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Unique Milkshake Will Make You Jump (And Chirp) For Joy »

March 27, 2015 at 12:25PM PDT | Source: Wayback Burgers
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Wayback Burgers Add New High Protein Milkshake Made with Crickets to Its Menu Nationwide Beginning April 1
March 27, 2015 // Franchising.com // CHESHIRE, CT – Wayback Burgers, serving delicious, fresh, never frozen burgers and hand-dipped milkshakes amidst an atmosphere reminiscent of a hometown burger joint, today announced the addition of its newest milkshake flavor: The High Protein Cricket Milkshake. Made with premium vanilla ice cream, chocolate syrup and high protein cricket powder, The High Protein Cricket Milkshake is masterfully blended to deliver a flavorful milkshake packed with protein and calcium. The High Protein Cricket Milkshake will jump onto the menu at Wayback Burgers locations nationwide beginning April 1 and is available in 22 oz...

Bajema, Fields To Open Oklahoma's First Pie Five Pizza This Friday »

March 27, 2015 at 11:26AM PDT | Source: Pie Five Pizza Co.

OSU teammates, franchisees will debut trend-setting concept in Stillwater.
DALLAS - March 27, 2015 /PRNewswire/ - Pizza lovers in Oklahoma are about to experience an entirely new way of enjoying their favorite meal.
And Stillwater residents will be pleased to know they're first in line, thanks to a pair of former Oklahoma State teammates.
This Friday, March 27, the country's leading fast-casual pizza chain, Pie Five Pizza, will open for business at 10 a.m. at 611 N. Perkins Road, just north of Hall of Fame Ave. in Stillwater. Pie Five CEO Randy Gier, members of the Stillwater Chamber of Commerce, representatives of the OSU Football Team and others will help welcome the trend-setting eatery. And local radio station KSPI will be on-site from 3 – 5 p...

New Menchie’s Store In Valencia Gateway Village Celebrates Grand Opening With Week Of Fun Festivities »

March 27, 2015 at 8:30AM PDT | Source: Menchie's

Self-Serve Frozen Yogurt Store Fulfills Cravings with Family-Friendly Treats
March 27, 2015 // Franchising.com // VALENCIA, Calif. – Menchie’s, the friendliest place on earth with a mission to make every guest smile, has opened its newest store in Valencia, CA at 28273 Newhall Ranch Road, Valencia, CA 91355. Offering high quality, delicious self-serve frozen yogurt, Menchie’s is sure to become a Valencia favorite!
To celebrate the opening, Menchie’s will spread smiles with a seven-day grand opening celebration from Saturday, March 28 to Friday, April 3, packed with free giveaways including t-shirts, Menchie’s merchandise, family-friendly activities and free servings of its best-in-class frozen yogurt...

Fuddruckers Introduces Apple Pay At Company-Owned Fast Casual Restaurants, »

March 27, 2015 at 8:24AM PDT | Source: Fuddruckers
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Offering An Easy, Secure And Private Way To Enjoy The 'World's Greatest Hamburgers'
HOUSTON - March 27, 2015 /PRNewswire/ - Seventy-two of Fuddruckers company-owned fast casual restaurants throughout the country are now accepting Apple Pay, a new category of service that transforms mobile payments with an easy, secure and private way to pay.
According to Peter Tropoli, Chief Operating Officer of Luby's, Inc., "We're excited to provide Apple Pay, a convenience-oriented technology that pairs perfectly with our award-winning, fast casual fare."
Security and privacy is at the core of Apple Pay. When you add a credit or debit card to Apple Pay, the actual card numbers are not stored on the device, nor on Apple servers. Instead, a unique Device Account Number is assigned, encrypted and securely stored in the Secure Element on your device...

Bakery Café Is First In Greenville, Sixth In North Carolina »

March 27, 2015 at 4:42AM PDT | Source: Nestle Toll House Cafe by Chip

Latest to Open as Part of 18-Store Agreement with Rouse Properties
March 27, 2015 // Franchising.com // Greenville, North Carolina - It’s a childhood staple that’s as American as apple pie, and its mouthwatering aroma has an uncanny way of triggering memories instilled by generations of mothers and grandmothers who know what it means to bake with love.
Fortunately, children of all ages can soon relive their warm memories of chocolate chip cookies baking in the oven at the Greenville Mall, thanks to the arrival of a new Nestlé® Toll House® Café by Chip. The popular bakery café chain will host its official grand opening on Wednesday, March 25.
The celebration will take place from 3 to 5 p...

