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Capriotti's Sandwich Shop Opens 24-Hour Las Vegas Location »

August 25, 2014 at 11:07AM PDT | Source: Capriotti's Sandwich Shop
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Award-Winning Sub Franchise Expands Vegas Presence On Craig Road
August 25, 2014 // Franchising.com // LAS VEGAS – Capriotti's Sandwich Shop opens the doors to its latest 24-hour Las Vegas location on Craig Road. Sandwich lovers have a reason to celebrate as the 32nd Las Vegas Capriotti's will continue the 38-year-old tradition of roasting whole, all-natural turkeys in-house daily to create its popular subs.
Committed to providing the best tasting sandwiches possible since 1976, Capriotti's uses fresh ingredients to create their unique subs, known across 15 states and federal districts. Some of the award-winning sandwiches include the sandwich shop's signature creation, The Bobbie®, made with in-house roasted turkey, cranberry sauce, homemade stuffing and a hint of mayo on a freshly baked roll and the SlawBeJoe® created with homemade roast beef, provolone cheese, coleslaw and Russian dressing...

Fatburger Opens First India Location In Delhi »

August 25, 2014 at 9:27AM PDT | Source: Fatburger

The All-American Chain Offers Customers In India Beef-Free Versions of Their Classic Burgers
August 25, 2014 // Franchising.com // LOS ANGELES – Fatburger (www.fatburger.com), the all-American burger chain, is expanding further with its first location in India opening in Delhi, the largest city in India. With over 155 locations around the globe, the gourmet burger franchise continues to bring its quality cuisine to fans worldwide.
Due to Indian cultural preferences, Fatburger has adjusted the menu for its new full service Delhi location to include beef-free options by incorporating chicken and lamb into its recipes as well as placing a significant emphasis on vegetarian options. Several new menu items also use the traditional flavors and spices of India to give the Fatburger brand an exotic twist, like the Peri-Peri Paneer Wrap, which incorporates Indian curd cheese into a flour tortilla along with lettuce, tomatoes and mayo...

East Coast Wings & Grill Approaches 11 Consecutive Years Of Positive Same-Store Sales »

August 25, 2014 at 9:11AM PDT | Source: East Coast Wings & Grill

Award-Winning Chicken Wing Franchise Cooks Up the Recipe for Success; Boasts Phenomenal First Half of 2014
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - August 25, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Approaching its 11th consecutive year of positive, same-store sales, East Coast Wings & Grill has proven, once again, that strategic 'smart' growth can lead to unlimited growth potential and maximum profitability at the unit level. The award-winning chicken wing franchise ended the second quarter of 2014 on a very positive note, with same-store sales up 3.23 percent compared to the second quarter of the previous year.
In the first half of 2014, East Coast Wings & Grill signed new development deals totaling seven units, with plans to double that number by the end of quarter four...

Beer Enthusiasts Rejoice As Old Chicago Launches New Explorer Series Featuring Exclusive Odell Beers In Its Colorado Restaurants »

August 25, 2014 at 9:06AM PDT | Source: Old Chicago Pizza & Taproom

Tapping Event Begins on Aug. 25 with New Selections from Odell Brewing Company 
August 25, 2014 // Franchising.com // BOULDER, Colo. - Old Chicago Pizza & Taproom, a traditional casual dining restaurant known for its expansive selection of craft beers, is entering new beer territory with the launch of its Old Chicago Explorer Series. This series, kicking off today, will feature one brewery for a two to three-week period, offering four to six beers that capture the most unique flavors in the craft beer world, and will be exclusive to Old Chicago. Offered at locations throughout Colorado, the first installment of the series will include selections from Fort Collins-based Odell Brewing Company until the tap runs out.
For nearly four decades, beer aficionados have praised Old Chicago's expansive lineup of world-class craft beers...

Buffalo Wild Wings Announces Majority Investment In Rusty Taco »

August 25, 2014 at 6:26AM PDT | Source: Buffalo Wild Wings

Concept Features Street-Style Tacos in Nine U.S. Locations in Dallas, Denver and Minneapolis/St. Paul
MINNEAPOLIS - August 25, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Today, Buffalo Wild Wings®, Inc. (NASDAQ: BWLD) is excited to announce it has made a majority investment in Rusty Taco, Inc., which owns and operates Rusty Taco restaurants and is headquartered in Dallas, Texas. Rusty Taco features a simple menu of tasty tacos prepared fresh in a fun and lively atmosphere. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
"Rusty Taco's fresh approach to tacos truly sets this concept apart," stated Kathy Benning, Buffalo Wild Wings' executive vice president, chief strategy officer and new business development. "Buffalo Wild Wings' investment is part of our strategy to partner with emerging restaurant concepts that have the potential for significant growth, can work throughout the country and have a highly engaged management team with a passion to grow the business...

