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Brinker International Reports Increases In First Quarter Fiscal 2015 EPS, Comparable Restaurant Sales And Traffic »

October 21, 2014 at 6:18AM PDT | Source: Brinker International

DALLAS - Oct. 21, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - Brinker International, Inc. (NYSE: EAT) today announced results for the fiscal first quarter ended Sept. 24, 2014.
Highlights include the following:

Earnings per diluted share, excluding special items, increased 16.3 percent to $0.50 compared to $0.43 for the first quarter of fiscal 2014
On a GAAP basis, earnings per diluted share increased 16.7 percent to $0.49 compared to $0.42 for the first quarter of fiscal 2014
Brinker International company sales increased 3.4 percent to $686.9 million and comparable restaurant sales at company-owned restaurants increased 2.4 percent
Chili's company-owned comparable restaurant sales increased 2...

Planet Smoothie Franchise Expanding In Orlando »

October 21, 2014 at 6:12AM PDT | Source: Planet Smoothie
Planet Smoothie Opportunities Available

The Smoothie Franchise Plans to Open Eight More Locations in the Next Three Years
ORLANDO, FL - (Marketwired - Oct 21, 2014) - The Planet Smoothie franchise, which already has 28 locations in Central Florida, plans to open eight more in the next three years.
Jason Mann, who owns three area stores and helps support the other 25, says the company is looking for franchise partners to bring Planet Smoothie to new neighborhoods and cities. He sees opportunities to expand in the Orlando area downtown, on International Drive, at Florida Mall, Kissimmee, Celebration and Clermont. He also says the business opportunity is strong in Daytona Beach, Ormond Beach, New Smyrna Beach, Ocala and Lakeland.
Planet Smoothie was an easy choice for Mann when he was looking for a business to start...

Barbecue Buffs In Haslet Feed Their Cravings With New Dickey's Barbecue Pit »

October 21, 2014 at 5:21AM PDT | Source: Dickey's Barbecue Pit®
Dickey's Barbecue Pit® Opportunities Available

October 21, 2014 // Franchising.com // Haslet, TX - Haslet barbecue fans can cheer when Dickey's Barbecue Pit opens with a three day grand opening on Thursday October 23 at 11 a.m. The barbecue celebration kicks off with the first 50 dine-in guests receiving gift cards worth up to $50 and on Friday guests can test their luck when the new location awards three free barbecue for a year prizes.
"Our grand openings are bigger and better than other franchise, so it's always a blast when we open a new location," said multi-unit owner and area developer, Joseph Vongsombath. "The support we receive from Dickey's as franchise owners makes being in the barbecue business fun while at the same time allows us to open new locations."
On Friday from 11 a...

Fresh To Order Continues To Grow In Atlanta Home Market, Fast Casual Leader Opens In Decatur, Georgia »

October 21, 2014 at 5:03AM PDT | Source: Fresh To Order

Atlanta, GA (PRWEB) October 21, 2014 - Atlanta-based Fresh To Order (f2o), the pioneer of "Fast Fine" dining, opens its ninth Atlanta location in Decatur, Ga. The Decatur location is located at 205 E. Ponce De Leon Avenue at the corner of Church St. in the heart of this city's downtown area.
The restaurant's convenient location for residents and students, as well as its strong daytime population from the many office workers nearby, makes it a prime spot for Fresh To Order. The restaurant has great visibility and easy access to the courthouse, office buildings and Decatur Town Center.
Only minutes from Atlanta, Decatur is part of a larger growth strategy for Fresh To Order. Decatur fits into the restaurant's submarket criteria with its neighborhood appeal, great community spirit and lively downtown scene...

Albuquerque Wins Big With First Dickey’s Barbecue Pit »

October 21, 2014 at 4:41AM PDT | Source: Dickey's Barbecue Pit®
Dickey's Barbecue Pit® Opportunities Available

October 21, 2014 // Franchising.com // Albuquerque, NM - Shah, the former chief financial officer of Southwest Cheese Company, is ready for the new challenge. The first location in New Mexico opened in Hobbs last week with the highest grand opening sales in Dickey's Barbecue history.
"Even though New Mexico is in the Southwest, we unfortunately have very few barbecue options," said first time owner operator, Deepak Shah. "Dickey's was the perfect franchise for me and I know Albuquerque is going to love the food and fast casual concept."
Thursday, the first 50 dine-in guests receive gift cards worth up to $50. Friday includes free t-shirts, koozies, sunglasses and more with all day merchandise giveaways. On Saturday, radio station 103...

