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Exclusive Brief: 0SICOM announced the opening of a fully functional quick-service restaurant in its new corporate headquarters. The Customer Experience Center will provide visitors with an immersive experience that demonstrates the power of integrated solutions, as well as an open environment to collaborate and create future quick service technology solutions.
Image Caption: Exclusive Brief: 0Through the end of March, The Habit Restaurants, Inc. is giving all existing and new CharClub members a free Charburger with cheese. The Habit CharClub is a free program that offers member-only perks, including access to exclusive grand opening and local store events, a special Habit Burger treat on your birthday, advanced notice and first-hand information about new menu items and limited time offerings, and more.Chains: Habit Grill
Image Caption: Exclusive Brief: 0Zoup!, the fast-casual restaurant known for its award-winning gourmet soups, scored a blow in the fight against childhood hunger by meeting its goal to raise $100,000 for No Kid Hungry and Breakfast Club of Canada during National Soup Month in January. Throughout the month, Zoup! guests in the United States and Canada who donated $2 or more to the organizations received a coupon for a complimentary 8 oz. side of soup redeemable on their next visit.Chains: Zoup! Fresh Soup Co.
Image Caption: Exclusive Brief: 0El Pollo Loco Holdings, Inc. announced that Bernard Acoca has been appointed as president and chief executive officer, effective March 12. Acoca will succeed Steve Sather, who previously announced his intent to retire during 2017. Acoca will also replace Sather on the company’s board of directors. Chains: El Pollo Loco
Image Caption: Exclusive Brief: 0Dickey’s Barbecue Pit introduces a new sandwich that will be loved by barbecue purists and adventurists alike, as long as they appreciate a kick to their Pulled Pork. The new JalapeñoCheddarSpicyPulledPorkSandwich will be available throughout the month of March. The sandwich includes Dickey’s slow-smoked Pulled Pork and spicy barbecue sauce with savory cheddar cheese and jalapeños. The JalapeñoCheddarSpicyPulledPorkSandwich will be available in Dickey’s Barbecue Pit locations nationwide beginning March 1 through 28.Chains: Dickey's Barbecue Pit
Image Caption: Exclusive Brief: 0Taco John’s International, Inc. announced that in response to the 2018 Tax Cut and Jobs Act, the company gave part of its projected tax savings to its restaurant crews, general managers, corporate staff and CORE (Children of Restaurant Employees). On February 23, Taco John’s International, Inc.’s employees received a one-time bonus, as follows: Every restaurant crew member—full-time and part-time—received $200 (after taxes) General managers and employees at the Taco John’s Franchisee Support Center in Cheyenne received $1,000 eachChains: Taco John's
Image Caption: Exclusive Brief: 0Blaze Fast-Fire’d Pizza announced highlights and financial results for its fiscal year ending December 31, 2017 along with its outlook for 2018.  The build-your-own pizza chain also announced that it now has 252 restaurants open with franchise agreements in place to develop more than 400 additional locations across the U.S., Canada, the Middle East and Northern Africa. The company continues to maintain its target of 1,000 restaurants and $1 billion in annual system-wide sales within four to seven years. 2017 Results & Highlights:Chains: Blaze Fast Fire'd Pizza
Image Caption: Exclusive Brief: 0The Gyro Shack announced its new location in Vancouver, Washington, will be celebrating its grand opening on March 5. Located in the Hazel Dell Marketplace at 7902 NE 6th Ave., Suite 106, The Gyro Shack features a convenient dine-in seating area. The grand opening celebration will feature a ribbon-cutting with the Chamber of Commerce, followed by The Gyro Shack’s first annual gyro-eating contest in Vancouver with first prize including one free Original gyro a week for a year.Chains: Gyro Shack
Catering can be a lucrative business for restaurants. It helps you reach new customers and supplement dining room sales. But it does introduce new factors to your business that, left unchecked, could become a drag on resources. That said, if you manage these factors carefully, your catering business could help your restaurant thrive. It can be tempting for a restaurant to build an expansive menu showcasing each and every one of its culinary delights. A better approach is to thoughtfully consider a catering menu through the lens of protecting profit margins.
