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Murphy O’Brien Public Relations Announces New Restaurant Client, PizzaRev »

April 22, 2015 at 3:48AM PDT | Source: PizzaRev

Leading Los Angeles-Based Public Relations Agency Selected as Agency of Record for PizzaRev
April 22, 2015 // Franchising.com // LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Murphy O’Brien Public Relations, a leading Los Angeles public relations firm, today announced that it has been selected as the strategic communications agency of record by PizzaRev, a fast-casual, build your own pizza concept that stands to reinvent the way America eats pizza. The 2015 communications work will include strategic marketing programs to introduce even more consumers to the award-winning, custom-crafted PizzaRev dining experience and further raise awareness for the PizzaRev franchise opportunity.
“We were most impressed with Murphy O’Brien’s creativity, innovative ideas and breadth of experience working with esteemed restaurant brands,” said Irv Zuckerman, Co-Founder and Co-CEO of PizzaRev...

Pizza 73 Spreads Smiles With Annual Fundraiser In Support Of Children’s Miracle Network, April 20 To May 10 »

April 21, 2015 at 12:09PM PDT | Source: Pizza 73

Pizza chain kicks off Slices for Smiles Foundation’s 2015 campaign.
April 21, 2015 // Franchising.com // EDMONTON, AB -  The Pizza 73 team has two big reasons to smile this April. The company continues to celebrate its 30th anniversary and is kicking off its 2015 fundraising efforts for the Slices for Smiles Foundation.
From April 20 to May 10, Pizza 73 stores across Western Canada will bring back its signature Smile Pizza in support of Children’s Miracle Network. The 9” pizza, topped with a pepperoni smile, will be available for only $4.99 for walk in orders and is also available for delivery when it is added to any pizza order. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of this menu item will be donated to Children’s Miracle Network, in support of its four member children’s hospitals in western Canada...

The Greene Turtle To Open In Winchester, Virginia »

April 21, 2015 at 11:58AM PDT | Source: The Greene Turtle Sports Bar and Grille

Ownership Group Behind Kernstown Commons, Alamo Drafthouse Cinema and Other Local Businesses Will Bring Popular Casual Dining/Sports Bar Concept to the Shenandoah Valley
April 21, 2015 // Franchising.com // HANOVER, Md. – The Greene Turtle Sports Bar and Grille announced today that it will open a new franchise location in Winchester, Va., later this year. The family-friendly, sports-themed casual dining restaurant will debut in the Kernstown Commons retail center that currently features an Alamo Drafthouse Cinema and a Country Inn & Suites By Carlson.
GT Winchester, LLC Partner, Lisa Limoges, says, “We’ve been great fans of The Greene Turtle for many years and are confident it’s going to be an exciting and wonderful addition to the Winchester community...

Buffalo Wings & Rings Hits A Homerun With Launch Of Ballpark-Themed Limited Time Menu »

April 21, 2015 at 9:45AM PDT | Source: Buffalo Wings & Rings
Buffalo Wings & Rings Opportunities Available

Growing Sports Restaurant Franchise Offers Elevated Lineup of Ballpark Favorites
April 21, 2015 // Franchising.com // CINCINNATI - Buffalo Wings & Rings, a sports restaurant franchise with 46 locations in 12 states, is pleased to announce the launch of its ballpark themed limited time menu to celebrate America’s favorite pastime. Nine all-star offerings, including specialty hot dogs and boneless wings on a bed of caramel corn, will be available at restaurants system-wide starting April 27th. Buffalo Wings & Rings guests can expect a menu that takes ballpark favorites to the club level.
“As a brand, we are committed to providing an elevated experience to our guests, and we’ve knocked it out of the park with this menu,” said Nader Masadeh, President and CEO of Buffalo Wings & Rings...

Which Wich Continues Nationwide Expansion, Celebrates With 22 New Restaurants In Q1 »

April 21, 2015 at 9:34AM PDT | Source: Which Wich® Superior Sandwiches

Dallas-based Chain Reports Strongest Opening Sales in Company’s History in 2015
April 21, 2015 // Franchising.com // DALLAS, TX - Which Wich, an award-winning, national, fast-casual sandwich concept, is looking forward to another strong year of growth after wrapping up quarter one with impressive results. The innovative sandwich leader signed an additional 16 new franchise agreements and opened 22 new stores – the highest number of openings in Q1 since franchising in 2005. Additionally, Which Wich stores that have opened this year have seen the strongest opening sales, on average, in the company’s history.
“We have repeatedly outperformed our overall growth numbers the past three years, and through the work of our dedicated franchisees and loyal fans, we’ve been able to kick off 2015 with record results,” said Jeff Sinelli, founder, CEO, and “Chief Vibe Officer” behind the booming sandwich brand...

