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GRILLiT Retire Senior Secure Note »

November 21, 2014 at 6:20AM PST | Source: GRILLiT, Inc.

MIAMI - Nov. 21, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - GRILLiT, Inc. (the "Company" or "GRILLiT") (OTC Pink Markets: GRLT) today announced the retirement of its senior secure credit facility.
In July of 2013, Grillit entered into a credit facility under which the Company entered into a $250,000.00 senior secured note. Per the terms of the credit facility, the Company issued a combined 2,586,205 common shares in connection with the note, which are due to be retired, pursuant to the terms of the repayment of the note.
As of November 12, 2014 the Company was able to complete the satisfaction of the note and terminate the credit facility in exchange for the issuance of common shares as iterated within the Company's third quarter financial filing on otcmarkets...

Yum! Brands Inc. Appoints Greg Creed And Elane B. Stock To Board »

November 21, 2014 at 6:16AM PST | Source: Yum! Brands
Yum! Brands  Opportunities Available

November 21, 2014 // Franchising.com // LOUISVILLE, KY - Yum! Brands, Inc. (NYSE: YUM) announced that Greg Creed, 57, who will become Chief Executive Officer of the Company on January, 1, 2015, was formally appointed as a Director of the Board. Additionally, the Company appointed Elane B. Stock, 50, to its Board of Directors. Stock is the Group President of Kimberly-Clark International, comprising its operations in Asia-Pacific, Latin America, Middle East, Europe and Africa. The appointments are effective immediately.
"I'm very pleased the Board today appointed Greg Creed as a Director of our Company, furthering our seamless leadership transition," said David Novak, Chairman and CEO, Yum! Brands. "Greg walks the talk of our culture, is a visionary business leader and will make an outstanding Director and CEO of YUM Brands...

The Pizza Press Set To Open Second Location This December »

November 21, 2014 at 5:31AM PST | Source: The Pizza Press

The fast casual, build-your-own pizza restaurant will open its doors in Old Towne Orange with a Great Pizza Giveaway.
Orange, CA - November 21, 2014 - (PR.com) - Orange County is welcoming a new dining option this winter with the opening of the second location of The Pizza Press, a fast casual, build-your-own pizza restaurant. Owned by founder Dara Maleki, The Pizza Press will be serving its made-to-order specialty pizzas to hungry students and members of the community at 155 North Glassell in Old Towne Orange this December.
The new location, sitting inside The Plaza, will boast a 3,000 square foot interior, with seating for over 50 people inside, and a front patio to seat another 18 diners. Guests are encouraged to design their own pizza, complete with unlimited toppings, or choose from popular pizzas flavored after regional newspapers, including "The Times," "The Tribune," and "The Chronicle...

Jersey Mike's Subs Opens First Renton Highlands Location »

November 21, 2014 at 5:27AM PST | Source: Jersey Mike's Subs

Owners Celebrate With Free Sub Fundraiser
November 21, 2014 // Franchising.com // Renton Highlands, WA - Jersey Mike's Subs, known for its fresh sliced/fresh grilled subs, opened in Renton Highlands on November 5. Franchise owners Ray and Kristina Neyens and their partners, Red Polo Ventures LLC, held a grand opening and free sub fundraiser from Wednesday, November 5 to Sunday, November 9 to support the Hazen High School PTSA.
The new restaurant, located at 4710 NE 4th Street, circulated 10,000 coupons throughout the community offering a free regular sub for a minimum $1 contribution to the Hazen High School PTSA.
"We've seen the Jersey Mike's brand grow tremendously since opening our first shop in the Seattle market in 2003," said Ray Neyens...

Americana Group To Open 35 Additional TGI Fridays™ Restaurants By 2019 »

November 21, 2014 at 4:48AM PST | Source: T.G.I. Friday's Restaurants

KUWAIT CITY - November 21, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Americana Group (Kuwait Food Company) and TGI Fridays today announced that they will significantly grow their partnership with a new agreement for Americana to open 35 new Fridays restaurants over the next five years. This agreement will give Americana a total of 90 Fridays locations by 2019.
Earlier this year, Americana, the leading operator of casual and quick service restaurants across the Middle East and North Africa, celebrated the opening of its 50th Fridays restaurant in Al Jabriya, Kuwait. Next year, they will operate Fridays restaurants in nine countries when a new location opens in Erbil, Kurdistan.
"We believe this agreement demonstrates our confidence in the Fridays brand and the brand revitalization strategy that the Fridays management team have put in place," said Marzouk Al Kharafi, Chairman of Americana Group...

