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Pepper Grinder Pub Burger Returns To Culver's Menu »

April 21, 2014 at 8:52AM PDT | Source: Culver's

Pepper Grinder Pub Burger Brings Unique, Zesty Flavor to Culver's Restaurants
PRAIRIE DU SAC, WI - (Marketwired - April 21, 2014) - More bold flavors return to the Culver's menu this spring in the form of the ultimate bacon cheeseburger -- the Pepper Grinder Pub Burger. This limited time only offering was inspired by the classic Wisconsin pub burger made with simple, authentic and high-quality ingredients.The guest favorite's return is celebrated in a new tantalizing television commercial featuring the Pepper Grinder Pub Burger in all its handcrafted glory. The commercial features Culver's CEO and co-founder Craig Culver along with renowned James Beard award-winning Midwest chef, Tory Miller.
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"The combination of fresh beef mixed with really great Wisconsin cheese and our four peppercorn mayo is what sends this burger over the top," says Craig Culver...

It's A Pretzel Party: Philly Pretzel Factory Celebrates National Pretzel Day »

April 21, 2014 at 8:28AM PDT | Source: Philly Pretzel Factory

135-Unit-Plus Booming Pretzel Franchise Provides All Guests with Free Pretzels on April 26th, 2014
Philadelphia (PRWEB) April 21, 2014 - Whoever said there is "no such thing as a free lunch" will eat their words on Saturday, April 26th when Philly Pretzel Factory gives away a free pretzel to every single guest who enters one of the 135 franchised stores in celebration of National Pretzel Day.
"The entire Philly Pretzel Factory franchise system and our customers look forward to National Pretzel Day every year as the biggest and best day of the year," said Dan DiZio, CEO and co-founder of Philly Pretzel Factory. "We love treating our customers to a free pretzel all day because we think it is important to show them how valued they are to us, and to let them know we wouldn't be where we are today as the best Philly style pretzel bakery that exists without their continued devotion to our brand...

Dunkin' Donuts And Baskin-Robbins Franchise Opportunities Available In Phoenix »

April 21, 2014 at 8:25AM PDT | Source: Dunkin' Brands

Entrepreneurs Can Visit the Franchise & Business Opportunities Expo on May 3rd and 4th to Get the Scoop on Franchising with Baskin-Robbins 
April 21, 2014 // Franchising.com // CANTON, Mass.  - Dunkin' Brands, the parent company of Dunkin' Donuts and Baskin-Robbins, is recruiting franchisees in Phoenix to develop locations with both of its brands. Currently, there are 54 Dunkin' Donuts restaurants and 25 Baskin-Robbins shops located throughout the state of Arizona, with the majority in the greater Phoenix area. Interested candidates can contact Maria Hargett at Maria.Hargett@DunkinBrands.com for additional information on the company's growth plans for the market.Additionally, franchising executives from Baskin-Robbins will be at the Franchise & Business Opportunities Expo on May 3rd and 4th at the Phoenix Convention Center...

Bullritos To Host Grand Opening For Lafayette Store April 21 »

April 21, 2014 at 8:16AM PDT | Source: Bullritos

April 21, 2014 // Franchising.com // Lafayette, Louisiana - Bullritos is pleased to announce the grand opening of their newest store in Lafayette, Louisiana, located in the Winnwood Shopping Center at 2918 Johnston Street. The official opening of the store will be at 11 a.m. on April 21. Bullritos will host their traditional giveaway offering a free burrito every week for an entire year to the first 25 people in line. There will be other prizes and activities for other attendees at the grand opening event.
"I am so excited to get our second Bullritos open to serve the great people of Lafayette and surrounding areas," said John Reily Thomason, Bullritos franchisee. "Due to the support the Acadiana region has shown, we want to continue to invest and give back to the community...

McAlister’s Deli To Open At Pennsylvania State University »

April 21, 2014 at 6:51AM PDT | Source: McAlister's Deli
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Award-winning Fast Casual Chain Continues Expansion into Non-traditional Venues and Opens First Location in Pennsylvania -
April 21, 2014 // Franchising.com // ALPHARETTA, Ga. – McAlister's® Deli, a leading fast casual restaurant, announced today it has signed an agreement with Pennsylvania State University to open a location in the HUB-Robeson Center on the University Park campus in State College, Pa.
"As we continue to develop McAlister's Deli nationwide, opening in non-traditional locations like colleges and universities is an important part of our growth strategy. Penn State has one of the largest self-operated foodservice programs of any college or university in the U.S. and we are excited to be working with the university to bring McAlister's to State College," said McAlister's president and CEO Frank Paci...

