(  Who says you can’t have cereal for dessert? 16 Handles is launching a new flavor: Cerealiously Loopy, made with Froot Loops® Cereal! Handcrafted with the beloved cereal, this delicious frozen yogurt is packed with fruity flavors that will take you right back to childhood. Better yet, 16 Handles is launching six nostalgia-worthy cereal toppings to create the perfect Fro-Yo pairing, including Froot Loops®, Trix®, Cookie Crisp, Apple Jacks, Cocoa Puffs, and Cinnamon Toast Crunch.

The flavor is available in a variety of product offerings – including Fro-Yo sandwiches and the 16 Handles Whip Up®, which blends guests’ topping selections with their frozen yogurt for the perfect mix.

Try one of these combinations to create the ultimate frozen treat:

The Breakfast Club: Granola, Blueberry, Kiwi

Cereal Killer: Raspberry Sauce, Chocolate Gravel, Chocolate Cookie Crunch

Breakfast of Champions: Froot Loops® cereal, Trix® cereal, Cookie Crisp Cereal

About 16 Handles

Founded in 2008, 16 Handles is New York City’s first...

25th Anniversary Celebrations Planned with Throwback Menu and Expansion Continues.

Whitefish, MT  (  Twenty-five years in business is exciting for any business and in April MacKenzie River’s will begin celebrating its 25th anniversary with a month-long celebration. Since opening in Bozeman, MT on April 15, 1993 MacKenzie River Pizza has grown to over 70 menu items with locations in 9 states and plans for continued expansion.

The brand will be introducing a Throwback Menu for the month of April featuring some menu items from the past; and on April 15, 2018 there will be a special menu featuring original prices from 1993, the year the chain started in Bozeman, MT. “The month of April is all about celebrating our brand culture and heritage. This will be a fun month for our team members and guests as we bring back some menu items and prices from the early days,” said Brad Ridgeway, president of Glacier Restaurant Group. “A 25-year anniversary is a big deal in our industry, and I appreciate all the hard work and passion everyone has put into the MacKenzie River brand.”

The Throwback prices on April...

Pacific Northwest-Based Mora Iced Creamery Teams with WBR Utah to Bring Artisanal Ice Cream to the Greater Salt Lake City Region

Puget Sound ( Already known as the “Beehive State,” Utah residents and visitors have even more sweetness headed their way…

With their corporate offices and production facility in Poulsbo and shops in Bainbridge, Poulsbo and Kingston, Mora Iced Creamery is expanding again and this time they’re taking their success out of state.

Routinely named one of the best “artisanal” ice creams in the country, Mora Iced Creamery has five new storefronts in the works for the greater Wasatch Front/Salt Lake City region with the first scheduled to open later this spring.

In a development partnership with WBR Utah and its founders/partners Jeff Whyte, Pat Richter, Andrew Whyte and Mike Brooks, Mora Iced Creamery will open the first location in University Place in Orem while continuing to view and negotiate locations for another four stores.

For partners Andrew Whyte and Mike Brooks this is not an entirely new endeavor with Mora; they already operate three franchise locations in Washington State...

Strategic Alignment Will Allow More Control of Brand Experience Across Digital Universe

Harrisburg, PA  (  Arooga’s Grille House & Sports bar is pleased to announce today its latest collaboration with Yext, the leading Digital Knowledge Management platform whose mission is to provide companies control of their online profiles across hundreds of their integrated partners which include maps, apps, search engines, voice assistants, and other intelligent services that drive consumer discovery, decision, and action.

The Harrisburg, Pa based full service restaurant concept made the move early this year, but only recently began to reap the benefits of its new and improved online presence after officially going live earlier this month.

“We recognize the importance of maintaining our brand profile in this digital age where everything lives online.” said Gary Huether, Jr., President and Co-Founder of Arooga’s Grille House & Sports Bar.  “Yext allows us the capability to control our brand across hundreds of online platforms, which is important as we continue to grow so that we control our messaging, and also so our guests can easily find answers about Arooga’s online.”

