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Accomplished Chef Leaves Fine Dining To Push The Limits At Bad Daddy's Burger Bar »

August 28, 2014 at 4:22AM PDT | Source: Bad Daddy's Burger Bar

Full-Service Gourmet Burger Franchise Welcomes Tim Kast as Executive Chef
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - August 27, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Bad Daddy's Burger Bar, a growing full-service restaurant franchise specializing in a chef-driven menu of signature gourmet burgers, creative sides and a full bar offering local microbrews and handcrafted cocktails, announced today the hire of Tim Kast as its new Corporate Executive Chef.
Kast joins the Bad Daddy's team after serving as the California Executive Chef Partner with Seasons 52, a Darden Restaurants brand, where he helped expand the brand west of the Mississippi and developed, trained and implemented a nationwide menu revamp. Prior to that, Kast held high-level chef positions at fine dining restaurants around the world, including serving as the Executive Sous Chef at 555 East American Steakhouse in Long Beach, California and at The Pacific Club in Newport Beach, California...

It Is Time For Mansfield To Mellow Out With Mellow Mushroom »

August 28, 2014 at 4:06AM PDT | Source: Mellow Mushroom

Handcrafted pizza, unique artwork and a full service bar are just a few reasons to stop into Mellow Mushroom Mansfield today.
August 28, 2014 // Franchising.com // Mansfield, TX - Mansfield residents will now be able to enjoy fresh handcrafted pizza, craft beer and much more at the newest addition to the community, Mellow Mushroom Pizza Bakers, now open. Mellow Mushroom Mansfield is located at 101 S. Main.
The owners of this location, Kim and Montie Slawson, are thrilled to bring Mellow Mushroom to the Mansfield community. "We have been personally connected to the city and our home since 1998. I remember when there was only one high school and grocery store in this beautiful town. The community has grown in a wonderful way; however, it still has the same small town feel," states Kim...

Every Day Is A Happy Day »

August 28, 2014 at 4:04AM PDT | Source: Labor Finders

• Labor Finders: Announces the 2014 Employee of the Year• Labor Finders: Wins Inavero's Best of Staffing For Five Consecutive Years: 2010 – 2014• Labor Finders: Receives the Exclusive Diamond Award from Best of Staffing• Labor Finders: Rated Significantly Higher Than The Industry Average
August 28, 2014 // Franchising.com // Columbus, GA - Let's face the facts…each of us would like to believe our jobs are safe and secure; that we are irreplaceable; but for most of us that is not the case. Yes, we are replaceable. Except for Mr. Jimmy Donald Coar. Mr. Coar has a fan base, like non-other; which is why, he has been named Labor Finders 2014 Employee of the Year.
Jimmy Coar, at times defies words. His history and work ethics speak volumes...

Spare Ribs Equate To Far More Than Spare Change To Benefit At-Risk Children During Woody's Bar-B-Q® Annual Celebration »

August 27, 2014 at 11:06AM PDT | Source: Woody's Bar-B-Q

National Franchise Hosted VIP Party and Annual Spare Rib Eating Contest to Celebrate 34 Years of Serving up Authentic Southern Barbecue While Raising Funds and Awareness for First Coast Child Protection Team; John Bello Crowned Victor While Setting New Record
August 27, 2014 // Franchising.com // Jacksonville, Florida -  In July 2014, the "Original" Woody's Bar-B-Q on University Boulevard in Jacksonville, Florida hosted its popular Annual Spare Rib Eating Contest and VIP Party to celebrate the company's rich and flavorful history that spans more than 30 years while raising funds to benefit the First Coast Child Protection Team. Also known as Healing Hands, this deserving non-profit organization provides services to children who have been victims of abuse or neglect in Florida's Baker, Clay, Duval, Nassau, Putnam and St...

Always Best Care Senior Services Selected As One Of Top 50 Franchises For Veterans »

August 27, 2014 at 10:35AM PDT | Source: Always Best Care, Inc.

August 27, 2014 // Franchising.com // Roseville, CA – Always Best Care Senior Services has been named one of the top 50 franchises for veterans by the World Franchising Network, as featured in USA Today’s "Franchising Today" section on June 20, 2014.
Based in Roseville, CA just outside the state capitol in Sacramento, Always Best Care is one of the nation’s leading providers of non-medical in-home care, assisted living placement services and skilled home health care. The company delivers its services through an international network of more than 180 independently owned and operated franchise territories.
"This is the fourth consecutive year our company had been recognized for its positive impact on veterans," said Michael Newman, founder and CEO of Always Best Care Senior Services...