Uncle Maddio’s Pizza Joint Moves Into The Northeast »

October 21, 2014 at 3:59AM PDT | Source: Uncle Maddio's

First Fast Casual Style Pizza Restaurant Coming to Pittsburgh
October 21, 2014 // Franchising.com // ATLANTA - Uncle Maddio's Pizza Joint has awarded its first multi-unit franchise agreement deal in the Northeast. Pittsburgh will get an Uncle Maddio's early next year and will be the first of five Uncle Maddio's restaurants to open in the city in the next five years. This marks the first Pennsylvania location for the restaurant franchise.
Pittsburgh residents Gino and Molli Torriero, along with partners Jake McNary and Jason Betters, have signed the franchise agreement deal. The team is still determining the location for its first restaurant and hopes to open by in early 2015.
"When my wife and I first visited an Uncle Maddio's we knew it was the kind of restaurant we wanted to open and it's a perfect fit for Pittsburgh," says Gino Torriero, Uncle Maddio's franchisee...

Hallmark Channel & Baskin-Robbins Form Strategic Partnership To Celebrate The Holiday Season & Network's Countdown To Christmas »

October 20, 2014 at 12:11PM PDT | Source: Baskin Robbins

Baskin-Robbins to Feature Special Flavor, Winter White Chocolate; Inspired By New Hallmark Channel Original Movie, Northpole; In Participating Stores Nationwide Throughout the Month of November
October 20, 2014 // Franchising.com // Hallmark Channel, the heart of TV and the #1 destination for holiday programming, and Baskin-Robbins, the world's largest chain of ice cream specialty shops, have formed a strategic and mouthwatering partnership surrounding the premiere of one of the network's new original Countdown to Christmas movies, NorthPole. Beginning November 1st, participating Baskin-Robbins shops nationwide – nearly 2,500 across 43 states - will open their doors to NorthPole-inspired ice cream treats, including Winter White Chocolate® ice cream, which features white chocolate-flavored ice cream, swirled with cherry pieces in chocolate-flavored coating and a cherry ribbon...

The Melting Pot Targets Portland, Maine For Franchise Expansion »

October 20, 2014 at 12:06PM PDT | Source: The Melting Pot Restaurants Inc.

Leading Polished Casual Fondue Restaurant to Host Webinar Nov. 5 to Fuel National Expansion 
October 20, 2014 // Franchising.com // TAMPA, Fla. - The Melting Pot® Restaurants, Inc., the world's premier fondue restaurant and a leading polished casual dining franchise, announced today that it is actively seeking franchisees on the East Coast to bring its interactive dining experience to Portland, Maine, naming the city as a target for future franchise development.
The brand plans to enter Portland for the first time with the development of a new location. Portland is one of a number of select markets throughout the U.S. where the company is looking to recruit qualified new franchisees. Additional markets targeted for expansion include Anchorage, Alaska; Hartford, Conn...

Pollo Campero Introduces Camperitos And Kids Get A Free Taste »

October 20, 2014 at 9:25AM PDT | Source: Pollo Campero

Proceeds of Camperitos Sales Benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters
DALLAS - October 13, 2014 - Pollo Campero, the world's largest Latin chicken restaurant chain, introduces its little brothers: Camperitos. To celebrate the launch of the restaurant's new boneless, menu addition, participating Pollo Campero restaurants will hold Camperitos Kid's Day on October 15th. Up to five children can receive a free Camperitos kid's meal with the purchase of any meal by an accompanying adult on Camperitos Kid's Day.
Even more exciting, throughout the month of October and early November the Authentic Latin Chicken chain plans to continue celebrating its "little" addition to the menu with a two-week fundraiser benefitting Big Brothers Big Sisters in participating restaurants...

Climbing The Ladder: Former Checkers® Manager Becomes Franchisee »

October 20, 2014 at 9:09AM PDT | Source: Checkers Drive In
Checkers Drive In Opportunities Available

Subway Franchisee Joins Checkers for Growth Opportunities
Tampa, FL. (PRWEB) October 20, 2014 - Checkers and Rally's Restaurants, Inc. (Checkers®), continues to prove itself as a brand that encourages the growth of both new and existing members of its team. The latest member to join the fast-growing brand as a franchisee is Gurpreet "Goldy" Singh, who is slated to open his first restaurant located at 225 First Avenue, NY, in late November, 2014.
Based on his extensive experience in managing restaurants as well as his familiarity with the Checkers brand, Singh, 32, is certainly poised for success. Prior to joining Checkers as a franchisee, Singh had previously managed a Subway before becoming the General Manager of a Checkers restaurant for five years...

