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Tony Roma's Continues Expansion With New Long Island Restaurant »

December 10, 2014 at 4:27AM PST | Source: Tony Roma's

Fifth New York Location Opens this Week in Commack
Orlando, Fla. (PRWEB) December 09, 2014 - Tony Roma's announced that the grand opening of its newest restaurant, located in Commack, New York, will take place on Thursday, December 11 with a ribbon-cutting planned for 10:00am. Together with several recent international openings, this opening continues the iconic brand's global penetration in existing markets and strengthens its position in the New York metropolitan area.
"Our expansion in New York is a testament to Tony Roma's signature food and beverages, which our guests around the world continue to seek out and enjoy," said Ken Myres, president of Romacorp, Inc., the parent company of Tony Roma's. "We're excited to work with Steve and George Menexas as they continue to build their presence in the New York market and bring our world-famous ribs and delicious food to fans on Long Island...

Yum! Brands Expects Full-Year 2015 EPS Growth Of At Least 10% »

December 10, 2014 at 4:19AM PST | Source: Yum! Brands
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Will Host Investor Update Meeting on Thursday, December 11, 2014
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - December 09, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Yum! Brands, Inc. (NYSE: YUM), in advance of its Annual Investor Meeting, now estimates mid-single-digit full-year 2014 EPS growth versus prior year, excluding Special Items. Yum! expects to deliver at least 10% EPS growth in 2015, excluding Special Items.
Greg Creed, CEO effective January 1, 2015, said, "We are firmly committed to returning to double-digit EPS growth in 2015, delivering at least 10% growth with the potential to do significantly better. We fully expect to bounce-back in China and benefit from tremendous sales leverage as sales rebound. We have solid plans to drive same-store sales growth and margin improvement in China, while continuing to open new restaurants with confidence in the world’s fastest-growing economy...

CUPS Frozen Yogurt – That's Hot™ Raises $12,500 For Bright Pink® As Part Of Breast Cancer Awareness Month »

December 10, 2014 at 4:03AM PST | Source: CUPS Frozen Yogurt

December 10, 2014 // Franchising.com // Livingston, NJ - CUPS Frozen Yogurt – That's Hot™, the beach-themed self-serve fro-yo concept, raised $12,500 for national non-profit organization Bright Pink to raise money during October's Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Guests who donated $1 or more at any of the 23 CUPS locations received a pink wristband and CUPS coupons valued at $9.
"Bright Pink is the only national organization that focuses on the prevention and early detection of breast and ovarian cancer in young women," said Rick Barbrick, CUPS co-founder. "So the money donated is particularly satisfying as young women ages 18-24 is CUPS largest customer group."
About CUPS 
Since opening the first CUPS in Clifton, New Jersey in 2010, CUPS has taken the fro-yo industry by storm, becoming the local hot spot for teenagers and adults alike who make their own fro-yo concoctions choosing from 24 yogurt flavors and over 50 different toppings and three sauces...

Krispy Kreme Reports Financial Results For The Third Quarter Of Fiscal 2015 »

December 10, 2014 at 3:52AM PST | Source: Krispy Kreme

Reaffirms Full Year Adjusted EPS Guidance
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Dec. 9, 2014 - Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, Inc. (NYSE: KKD) (the "Company") today reported financial results for the third quarter of fiscal 2015, ended November 2, 2014. The Company also reaffirmed its adjusted earnings guidance for the full year.
Third Quarter Fiscal 2015 Highlights Compared to the Year-Ago Period:

Systemwide store count rose 4.6% in the quarter (11.7% year-to-date) to 925 Company and franchise shops worldwide
Systemwide domestic same store sales rose 3.7%, including a 3.3% gain at Company shops; constant-currency international franchise same store sales declined 2.9%
Revenues increased 7.6% to $122...

Woody's Bar-B-Q® Serves Up Some Great Gift Ideas For Barbecue Lovers »

December 09, 2014 at 10:13AM PST | Source: Woody's Bar-B-Q

National Restaurant Franchise Offers a Number of Ways to Fill Those Stockings with the Gift of Great Barbecue
December 09, 2014 // Franchising.com // Jacksonville, Florida – Holiday shoppers who have a barbecue lover or two on their seasonal shopping list have a number of terrific gift options available to them with just a click of a mouse. Authentic Southern Barbecue chain – Woody's Bar-B-Q – offers an online shop filled with a number of great gift ideas for rib wranglers and comfort food fanatics alike.

Woody's Bar-B-Q Sauces and Meats: From signature sauces such as Woody's Sweet or Tangy Mustard to vacuum-packed slow-smoked meats like Pork Spare Ribs, Pulled Chicken and Carolina Pulled Pork, Woody's Bar-B-Q makes it easy to ship perfectly prepared presents all over the United States...