Maui Wowi Hawaiian Offers 45 Percent Online Discount On Premium Hawaiian Coffee »

November 21, 2014 at 4:38AM PST | Source: Maui Wowi Hawaiian Coffees & Smoothies
Maui Wowi Hawaiian Coffees & Smoothies Opportunities Available

Maui Wowi incentivizes online coffee with a Cyber Monday Deal to give customers more reason to enjoy its premium Hawaiian roasts.
Greenwood Village, Colo. (PRWEB) November 20, 2014 - Once the frenzy of Black Friday is in the rearview mirror, Maui Wowi Hawaiian is giving online shoppers something to look forward to.
On Cyber Monday, which falls on December 1 this year, Maui Wowi Hawaiian is offering an online exclusive deal (shop.mauiwowi.com) where customers can purchase 12 oz. bags of gourmet Maui Wowi Hawaiian coffee and receive a 45 percent discount off their order by using the promotional code: CYBER.
"This is the season of giving, and this Cyber Monday we’re giving coffee lovers everywhere a chance to stock up on our premium Hawaiian coffee for nearly half the price," said Maui Wowi Hawaiian CEO, Mike Weinberger...

Jersey Mike's Subs Opens First Macon Location »

November 21, 2014 at 4:28AM PST | Source: Jersey Mike's Subs

Owners Celebrate With Free Sub Fundraiser
November 21, 2014 // Franchising.com // Macon, GA - Jersey Mike's Subs, known for its fresh sliced/fresh grilled subs, opened in Macon on October 29. Franchise owners Danny and Trinette Rosales, along with manager Brooke Phillips, held a grand opening and free sub fundraiser from Wednesday, October 29 to Sunday, November 2 to support Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Georgia.
The new restaurant, located at 5005 Riverside Drive, circulated 10,000 coupons throughout the community offering a free regular sub for a minimum $2 contribution to Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Georgia.
"After hearing great things about Jersey Mike's, I finally tried my first sub while visiting family in Orlando," said Danny Rosales...

Denny's Corporation Announces Reopening Of Remodeled Las Vegas Casino Royale Restaurant »

November 21, 2014 at 3:52AM PST | Source: Denny's
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Highest Historical Volume Company Owned Restaurant
SPARTANBURG, S.C. - Nov. 20, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) - Denny's Corporation (Nasdaq:DENN), franchisor and operator of one of America's largest franchised full-service restaurant chains, today announced the reopening of its Las Vegas restaurant located at 3397 South Las Vegas Boulevard today. Historically the highest volume Company owned restaurant, this location was closed for reconstruction in January 2014 and is opening ahead of its originally scheduled 2015 opening date. It is located between the Casino Royale and The Venetian.
"This is a historic high volume Denny's location that has been a part of our system for nearly 50 years. We are excited to reopen this location after an extensive refresh that celebrates Denny's diner heritage, while staying true to the sights and sounds of Las Vegas," commented John Miller, President and Chief Executive Officer of Denny's...

Carvel Partners With Andes Mints For New Peppermint Line Of Ice Cream Treats »

November 20, 2014 at 12:13PM PST | Source: Carvel

Carvel Ice Cream Partners with Iconic Candy Brand for First Time
ATLANTA - November 20, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Carvel…America’s Freshest Ice Cream®, is giving guests a "cool" way to indulge this holiday season with a new line of treats made with Andes® Mints.
For a limited time beginning Nov. 20, guests can visit participating local Carvel® shoppes to enjoy freshly made peppermint soft ice cream, as well as the following treats:

Hand-Scooped Peppermint Ice Cream made with chunks of Andes® Mints
Andes® Mints Sundae Dasher™ featuring freshly made peppermint soft ice cream with layer upon layer of Andes® Mints and topped with hot fudge and whipped cream
Andes® Mints Premium Peppermint Shake made with fresh peppermint soft ice cream and topped with whipped cream and sprinkles of Andes® Mints

"Peppermint is the flavor of the holiday season," said Carvel President Scott Colwell...

Texas Roadhouse, Inc. Announces Quarterly Dividend »

November 20, 2014 at 12:08PM PST | Source: Texas Roadhouse

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Nov. 20, 2014 - On November 19, 2014, Texas Roadhouse, Inc.'s (Nasdaq: TXRH) Board of Directors authorized the payment of a cash dividend of $0.15 per share of common stock. This payment will be distributed on January 2, 2015, to shareholders of record at the close of business on December 17, 2014.
About Texas Roadhouse
Texas Roadhouse is a casual dining concept that first opened in 1993 and today operates over 440 restaurants system-wide in 49 states and four foreign countries. For more information, please visit the Company's Web site at www.texasroadhouse.com.
Forward-looking Statements
Certain statements in this release that are not historical facts, including, without limitation, those relating to our anticipated financial performance, are forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties...

