beverage, while raising donations for DAV (Disabled American Veterans). A tradition started 13 years ago to celebrate our nation's heroes, Golden Corral's Military Appreciation Monday has served more than 4 million complimentary meals to military personnel and generated more than $8.8 million dollars in guest contributions to support community-based service initiatives for veterans.
"Our 45,000 employees in 500 restaurants nationwide are very passionate about supporting our military service men and women on Military Appreciation Monday," said Ted Fowler, president and chief executive officer of Golden Corral...

ShakeAway Serves Up More Milkshake Fun With New Locations In The United States »

October 29, 2014 at 4:06AM PDT | Source: ShakeAway

Global Milkshake Concept Continues International Expansion in Late 2014
October 29, 2014 // Franchising.com // BOURNEMOUTH, U.K. – ShakeAway is spreading the milkshake love and expanding throughout America — the inventive global milkshake concept brand with an international cult following is now coming to New York! ShakeAway, The World's Largest MilkShake Bar Company™, has debuted three highly successful U.S. openings in La Jolla, Calif., Pacific Beach, Calif., and Cumming, Ga., with plans for expansion to New York later this year.
Lines were out the door at these U.S. grand openings and some customers admitted to driving for miles to try out the shakes, while others were physically shaking in anticipation! It's the unique ShakeAway experience that keeps customers coming back for its world-famous, extensive menu of customized-to-order milkshakes and smoothies with more than 180 ingredients...

Cousins Subs® Provides Thousands Of Subs At "Soles For Catholic Education" Walk »

October 29, 2014 at 3:54AM PDT | Source: Cousins Subs

October 29, 2014 // Franchising.com // MILWAUKEE – Cousins Subs® fed more than 9,000 event participants at the Archdiocese of Milwaukee's 2nd Annual "Soles for Catholic Education" Walk on Saturday, Oct. 25.
As an event sponsor, Cousins Subs provided more than 9,000 sub samples and cookies to alumni, students, parents and supporters of Catholic education.
"At Cousins Subs, we believe education is a vital component to improving the general welfare and quality of life of the children in our communities," said Justin McCoy, vice president of marketing at Cousins Subs. "Every child deserves access to an education that equips them with the tools needed to succeed, and the Archdiocese of Milwaukee is working each and every day to 'Make It Better' for those with limited access...

Mellow Mushroom Pizza Bakers Is Now Open In Flower Mount, Texas »

October 28, 2014 at 11:19AM PDT | Source: Mellow Mushroom

October 28, 2014 // Franchising.com // Flower Mound, Texas - Mellow Mushroom Pizza Bakers is now open in Flower Mound, Texas, at 2450 Cross Timbers Road. This Mellow brings the outside in, incorporating external and patio features into the interior design, presenting an eclectic, art filled and family friendly environment reminiscent of outdoor life.
Owners Monte Jensen, Martha Jensen and Luis Gonzalez are thrilled to add another Mellow Mushroom to the Dallas area. "We own a couple other Mellows in the area and really felt that Flower Mound was a perfect location for this concept," states Martha Jensen. She continues, "We aspire to be the happiest place in Flower Mound, Texas." Her aspiration is certain to come to fruition, based on the incredible interior design and fabulous food offered...

On The Border® Thanks Veterans And Troops More Than 150 Ways With Free "Create Your Own Combo" This Veterans Day »

October 28, 2014 at 11:05AM PDT | Source: On The Border

World's Largest Casual Dining Mexican Restaurant Chain Says Thanks with its Best-Selling Option
October 28, 2014 // Franchising.com // DALLAS – On The Border Mexican Grill & Cantina® is saying "Thank You" more than 150 ways this Veterans Day, as all veterans and active duty military will receive, for Free, OTB's "Create Your Own Combo menu," the restaurant's best-seller featuring more than 150 possible meal combinations, on Tuesday, November 11, 2014.
Veterans and active duty military will receive a Choose 2 or Choose 3 selection from OTB's "Create Your Own Combo menu," which features the following:
Soup/Salad

Chicken Tortilla Soup
House Salad
Caesar Salad

Tacos (Soft or Crispy)

Seasoned Ground Beef
Chicken Tinga
Dos XX® Fish Taco

Tostadas

Seasoned Ground Beef
Chicken Tinga
Guacamole

Enchiladas

Seasoned Ground Beef
Chicken Tinga
Cheese & Onion
Spinach & Mushroom
Green Chile Chicken

Classics

Beef Empanadas
Chicken Empanadas
Chicken Flauta
Pork Tamale
Cheese Chile Relleno

*CYOC selections may vary regionally...