Cousins Subs® Announces Two New Limited-Time-Only Subs »

October 20, 2014 at 8:52AM PDT | Source: Cousins Subs

Steak Mushroom Swiss Returns, Turkey Bacon Guacamole Now Available
October 20, 2014 // Franchising.com // MILWAUKEE – Cousins Subs® guests can now enjoy two limited-time-only sub sandwiches: the Steak Mushroom Swiss and the Turkey Bacon Guacamole.
The exceptionally popular Steak Mushroom Swiss returns on fresh baked Italian bread with steak, bacon, Swiss cheese, sautéed mushrooms, onions and topped with bistro sauce.
The brand new Turkey Bacon Guacamole sub features sliced turkey breast, crispy bacon, creamy guacamole, lettuce, onions and tomatoes on Italian bread.
"We are excited to bring back a fan favorite while offering guests a new cold sub option," said Justin McCoy, vice president of marketing at Cousins Subs...

McAlister's Deli Asks Guests To Share Their Big, Bold Cravings For A Chance To Win Free Sandwiches For A Year »

October 20, 2014 at 8:21AM PDT | Source: McAlister's Deli
McAlister's Deli Opportunities Available

Award-winning Fast Casual Concept Showcases Expanded Big Bold Sandwiches Line in Latest Sweepstakes 
ALPHARETTA, Ga., Oct. 20, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- McAlister's® Deli, a leading fast casual restaurant, announced today its Big Bold Cravings sweepstakes in which one fan will get to enjoy the brand's Big Bold Sandwiches line free for a year.*
"Our Big Bold Sandwiches let guests indulge their hearty appetites with large portions and delicious flavors," said McAlister's Deli Chief Marketing Officer Donna Josephson. "Through our Big Bold Cravings Sweepstakes, we want to give fans the chance to share their cravings with other Tea Freaks, talk about their favorite items from our Big Bold lineup and offer the chance to satisfy their huge cravings for an entire year...

1000 Degrees Neapolitan Pizza Franchise To Open In Marlton, New Jersey »

October 20, 2014 at 5:47AM PDT | Source: 1000 Degrees Pizzeria Neapolitan Pizza

Marlton, New Jersey (PRWEB) October 20, 2014 - 1000 Degrees Pizza, a unique "create your own" neapolitan pizza franchise, announces new location, coming to Marlton, New Jersey. Though like most of New Jersey, the town of Marlton has plenty of pizza options, 1000 Degrees Pizza is the first of it's kind in the entire county, said a company spokesman. With over 50 toppings, 8 types of cheeses, and over a dozen sauce options, 1000 Degrees can satisfy even the most complex pizza lover's pallet. Expected to open before Christmas 2014, 1000 Degrees hopes to be serving it's unique Neapolitan Pizza by December 15th, 2014. With exponential growth expected for 2015, 1000 Degrees neapolitan pizza franchise is now accepting qualified franchisees in all 50 states...

Blaze Fast-Fire'd Pizza Announces Grand Opening Of The Third Chicago Restaurant »

October 20, 2014 at 4:36AM PDT | Source: Blaze Pizza

Free Pizzas for Blaze Pizza Fans in the West Loop on Friday, October 24
LOS ANGELES, CA - (Marketwired - Oct 20, 2014) - Blaze Fast Fire'd Pizza, the nation's leading build-your-own pizza chain, today announced that it will open its third Chicago area location on Thursday, October 23rd. To celebrate the grand opening, the West Loop location will offer FREE build-your-own artisanal pizzas on Friday, October 24 between 11:00 a.m. and 9:00 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 Chicago's Presidential Towers at 24 South Clinton Street.
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...

Giant Tiger Is A Proud Supporter Of The Leukemia And Lymphoma Society Of Canada's Light The Night Walk 2014 »

October 20, 2014 at 4:32AM PDT | Source: Giant Tiger Stores Limited

OTTAWA, ONTARIO - (Marketwired - Oct. 17, 2014) - Giant Tiger Stores Limited is pleased to announce the success of Giant Tiger's recent across the East Coast campaign to raise funds and awareness for the Light the Night Walk. This donation of $10,000 represents proceeds from September 2nd until October 6th.
During the Round Up Campaign, Giant Tiger cashiers asked customers if they would be interested in rounding up to the nearest dollar. The amount donated goes directly to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Canada. Giant Tiger Stores in Halifax and Dartmouth were both key supporters.
"Giant Tiger is proud to give back to the communities we call home," said Scott Gouthro of Giant Tiger's Halifax and Dartmouth. "I am so proud of all of the Giant Tiger stores and customers throughout the East Coast who came together to make this monumental donation a reality...