California Pizza Kitchen Turns 30! »

March 27, 2015 at 4:04AM PDT | Source: California Pizza Kitchen

CPK Marks Three Decades of Imaginative, California-Inspired Cuisine with Restaurant Transformations Nationwide
“Taste of the Seasons” Cookbook Celebrates Milestone
March 27, 2015 // Franchising.com // LOS ANGELES, CA – California Pizza Kitchen (CPK), the pioneer of creative dining with a California vibe, will celebrate its 30th anniversary today Friday, March 27. Since its inception in 1985, CPK fundamentally changed the way people think about pizza and California cuisine.
CPK’s leading edge continues as it transforms restaurants nationwide to create a brand new experience in culinary offerings, hospitality and design. To date, more than 20 pilot restaurants have been transformed including the restaurant’s first ever location on Beverly Drive in Beverly Hills, CA...

Sixth Russo’s New York Pizzeria Franchise Coming To UAE »

March 26, 2015 at 11:20AM PDT | Source: Russo's New York Coal-Fired Italian Kitchen
Russo's New York Coal-Fired Italian Kitchen Opportunities Available

UAE’s Prime Hospitality to Continue Brand’s Middle East Franchise Growth
March 26, 2015 // Franchising.com // HOUSTON – On the heels of its fifth signed agreement to bring Russo’s New York Pizzeria to the United Arab Emirates, the well-known, Houston-based Italian restaurant and brand is now announcing its sixth signed franchise agreement with the well-established UAE restaurant developer and operator, Prime Hospitality. The new 1,774-square-foot restaurant is slated to open this summer at the Panaroma development in the mixed residential, leisure and retail space, The Greens, in Dubai.
“We are bridging the New York pizzeria gap in the UAE. With our handcrafted recipes, old-world charm and warm hospitality, there is nothing quite like Russo’s in the market currently...

Pet Supplies Plus Partners With Franchise America Finance To Allocate $15 Million Toward Brand Expansion »

March 26, 2015 at 9:48AM PDT | Source: Pet Supplies Plus
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The Nation’s Largest Pet Retail Franchise Offers New Financing Options to Break Down Barriers for Franchisees
LIVONIA, Mich. - March 26, 2015 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Pet Supplies Plus, the nation’s largest pet retail franchise with more than 300 locations in 25 Eastern states, is announcing a partnership with Franchise America Finance that will make $15 million available to qualified franchise candidates.
“In addition to this recent partnership, our team has continued to build a strong business model for franchisees including increased support from our corporate headquarters, an optimized distribution process and a prototype designed for maximum unit-level economics”
Franchise America Finance, a full service commercial franchise finance firm specializing in debt and equity placement, will work with qualified Pet Supplies Plus franchise candidates, as well as current franchise owners who are pursuing expansion, to offer a comprehensive solution for financing through a franchise lending program created specifically for the pet supply retailer...

Krispy Kreme Named Coffee And Quick Service Restaurant Brand Of The Year In The 2015 Harris Poll EquiTrend Study »

March 26, 2015 at 9:16AM PDT | Source: Krispy Kreme

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Mar. 26, 2015 - Krispy Kreme (NYSE:KKD) has been recognized as the Brand of the Year in the Coffee and Quick Service Restaurant category according to the 2015 Harris Poll EquiTrend study. Krispy Kreme, which has served its premium-quality sweet treats, including its signature Original Glazed® doughnut and great-tasting coffee for almost 80 years, received the highest Equity Score among eight other Coffee and Quick Service Restaurant brands.
“We are humbled by this honor and thank our loyal customers for making Krispy Kreme the highest ranked coffee and quick service restaurant brand,” said Tony Thompson, Krispy Kreme President and CEO. “As we continue to live out our mission to touch and enhance lives through the joy that is Krispy Kreme, this study offers strong evidence that the Krispy Kreme brand continues to be well-regarded by American consumers...

Smoothie Factory® Juice Bar Now Open At The University Of Arizona »

March 26, 2015 at 9:03AM PDT | Source: Smoothie Factory

Made-to-order smoothie & fresh cold-squeezed juice chain to serve healthy eating options featuring Red Mango® Frozen Yogurt
March 26, 2015 // Franchising.com // DALLAS – Smoothie Factory Juice Bar, a leading retailer of real fruit smoothies, fresh cold-squeezed juices, and nutritional products, is now open near the University of Arizona campus in Tucson. This new location is part of a 7-store multi-unit development agreement with franchisee John Wilfert, of JW Health and Fitness LLC.
The store at 1031 N. Park Ave., Suite C, debuts an elevated store design for the chain, featuring more space and an expanded menu. This Smoothie Factory will serve the chain’s signature healthful smoothies and nutritional supplements in addition to a popular line of fresh cold-squeezed juices, light flatbread sandwiches and salads, and award-winning Red Mango® frozen yogurt in a variety of rotating flavors with a toppings bar...