Back Yard Burgers Sets The Table For Future Growth »

April 21, 2014 at 6:25AM PDT | Source: Back Yard Burgers

Iconic Better-Burger Brand Sees Consistent Revenue Increase as Part of 2013 Turnaround After Improvements to Guest and Franchisee Relationships, as well as a Recommitment to the Brand's Flavorful Roots
Nashville, TN (PRWEB) April 21, 2014 - There is no shortage of brands that identify themselves as being part of the crowded better-burger segment.
A pioneer of the category, Back Yard Burgers' approach to treating their guests with genuine kindness and respect, and delivering on a promise to provide hot, fresh and delicious food, differentiate the brand in a way that others simply cannot match.
Back Yard Burgers' commitment to living their values, mission and vision is having a direct effect on results. The brand's company stores enjoyed a 10...

Qdoba Mexican Grill® Honors Top Suppliers »

April 21, 2014 at 6:15AM PDT | Source: Qdoba Mexican Grill

Tyson Foods Named Supplier of the Year; Suppliers Pick Up Awards in Six Categories
DENVER - April 21, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Qdoba Mexican Grill® honored five suppliers for outstanding performance in six awards categories at its 2014 Qdoba Leadership Summit, which concluded on April 15 in Denver. More than 400 people attended the two-day event, including leadership teams from Qdoba and parent company Jack in the Box Inc., as well as suppliers and franchisees.
"We commend our supplier community for partnering with us and aligning their businesses to support our strategic initiatives," said Vice President of Supply Chain Dean Gordon, who oversees the supply chains for both Qdoba and the Jack in the Box® brands. "Our suppliers have invested an incredible amount of time and resources to understand our business needs and to develop creative solutions to help us manage commodity costs and meet the high performance standards we’ve set for our Qdoba restaurants...

Beef Jerky Outlet Richmond Welcomes NASCAR Fans Traveling To Richmond International Raceway  »

April 21, 2014 at 6:07AM PDT | Source: Beef Jerky Outlet Franchise

The Toyota Owners 400 April 25-26
Seymour, Tennessee (PRWEB) April 21, 2014 - Beef Jerky Outlet Richmond is proud to welcome NASCAR fans traveling to Richmond International Raceway for the Toyota Owners 400 this weekend, April 25-26. Beef Jerky Outlet is a unique national franchise founded by business entrepreneurs Paul Lyons and Scott Parker.
Beef Jerky Outlet Virginia is located in Ashland, Virginia in The Shoppes at Winding Brook, 11670 Lakeridge Parkway, Suite 2B. The busy retail shopping district just north of Richmond features the Bass Pro Shops and other quality retailers. The Richmond International Raceway is only a few mile south on I-95, so NASCAR fans find it very convenient to drop by the beef jerky store to pick up snacks for race day...

Weight Watchers Selects Creative Powerhouse Wieden+Kennedy »

April 21, 2014 at 5:59AM PDT | Source: Weight Watchers International

NEW YORK, April 21, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Weight Watchers International, Inc. (NYSE: WTW) today announced that Wieden+Kennedy has been selected in the U.S. to take the lead in redefining the brand, building the brand strategy and developing creative ideas to be executed across channels. This move consolidates advertising creative development with Wieden+Kennedy.
"We have such tremendous potential to combine the strength and trust of the Weight Watchers brand with the powerful and emotional benefit we deliver to our members. We're completely revamping the way we think about marketing and its role in our business, and we believe Wieden+Kennedy is the right partner to reinvent how we go to market. Wieden+Kennedy continues to set the standard for breakthrough work and we look forward to partnering with them," said Lesya Lysyj, President, North America, Weight Watchers...

HUMAN Ranks As First In Category & 81 Overall On Entrepreneur Magazine's "Top Homebased Franchises" List »

April 21, 2014 at 4:48AM PDT | Source: HUMAN Healthy Vending

Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) April 18, 2014 - HUMAN ("Helping Unite Mankind And Nutrition"), an award-winning healthy vending franchise and the leading distributor of convenient healthy foods, has ranked on Entrepreneur Magazine's list of Top Homebased Franchises as the #1 vending franchise and #81 overall.
Found in the April issue of the magazine, the Top Homebased Franchises rankings are pulled from companies that both made Entrepreneur's Franchise 500® and offer franchisees the opportunity to own the business without an office space or retail location.
Entrepreneur Magazine's Franchise 500® is the world's first and most comprehensive franchise ranking. Recognized by entrepreneurs and franchisors as a top competitive tool of measurement, the Franchise 500® measures franchises' financial strength and stability, growth rate, and system size...

