August 24, 2019
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LemonShark Poke

LemonShark Poké’s New Sandy Springs Location Installs Self-Pour Beer Wall with iPourIt Technology

iPourIt increases its lead in the market with the installation of a 6-tap self-serve tap system using its technology at the tenth LemonShark Poké location in Sandy Springs.

Scooter's Coffee

Scooter’s Coffee Opens Second Location in Garland

Scooter’s Coffee, best known for its convenient drive-thru specialty coffee and baked-from-scratch pastries, added a new location to the state of Texas with the company’s second store in Garland.

Red Robin Gourmet Burgers Reports Results for the Fiscal Second Quarter Ended July 14, 2019

Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, Inc. (NASDAQ: RRGB) (“Red Robin” or the “Company”) reported financial results for the quarter ended July 14, 2019.

Experience the Flavors of the World During Pie Five’s Pizza Passport Sweepstakes

Pie Five Pizza is taking guests on a journey around the world with its Pizza Passport Sweepstakes.

I Heart Mac & Cheese Signs Two Store Texas Development Agreement With MJM Real Estate & Investments

I Heart Mac & Cheese today announced it signed a two store development agreement to open restaurant locations in Houston and Beaumont, Texas.

Tin Drum Asian Kitchen Coming to Houston

Atlanta-based Tin Drum Asian Kitchen, a Pan Asian restaurant that transports its guests to a street side café in Asia, complete with hawker style cuisine and atmosphere, will open the first of five restaurants in Houston this year.

Tony Roma’s® Continues String of Impressive Growth with its 37th Store in Spain

Romacorp, Inc., the parent company of Tony Roma’s® – the world’s largest casual dining concept specializing in ribs – announced today another new restaurant opening in Madrid, Spain.


Dunkin’ Launches New Burrito Bowls to Help Guests Power Through Fall

With autumn on the way, Dunkin’ is giving guests new innovative menu choices and returning fall favorites – perfect for powering through the change in season.

Noodles & Company To Address Childhood Hunger And Match Fundraiser Donations

Noodles & Company (NASDAQ: NDLS), known for serving noodle and zoodle dishes from around the world, today announced it will once again team up with No Kid Hungry to help address childhood hunger in America.

Slim Chickens Gears Up for August 22 Ribbon Cutting Ceremony in Owasso, OK

Slim Chickens, a leader in the “better chicken” segment of fast-casual restaurants will celebrate the recently opened store with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 8712 N Garnett Road, 74055 in Owasso on August 22.

MOOYAH to Open in Middleburg Heights with Plans to Add Four Locations to the Cleveland Area

MOOYAH Burgers, Fries & Shakes, a fast casual, “better burger” chain, is ready to satisfy the taste buds of burger enthusiasts in Middleburg Heights, Ohio.

Teriyaki Madness Goes Global: Fast-Casual Teriyaki Shop Concept Announces International Franchise Opportunities

On its continued quest for world domination-er, global expansion, rather-Teriyaki Madness is seeking qualified franchise partners to help introduce the brand to new and hungry audiences around the world.

Hard Rock International Appoints David Pellow To Senior Vice President Of Company Cafe Operations

Hard Rock International today announced the appointment of David Pellow to Senior Vice President of Company Cafe Operations.

Saladworks Announces Hiring of Kelly Roddy as Chief Executive Officer

Saladworks announced today the appointment chief executive officer Kelly Roddy effective August 1, 2019.

Pollo Campero Announces Opening of New Restaurant in Frederick, Maryland

Pollo Campero is growing in Maryland! The flavorful chicken chain today announced it is opening a new restaurant in Frederick, Maryland.

Corner Bakery Announces National Partnership with Habitat for Humanity

Corner Bakery is proud to announce a national partnership with Habitat for Humanity, a global nonprofit organization that works alongside families to build and improve affordable places they can call home.

Del Taco

Tulare Del Taco Celebrates 20th Anniversary with Fundraising Event

Del Taco Restaurants, Inc. (NASDAQ: TACO), the nation’s second leading Mexican quick service restaurant* (MQSR), is proud to announce the 20th anniversary of its Tulare restaurant, located at 1415 Hillman Street.

Fatburger Opens 21st Location In British Columbia, Canada

FAT (Fresh. Authentic. Tasty.) Brands Inc. (“FAT Brands” or the “Company”), parent company of Fatburger, is pleased to share the opening of its newest restaurant in Sumas.

Pinkberry Signs New Franchise Agreement in The Sunshine State

Pinkberry®, a quick service frozen yogurt franchise offering any delicious flavor and topping imaginable under the scorching Florida sun, announced it has signed a franchise agreement with Sohel Rana to open one location in Ft. Lauderdale.