Chronic Tacos Hits Home Run With Baseball Fans, Partners With Angels Baseball For Fourth Straight Year »

April 21, 2015 at 8:49AM PDT | Source: Chronic Tacos
Chronic Tacos Opportunities Available

Eclectic & Authentic Mexican Grill Celebrated as Park’s Most Popular Vendor, Showcases New Branding & Promotions for 2015 Season
April 21, 2015 // Franchising.com // Aliso Viejo, CA – Recognized as Angel Stadium’s top performing food vendor, Chronic Tacos has become a park staple for baseball fans in Anaheim. Kicking off another season, Chronic Tacos is partnering with the Los Angeles Angels for the fourth straight year, bringing with them a new look, new promotions, and the same quality food and service that fans have been craving through the off-season.
The locally based fresh Mexican grill, known for its eclectic and authentic menu that caters to the individual, diverse and unique palettes of its customer, will open the season with a rebranded image the franchise system has recently undergone...

Philly Pretzel Factory Celebrates National Pretzel Day With Free Pretzel Giveaway »

April 21, 2015 at 8:41AM PDT | Source: Philly Pretzel Factory

140-Plus Unit Booming Pretzel Franchise Gives All Guests Free Pretzels on April 26, 2015
Philadelphia (PRWEB) April 21, 2015 - Whoever said there is “no such thing as free” will eat their words on Sunday, April 26, when Philly Pretzel Factory gives away a free pretzel to every guest who enters the store in celebration of National Pretzel Day. Additionally, Philly Pretzel Factory locations will award the first 100 customers in line with a card redeemable for a free pretzel every day throughout the month of May.
“National Pretzel Day is our favorite holiday because it gives us a chance to show our appreciation to our loyal fans who have been enjoying our fresh baked pretzels for 17 years,” said Dan DiZio, CEO and co-founder of Philly Pretzel Factory, a 140-plus-unit pretzel chain born and raised in Philadelphia...

Fractured Prune Doughnuts Celebrates Its First Anniversary In Arizona By Opening Its 5th Location In Tempe »

April 21, 2015 at 8:37AM PDT | Source: Fractured Prune Doughnuts

First 300 People Get Free Doughnuts and Other Giveaways
April 21, 2015 // Franchising.com // TEMPE, AZ - Fractured Prune Doughnuts Arizona is celebrating its one-year anniversary in the Grand Canyon State by opening its Tempe location at University House on Tuesday, April 28 at 7 a.m. For more than 40 years, Fractured Prune Doughnuts has been famous for its always hot, customizable and made-to-order doughnuts and to celebrate its newest location in Tempe, the first 300 people will receive free doughnuts. Arizona’s Real Rock Station, 98KUPD, will be on site from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and the Gorilla and the Phoenix Suns Dancers will be taking pictures with fans from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Fractured Prune Doughnuts “University House” location is in the heart of Tempe’s fast growing business district and Arizona State University’s Campus on the North East corner of College and 6th street...

Old Chicago Pizza & Taproom Expands Menu To Include New Favorites »

April 21, 2015 at 8:19AM PDT | Source: Old Chicago Pizza & Taproom

The Pizza & Beer Authority Offers Customizable Options; Expands Taverns Bites and Taproom Classics
April 21, 2015 // Franchising.com // BROOMFIELD, Colo. - Old Chicago Pizza & Taproom, a national casual dining restaurant known for its delicious, handcrafted pizza and vast craft beer selection, announced today the launch of its new spring menu offering, which includes new favorites for guests to customize across the nation. Additionally, the brand has expanded its selection of Tavern Bites and Taproom Classics including the Craft Your Own Mac N' Cheese and three brand new Craft Burger selections. The new menu is available now at Old Chicago Pizza & Taproom locations nationwide.
"We're excited to give our guests the opportunity to customize our menu options providing them with the chance to learn about pairing new flavors," said Mike Mrlik, President of Old Chicago Pizza & Taproom...

Smashburger® Announces Expansion Into The United Kingdom »

April 21, 2015 at 6:33AM PDT | Source: Smashburger

More than 35 Smashburger Restaurants Planned Over Next Several Years
DENVER - April 21, 2015  - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Smashburger is smashing its way across the pond. The critically acclaimed better burger restaurant with fresh, smashed to order burgers, is excited to announce that it has added the MSG Group as a new franchise partner in the United Kingdom. This is Smashburger’s initial entry into the United Kingdom, with 35 restaurants expected to open. The launch of Smashburger in the United Kingdom will expand the brand footprint to eight countries.
Smashburger offers a diverse menu featuring quality, fresh, smashed-to-order burgers that are seared and seasoned on the grill to lock-in natural juices. The menu features innovative burger combinations, or guests can create their own burger or chicken sandwich, customizing the bun, sauces, toppings and cheese...

GRILLiT Executes Franchise Agreement For First Store Location In Texas »

April 21, 2015 at 6:29AM PDT | Source: GRILLiT, Inc.