Domino's Pizza® Now Accepting Payment Via Google Wallet »

April 21, 2014 at 4:23AM PDT | Source: Domino's Pizza

Customers who use Google's digital wallet with Domino's Android app will receive free Specialty Chicken
ANN ARBOR, Mich. - April 21, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - Domino's Pizza (NYSE: DPZ), the recognized world leader in pizza delivery, is adding even more convenience to its customer experience by integrating Google Wallet with its Android ordering app. Domino's customers who have an Android device can now pay for their online orders using Google's digital wallet.
Google Wallet is a free mobile payment system that allows users to store debit cards, credit cards and loyalty cards electronically on their mobile phone. Domino's customers who place an online order of $10 or more using the Android ordering app and pay by selecting the "Buy with Google" button at checkout will receive a free order of Domino's new Specialty Chicken, now through June 15...

Slow Smoked Dickey's Barbecue Pit Continues California Expansion »

April 21, 2014 at 4:11AM PDT | Source: Dickey's Barbecue Pit

Big Party in Davis California This Weekend
DAVIS, Calif. April 19, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - What does every college town need? Veteran James Domsic is betting it's barbecue. Starting this Thursday, Domsic will be slow smoking full-time at the new Dickey's Barbecue Pit in Davis.
"I love barbecue and people so this is a perfect fit," said Domsic. "Davis is a cool college town with a great culture – I know Dickey's Barbecue Pit will be a new local favorite."
On Thursday, April 24 at 11:00 a.m., Dickey's Barbecue Pit in Davis will kick off a three-day Texas-sized party celebrating the newest California location. The first 50 guests in Davis will receive a gift card for up to $50. Friday, Dickey's Barbecue in Davis will be offering all day merchandise giveaways...

Watermill Express Provides Free Water For National Lemonade Day »

April 18, 2014 at 10:51AM PDT | Source: Watermill Express

April 18, 2014 // Franchising.com // BRIGHTON, Colorado - Watermill Express, the nation’s largest drive-up vendor of pure drinking water, along with the city of McAllen, Texas are teaming up to help enhance the entrepreneurial spirit of McAllen youth by aiding and teaching them how to start and run their own lemonade business.
Children who participate in National Lemonade Day will each be allowed to use 10 free gallons of Watermill Express water to start their lemonade business. Each child who shows their participant number at the 10th and Zinnia Watermill Express location in McAllen, Texas will be given 10 free gallons of water between Noon and 5pm on Saturday May 3rd. The children begin selling their product on Sunday May 4th throughout various locations in McAllen...

Ignite Restaurant Group, Inc. To Announce First Quarter 2014 Results On April 30, 2014 »

April 18, 2014 at 10:24AM PDT | Source: Ignite Restaurant Group, Inc.

Company to Present at the Baird 2014 Growth Stock Conference
HOUSTON - April 17, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Ignite Restaurant Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:IRG) today announced that it will host a conference call to discuss first quarter 2014 financial results on Wednesday,April 30, 2014 at 5:00 PM Eastern Time.
The conference call can be accessed live over the phone by dialing 888-695-0614 or for international callers by dialing 719-325-4855. A replay will be available one hour after the call and can be accessed by dialing 877-870-5176 or 858-384-5517 for international callers; the password is 6525661. The replay will be available untilMay 7, 2014. The call will also be webcast live from the Company's website at www.igniterestaurants...

Bar Louie Celebrates 8 Years In Cleveland With 2-day Event »

April 18, 2014 at 9:48AM PDT | Source: Bar Louie

CLEVELAND - April 18, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - As they approach their 8th anniversary in the Cleveland area, Bar Louie announced today they are celebrating with a 2-day event on Thursday, April 24th and Friday, April 25th. The blowout bash, which will take place at all three metro Cleveland locations is offering specials that have made them famous over the years, including $1 burgers and $1 domestic bottles. In addition, they'll be featuring all of their handcrafted martinis for only $2! Food specials will be available from open to close all day and drink specials until 9 p.m.
"Go big or go home," says Bar Louie Marketing Manager, Ashley Kouns. "Guests aren't going to believe what we have in store for them. It's our way of saying thank you to the people of Cleveland for the unbelievable support we've received over the last 8 years...