Hurricane Grill & Wings® Opens New Restaurant In Orlando »

March 26, 2015 at 8:53AM PDT | Source: Hurricane Grill & Wings
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Award-Winning Wing Restaurant Opens 43rd Florida Location
March 26, 2015 // Franchising.com // WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – Hurricane Grill & Wings®, an island-inspired full-service restaurant franchise is continuing its home state expansion with its second Orlando-area location in the Lake Buena Vista neighborhood.
Hurricane Grill & Wings brings its relaxing, laid-back vibe to an area frequented by guests from all over the world who come to visit Orlando’s iconic theme parks. The restaurant is sure to become a popular dining destination among locals and visitors alike with its mouthwatering menu options and entertaining atmosphere. The restaurant features a dining room that seats 191 people in addition to an outdoor patio that seats up to 45 people...

Kona Ice Invites Nation To "Chill" With Free Shaved Ice »

March 26, 2015 at 7:13AM PDT | Source: Kona Ice
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No Taxation Without Relaxation: Tropical Shaved Ice Business; Encourages the Nation to "Chill" on "National Chill Out Day"
March 26, 2015 // Franchising.com //
What: To ease the pain of tax filing, Kona Ice is serving up a delicious cup of tax day relief for tense taxpayers in all corners of the country.
Kona Ice will be parked at post offices, tax preparation centers and businesses in all corners of the country to hand out FREE cups of tropical shaved ice and complimentary Hawaiian leis to all who stop by. The refreshing treat will ensure that there is no taxation without relaxation this tax season.
Why: April 15th is America’s least favorite holiday. Between sifting through the mail for the correct paperwork, filling out form after form with painstaking detail and paying a hefty sum of money to Uncle Sam, tax day can be a real drag...

Uncle Maddio’s Signs Largest Multi-Unit Deal To Date »

March 26, 2015 at 6:49AM PDT | Source: Uncle Maddio's

JUMP Restaurant Management, subsidiary of Jubilee Restaurant Group, To open 13 units in Tennessee, Mississippi and Louisiana
March 26, 2015 // Franchising.com // ATLANTA – Fast-casual pizza pioneer Uncle Maddio’s Pizza Joint announced today the signing of its largest franchise deal to date. JUMP Restaurant Management, a subsidiary of Jubilee Restaurant Group, will develop 13 Uncle Maddio’s across the Mid-South. Communities in New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Lafayette, La.; Greater Memphis, Tenn. and Southaven and Olive Branch, Miss. will soon be able to enjoy Uncle Maddio’s premium, customized pizza experience.
“We researched the fast-casual pizza segment for two-and-a-half years before choosing Uncle Maddio’s,” said Seth Hargett, founder and president of Jubilee Restaurant Group...

Tony Roma’s Announces Plan To Expand Presence In Australia »

March 26, 2015 at 6:41AM PDT | Source: Tony Roma's

New Development Agreement will bring the Iconic Restaurant brand to Sydney & Melbourne
Orlando, Fla (PRWEB) March 26, 2015 - Romacorp, Inc., parent company of Tony Roma’s and TR Fire Grill, announces the signing of a new development agreement with Three Home Runs Pty. Ltd. to build an additional three Tony Roma’s restaurants in Australia. There is currently one Tony Roma’s in Perth, Australia, owned and operated by franchise partners Harry Djakaria and Denning Chong.
“We are excited about this new agreement as it allows us to grow our Tony Roma’s brand in key markets throughout Australia, where we know guests will fall in love with our world-famous ribs and signature food and beverages,” said Ken Myres, President of Romacorp, Inc...

Veteran Achieves Dream Of Owning A Restaurant With New Dickey’s Barbecue Pit »

March 26, 2015 at 4:59AM PDT | Source: Dickey's Barbecue Pit®

March 26, 2015 // Franchising.com // Brandywine, MD - On Friday, March 27 at 11 a.m., the US Air Force Veteran, Brian Patnett, will open Dickey’s Barbecue Pit in Brandywine. To celebrate, Patnett is hosting a three-day grand opening celebration that will include giving away free barbecue for a year.
“Our veteran owner operators have a proven success rate,” said Roland Dickey, Jr., CEO of Dickey’s Barbecue. “It’s exciting to see owner operators who served our country now getting the opportunity to own their own business.”
Friday, the party kicks off when the first 50 guests receive gift cards worth up to $50. The party continues on Saturday from noon to 2 p.m. when radio station Hot 99.5 will be onsite and one lucky winner will be chosen for a $500 gift card and three winners will receive free barbecue for a year...