“The rise of intelligence is changing the game for restaurants everywhere, as customers armed with AI-powered services like Google Assistant, Siri, or Alexa, can simply say “sports bar” or “tater tots” and immediately get back a direct answer,” said Lee Zucker, Head of Industry, Food Services at Yext. “In this new...

Leading Multi-Unit Franchise Partner Builds on Del Taco Holdings with 12-Store Agreement

Lake Forest, CA  (RestaurantNews.comDel Taco Restaurants, Inc. (NASDAQ:TACO), the nation’s second leading Mexican quick service restaurant,* is continuing its upper Midwest expansion thanks to the brand’s partnership with leading multi-unit franchisee, Team Schostak Family Restaurants, which currently owns and operates five Del Taco locations with a sixth under development. This new agreement is for an additional 12 stores across the Detroit, MI area, bringing the total number of Del Taco locations Team Schostak Family Restaurants has open and in the pipeline to 18.

The development agreement for the 12 new Del Taco restaurants covers Macomb and parts of Wayne County, Michigan. Along with multiple Del Taco locations, Team Schostak Family Restaurants operates various other casual dining and fast casual brands, including more than 65 Applebee’s restaurants across Michigan.

“We value our partnership with Del Taco and see tremendous white space for the concept across Michigan,” said Mark Schostak, Executive Chairman of Team Schostak Family Restaurants. “Del Taco provides what consumers today are looking for, a winning combination of fresh food served at an unbeatable value. It’s a brand that...

(RestaurantNews.comThumbs Up Diner has been an institution in Atlanta for years. A business that fits your lifestyle is what Thumbs Up offers its franchisees. Imagine owning a restaurant without having to worry about working late nights, dealing with alcoholic beverages or evening emergency calls. One that is closed by 4 pm each afternoon and that frees up your evenings for family, friends or doing whatever you want to do.

This is the lifestyle of Thumbs Up Diner franchise owners. It is also the lifestyle of your employees and managers allowing you to attract a skilled and committed staff. Thumbs Up diner is a unique opportunity with short operating hours.

Thumbs Up Diner is a restaurant that has a focus on breakfast, meaning it has a daytime schedule with a 4 pm closing time. As a franchisee, your investment in time is limited, which leaves plenty of time to enjoy your family and have a life outside of work. In other words, you’ll own your business — not the other way around.

Thumbs Up diner also comes with Limited competition and signature menu.

Canton, MA  (  Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc., (Nasdaq: DNKN), the parent company of Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins, today announced the promotion of three executives to vice president roles. The promotions include Brian Gilbert to Vice President, Retail Business Development; Frank Barone to Vice President, Financial Management & Business Analytics; and Mathias Piercy, to Regional Vice President, South Central.

“I am delighted to announce the promotions of three talented members of the Dunkin’ Donuts team. Brian, Frank and Mathias have made significant contributions to our success and bring a wealth of experience to their new roles. With their passion for results, deep understanding of our business, and leadership capabilities, I am confident they will help us continue to capitalize on the growth potential of both the Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins brands,” said Dave Hoffmann, President, Dunkin’ Donuts U.S.

Brian Gilbert will be responsible for growing the company’s global consumer packaged goods business and channel partnerships for both Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins, which includes driving strategic partnerships with The Coca-Cola Company, The J.M. Smucker Company, Keurig Green Mountain, JetBlue Airways Corporation, Amtrak and other retailers. Mr. Gilbert has been with Dunkin’ Brands for 14 years, during which time he and his team have successfully developed and launched several key products and programs, including Dunkin’ Donuts K-Cup® Pods, Dunkin’ Donuts ready-to-drink iced coffee beverages and...

Guests Can Download App to Receive Free Baked Spaghetti and Reward Points

Lexington, KY  (RestaurantNews.comFazoli’s, America’s largest elevated quick service Italian chain, announced the launch of its first app-based loyalty program with mobile ordering capabilities for all Morehead and Maysville, Kentucky guests. Fans in Morehead and Maysville who download and sign up for Fazoli’s Rewards will get a free Baked Spaghetti and will receive a $5 coupon for every 50 points earned, with one point earned for each dollar spent. In addition, users can conveniently place and pay for an online order for pick up in-restaurant.