New DQ® Restaurant Opens In North Richland Hills »

December 09, 2014 at 9:42AM PST | Source: DQ Grill & Chill

New restaurant serves up Dairy Queen® iconic soft-serve treats, flavorful foods and Orange Julius® offerings.
December 09, 2014 // Franchising.com // North Richland Hills, Texas – The Dairy Queen® system is pleased to announce the opening of the newest Texas DQ® restaurant located at 5441 Rufe Snow Drive. The 2,600 square-foot restaurant can seat 74 guests inside and offers a convenient drive-thru window. The new restaurant also will contribute to the state’s restaurant sales, which according to the National Restaurant Association are projected to increase by 4.7 percent this year.
"We are excited to open our first DQ restaurant in North Richland Hills and welcome the community in to enjoy our full menu of Texas Country Foods®, cool treats and Orange Julius® Premium Fruit Smoothies, Light Smoothies and Julius® Original drinks," said area manager Dan Powers...

New Menchie's Store At Westchester Village Celebrates Grand Opening With Week Of Fun Festivities »

December 09, 2014 at 9:24AM PST | Source: Menchie's

Self-Serve Frozen Yogurt Store Fulfills Cravings with Family-Friendly Treats
December 09, 2014 // Franchising.com // WESTCHESTER, Calif. – Menchie's, the friendliest place on earth with a mission to make every guest smile, opens its newest store at Westchester Village, located at 8815 S. Sepulveda Blvd., Westchester, CA 90045. Offering high quality, delicious self-serve frozen yogurt, Menchie's is sure to become a Westchester favorite!
To celebrate the opening, Menchie's will spread smiles with a seven-day grand opening celebration from Saturday, December 13 to Friday, December 19, packed with free giveaways including t-shirts, Menchie's merchandise, family-friendly activities and free servings of its best-in-class frozen yogurt...

DQ® Treat Store Opens In Cocoa »

December 09, 2014 at 9:02AM PST | Source: DQ Grill & Chill

New location offers soft-serve treats and Orange Julius® products.
December 09, 2014 // Franchising.com // Cocoa, Fla. — The Dairy Queen® system is pleased to announce the opening of the Cocoa DQ® Treat store located at 2700 Clear Lake Road inside of the Walmart. This location is the newest Dairy Queen location in a family of more than 6,300 restaurants world-wide committed to offering every fan a place where they can relax and share great snacks and treats. The 410 square foot restaurant employs a staff of 16.
The DQ Treat store in Cocoa 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...

Chicken Salad Chick Homewood To Open Today »

December 09, 2014 at 7:40AM PST | Source: Chicken Salad Chick

Southern Fast-Casual Restaurant Concept to Open 26th Restaurant
Homewood, AL (PRWEB) December 09, 2014 - Chicken Salad Chick, the nation's newest fast-casual restaurant concept, is opening its second Birmingham area restaurant in Homewood today. The new restaurant is located in SoHo Square at 1830 29th Avenue South, Homewood, AL 35209. The company's first area location opened in the Village at Lee Branch in September, and an additional location downtown is set to open early next year.
"We have been so pleased with the success of our Lee Branch restaurant, so we can't wait to serve more of the Birmingham community with this new location," says president Kevin Brown. "We're excited that these two locations, as well as the coming store by UAB, can provide our loyal Birmingham fans with the Chicken Salad Chick experience...

Dunkin' Donuts Launches DD Green™, An Initiative To Build Sustainable And Energy-Efficient Restaurants »

December 09, 2014 at 7:27AM PST | Source: Dunkin' Donuts
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Company has goal of 100 new DD Green certified restaurants by year-end 2016.
December 09, 2014 // Franchising.com // CANTON, Mass. - Dunkin' Donuts announced today the launch of DD Green™, a green building certification program designed to help franchisees build sustainable, energy-efficient restaurants. In conjunction with the announcement, the company is celebrating the grand opening of a DD Green certified Dunkin' Donuts restaurant at 5560 E. 7th Street in Long Beach, California. Dunkin' Donuts will work with franchisees and construction managers to build 100 new Dunkin' Donuts restaurants DD Green certified by the end of 2016.
To be recognized as a DD Green restaurant, franchisees, construction managers and architects will follow a five-stage program during the planning, design and construction phases of store development...