Image Caption: Exclusive Brief: 0Wayback Burgers is rolling out the red carpet for its coveted guests with the cool Jungle Crumble Milkshake and Free Wayback Classic burger coupons. The milkshake, made with Vanilla Bean Ice Cream, Oreos, and Hershey’s Chocolate Syrup topped with more Oreos and Gummy Worms, is the perfect way to commemorate Wayback Burgers’ partnership with Sony Pictures Home Entertainment and the hit film “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle.” Chains: Wayback Burgers
The Great Recession may be nearly a decade behind us, but leaders in the restaurant industry still can’t forget how it brought many brands—even the biggest and strongest—to their knees. With consecutive years of sales declines and drastically reduced spending from value-conscious consumers, the recession left much of the limited-service segment desperate to turn their fortunes around in the post-recession landscape.
It’s no secret that the restaurant industry is rapidly changing. From innovative food delivery platforms—such as UberEats, Postmates, and Seamless—to splashy, new restaurant chains targeting customers in innovative ways, the industry is adapting to a new wave of technology, innovation, and consumer expectations. We all know the industry is changing, but to keep up restaurants should understand who is impacting the industry, and what it means for the future.
Image Caption: Exclusive Brief: 0Firenza Pizza, a burgeoning franchise touting “Pizza Like Never Before,” is set to open its newest restaurant in San Antonio, Texas. Located at 5539 W Loop 1604 N Suite 104, the new restaurant specializes in hand-crafted, made-to-order pizza and will celebrate its grand opening December 18-23 by donating $2 from every pizza sold to the Susan G Komen of San Antonio, William Taft High School, and Communications Arts High School. In addition, the first 10 people in line December 22 and December 23 will get free pizza for a year.Chains: Firenza
Image Caption: Exclusive Brief: 0Erbert & Gerbert’s Sandwich Shop, on the fast track to becoming one of the fastest-growing sandwich chains in the U.S., has named Jeremy Burke, Director of Marketing & Brand Development, and Jill Brenner, Marketing Project Manager, respectively. The chain has more than 100 locations in 16 states.Chains: Erbert & Gerbert's
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Image Caption: Exclusive Brief: 0Local Tennessee couple brings Dickey’s slow-smoked, Texas-style barbecue to Soddy Daisy in spring 2018. The new location will be opened by new Dickey’s Barbecue Pit owners Mark and Donna Oldham. “Dickey’s Barbecue Pit has been family owned and operated since 1941 and we consider each of our owners as a part of our family,” says Laura Rea Dickey, CEO of Dickey’s Barbecue Restaurants, Inc. “We are always proud when passionate franchisees such as Mark and Donna Oldham decide to invest in Dickey’s and help us further our brand.”Chains: Dickey’s Barbecue Pit
Regal is the first national cinema chain to offer the snack.Exclusive Brief: 0This holiday season, Cheetos, one of the flagship brands from PepsiCo’s Frito-Lay division, will be the star of the show at theater concession stands as it brings its famous dangerously cheesy flavor to everyone’s favorite movie snack. Cheetos Popcorn, featuring Cheetos-flavored popcorn mixed with Crunchy Cheetos, will debut December 15 at participating Regal Cinemas nationwide.
Image Caption: Fast-food chain is growing in 2018 with new locations.Exclusive Brief: 0Arby’s Restaurant Group, Inc. announced a development agreement with Vantage Egypt for Tourism and Entertainment to build 50 new Arby’s restaurants in Egypt. The new restaurants will begin to open in 2018. Vantage Egypt has more than a decade of experience owning and operating several restaurant concepts and international brands throughout Egypt.Chains: Arby's
A lot can be, and has been, said about modern-day consumers: They crave experiences rather than goods; their tastes are increasingly sophisticated; they’re seeking quality, value, and, above all, convenience. In short, they want it all. And when it comes to food and entertainment, it looks like they’re getting exactly what they’ve asked for thanks to the rise of the “eatertainment” industry.
It probably goes without saying that restaurants would like to put 2017’s third quarter in the rearview. Historically, thanks to back-to-school promotions, it’s tough enough on its own. But this past year was a different kind of beast altogether. Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria cracked the financial landscape across the industry.