“We are thrilled to announce the launch of our mobile loyalty app to provide our guests with even greater convenience and value when eating out,” said Dan Markwell, Fazoli’s franchisee. “At Fazoli’s, we understand that time and value are important for our guests, so we are always looking for ways to improve our experience of offering freshly prepared delicious Italian cuisine for families.”

The launch of the app-based loyalty program allows Fazoli’s to shape personalized offers that attract and engage more meaningfully with loyal guests. The Fazoli’s app is available for iOS and...

Pittsburg, TX  (RestaurantNews.comPizza Inn announced today that Nathan Crouch has become the new franchise partner of the restaurant located at 1000 North Greer in Pittsburg, Texas.

The popular pizza chain is known nationwide for its exceptional pizza and friendly service. The restaurant’s original pizzas blend everyone’s favorite ingredients to create distinctively unforgettable flavor combinations with homemade pizza crust that is made fresh daily.

This particular location was originally built and opened in 1998 by Joe Crouch, Nathan Crouch’s father.

“The Pittsburg Pizza Inn was my father’s first franchise, so it holds great significance for our family,” said Nathan Crouch. “My father sold it a few years ago and I decided to buy it back because we love the Pittsburg community and we believe that they deserve a nice restaurant where they can buy high-quality food at a great price. My father and I love the pizza business, we also own the Pizza Inn location in Sulphur Springs. We look forward to the great things to come with this location and we’re excited to get involved again in the community.”

Pizza Inn’s All Day Buffet serves up a quantity of quality, from signature...

Restaurant owners and operators are always on the lookout for special events they can use in their online and offline marketing efforts.

Tax Day, for example, has become an annual favorite as restaurants across the nation step up to offer tax weary Americans a break with special deals and offers.

April also serves up many food specific days that can easily be worked into any menu marketing plan.  On the menu:  Beer, Blueberry Pie, Caramel, Caramel Popcorn, Cheese Fondue, Chocolate Cashew Truffles, Cinnamon Crescents, Coffee Cake, Cordon Bleu, Deep Dish Pizza, Eggs Benedict, Empanadas, Fish Fingers and Custard, Garlic, Glazed Spiral Ham, Grilled Cheese Sandwiches, Jelly Beans, Licorice, Oatmeal Cookies, Peach Cobbler, Peanut Butter and Jelly, Pecans, Pigs in a Blanket, Pineapple Upside-Down Cake, Pretzels, Prime Rib, Shrimp Scampi, Sourdough Bread, Tomatoes and Zucchini Bread.

Here’s your restaurant marketing calendar for April:

National BLT Sandwich Month
National Soft Pretzel Month
National Soyfoods Month
National Grilled Cheese Month
National Garlic Month
Jazz Appreciation Month
Couple Appreciation Month
Poetry Month
Straw Hat Month

1 – Easter Sunday
1 – April Fools Day
1 – National Sourdough Bread Day
1 – National One Cent Day
2 – National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day
2 – World Autism Awareness Day
2 – International Children’s Book Day
3 – Fish Fingers and Custard Day

Multi-Unit Franchisee of Five Guys Burgers & Fries Adds Salsarita’s to His Portfolio

Lincoln, NE  (  Ryan Funke is no novice when it comes to food operations.

The 37 year old is also is a multi-unit owner of six of Nebraska’s Five Guys Burgers & Fries, Lincoln’s Doughnut Hole, Gate 25 Restaurant and Bar and Yes Chef Catering. If you live in Lincoln, Nebraska and like to eat out, there is a big chance you’ve been served by one of Funke’s team.

The new Salsarita’s recently opened at 2900 Copper Ridge, Suite 100, which is in the Wilderness Hills Shopping Center at 27th Street and Yankee Hill Road. It features the chain’s new drive-thru model which also offers Mexican favorites such as five flavorful house-made salsas, custom burritos, tacos, nachos and salads made fresh to order with an extensive selection of proteins, toppings and fillings.

“I learned about Salsarita’s from a friend who is opening restaurants in Missouri,” said Funke. “I was so curious that I went to visit restaurant...