Papa John's Is "First To 50" Percent Total Digital Sales »

December 09, 2014 at 7:13AM PST | Source: Papa John's

Consumers Respond Favorably to Rewards Program, Digital Deals and Experience; Now Google Wallet Added to the Mix
December 09, 2014 // Franchising.com // LOUISVILLE, Ky. - With a strong track record of digital "firsts" that have made ordering easy for customers, Papa John's International, Inc. (NASDAQ: PZZA) has created a digital experience that customers love. Papa John's announced today digital and mobile channels account for more than 50 percent of its total U.S. sales (delivery and carryout), making it the first in the industry to surpass this milestone.
Additionally, Papa John's announced that it will now begin accepting Google Wallet Instant Buy as a payment method for delivery and carry-out orders placed through the Android app...

Good Times Restaurants Reports Q4 And Fiscal Year End Results »

December 09, 2014 at 6:09AM PST | Source: Good Times

Good Times' Restaurant Level Operating Profit up 22%
Seventeenth Consecutive Quarter of Increased Same Store Sales
Conference Call Tuesday, December 9, 2014, at 9:00 a.m. MST/11:00 EST
GOLDEN, Colo. - December 08, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Good Times Restaurants Inc. (Nasdaq: GTIM), operator of Good Times Burgers & Frozen Custard, a regional quick service restaurant chain focused on fresh, high quality, all natural products and a licensee of Bad Daddy's Burger Bar, a full service, upscale concept announced its preliminary unaudited financial results for the fourth fiscal quarter and fiscal year ended September 30, 2014.
Key highlights of the Company's financial results include:

Same store sales for company-owned Good Times restaurants increased 11...

Stampede Stew Now 'On The Menu' At Dickey's Barbecue Pit »

December 09, 2014 at 5:41AM PST | Source: Dickey's Barbecue Pit®
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December 09, 2014 // Franchising.com // Dallas, TX - Dickey's Barbecue Pit is giving guests a taste of TNT's 'On the Menu' with new limited edition menu item, Stampede Stew. The fast-casual restaurant chain known for slow smoked Texas barbecue is unveiling the signature dish created by Atlanta resident Sarah Broadus. Broadus brought the heat in the broadcast cooking competition starring Emeril Lagasse and Ty Pennington, by winning the prize of being featured on the menu at participating Dickey's Barbecue locations.
"We're thrilled to be a part of such an innovative show that gives home cooks across the country a chance to showcase their skills," said Roland Dickey, chairman of Dickey's Barbecue Restaurants, Inc. "The savory Stampede Stew created by Sarah Broadus pairs perfectly with our slow smoked meats and specialty barbecue sauces – we can't wait for our guests to try it!"
The limited time menu item, features a deliciously Southern combination of fresh turnip greens mixed with a hearty vegetable broth, great northern beans and piled high with Dickey's signature Polish sausage...

Project Pie Names Industry Veteran Peter Wright To VP Of Franchise Development »

December 09, 2014 at 5:32AM PST | Source: Project Pie

Former McAlister's Deli Executive Joins Fast-Casual Pizza Brand
CARLSBAD, Calif. - December 08, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Project Pie, the fast-growing franchise known for its "everyday artisan pizza custom built by you," has named former McAlister's Deli executive Peter Wright as its Vice President of Franchise Development. Wright joins the leadership team tasked with driving continued franchise growth and sales for the cutting-edge pizza brand.
The addition of Wright brings more than 15 years of foodservice experience to Project Pie, bolstering the brand's stature among pizza franchises nationwide. As Vice President of Franchise Development, Wright will spearhead growth in new markets, support existing franchisees and identify new franchise partners who fit with the unique vision of the Project Pie brand...

Dunkin' Donuts Announces Plans For Four New Restaurants In Colorado »

December 09, 2014 at 5:26AM PST | Source: Dunkin' Donuts
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Leading Coffee and Bakery Chain Continues Expansion with New Locations in Colorado's Western Slope and Pueblo
December 09, 2014 // Franchising.com // CANTON, Mass. - Dunkin' Donuts, America's all-day, everyday stop for coffee and baked goods, announced the signing of multi-unit store development agreements with two franchise groups to develop four new restaurants in Colorado over the next several years.
The two franchise groups and their development plans include:

New franchisee Brian "Gib" Long is the brand's first franchisee in the Western Slope of Colorado with plans to develop two restaurants. His first restaurant is planned to open in 2015, and the second within the next several years.
New franchisees George Hart and Mark Waldman plan to develop two restaurants in Pueblo, Colo...

Pie Five Pizza To Show Chicago, Houston And Minneapolis They Can Get A Pizza Quicker Than It Took To Come Up With This Headline »

December 09, 2014 at 5:09AM PST | Source: Pie Five Pizza Co.