Global Franchise Group Acquires Hot Dog On A Stick™ »

August 25, 2014 at 6:14AM PDT | Source: Hot Dog on a Stick

August 25, 2014 // Franchising.com // ATLANTA – Global Franchise Group (GFG), LLC, the strategic brand management company and franchisor of Great American Cookies®, Pretzelmaker®, Marble Slab Creamery®, and MaggieMoo's Ice Cream & Treatery®, announced today that it has acquired the Hot Dog on a Stick™ (HDOS) brand. California-based HDOS currently operates 78 corporate-owned stores and 14 franchise locations in the United States, as well as internationally in Brazil, Korea and the Philippines. GFG acquired the brand on August 21, 2014.
"GFG is thrilled to add the iconic Hot Dog on a Stick concept to our portfolio of thriving brands," said President and CEO of Global Franchise Group, Chris Dull. "GFG has a proven history of managing and growing quick-service restaurant brands and we see a bright future for HDOS...

Boston's Restaurant & Sports Bar Kicks Off Renewed Franchise Development With A Five-Unit Deal »

August 25, 2014 at 5:43AM PDT | Source: Boston’s Restaurant & Sports Bar

National Casual Dining Brand Reignites Franchise Efforts
DALLAS - August 25, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Unlimited growth potential is in the air, or at least that seems to be the case for Boston's Restaurant & Sports Bar (Boston's), the casual-plus dining concept that combines a family-friendly restaurant and separate sports bar under one roof. The brand has recently announced the re-launch of its franchise within the states, starting with the signing of a five-unit deal.
Almost immediately upon deciding that the brand was ready to re-franchise, Boston's signed a deal for five units in the Baltimore area with new franchise partner, Dr. Keith Asante. The restaurants will open throughout the city of Baltimore, Baltimore County and Hartford County, the first two located in Bel Air and White Marsh...

Restaurant Leader Takes On Barbecue With New Dickey's Barbecue Pit In Fletcher »

August 25, 2014 at 5:39AM PDT | Source: Dickey's Barbecue Pit
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Grand Opening in Fletcher Includes Three Chances to Win Free Barbecue
August 25, 2014 // Franchising.com // FLETCHER, N.C. - As the former senior vice president for Huddle House, Mike Wiemers knows about operating restaurants. On Thursday, August 28 at 11 a.m., Wiemers will take on barbecue when he opens his first Dickey's Barbecue Pit in Fletcher. To celebrate his newest endeavor, he is throwing a three-day grand opening celebration.
"I was looking for a strong and growing brand with excellent quality food. We have the best barbecue I have ever tasted. I loved it so much I wanted to open my own Dickey's near my home," said first time franchisee, Mike Wiemers. "Fletcher is a great town and I'm excited about serving great barbecue and meeting new guests...

Pizzaburger Imitators Beware; Boston's Restaurant & Sports Bar Brings Back Original, Adds Sliders »

August 25, 2014 at 4:22AM PDT | Source: Boston’s Restaurant & Sports Bar

National Casual Dining Chain Proves 'Size Matters' with Mini Version of the Innovative Smash Hit
DALLAS - August 25, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - After last year's incredibly positive response to the Pizzaburger's debut, Boston's Restaurant & Sports Bar (Boston's), a casual-plus dining concept that combines a family-friendly restaurant and separate sports bar under one roof, is giving its guests something new to crave. The national dining chain's original Pizzaburger was duplicated over and over again after its introduction last fall, and this year, the company is unveiling its newest addition, the Pizzaburger Sliders, which will be added to the menu as part of a nationwide campaign rolling out August 25, 2014.
Click to Tweet: Often imitated, never duplicated...

Franchise Experts Grow Business With Dickey's Barbecue Pit In Cowtown »

August 25, 2014 at 4:14AM PDT | Source: Dickey's Barbecue Pit
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Newest Fort Worth Location Celebrates with Barbecue Extravaganza
August 25, 2014 // Franchising.com // FORT WORTH, Texas - On Thursday, August 28 at 11 a.m., Fort Worth will get a new barbecue restaurant when Sam and Yasmin Poonawala open their first Dickey's Barbecue Pit. In celebration of their newest franchise, the Poonawalas will throw a three-day grand opening celebration where the first 50 guests receive gift cards worth up to $50.
Friday includes all day Dickey's Barbecue merchandise giveaways. On Saturday, country station 99.5 The Wolf is onsite from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Guests can feed their barbecue cravings with $2 pulled pork barbecue sandwiches. One lucky winner will be chosen for a $500 gift card and three winners will receive free barbecue for an entire year...