Lexington, KY  (RestaurantNews.comFazoli’s, America’s largest fast casual Italian chain, announced today after a long and illustrious restaurant industry career spanning forty-three years – including the past twenty four years with Fazoli’s – Vice President of Franchise Sales Sam Nelson will retire effective March 21st.

Sam’s affiliation with Fazoli’s dates all the way back to 1985 when the concept was originally conceived by parent company Jerrico, Inc. He was an integral part of the team that opened the first five Fazoli’s in Lexington, KY before leaving Jerrico to purchase The Coach House Restaurant – at the time the only Mobil Five-Star restaurant in the State of Kentucky. In 1992 Sam was inducted into the Nation’s Restaurant News Fine Dining Hall of Fame.

Sam rejoined Fazoli’s in 1994 and served as the Company’s first-ever Franchise Business Consultant. After several promotions including Director and Group Chairman of Franchise Operations, Sam was selected in 1998 to lead the Franchise Department as Vice President, Franchise Operations and Sales. That same year, Sam was presented with Fazoli’s “Servant Leadership Award”, the only recipient of this award in the Company’s history.

In the ensuing years that followed under Sam’s leadership, the Company’s franchise community doubled in size, easily exceeding the number of company-owned units.

In recent...

Irvine, CA  (  Industry-leading, ever popular Yogurtland, whose successful ice cream introduction last summer gave self-serve dessert fans more to love, today announces two new scratch-made ice cream flavors.  Mint OREO® Cookies & Creme Ice Cream and Strawberries & Cream ice cream are available now through the end of March at all Yogurtland locations.

A delicious, undeniable treat, the new Mint OREO Cookies & Crème Ice Cream combines real OREO chocolate cookies and mint for a perfectly rich and creamy ice cream.

Yogurtland’s Strawberries and Cream ice cream brings together the tart and juicy flavor qualities of California strawberries with the fruitiness and jam-like quality of Northwest strawberries to create the perfect strawberry and cream balance.

Neighborhood restaurant offers guests $10 off next $30 order on website or mobile app

Glendale, CA  (RestaurantNews.comApplebee’s Neighborhood Grill + Bar® is putting guests in the driver’s seat when it comes to convenient and delicious meals to go. Updates to Applebee’s To Go experience makes bringing home menu favorites even easier, and to sweeten the deal, Applebee’s is offering guests $10 off $30 on their next order on or mobile app for a limited time*.

Applebee’s was one of the first restaurants in its category to offer Carside To Go® and now thanks to a redesigned mobile app and online ordering platform, options for Applebee’s To Go are faster, more accurate and more satisfying than ever. Guests can dash inside and grab their meal for Carry Out or choose Carside To Go at participating restaurants to get their meal delivered straight to their car. No matter the method, new To Go packaging ensures the meal remains hot and tasty outside of the restaurant.

“Applebee’s To Go has undergone a makeover aimed at better serving guests, with updates to the mobile app and website, the introduction of...

( has released its latest Restaurant Chain Growth Report.

Growing Concepts of Multi Unit Operators
Concepts that have grown by at least 5% (if less than 50 units).

Duluth, GA-based NORSAN GROUP (founded 1987) has added a new concept called Frankie’s The Steakhouse. Other company concepts are Frontera Mex Mex Grill (11), Luciano’s Ristorante Italiano (2) and Pampas Steakhouse (1). Overall company increase was from 14 to 15 (7% growth). The restaurants are family/casual, serving Italian, Mexican and South American cuisines. Per person check average is $10-30+, with full bar and average seating for about 200. Catering and banquet services are available. Trading areas are GA and NC.

Illinois-based WILDBERRY PANCAKES AND CAFE (founded 2003) has increased by 1 unit, from 3 to 4 (33% growth). The restaurants are open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, with a $10-$30+ per person check average. Full bar service is available and seating is for about 250. Catering, banquet and online ordering services are available. All the restaurants trade in IL.

Vienna, VA-based ANITA’S NEW MEXICO STYLE MEXICAN FOOD (founded 1974) has increased by 1 unit, from 7 to 8 (14% growth). This family/casual Mexican concept is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, with an $8-$20+ per person check average. Locations...