Russo's Restaurants Targets Regional Growth Throughout Maryland, Washington D.C. And Virginia »

November 20, 2014 at 8:57AM PST | Source: Russo's New York Coal-Fired Italian Kitchen
Russo's New York Coal-Fired Italian Kitchen Opportunities Available

Authentic Fast-Casual New York Pizzeria and Refined Coal-Fired Italian Kitchen Concepts Initiate Strategic Expansion Plan for Mid-Atlantic Region
November 20, 2014 // Franchising.com // HOUSTON – Russo's Restaurants, the founders of dining concepts that include Russo's New York Pizzeria and Russo's Coal-Fired Italian Kitchen, announced today plans to significantly enhance the brands' footprint in Maryland, Washington D.C. and Virginia in order to continue expansion into key markets.
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 three to five restaurants are planned to open during the remainder of the year throughout markets like Dallas, Houston, San Antonio and Austin...

SONIC And Kevin Durant Team Up For All-Star Partnership »

November 20, 2014 at 8:23AM PST | Source: Sonic Drive-In

America's Drive-In signs multi-year endorsement deal with 2014 NBA MVP
OKLAHOMA CITY - November 20, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - SONIC® Drive-In (NASDAQ: SONC) today announced it has reached a multi-year endorsement agreement with Kevin Durant - the 2014 NBA MVP, five-time NBA All-Star, Olympic gold medalist and Male Athlete of the Year ESPY Award winner - as a national brand ambassador to collaborate on the development of balanced menu items and promoter of co-branded philanthropic efforts.
"SONIC is a great national brand with charitable ties that match my own," said Durant. "I'm excited to have the chance to work with them to create healthier and affordable options for people across the country and to have some fun with the process...

Arby's Momentum Builds With Grand Opening Of New Restaurant Format, Design »

November 20, 2014 at 7:06AM PST | Source: Arby's

Flexibility in Non-Traditional Venues Sets Stage for Growth
November 20, 2014 // Franchising.com // ATLANTA - This week, Arby's Restaurant Group Inc. (ARG), which operates or franchises nearly 3,400 Arby's® restaurants worldwide, announced the opening of a new restaurant design and format in White House, Tenn., that signifies a multi-year commitment to remodeling and building new restaurants.
The new design, known as Inspire, delivers Fast Casual aesthetics while employing QSR economics. Arby's began remodeling restaurants using the new design, which features a more contemporary look and improved guest experience, several months ago and is planning to significantly ramp up both company and franchised development and remodel activity in 2015 and beyond...

Pollo Tropical® Continues DFW Expansion »

November 20, 2014 at 7:01AM PST | Source: Pollo Tropical

Miami's iconic island-inspired chicken restaurant celebrates the grand opening of its first Fort Worth location in December.
MIAMI - Nov. 20, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - Pollo Tropical, Florida's beloved fast-casual concept known for its citrus-marinated, flame-grilled chicken and array of authentic sauces and sides, continues its Dallas-Fort Worth expansion with the opening of its first Forth Worth location. The restaurant is the ninth Pollo Tropical in Texas and is located at 2601 North Tarrant Parkway.
The restaurant's grand opening celebration will be from 9 a.m.-8 p.m. on Dec. 12. Festivities will include calypso music, a proclamation by local officials and a robosurfer challenge, where contestants will compete for first- and second-place prizes of $500 and $300 for their favorite charity...

HoneyBaked And Feeding America Continue Partnership To Give To Those In Need »

November 20, 2014 at 6:44AM PST | Source: HoneyBaked Ham Co. and Cafe

Honeybaked Strives to Donate Two Million Meals this Holiday Season to Help Eliminate Hunger
ATLANTA - Nov. 20, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - In the midst of its busiest season of the year, HoneyBaked, known for its premium ham and turkey breasts with sweet, crunchy glaze, is giving back. As customers visit HoneyBaked stores to purchase their holiday meals, they can also help HoneyBaked achieve their goal of donating two million meals** this holiday season. In their fourth consecutive year of partnership with Feeding America®, HoneyBaked stores will accept register donations, 100 percent of which will be donated to Feeding America, the nation's largest domestic hunger-relief organization.
"More than 49 million people in the U.S. live in food-insecure households," said Maggie DeCan, HoneyBaked* President and COO...