Ignite Restaurant Group Appoints Shauna Ryan King To Board Of Directors »

August 22, 2014 at 11:00AM PDT | Source: Ignite Restaurant Group, Inc.

HOUSTON - August 20, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Ignite Restaurant Group (Nasdaq:IRG), today announced the appointment of Shauna Ryan King to its Board of Directors, effective August 14, 2014.
Ms. King currently serves as Vice President, Finance and Business Operations for Yale University, a position she has held since 2006, where her responsibilities include Strategic and Financial Planning, Capital and Operating Budgeting, Departmental Business Operations, Information Technology, Dining Operations, Shared Services and Procurement. Prior to her role at Yale University, Ms. King provided management, financial and operations consulting to select clients with SKing Consulting from 2003 to 2006, as well as from 1994 to 1998. Between her consulting endeavors, Ms...

Beat The Meat: America's Hometown Burger Joint Cooks Up Nine Patty Triple Triple Burger Challenge »

August 22, 2014 at 8:10AM PDT | Source: Wayback Burgers
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Wayback Burgers Launches National Burger Eating Contest, Training Begins Now
CHESHIRE, Conn. - August 22, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Wayback Burgers, a Connecticut-based franchise with over 80 locations nationwide, announced it will be hosting its seventh annual Triple Triple Burger Eating Contest on September 18. The Triple Triple Burger is Wayback Burgers' novelty menu item – a monstrous nine-patty burger with nine slices of American cheese, topped with lettuce and tomato. Whichever customer eats the Triple Triple burger the fastest will win the grand prize, a whopping $3,330.
This year, there is a spin on the contest where customers are encouraged to submit their own training videos. The contest begins now and goes until September 18...

Planet Sub Opens New Franchise Unit Close To Home »

August 22, 2014 at 7:48AM PDT | Source: Planet Sub
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August 22, 2014 // Franchising.com // Planet Sub recently opened in St. Joseph, Missouri marking the first new prototype store in near proximity to the Midwest chain's corporate headquarters.
"I have been eating at Planet Sub in Kansas City for years and always thought one would go over great in St. Joe," said franchisee Shannon Johnson. "The feedback since we've opened has been great from everyone. Multiple customers have asked, 'Why didn't you open Planet Sub up years ago?'"
Being only 45 minutes away from the majority of the corporate stores, opening a new unit in St. Joseph was a markedly delicate decision; "We knew the demand for the product was great, it seems like every week someone was demanding we open a store up there," said director of marketing, Trevor Forssell...

Le Duff America Announces Sheryl Fox As Senior Director Of Non-Traditional Venue Business Development »

August 22, 2014 at 7:10AM PDT | Source: Groupe Le Duff

Proven Expert in Expanding Restaurant Concepts within Non-Traditional Venues to Grow Le Duff America's Premier Brands
August 22, 2014 // Franchising.com // DALLAS – Le Duff America, Inc, the North American subsidiary of the world's second largest restaurant company in the café-bakery sector – Groupe Le Duff SA, announced today the hiring of Sheryl Fox as the senior director of non-traditional venue business development. In this role, Fox takes responsibility for growing Le Duff's la Madeleine Country French Café, Brioche Dorée and Bruegger's Bagels brands in highly-trafficked, non-traditional foodservice venues such as those in airports, universities and healthcare hubs. She brings a strong track record of success developing brands in these settings...

Giant Tiger In La Ronge Saskatchewan, Celebrates Grand Opening This Saturday! »

August 22, 2014 at 7:04AM PDT | Source: Giant Tiger Stores Limited

OTTAWA, ONTARIO - (Marketwired - Aug. 21, 2014) - On Saturday, August 23 2014, Giant Tiger will celebrate the official opening of its new store in La Ronge, Saskatchewan.
Doors will open at 9:00 a.m. after a ribbon cutting ceremony and speeches by some local dignitaries and the Store Manager, Denis Delaire. Giant Tiger is proud to be connected and committed to the communities we serve. There will be a charity BBQ benefitting the Children of the North - get a hot dog and a drink for $1.It will be a fun-filled day with plenty of free activities for customers of all ages, including gift card giveaways to the first 50 customers in store, promo giveaways, free face painting and temporary tattoos, performances from New Dawn Singers and English River First Nation Singer and of course visits from Friendly, the Giant Tiger!
For more information please visit our store's Facebook page at: https://www...