MIAMI - April 21, 2015 /PRNewswire/ - GRILLiT, Inc. (the "Company" or "GRILLiT") (OTC Pink Markets: GRLT) today announced that it's master franchisor in Texas has executed a franchise agreement with Grillit Round Rock, LLC for the store location in the Greenlawn Crossing Shopping Center in Round Rock, Texas (previously announced on January 28, 2015).
"Our master franchisor in Texas, led by Bill Roberts, has done an excellent job of identifying and securing our first franchisee in the state of Texas," said GRILLiT CEO, Ghazi Hajj. "We received the full $25,000 franchise fee, we expect the definitive lease to be executed very soon, and the entire funding is in place to begin construction."
The restaurant location in Round Rock, Texas is approximately 20 miles north of downtown Austin, Texas in a high-traffic shopping center anchored by an HEB grocery with several national chains such as GNC and Orangetheory Fitness...

Brinker International Reports Increases In Third Quarter Fiscal 2015 EPS And Comparable Restaurant Sales »

April 21, 2015 at 5:37AM PDT | Source: Brinker International

DALLAS, April 21, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Brinker International, Inc. (NYSE: EAT) today announced results for the fiscal third quarter ended March 25, 2015.
Highlights include the following:

Earnings per diluted share, excluding special items, increased 11.9 percent to $0.94 compared to $0.84for the third quarter of fiscal 2014
On a GAAP basis, earnings per diluted share increased 24.4 percent to $1.02 compared to $0.82 for the third quarter of fiscal 2014
Brinker International company sales increased 3.0 percent to $761.7 million and comparable restaurant sales at company-owned restaurants increased 1.7 percent. Comparable restaurant sales increased 2.6 percent excluding the impact of Christmas Day moving to the third quarter
Chili's company-owned comparable restaurant sales increased 1...

Jersey Mike's Opens Third Tulsa Location »

April 21, 2015 at 5:19AM PDT | Source: Jersey Mike's Subs

Owner Celebrates With Free Sub Fundraiser
April 21, 2015 // Franchising.com // Tulsa, OK - Jersey Mike’s Subs, known for its fresh sliced/fresh grilled subs, opened in Tulsa on April 15. Franchise owner Troy Redmon, held a grand opening and free sub fundraiser from Wednesday, April 15 to Sunday, April 19 to support Domestic Violence Intervention Services (DVIS).
The new restaurant, located at 7526 S. Olympia Ave., circulated 5,000 coupons throughout the community offering a free regular sub for a minimum $1 contribution to DVIS.
Redmon is an exemplary Jersey Mike’s franchise owner who shares the company’s commitment to quality products and exceptional customer service, and who is dedicated to giving back to the local community...

Teriyaki Madness Focuses On Flavor And Individuality Over Cookie-Cutter »

April 21, 2015 at 4:55AM PDT | Source: Teriyaki Madness

Fresh, Asian Food Concept Allows Individual Personalities to Shine While Keeping Brand Quality and Standards Intact
DENVER - April 21, 2015 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - In an effort to stay true to the unique attributes of the brand and not fall victim to the uniformity and sterile look that plagues other food concepts, Teriyaki Madness, a Denver-based restaurant brand that offers consumers fresh, made-to-order Asian cuisine, is offering franchisees the ability to “stamp” their personalities into their locations. While the food and quality standards remain extremely consistent across the nation, the restaurants themselves will vary allowing for more character to come from the owners.
“By creating a model that builds a strong foundation for franchisee success through strip malls, more accessible real estate such as second generation restaurant space or even retro-fitting existing restaurant spaces, we’re creating opportunities for franchisees to scale their multi-unit agreements very quickly”
“A consistent theme that I have seen in more franchise systems is that they get too caught up in the idea of a one-size-fits-all approach to design to pursue “brand consistency”, which winds up making their locations feel sterile,” said CEO of Teriyaki Madness, Michael Haith...

1000 Degrees Neapolitan Pizza Announces Deal With Macerich To Open In The San Tan Village Gilbert, AZ »

April 21, 2015 at 4:44AM PDT | Source: 1000 Degrees Pizzeria Neapolitan Pizza

1000 Degrees Neapolitan Pizza, a fast-casual Neapolitan Pizza franchise, announces deal with Macerich to open in the San Tan Village Gilbert, AZ.
Gilbert, AZ (PRWEB) April 21, 2015 - 1000 Degrees Neapolitan Pizza Franchise is coming to San Tan Village, located in Gilbert, Arizona after agreeing to a 3rd lease with the Macerich property group. 1000 Degrees also has restaurants under construction in 2 other Macerich Malls one located in Deptford, New Jersey and another at Macomb Mall, in Roseville, Michigan.
"We are excited to join an exciting tenant lineup in San Tan Village, located in Gilbert, AZ and further our business relationship with Macerich properties" said a company spokesman. With a Harkins Theater along with many big box retailers, and an exciting tenant mix including Chipotle, AT&T, The Apple Store more, 1000 Degrees is bringing its crispy Neapolitan style Pizza to Gilbert this summer...