Now You Can Apply At Chipotle With Your Mobile Device »

November 20, 2014 at 6:09AM PST | Source: Chipotle Mexican Grill

Chipotle Received 5,000 Mobile Applications in First Week
DENVER - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Nov. 20, 2014 - Chipotle Mexican Grill (NYSE: CMG) launched a new web-based mobile job application program for smart phones and tablets to allow job applicants to apply using their mobile devices. Developed in conjunction with Jibe, a New York-based company that provides cloud-based recruiting technologies, the mobile application program runs on Jibe's market-leading recruiting platform and is compatible with any smart phone or tablet.
Chipotle began using the mobile application app in early October. In just the first week of use, mobile applications accounted for 20 percent of incoming job applications, a total of roughly 5,000 applications. Applicants can apply for any open position at Chipotle using their mobile device, including restaurant or corporate positions...

California Tortilla Montvale Opens In Bergen County In Late 2014 »

November 20, 2014 at 5:49AM PST | Source: California Tortilla

First Location in NYC Metropolitan Area for DC-Based Chain
For New Owners of Fast Casual Franchise, Opening a Restaurant is a Family Affair
November 20, 2014 // Franchising.com // MONTVALE, NJ - In late 2014, California Tortilla will open its doors in Montvale, New Jersey, the first location in the New York City metropolitan area for the DC-based chain. Situated in the Chestnut Ridge Shopping Center, the fast casual concept brings its wildly popular menu and brand to the New Jersey suburb, offering fresh, Re-Imagined Mexican fare in a fun and family-friendly setting.
And franchise owners Debbie, Paul and Lauren Sanford know a thing or two about family: the mother, father and daughter are equal partners in their new restaurant...

Fresh Healthy Vending International, Inc. Announces Launch Of Customized Mobile Payment And Loyalty App For Fresh Micro Markets »

November 20, 2014 at 5:27AM PST | Source: Fresh Healthy Vending

San Diego, Calif. (PRWEB) November 20, 2014 - Fresh Healthy Vending International, Inc. (OTC Markets: VEND), North America’s leading healthy vending franchisor, has teamed up with eMobilePOS, a pioneer in mobile POS and cloud-based software-as-a-service, and LevelUp, a leader in mobile loyalty payments, to launch an integrated solution that allows Fresh Micro Market operators to process mobile payments and build loyalty direct from the unit’s Apple iPad® POS system, an innovation for the healthy vending industry.
With this new integration, the eMobilePOS system provides the full functionality for self-checkout at any Fresh Micro Market using tablets programmed with QR code and credit card readers.
"Fresh Healthy Vending and Reliable Contractors have been working on this launch for almost a year, watching both LevelUp and eMobilePOS make tremendous advances implementing their programs in the retail space," said Nick Yates, founder of Fresh Healthy Vending International, Inc...

Noble Roman's Announces Change In Management Structure; Continues Current Strategy Unaltered »

November 20, 2014 at 5:20AM PST | Source: Noble Roman's Pizza

INDIANAPOLIS - Nov. 20, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - Noble Roman's, Inc. (OTC/BB: NROM), the Indianapolis based franchisor and licensor of Noble Roman's Pizza and Tuscano's Italian Style Subs, today announced that Paul Mobley will assume the newly created title of Executive Chairman and retain Chief Financial Officer responsibilities, while Scott Mobley will assume the title of Chief Executive Officer in place of his role as Chief Operating Officer. The company does not anticipate any alterations in current strategy at this time as a result of this change.
Said Scott Mobley, "We are blessed as a company to have a tenured stable of industry professionals in key roles as officers and department heads. The eight individuals occupying officer positions or heads of departments have a combined total of over 140 years of experience with Noble Roman's, and many additional years of industry experience beyond that...

Retired Army Engineer Joins The Barbecue Business With New Dickey’s Barbecue Pit »

November 20, 2014 at 4:26AM PST | Source: Dickey's Barbecue Pit®
Dickey's Barbecue Pit® Opportunities Available

November 20, 2014 // Franchising.com // Macomb Township, MI - Timothy Brock spent 20 years serving in the United States Army, but his dream was to run his own restaurant. On Thursday, November 20 at 11 a.m., Brock's dream comes true when he opens the first Dickey's Barbecue Pit in Macomb Township with his business partners, Dave Schwartz and Dennis Walker. In celebration of their new endeavor, the team is hosting a three-day grand opening.
The party kicks off on Thursday when the first 50 guests receive gift cards worth up to $50. Friday, guests have the chance to grab Dickey's Barbecue gear like t-shirts, koozies and more. Saturday from noon to 2 p.m., the Macomb Township location will be serving $2 pulled pork barbecue sandwiches and one lucky winner will be chosen for a $500 gift card...



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