Red Robin Roots For Denver Broncos' Defense With Tavern Double Tuesday »

August 27, 2014 at 10:06AM PDT | Source: Red Robin Gourmet Burgers

The Gourmet Burger Authority™ Partners with Denver Broncos to Kick Off Football Season so Fans can Score Tasty Rewards
GREENWOOD VILLAGE, Colo. - Aug. 27, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, Inc. (Red Robin) is ready for some football! This season, the Gourmet Burger Authority™ offers Denver Broncos fans the chance to reap the benefits of their team's on-field successes. Whenever the Broncos trigger a Tavern Double Tuesday promotion, Red Robin® restaurants will serve up a FREE* Red's Tavern Double™ burger with Bottomless Steak Fries® with the purchase of two beverages and a burger, entree or entree salad. A Tavern Double Tuesday will be activated at all Colorado Red Robin restaurants on Tuesdays following any Denver Broncos game in which the team records two or more sacks...

Pizza Patrón’s Brand Director Speaks At Hispanic Retail 360 »

August 27, 2014 at 9:49AM PDT | Source: Pizza Patron

Andrew Gamm Reveals Secrets to Making a Cultural Connection that Result in Sales
August 27, 2014 // Franchising.com // DALLAS – Andrew Gamm, brand director for Pizza Patrón, the premier Mexican pizza chain, revealed the secrets to making a cultural connection that result in sales to a packed house at the Hispanic Retail 360 on Wed., Aug. 13, 2014.
In a presentation entitled "Way Beyond Buzz: Making a Cultural Connection that Results in Sales," Gamm disclosed some of Pizza Patrón's unorthodox strategies for creating authentic ties with its core Mexican target audience. As the brand has been successful in developing strong brand loyalty in the neighborhoods it serves for more than 25+ years, Gamm was able to deliver the tried-and-true branding strategies that have garnered the brand top-of-mind presence with its target demographic and millions of dollars in free press worldwide...

Quaker Steak & Lube® Introduces Top Gear Tenders »

August 27, 2014 at 9:37AM PDT | Source: Quaker Steak & Lube

Award-Winning Casual-Dining Franchise Debuts New Made-to-Order Chicken Tenders 
August 27, 2014 // Franchising.com // SHARON, PA. – The Award-Winning casual-dining franchise Quaker Steak & Lube®, known for its Best Wings USA and more than 25 sauces, announced today that participating locations nationwide will feature Top Gear Tenders. After months of culinary research, The Lube® has debuted a superior and boneless tender with exceptional flavor as a new addition to its existing menu.
"If you love chicken wings, our new Top Gear Tenders are the perfect alternative for guests who enjoy a boneless chicken breast," said Megan Duniec, Senior Director of Marketing at Quaker Steak & Lube®. "As we continue to celebrate our 40th anniversary, these new fresh chicken tenders, developed by our culinary team, will continue to prove why The Lube® is known as Best Wings USA...

A Buyer's Choice Home Inspections To Increase European Presence »

August 27, 2014 at 9:34AM PDT | Source: A Buyer’s Choice Home Inspections

Regional Director to Expand Home Inspection Offices into Poland, Slovenia and Croatia
August 27, 2014 // Franchising.com // POMPANO BEACH, Fla. – A Buyer's Choice Home Inspections (ABCHI) will soon be knocking on the doors of many more homeowners seeking its services throughout Europe.
The Pompano Beach-based franchisor, recognized as the world's most professional home inspection company, announced today that it has signed an agreement to launch an aggressive European expansion strategy that will dramatically increase the company's footprint beyond its current presence in the Czech Republic and Slovakia.
Under the agreement, Tomas Simon, who now co-owns and operates the company's regional office in Czech Republic and Slovakia under the brand name A Buyer's Choice Home Experts, can market the franchise to other motivated, small business-oriented people in Poland, Slovenia and Croatia...

DoubleTree By Hilton Opens 10th London Location »

August 27, 2014 at 7:43AM PDT | Source: Doubletree Hotels, Suites, Resorts

Upscale Brand Welcomes Guests to Refurbished Hotel in Fashionable Islington
August 27, 2014 // Franchising.com // LONDON and MCLEAN, Va. - DoubleTree by Hilton today celebrated the opening of the latest addition to its growing London portfolio – the brand's 10th hotel in the capital area. DoubleTree by Hilton London – Islington is located in the heart of fashionable Islington, offering an ideal base for exploring London's many attractions. The stylish property, which marks the brand's 10,000th room in Europe, joins Hilton Worldwide's fastest growing full service brand after a multi-million pound refurbishment, and, alongside the recently opened DoubleTree by Hilton London – Chelsea, operates under a franchise agreement with Jurys Inn...