New Menchie's Store In Altoona Crossing Celebrates Grand Opening With Week Of Fun Festivities  »

April 18, 2014 at 9:18AM PDT | Source: Menchie's

April 18, 2014 // Franchising.com // ALTOONA, IA – Menchie's, the friendliest place on earth with a mission to make every guest smile, has opened its newest store in Altoona Crossing located at 3418 8th Street SW,Suite 1, Altoona, IA 50009. Offering high quality, delicious self-serve frozen yogurt, Menchie's is sure to become an Altoona favorite!
To celebrate the opening, Menchie's will spread smiles with a seven-day grand opening celebration from Saturday, April 26 to Friday, May 2, packed with free giveaways including t-shirts, Menchie's merchandise, family-friendly activities and free servings of its best-in-class frozen yogurt.
"I was immediately blown away by the Menchie's concept when I was first introduced to the brand," said franchisee Greg Johansen...

Golden Krust - Taking Over Florida! »

April 18, 2014 at 9:09AM PDT | Source: Golden Krust Caribbean Bakery & Grill

April 2. 2014 - Golden Krust Caribbean Bakery & Grill (GK), the nations largest Caribbean franchise chain, this past weekend opened its twenty-second (22nd) restaurant location in the state of Florida at 318 N. Alafaya Trail, Orlando. President and CEO of Golden Krust, Lowell Hawthorne and Former Chief of Police for Orange County, current Orange County Mayoral Candidate - Val Demings, officially declared the restaurant open for business at the ribbon-cutting ceremony which took place on Saturday March 29th, 2014.
Central Florida residents from far and wide came out in numbers to celebrate with Golden Krust. Although the weather wasn't in their favor and the torrential rain fell, the grand opening was still a huge success. Loyal customers, friends and family endured the wind and rain and created an awesome atmosphere of celebration...

Dickey's Barbecue Now Smoking Low And Slow In Clarksburg »

April 18, 2014 at 7:11AM PDT | Source: Dickey's Barbecue Pit

Newest West Virginia Location Gives Away a $500 Gift Card at Opening Party
CLARKSBURG, W. Va. - April 18, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - Once Randy Miller tasted Dickey's Barbecue and toured a few stores, he was hooked on the concept. On Thursday, April 24 at 11:00 a.m., Miller will open the newest Dickey's Barbecue Pit in West Virginia in the Clarksburg community. The first 50 customers will receive a gift card for up to $50.
Friday, radio station 97.9 WKKW will be onsite from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and this location will be serving $2 pulled pork barbecue sandwiches. One lucky winner will win a $500 gift card. Saturday, the party continues with Dickey's Barbecue Pit merchandise giveaways.
"We felt the area was in need of a good BBQ restaurant," said Miller...

Blaze Fast Fire'd Pizza Adds Boston, Dallas & Phoenix To Expansion Plans »

April 18, 2014 at 5:04AM PDT | Source: Blaze Pizza

Build-Your-Own Artisanal Pizza Franchisor Grows Pipeline to Over 250 Units in 24 States & Wash. DC
LOS ANGELES, CA - (Marketwired - Apr 17, 2014) - Blaze Fast Fire'd Pizza, the leader of the rapidly expanding build-your-own pizza category, today announced that it has signed three new area development agreements to open Blaze Pizza franchise restaurants in Boston, Dallas and Phoenix. The fast-casual pizza chain, known for its chef-driven recipes and casually hip restaurants, now has commitments to build 252 franchise units in 24 states and Washington DC.
Built around the novel idea of making artisanal pizzas both fast and affordable, Blaze Pizza is quickly running out of areas available for franchise development. "Our long-term goal is to build a strong, enduring national brand," said Jim Mizes, president & COO of Blaze Pizza...

Small Cookies, Big News: Mrs. Fields Nibblers® Cookies Make Grocery Store Debut »

April 18, 2014 at 4:53AM PDT | Source: Mrs. Fields Cookies

Interbake to Distribute Mini Cookies in National Grocery Stores This Spring
RICHMOND, Va. - April 17, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - Mrs. Fields Famous Brands ("Mrs. Fields") and Interbake Foods LLC ("Interbake Foods") today announced the arrival of Nibblers® miniature cookies in grocery stores this spring.
Soft-baked and snack size, Nibblers® Cookies have been a favorite since their debut in the 1980s, but until now have been available for purchase only through catalogs, online, and at Mrs. Fields kiosks. Their size makes them perfect for shareable moments like sleepovers, school groups, and book clubs, or if you crave just a taste and not a full-size cookie (though it's pretty hard to eat just one).
Available at national grocery stores including Kroger this spring, Nibblers® Cookies come in Milk Chocolate Chip, Peanut Butter, and Double Chocolate Fudge flavors, all fudge-dipped for an irresistible new twist...



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