Luby’s Adds Two New Independent Board Directors

Luby's, Inc. (NYSE: LUB) announced today the additions of John Morlock and Randolph Read, new independent directors to its Board of Directors.

Pizza Inn Honors Top Franchisees at Brand Convention

Pizza Inn, the international pizza restaurant with a local hometown feel, honored its top franchisees at the annual Pizza Inn Convention in San Diego.

Twin Peaks Welcomes Mark Ramage as Director of Franchise Sales Development

Joe Hummel, CEO of Twin Peaks, just announced that industry veteran Mark Ramage will join the team as Director of Franchise Sales Development.


The Winner’s Cup: Dunkin’s “Sip. Peel. Win.” Promotion Returns with Chance to Win $20 Million Worth of Prizes

America runs on Dunkin’, and once again America will be winning with Dunkin’ as well. Dunkin’s popular “Sip. Peel. Win.” nationwide on-cup peel-and-win promotion is back beginning tomorrow, August 21.

What A Catch! Clean Juice Signs Former NFL Player And Super Bowl Hero David Tyree To Franchise Agreement In New Jersey

Charlotte-headquartered Clean Juice® has announced today the signing of former National Football League (NFL) player and Super Bowl hero David Tyree to a franchise agreement.

Special Olympics Athletes Unite To Inspire and Design 2022 Special Olympics USA Games Logo

Earlier this month on August 8, the 2022 Special Olympics USA Games Organizing Committee unveiled its logo for the 2022 USA Games during a celebration ceremony at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort

MOOYAH Burgers, Fries & Shakes to Open First of Three Planned Virginia Beach Locations

MOOYAH Burgers, Fries & Shakes, a fast casual, “better burger” chain, is gearing up to satisfy the taste buds of burger enthusiasts in Virginia Beach, Virginia.

PJ's Coffee of New Orleans Breaks into Alabama Market with First Signed Agreement

PJ's Coffee of New Orleans recently signed a multi-unit deal to bring three new locations to Mobile and Baldwin counties.

Sunny Street Café Expands in North Texas as Franchisee Opens Third Location

The days are looking brighter and brighter for Carolyn and Jerry Leverett, who opened their third Sunny Street Café franchise location in Keller in 2019.

Jet's Pizza Celebrates 41st Anniversary

Jet's Pizza is celebrating 41 years of business this August. To show their appreciation and thank all of their loyal customers, Jet's will be offering a 41% off discount on August 26, the day the first Jet's Pizza opened back in 1978.

Little Caesars® Launches One Pizza with Four Great Tastes

One pizza that pleases everyone? The new Quattro pizza, Little Caesars latest innovation, serves up four different flavor options on one pizza.

Church's Chicken® Opens New Location in Apopka, FL

Church's Chicken®, along with franchisee Goalz Restaurant Group FLA, LLC, is celebrating the grand opening of its newest restaurant in Apopka, FL, and food, fun, and swag are all on the menu.

Domino's® to Open New Workspace Dedicated to Collaborative Innovation

Domino's Pizza (NYSE: DPZ), the largest pizza company in the world based on global retail sales, has spent years focused on cutting-edge technology created and built largely by teams at its World Resource Center in Ann Arbor.

Fat Brands Continues Expansion in Pakistan with 5-Unit Development Deal For The Co-Branded Fatburger and Buffalo’s Express Concept

FAT (Fresh. Authentic. Tasty.) Brands Inc, parent company of Fatburger, The Last Great Hamburger Stand™, announces today the development of five co-branded Fatburger and Buffalo’s Express concepts in Pakistan.

Fazoli’s Franchisee Wins Prestigious Title of TRA Restaurateur of the Year

Not even two years after opening his first Fazoli’s in Pharr, Texas, prominent industry leader Jerry Maddox was named Texas Restaurant Association (TRA)’s Restaurateur of the Year at the Texas Restaurant Association Marketplace in Houston in..

Nestlé® Toll House® Café By Chip® Reopens in the Woodfield Mall Under New Ownership

Freshly baked cookie fans, have no fear – Nestlé® Toll House® Café by Chip® is back at Woodfield Mall!

Del Taco

Del Taco Expands Morning Offerings With New Breakfast Toasted Wrap

Del Taco Restaurants, Inc. (NASDAQ: TACO) today announced the introduction of its newest breakfast item, the Breakfast Toasted Wrap, now available at the company’s more than 580 restaurants nationwide.

Quaker Steak & Lube®

Quaker Steak & Lube Signs New Franchise Agreement For First Philadelphia Area Restaurant

Quaker Steak & Lub has signed a franchise agreement with Philadelphia commercial construction developer John Tripodi to open a new restaurant in Bensalem, Pa., approximately 20 miles northeast of Philadelphia.