Sweet Arleen's Celebrates First Franchise Location With Ribbon Cutting And Grand Opening »

August 22, 2014 at 6:27AM PDT | Source: Sweet Arleens

Three-peat Winner of 'Cupcake Wars' Celebrates Launch of Franchising Nationwide in Yorba Linda, Calif.
Westlake Village, CA (PRWEB) August 22, 2014 - Just four years after opening its bakery doors, Sweet Arleen's is celebrating the opening of its first franchise location with a ribbon cutting and grand opening celebration at 18503 Yorba Linda Boulevard in Yorba Linda, Calif. The ribbon cutting with the Yorba Linda Chamber of Commerce will take place at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 22, and the grand opening will take place on Saturday, Aug. 23, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. This location marks the bakery's entry into the franchise marketplace, spearheaded by the brand's first franchisee, Toren Halseth.
"Based on the incredible success we've seen since our bakery launch, we felt that franchising the concept would be the best avenue for growth on a national scale," said the bakery's namesake, CEO and Founder Arleen Scavone...

Texas Roadhouse, Inc. Announces Quarterly Dividend »

August 22, 2014 at 5:58AM PDT | Source: Texas Roadhouse

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - (BUSINESS WIRE) - August 22, 2014 - On August 21, 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 October 3, 2014, to shareholders of record at the close of business on September 17, 2014.
About Texas Roadhouse 
Texas Roadhouse is a casual dining concept that first opened in 1993 and today operates over 430 restaurants system-wide in 49 states and three 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...

Terrific Two: Dunkin' Donuts Celebrates Two Years Of Its Mobile App With Special Appiversary Twitter Sweepstakes »

August 22, 2014 at 5:40AM PDT | Source: Dunkin' Donuts
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Twenty-two fans will win two $22 Dunkin' Donuts mGifts for sharing what FREE medium beverage they would order after receiving the free coupon for joining the brand's DD Perks® Rewards Program
August 15, 2014 // Franchising.com // CANTON, MA - August 16 marks the two-year anniversary of the Dunkin' Mobile® App for mobile payment and gifting. To celebrate, Dunkin' Donuts, America's all-day, everyday stop for coffee and baked goods, today launched a special "Appiversary" Twitter sweepstakes to give fans the chance to win Dunkin' Donuts mGifts. In just two years, the Dunkin' Mobile App has been downloaded more than eight million times, giving people across the country a quick and convenient way to pay for Dunkin' Donuts food, beverages and merchandise...

El Pollo Loco Signs Franchisee To 20 Unit Expansion Agreement In Texas, Unveils Multi-Year Franchising Initiative »

August 22, 2014 at 5:23AM PDT | Source: El Pollo Loco

COSTA MESA, Calif. - Aug. 22, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE - El Pollo Loco (Nasdaq:LOCO) signed AA Pollo Inc. to a 20 restaurant franchise development agreement as the first step in a multi-year franchising initiative designed to expand the nation's leading fire-grilled chicken restaurant chain's presence in the greater Southwest.
As part of their agreement, AA Pollo Inc. will develop 20 new El Pollo Loco restaurants in Houston, a new development market, and San Antonio. The franchisee company has also purchased six El Pollo Loco restaurants in San Antonio. AA Pollo Inc. is owned by Anil Yadav, a multi-unit franchisee who owns and operates more than 260 restaurants with three brands covering multiple states.
"As El Pollo Loco continues to expand in the greater Southwest, there is no better franchisee with which to align than AA Pollo Inc...

Maui Wowi Expands With Second Location In Music City »

August 22, 2014 at 5:16AM PDT | Source: Maui Wowi Hawaiian Coffees & Smoothies
Maui Wowi Hawaiian Coffees & Smoothies Opportunities Available

Hawaiian coffee and fruit smoothie retailer, Maui Wowi Hawaiian, adds a second store location near Nashville, continuing its growth in the area.
Greenwood Village, CO (PRWEB) August 22, 2014 - Maui Wowi Hawaiian, the rapidly growing retailer of premium coffees and fruit smoothies, has opened a new store near Nashville, Tennessee. Located in Franklin at the new Berry Farms development, this is the first store for local franchisees Eric and Holley Rilko and the second store in the greater Nashville community. The first store opened last summer in Mt. Juliet, Tennessee.
Berry Farms is a new community development in Franklin that has quickly become a prime location to live, work, and do business; drawing a wide range of visitors. Maui Wowi is the latest to join the rapidly growing area...



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