The Melting Pot Celebrates 35th Anniversary Of Landmark Tallahassee, Fla. Restaurant  »

August 27, 2014 at 7:32AM PDT | Source: Melting Pot Restaurants Inc., The

With Special Limited-Time Menu Supporting Florida Charity
Owners of The Melting Pot Restaurants, Inc. Got Their Start as Tallahassee Franchisees 
TAMPA, Fla. - Aug. 27, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - The Melting Pot® Restaurants, Inc., the world's premier fondue restaurant and a leading polished casual dining franchise, announced today that it will commemorate the 35th anniversary of the brand's entry into one of its earliest markets, Tallahassee, Fla., with a local celebration this September. The original Tallahassee location was opened in 1979 by the Johnston brothers, Mark, Mike and Bob, who now own The Melting Pot Restaurants, Inc. franchise company based in Tampa, Fla.
In honor of this milestone, the Tallahassee restaurant, today located at 2727 N Monroe St...

Whitby Fit Body Boot Camp Releases Gift Certificate For Two-Week Complimentary Access To Fitness Boot Camp »

August 27, 2014 at 7:18AM PDT | Source: Fit Body Boot Camp

Whitby, ON (PRWEB) August 27, 2014 - When a friend invited Misty Mozejko to join a fitness boot camp with her, she was reluctant. But it was the beginning of a new way of life and a new career.
"I was obese, unhealthy and very unhappy," says Misty. "I knew I needed to turn my life around but I just didn’t know how."
Reluctant though she may have been, Misty stuck with the program. "It was so difficult," she laughs. "It was such hard work and I was so out of my comfort zone, but between the boot camp and some good nutritional help, I started seeing changes very quickly."
Those changes weren’t just in Misty’s body, though she did lose the extra weight and body fat and transform her body into something she had never thought possible...

Popular Burger Restaurant Chain, BurgerFi, Is Chosen By Miami Dolphins Fans As Their Favorite Restaurant To Open At Sun Life Stadium »

August 27, 2014 at 7:10AM PDT | Source: BurgerFi

NBA star, Mike Miller Also Opens His Own BurgerFi Franchise in Auburn, Alabama, further demonstrating better burgers and sports are natural together.
MIAMI - August 27, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - BurgerFi, one of the fastest growing better burger concepts, known for its fresh, all natural burgers, fries and frozen custard announced today it has signed a five-year deal with the Miami Dolphins. It is a part of a bigger non-traditional real estate strategy to bring fresh, all-natural, hormone-free burgers to stadiums, airports and campuses across the country.
"We're thrilled to open BurgerFi at Sun Life Stadium," said Managing Director, Corey Winograd. "I am a huge sports fan and know how excited people will be to see they now have the opportunity to eat better, all-natural burgers while watching NFL action...

Red Robin Rewards Carolina Panthers' Victories With Tavern Double Tuesday »

August 27, 2014 at 7:03AM PDT | Source: Red Robin Gourmet Burgers

The Gourmet Burger Authority™ Partners with Carolina Panthers to Kick Off Football Season so Fans can Score Tasty Rewards
GREENWOOD VILLAGE, Colo. - Aug. 27, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, Inc. (Red Robin) is ready for some football! This season, the Gourmet Burger Authority™ offers Carolina Panthers fans the chance to reap the benefits of their team's on-field successes. Whenever the Panthers trigger a Tavern Double Tuesday promotion, Red Robin® restaurants will serve up a FREE* Red's Tavern Double™ burger with Bottomless Steak Fries® with the purchase of two beverages and a burger, entree or entree salad. A Tavern Double Tuesday will be activated at all North and South Carolina Red Robin restaurants on Tuesdays following any Carolina Panthers victory...

Christian Brothers Auto Repair Franchise Expanding In Wichita Area »

August 27, 2014 at 6:56AM PDT | Source: Christian Brothers Automotive

Auto Repair Franchise Brings Stores, Franchise Opportunity to Wichita
WICHITA, KS - (Marketwired - Aug 27, 2014) - Texas-based auto repair franchise Christian Brothers Automotive is building two stores in the Wichita area as part of an energetic national expansion.
Christian Brothers Automotive has been named the top automotive franchise for three years in a row by Franchise Business Review, which tracks franchisee satisfaction. The 18-year-old franchise system has more than 125 locations nationwide and expects to open eight more before the end of 2014. It has never closed a location.
Looking for franchise partners
One of the new stores is Jesse Schemm's, opening soon at the northeast corner of North Maize Road and 29th Street North...