Captain D's Opens First South Florida Location in Belle Glade

Captain D's, the nation's leading fast casual seafood restaurant, announced today the opening of its newest franchised restaurant in Belle Glade, marking the brand's first location in the South Florida market and its 30th in the state.

Jollibee Foods Corporation Announces Leadership Changes in Smashburger

Jollibee Foods Corporation (JFC) today announces leadership changes in Smashburger, a business it fully acquired last December 2018, in its aim to successfully grow a meaningful business in North America.

Smoothie King Launches New Keto Champ™ Smoothies to Help Carb-Conscious Guests Rule the Day™

Smoothie King is the first smoothie chain to answer the need of carb-conscious guests who are seeking a keto-friendly blend with the launch of new Keto Champ™ smoothies

Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, Inc. to Release Second Quarter 2019 Results on August 23, 2019

Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, Inc. today announced that it will release financial results for its fiscal second quarter 2019 ended July 14, 2019, on Friday, August 23, 2019, before the market open.

Texas Roadhouse, Inc. Announces Quarterly Dividend

On August 15, 2019, Texas Roadhouse, Inc.'s (Nasdaq: TXRH) Board of Directors authorized the payment of a cash dividend of $0.30 per share of common stock.

El Pollo Loco Names Jason Weintraub as New Chief Legal Officer

El Pollo Loco, Inc. (“El Pollo Loco” or “Company”) (Nasdaq: LOCO), the nation's leading fire-grilled chicken chain, today announced the appointment of Jason Weintraub as Chief Legal Officer, effective August 29.


Refresh and Rehydrate with 7-Select Replenish™

In the midst of record-breaking high temperatures this summer, participating 7-Eleven® stores are introducing a new way to stay cool, refreshed and rehydrated.

Fazoli’s New Restaurant Design Paves the Way for the Future

The brand, known for serving up premium Italian recipes at a great value, introduced a fresh new restaurant design in its hometown with plans to bring the new look to fans at every location across the country.

Wayback Burgers Partners with Uber Eats

Wayback Burgers, America’s Favorite Hometown Burger Joint and one of the nation’s fastest-growing burger franchises, has partnered with Uber Eats to offer burger fans a terrific deal.

Vitality Bowls Named in Top Half of Inc. Magazine’s 2019 Inc. 5000 List of America’s Fastest-Growing Private Companies

Inc. magazine today revealed that Vitality Bowls, known as America’s number one superfood café, is No. 1777 on its annual Inc. 5000 list, the most prestigious ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies.

Artichoke Basille’s Pizza Sets Grand Opening Date For Highly-Anticipated Oakland Location

Artichoke Basille’s Pizza, a famed pizza institution known for its authentic New York style pizza pies, will celebrate the Grand Opening of its long-awaited Oakland restaurant (4799 Telegraph Avenue at 48th Street) on Saturday, August 24.

Pop’s Italian Beef & Sausage Now Offering Delivery

Meals at home never tasted so good, because now you can enjoy your favorite Pop’s menu items without leaving the house.

The Lost Cajun Brings Authentic Cajun Flavor to Charlotte Area

The Lost Cajun, a family-friendly restaurant with a focus on authentic Cajun food served with Southern hospitality, is set to expand its North Carolina footprint even further.

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Features & Special Reports

Floyd’s 99 Barbershop’s Service Standard Is A Cut Above

Floyd’s 99 Barbershop is a brand that seeks feedback from its customers, recognizes and rewards employees, and utilizes a system that ensures standards are enforced. This results in loyal customers who keep coming back.

Making the Cut: Ex-MLB Pitcher Finds Success in Franchising

Former MLB pitcher Kyle Sleeth is throwing a perfect game with Floyd's 99 Barbershop.

Entering a Foreign Market – Resources To Help You Succeed

If you're a U.S. franchise brand looking to enter a foreign market, these resources are for you!

Multi-Brand Operators Open Their First of 7 Del Tacos In Atlanta

Multi-Brand Partners Are Bringing Del Taco To The Atlanta Market With An Agreement To Open 7 Locations.

Domino's, McDonald's, and KFC Air Brexit-Related Warnings on Supplies, Prices

U.S. firms operating in the U.K. warn of shortages and price hikes amidst Brexit uncertainty.

Dickey's Barbecue Pit Enters South America with a 100-Unit Deal in Brazil

Texas-style barbecue coming to Brazil in a 100-unit deal for Dickey's Barbecue Pit

Franchise Brands Continue Outperforming S&P 500 Index

Index Finds Franchise Brands Are Outperforming S&P Stocks 2 To 1.

Capital Options - Mezzanine Debt Lenders

Exploring The Features And Benefits Of Mezzanine Debt Lenders In Multi-Unit Operator Expansion.

Good News! - August 2019

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