Pincho Factory To Disrupt Traditional Franchise Model With A Transparent Approach »

October 17, 2014 at 8:39AM PDT | Source: Pincho Factory

October 17, 2014 // Franchising.com // Miami, Fla. - Pincho Factory, the popular fast casual eatery in Miami, known for its award-winning, creative burgers and tasty pinchos (Spanish for grilled skewers), is ready for franchising. After much demand, the founders have decided that it was time to accept the right franchisees as a way to continue growing. The team has defined what they're looking for, and qualified candidates would be interested to know that Pincho Factory is shaking up the industry by rejecting the old way of doing business and infusing a fresh approach to the franchise model, as it pertains to marketing, training and growth.
"We took a very hard look at the industry, and found that the biggest pain points that franchisees encounter are issues with marketing fees and product markups...

Red Hot & Blue Restaurants Go Hog-Wild For "Hogtoberfest" »

October 17, 2014 at 8:11AM PDT | Source: Red Hot & Blue

October 8, 2014 // Franchising.com // Red Hot & Blue Restaurants is going hog-wild as they celebrate their very own "Hogtoberfest" starting on Wednesday, October 8th and continuing through Saturday, November 8th.
Hogtoberfest at Red Hot & Blue includes a wide variety of traditional menu item selections offering two entrées for $20 – with one appetizer selection to share. When you pair delicious traditional Memphis-style, slow, hickory-smoked barbecue with local craft beers – a restaurant ‘funfair" of hog-iantic proportions will ensue.
The Red Hot & Blue Hogtoberfest menu selections vary by location, but as an example, the Hogtoberfest menu in Leesburg, Virginia includes your choice of two entrées such as: Smoked Chicken Platter; Smoked Sausage Platter; Pulled Chicken Platter; Pulled Pork Platter or Fried Chicken Salad – and your choice of one appetizer to share: Onion Ring Loaf; Catfish Fingers or Sweet Potato Fries...

Liquid Nutrition Grants Stock Options »

October 17, 2014 at 7:46AM PDT | Source: Liquid Nutrition

MONTREAL, QUEBEC - (Marketwired - Oct. 17, 2014) - Liquid Nutrition Group Inc. (TSX VENTURE:LQD) (the "Corporation") today announced that it has granted 750,000 options, exercisable for common shares of the Corporation on a one-for-one basis, to one of its directors. One third of the options are vested at grant date, one third are vested at first anniversary of grant date, and one third are vested at second anniversary of grant date. All options can be exercised at $0.095 per option until expiring on October 17, 2018.
About Liquid Nutrition Group Inc.
Liquid Nutrition Group Inc. (LQD.V) is a growing, hybrid retailer of functional beverages, fresh pressed juices, vitamins and supplements. Liquid Nutrition is committed to building a global brand in the health and wellness industry by bringing its healthy and delicious product offering to communities around the world...

Atlanta Uncle Maddio's Pizza Donates Sales To Georgia Breast Cancer Programs »

October 17, 2014 at 7:40AM PDT | Source: Uncle Maddio's

Atlanta, GA 30307 (PRWEB) October 17, 2014 - Uncle Maddio's Pizza Joint doesn't just "serve with love" inside their restaurants but in their communities as well. In celebration of the Atlanta 2-Day Walk for Breast Cancer, Uncle Maddio's Atlanta-area restaurants donated 15 percent of sales from September 7, 2014, and $1 from each pink wristband sold to local breast cancer programs in Georgia. The total amount of money donated was over $4,000.00.
The restaurant partnered with It's The Journey Inc., producers of the Atlanta 2-Day Walk, to bring restaurant employees, leadership and guests together to support local Georgians battling breast cancer. Sales from the restaurants' pizzas, paninis, salads and beverages were donated directly to Atlanta 2-Day Walk teams local to each restaurant...

Mellow Mushroom Pizza Bakers Is Now Open In Salt Lake City, Utah In The Sugar House Community »

October 17, 2014 at 7:35AM PDT | Source: Mellow Mushroom

Hand-crafted pizza, and a unique art-filled environment in a Utah way are just a few reasons to stop into Mellow Mushroom Salt Lake today.
Salt Lake City, Utah (PRWEB) October 17, 2014 - Mellow Mushroom Pizza Bakers is now open in Salt Lake City, Utah, at 1080 East 2100 South. This Mellow reflects the core concept of the brand: an eclectic, art filled and family friendly environment reminiscent of the outdoor life and charm of Salt Lake.
Owners Judy Heller, Doreen McDonald and Lisa Dall are thrilled to bring the fun brand of Mellow Mushroom to their favorite city. "We are thrilled to bring Mellow Mushroom to the Sugar House community in Salt Lake," states owner Heller. She continues, "From the handcrafted food to the unique and inviting atmosphere, Mellow is a great hangout for all ages...



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