Gold's Gym And Robert Irvine Dish Out Healthy Restaurant Meal Options In First-Ever Golden Plate Awards »

August 27, 2014 at 6:50AM PDT | Source: Gold's Gym

The Leading Authority on Health and Fitness Partners with Celebrity Chef Robert Irvine to Select the Top Ten Healthiest Restaurant Dishes from Member Nominations
DALLAS - Aug. 27, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - Gold's Gym, the leading authority on health and fitness, is excited to announce the winners of its first-ever "Golden Plate Awards." Partnering with Celebrity Chef Robert Irvine, the Golden Plate Awards recognizes ten of the healthiest dishes on menus from restaurant chains throughout the nation – arming members with the best choices to stay on track to reach their health and fitness goals and enjoy the pleasure of going out to eat, minus all of the calories.
Culling through hundreds of nominations from Gold's Gym members and consumers throughout the nation, Gold's Gym nutrition experts and Chef Irvine chopped down the field to ten grilled, steamed and low-fat winners – chosen not only as best options for your body, but also for your palate...

Chicken Salad Chick Savannah One Week Away »

August 27, 2014 at 6:44AM PDT | Source: Chicken Salad Chick

Southern fast-casual restaurant concept to open additional Georgia franchise.
Savannah, GA (PRWEB) August 27, 2014 - Chicken Salad Chick, the nation's newest, fast-casual restaurant concept, is scheduled to open its new franchise location in Savannah on Wednesday, September 3. The new restaurant will be located at 7400 Abercorn St, Suite 512, Savannah, GA 31406.
"The city of Savannah certainly embodies the southern charm that we portray in our restaurants, so we have been looking forward to taking our concept there," said Kevin Brown, president of Chicken Salad Chick.
The Savannah restaurant is owned by franchisees Tim and Kelly Paslawski of Savannah Chick, LLC. This location will be their first of two Savannah restaurants, as well as one in Hilton Head, SC...

Taco Bell Foundation For Teens™ And Celebrity Ambassador Reggie Bush Team Up To Give Back To Boys & Girls Clubs Of America »

August 27, 2014 at 6:22AM PDT | Source: Taco Bell
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Taco Bell Foundation for Teens will donate $2,500 for each Touchdown Scored by Bush during the 2014 Football Season
August 27, 2014 // Franchising.com // Irvine, Calif. – Taco Bell Foundation for Teens™ and Celebrity Ambassador Reggie Bush are making touchdowns worth more than seven points this football season. The Foundation and Bush announced yesterday at a local Detroit Taco Bell® restaurant they will be teaming up to give back to Boys & Girls Clubs of America through the "Touchdown for Teens" initiative! For each touchdown Bush scores during the 2014 season, $2,500 will be donated to a Boys & Girls Club. For touchdowns scored during home games, the Boys & Girls Club of Southeastern Michigan will be the recipient...

Dental Fix Awards 3rd Franchise In The State Of Colorado  »

August 27, 2014 at 6:17AM PDT | Source: Dental Fix

August 27, 2014 // Franchising.com // Davie, Florida - Dental Fix has awarded its 54th ranchise of 2014, in Aurora, Colorado to Tim Rouzee, Dental Fix announced today.
The signed agreement targeting the Aurora, Colorado market, will be the 3rd van to launch in the State of Colorado and is part of an aggressive North American expansion plan calling for 700 new vans over the next five years. With 100 territories currently operating throughout the US and Canada, Dental Fix is well on its way.
"It's been another tremendous year for us as we build on our brand's success and continue to grow throughout the United States and Canada," said David Lopez, CEO of Dental Fix.
Dental Fix combines centralized technological and account management services with a unique national network of locally owned and operated industry professionals...

MRINetwork Names John McDonald As New President »

August 27, 2014 at 6:06AM PDT | Source: MRINetwork

August 27, 2014 // Franchising.com // Philadelphia, PA - MRINetwork®, one of the largest executive search and recruitment organizations in the world, announced that John McDonald has been appointed president. McDonald joins MRINetwork, which is a subsidiary of CDI Corp. (NYSE:CDI), as a seasoned executive with extensive leadership experience in sales, recruitment and franchising. His expertise and strategic oversight will help continue the organization’s history as a leading provider of executive search, as well as the entrepreneurial spirit of its approximately 600 worldwide franchised offices.
"With a strong background in both franchising and recruitment, John is uniquely qualified to take on the role of president of MRINetwork," said Stuart Batchelor, executive vice president and president of CDI’s Global Staffing Services unit...



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