New Dickey’s Barbecue Pit Opens In Chino With Barbecue Bash »

April 21, 2015 at 4:35AM PDT | Source: Dickey's Barbecue Pit®

April 21, 2015 // Franchising.com // Chino, CA - Hary and Neha Sharma are excited to serve up Texas-style barbecue in Chino. On Thursday, April 23 at 11 a.m., the couple opens a new Dickey’s Barbecue Pit with a three day grand opening. Dickey’s Barbecue Pit, the nation’s largest barbecue joint, smokes all meats onsite overnight, kids eat free every Sunday and free ice cream cones with every meal.
“I’m thrilled to see our barbecue take off in areas like Chino,” said Roland Dickey, Jr., CEO of Dickey’s Barbecue Restaurants, Inc. “We really offer something that appeals to all taste buds across the country.”
Three-day grand opening party includes:

Thursday, the new barbecue joint offers the first 50 guests gift cards worth up to $50...

Jersey Mike's Opens Fourth Plano Location »

April 21, 2015 at 4:31AM PDT | Source: Jersey Mike's Subs

Owner Celebrates With Free Sub Fundraiser
April 21, 2015 // Franchising.com // Plano, TX - Jersey Mike’s Subs, known for its fresh sliced/fresh grilled subs, opened in Plano on April 15. Franchise owner Basil Hito held a grand opening and free sub fundraiser from Wednesday, April 15 to Sunday, April 19 to support Wipe Out Kids’ Cancer.
The new restaurant, located at 1855 Dallas Parkway, circulated 10,000 coupons throughout the community offering a free regular sub for a minimum $2 contribution to Wipe Out Kids’ Cancer.
“Having worked in the restaurant industry since I was 16, opening my own franchise has always been a lifelong dream of mine,” said Hito. “When it came down to finding which concept would work best for me and my family, Jersey Mike’s was ultimately the perfect fit...

Bowl Of Heaven Opens Another Franchise Store In Tustin, California »

April 21, 2015 at 3:55AM PDT | Source: Bowl of Heaven

The original açaí bowl franchise continues to feed consumers’ insatiable appetite for customizable healthy açaí bowls.
April 21, 2015 // Franchising.com // Tustin, CA – Bowl of Heaven, the innovative, health-casual concept featuring delicious acai bowls, smoothies, and cold pressed juices made with plant protein and super food ingredients, opened another franchise store this past month. Bowl of Heaven currently has eight stores open, ten new locations set to open in 2015, and over 65 new franchise units sold in the past year and a half.
During the grand opening weekend, Bowl of Heaven gave away free small North Shore Original Bowls (Organic Acai, Strawberries, Bananas, Blueberries, 100% Apple Juice, & MAQ 7) to mark this special occasion and raffled off prizes to their customers...

Margaritas Management Group Names Two New Key Executives »

April 21, 2015 at 3:51AM PDT | Source: Margaritas

Brisbane Vaillancourt promoted to VP of Operations; Kelly Parkinson appointed to VP of Purchasing
April 21, 2015 // Franchising.com // Portsmouth, N.H. - Margaritas Management Group, the operator of Tio Juan’s Margaritas Mexican Restaurants and Tacomano Mexican Street Food, has named two executives to key leadership positions.
The Portsmouth, N.H. based company announced that Brisbane Vaillancourt has been promoted to Vice President of Operations. After joining the company in 2003 as a host, Vaillancourt demonstrated strong leadership qualities that allowed her to move up into other positions within the operations team, most recently serving as the Director of Training. In her new role, she will be responsible for leading the operations team as the company enters a new phase of expansion...

Krispy Kreme To Bring Its Signature Sweet Treats To Cambodia »

April 20, 2015 at 12:14PM PDT | Source: Krispy Kreme

Iconic brand signs development agreement with EFG Co., Ltd., To open 10 Krispy Kreme shops over the next five years
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - (BUSINESS WIRE) - April 20, 2015 - Krispy Kreme (NYSE:KKD) today announced it has signed a development agreement with Express Food Group (EFG) Co., Ltd., to open 10 Krispy Kreme shops throughout Cambodia over the next five years.
“This agreement will further strengthen Krispy Kreme’s brand position throughout Asia and will enable us to bring our mission of touching and enhancing lives through the joy that is Krispy Kreme to the people of Cambodia,” said Dan Beem, Krispy Kreme’s Senior Vice President and President – International. “One of the keys to the success of Krispy Kreme in any country is working with top-quality franchisees, and EFG is an experienced company dedicated to delivering an exceptional customer experience...



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