Trick Or Treating Gets Tastier In Lewis Center With New Dickey's Barbecue Pit »

October 28, 2014 at 11:00AM PDT | Source: Dickey's Barbecue Pit®
Dickey's Barbecue Pit® Opportunities Available

New Columbus-Area Location Offers Barbecue Treats on Halloween
October 28, 2014 // Franchising.com // Lewis Center, OH - Dickey's Barbecue Pit arrives just in time for Halloween in Lewis Center when the new family friendly dining option opens on Thursday, October 30 at 11 a.m. The grand opening festivities kick off when the first 50 dine in guests receive gift cards worth up to $50.
Big grand opening fun kicks off on Halloween when the new location serves up treats like $2 pulled pork barbecue sandwiches and radio station 92.3 WCOL is onsite from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. One lucky ghost or goblin will be chosen for a $500 gift card and three trick-or-treaters receive free barbecue for an entire year. On Saturday, treats are still available with all-day Dickey's Barbecue gear giveaways...

Shoney’s® Offers FREE All-American Burger™ To All Veterans And Troops On Veterans Day »

October 28, 2014 at 10:56AM PDT | Source: Shoney’s
Shoney’s Opportunities Available

CEO David Davoudpour and Shoney's Say 'Thank You' to America's Heroes by Offering Shoney's Signature Favorite to All Veterans and Active Duty Military Members on Tuesday, November 11
October 28, 2014 // Franchising.com // NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Nothing says "Thank You" like a great burger and Shoney's will prove it again, as the iconic all-American restaurant brand will thank our nation's veterans and troops with a FREE All-American Burger™ in what has become a beloved tradition on Veterans Day, this year on Tuesday, November 11, 2014.
"Shoney's always has been a 'Welcome Home' sign to America's military," said Davoudpour. "It's one of our favorite days of the year as we get to honor our veterans and troops with a free burger as we thank those who protect our very freedom...

Pancheros Brings Fourth Cedar Rapids Location To Iowa »

October 28, 2014 at 10:28AM PDT | Source: Pancheros Mexican Grill
Pancheros Mexican Grill Opportunities Available

Cedar Rapids Kirkwood Location Celebrates Grand Opening With $1 Burritos
October 28, 2014 // Franchising.com // CORALVILLE, Iowa - Pancheros Mexican Grill (www.pancheros.com), a fast-casual Mexican restaurant franchise, debuts a fourth Cedar Rapids location in their home state of Iowa on Kirkwood Boulevard. To celebrate the opening, the latest Cedar Rapids location will be offering $1 burritos on Tuesday, November 4 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
The Pancheros menu offers a wide variety of savory selections from custom-built burritos to mouth-watering quesadillas. Each menu item is made with freshly prepared ingredients like hand-cut, marinated steak, chicken and pork and freshly seasoned vegetables. Pancheros’ signature proprietary hot sauces, Flavocano and Greenade are also available to top off any entrée with a spicy or tangy kick...

The Pizza Press Announces Launch Of Its National Franchise Program »

October 28, 2014 at 8:28AM PDT | Source: The Pizza Press

The fast casual, build-your-own pizza restaurant is working with Franchise Dynamics to create franchise opportunities nationwide.
October 28, 2014 // Franchising.com // Anaheim, CA  - The Pizza Press, a fast casual, build-your-own pizza restaurant, is announcing the launch of its comprehensive national franchise program in partnership with Franchise Dynamics. With already two company-owned locations in Orange County, California, The Pizza Press is now available for franchise in select markets throughout the United States.
After the 2012 opening of its first location in Anaheim, The Pizza Press has received a growing demand to bring its concept outside of California. Founder Dara Maleki will continue to be the owner of the original Anaheim location, as well as the new flagship restaurant opening in Old Towne Orange, CA this fall...

Dunkin' Brands, In Partnership With The NAACP, Continues Work Towards Increasing Diversity In The Franchising Industry »

October 28, 2014 at 8:11AM PDT | Source: Dunkin' Brands

Dunkin' Brands to Host Complimentary Franchising 101 Webinar in Collaboration with the IFA Educational Foundation Diversity Institute
October 28, 2014 // Franchising.com // Canton, MA – Dunkin' Brands Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: DNKN), the parent company of Dunkin' Donuts and Baskin-Robbins, announced that it will host a new educational webinar as part of its Diversity in Franchising Initiative in partnership with the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).
The goal of the initiative, which was announced at the NAACP's national convention in July, is to increase the number of franchised businesses owned by people of color in both the quick service restaurant sector and across the spectrum of franchise concepts in today's marketplace...

Local College Student Opens Dickey's Barbecue Pit In Hermantown »

October 28, 2014 at 8:00AM PDT | Source: Dickey's Barbecue Pit®
Dickey's Barbecue Pit® Opportunities Available

First Duluth-Area Location Celebrates with Three-Day Grand Opening
October 28, 2014 // Franchising.com // Hermantown, MN - Landon Wiser grew up in Minnesota with parents in the franchise business. After serving as a general manager at a local Dickey's Barbecue Pit, he knew it would be a great franchise for his family. On Thursday, October 30 at 11 a.m. Wiser and his mother, Sharon Wiser will open their first Dickey's Barbecue location in Hermantown with a three-day grand opening.
"Growing up, my parents had two Snyder Drug Stores which allowed me to see firsthand how a business is run from a young age, "said first time owner, Landon Wiser. "I spent time as a manager for a Dickey's Barbecue and I fell in love with the food and the concept -- I knew it would be a hit in my college town...



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