Trend-setting fast-casual pizza chain opens .
DALLAS - Dec. 8, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - Hot, artisan pizza in under five minutes?! That's the promise of Pie Five Pizza Co., the fast casual pizza chain that's introducing the nation to the notion of quick, quality, handcrafted personal pizzas.
The trend-setting pizza eatery renowned for its handcrafted, personalized pizzas and high-quality ingredients, has announced the expansion of company operations into three major markets: Houston, Chicago and Minneapolis.
The first Houston-area restaurant, located in Spring, TX, opens Friday, Dec. 12. Chicago, home to millions of proud pizza aficionados, will welcome its first Pie Five in February. And the Twin Cities, a hotbed for fast casual restaurants, will get their first taste of the nation's leading fast casual pizza brand in March...

Texan Spreads Family Tradition With New Dickey's Barbecue Pit In Lawrence »

December 09, 2014 at 5:00AM PST | Source: Dickey's Barbecue Pit®
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December 09, 2014 // Franchising.com // Lawrence, KS - Sam Kafoure grew up in Dallas where Dickey's Barbecue Pit has been a family tradition since 1941. He knew Dickey's Barbecue would be a big hit in his new home. On Thursday, December 11 at 11 a.m., Kafoure brings a Texas tradition to Lawrence when he opens his second Dickey's Barbecue location. To celebrate, he's hosting a three day grand opening celebration where the first 50 guests receive gift cards worth up to $50.
"I grew up eating Dickey's Barbecue in Dallas and I knew when I moved to Kansas that Dickey's family friendly environment and great home cooking would be a natural fit for the area," said multi-unit owner, Sam Kafoure. "We can't wait to serve up our slow smoked barbecue to the folks in Lawrence...

Brinker International Names Scarlett May As Senior Vice President, General Counsel And Secretary »

December 09, 2014 at 4:46AM PST | Source: Brinker International

DALLAS - Dec. 8, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - Brinker International, Inc. (NYSE: EAT) announced today that Scarlett May has been named Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of the company, effective Dec. 15, 2014.
Scarlett is a restaurant industry veteran with an extensive background in the casual dining space. She most recently served as Senior Vice President, Chief Legal Officer and Secretary for Ruby Tuesday, Inc., which owns or franchises 749 Ruby Tuesday brand restaurants and 27 Lime Fresh brand restaurants.
About Brinker International, Inc.
Brinker International, Inc. is one of the world's leading casual dining restaurant companies. Founded in 1975 and based in Dallas, Texas, as of Sept. 24, 2014, Brinker owned, operated, or franchised 1,622 restaurants under the names Chili's® Grill & Bar (1,574 restaurants) and Maggiano's Little Italy® (48 restaurants)...

Fresh To Order Opens In Knoxville, Tennessee »

December 09, 2014 at 4:41AM PST | Source: Fresh To Order

New Location Marks the First for Knoxville and the Third for the State of Tennessee
December 09, 2014 // Franchising.com // ATLANTA, GA – Atlanta-based Fresh To Order (f2o), the pioneer of "Fast-Fine" dining, opens in Knoxville, Tennessee this week. The fast-casual restaurants serves up delicious entrees, Panini sandwiches, soups and salads made-to-order in less than 10 minutes for around $10. It is located at 2417 University Commons Way in the newly-developed University Commons retail development near the University of Tennessee campus.
Fresh To Order's extensive menu features high-quality, chef-inspired appetizers, entrees and desserts at affordable prices. The menu includes healthier options and a broad selection of tasty combinations including a crushed almond crusted tuna steak, brown sugar roasted pork loin with caramelized onion apricot chutney and 'better for you' black bean, bison and tuna burgers made in-house...

Bruegger's Bagels And Florida Department Of Citrus Team Up For Pre-holiday Giveaway »

December 09, 2014 at 4:36AM PST | Source: Bruegger's Bagels

Prizes Include a $1,000 Visa Gift Card, a Catered Breakfast and More
December 09, 2014 // Franchising.com // BURLINGTON, Vt. – Bruegger's Bagels, known for its freshly baked, authentic New York-style bagels, and The Florida Department of Citrus are partnering for a special pre-holiday giveaway to award cash, bagels and 100% Florida Orange Juice.
The #BagelsandOJ giveaway starts Dec. 8 and goes through Dec. 21. Anyone can enter by visiting the Bruegger's Bagels Facebook page at www.facebook.com/Brueggers. Everyone who enters the sweepstakes will receive a coupon for one free bottle of Florida's Natural Orange Juice with the purchase of any breakfast sandwich, valid at participating bakeries.
First, second and third place winners will be selected on Dec...



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