HoneyBaked Prepares For Busy Easter Holiday »

March 26, 2015 at 4:42AM PDT | Source: HoneyBaked Ham Co. and Cafe

Extended hours and complete meal solutions take the stress out of meal preparations.
ATLANTA - March 26, 2015 /PRNewswire/ - Spring has sprung and according to a recent National Retail Federation survey, over 57 percent of consumers are already planning visits with friends and family this Easter. With over 85 percent of consumers surveyed planning to purchase food for a family meal or other festivity this Easter, HoneyBaked is prepared to make these traditions both easy and delicious with ready-to-serve, premium meals for busy families.
"With extended hours* at more than 400 locations nationwide, we expect to help more than half a million families have memorable and delicious Easter meals," said Maggie DeCan, HoneyBaked** president...

Yum! Brands’ World Hunger Relief Effort With Global Spokesperson Christina Aguilera  »

March 26, 2015 at 4:27AM PDT | Source: Yum! Brands
Yum! Brands  Opportunities Available

Named Top Cause-Related Campaign by Two Prestigious Communication Organizations
World Hunger Relief Effort Raises $600 Million for United Nations World Food Programme and Other Hunger Relief Agencies Since Program Inception
March 26, 2015 // Franchising.com // Louisville, KY – Yum! Brands (NYSE: YUM), parent company of KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell and one of the top 100 Corporate Citizens by Corporate Responsibility Magazine, announced its World Hunger Relief effort has been named the winner of the top Cause Branding Campaign and top Nonprofit Partnership of the Year by PR News’ CSR (corporate social responsibility) Awards. World Hunger Relief was also named a finalist for Global Campaign of the Year and a finalist for Cause-Related Campaign of the Year by PRWeek’s annual Awards...

Nashville’s First Potbelly Sandwich Shop To Open In The Gulch »

March 26, 2015 at 3:49AM PDT | Source: Potbelly Sandwich Works

The beloved shop will bring its toasty warm sandwiches, signature shakes and live music to Tennessee.
March 26, 2015 // Franchising.com // NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Potbelly Sandwich Shop announced today a signed agreement that will soon bring Nashville’s first shop to the area. Currently slated to open in late summer, the 2,000-square-foot shop will be located in the MarketStreet Enterprises’ Gulch Crossing building at 220 11th Ave. South. The widely acclaimed neighborhood hangout is known for its signature-toasted sandwiches, hand-dipped milkshakes and live, local music.
Potbelly shops have earned a reputation in communities across the United States for having delicious food, fun décor and fresh tunes. Chris Maples, the new sandwich shop’s owner, is a Cookeville, Tennessee native who spent seven years living in Chicago enjoying the original Potbelly Sandwich Shop on Lincoln Avenue...

Teriyaki Experience Opens Two Street Front Locations In One Week »

March 25, 2015 at 11:32AM PDT | Source: Teriyaki Experience

Lansdowne Place in Ottawa and Spectrum Place in Mississauga
March 25, 2015 // Franchising.com // OAKVILLE, Ontario - Teriyaki Experience is pleased to announce the opening of two new Ontario locations; one in Ottawa's Lansdowne Park, Ottawa and the second in Spectrum Square in Mississauga.
Lansdowne Park
Located in the heart of Ottawa, Lansdowne Park is a 40-acre world-class sports, exhibition and entertainment facility owned by the City of Ottawa. Teriyaki Experience is in the Shops at Lansdowne a new development that surrounds Lansdowne Park and offers a diverse mix of restaurants, residential and retail. Shawn Pan is the location's franchise owner/operator.
Spectrum Square
The second Teriyaki Experience opened in Spectrum Square, a 1...

Dickey’s Barbecue Pit Rolls Out Egg-cellent Easter Feast »

March 25, 2015 at 10:29AM PDT | Source: Dickey's Barbecue Pit®

Family Feast Includes Barbecue Honey Ham & Homestyle Sides
March 25, 2015 // Franchising.com // Dallas, TX - Dickey’s Barbecue Pit launched their twist on the traditional Easter Feast this month. The nation’s largest barbecue chain is offering the popular Barbecue Honey Ham or a complete Easter meal that feeds up to twelve family members with the option to order online for convenience. Easter hams have been a Dickey’s tradition since 1952.
“We’re proud that our Barbecue Honey Ham is a holiday tradition for many of our guests across the country,” said Roland Dickey, CEO for Dickey’s Barbecue Restaurants, Inc. “It’s humbling that guests continue to trust our family for their family gatherings for holidays...



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