Fourth Partnership with Norwegian To Bring NorthStar Point of Sale Onboard New Ship

Ft. Lauderdale, FL  (  SeaTrade Booth #924 – In its fourth partnership with Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd.’s ships, Custom Business Solutions today announces plans to provide its NorthStar cloud-based point of sale software for Food Republic and The District Brewhouse aboard the new Norwegian Bliss.

Custom-built for the ultimate cruising experience, Norwegian Bliss will boast an array of exhilarating activities, delectable dining options and show stopping performances. The line’s sixteenth ship will sail weekly seven-day Alaska cruises during her inaugural summer 2018 season and, beginning in November, Norwegian Bliss will trade in Alaska’s scenery for Caribbean sunsets as she sails seven-day Eastern Caribbean cruises each Saturday from Port Miami.

The District Brewhouse and Food Republic will be equipped with the robust cloud-based NorthStar Order Entry System.  In Food Republic, guests will be able to manage their dining experience by ordering directly from encased iPads on the table. Restaurant staff will also use iPads equipped with NorthStar for order processing. This will be the third ship for Food Republic and the second ship for The District Brewhouse.

For this installation,...

New treat launches nationwide following a successful 2017 test

Atlanta, GA  (  Chick-fil-A® has introduced its newest seasonal menu item, Frosted Sunrise, which is available at restaurants nationwide through June 2. The creamy and tart treat is a combination of Chick-fil-A’s signature vanilla Icedream® and Simply Orange® Juice. The treat launches in all restaurants following a successful test in Jacksonville, Fla. last fall.

Frosted Sunrise follows Chick-fil-A’s first frosted beverage, Frosted Lemonade, which was added to the menu in 2015 and was so popular that Chick-fil-A added Frosted Coffee, made with cold-brewed iced specialty coffee and Icedream, to the menu in 2016. Last year’s seasonal menu item, Frosted Strawberry Lemonade, a hand-spun combination of Chick-fil-A’s fresh squeezed Lemonade (or Diet Lemonade), Icedream and strawberry purée, was on the menu for a limited time as a seasonal offering. Icedream, inspired by founder Truett Cathy’s original recipe, is a delicious, dairy treat with an old-fashioned vanilla taste.

“Spring is the perfect time of year to introduce a new seasonal Frosted beverage. Our seasonal Icedream offerings have become customer favorites over the last few years,” said Amanda Norris, senior director of menu development for Chick-fil-A. “Frosted Sunrise combines simple but flavorful ingredients into a tasty...

The New York-Based Coffee Shop And Bakery Will Open Five Locations In Greater Orlando Area

New York City, NY  (  Café D’Avignon, New York’s fastest-growing local bakery and café known for their exquisite execution of French and American pastry classics, has signed its first franchise deal that will bring five locations to the greater Orlando, FL area. The Florida outposts will be the concept’s first outside of New York, where Café D’Avignon currently operates a wholesale bakery and three retail locations, one within the prestigious Plaza Food Hall. Florida franchisees Alex Nikitin and Maxim Dreev have an aggressive growth strategy for the new locations, planning to open two Café D’Avignon outlets in the first year.

The partners have set their sights on opening at mass-gathering locations in busy neighborhoods. They’re actively looking for available space at airports, amusement parks, and high volume food halls, where they feel the fresh, simple, and ingredient-centric approach of the concept will...

Customized Interactive Allergen Menus in as little time as a week!

(  Gipsee, Inc. the leading maker of Food Allergy software for the restaurant and hospitality industry today announced a software platform ( that enables smaller independent restaurants to quickly enter their ingredient information, setup menus and create their own Interactive Allergen Menu mobile apps.

Using the platform, restaurant owners can customize the look and feel of the built-in ‘responsive’ app that can be used on any device including Smartphones and desktops. No technical skills needed!

We created AllerDining platform specifically for smaller restaurants that do not have access to sophisticated IT resources to create tools necessary to present allergen- specific information for their clients” says Atul Ahuja, AllerDining CEO, “with this platform any restaurant is able to provide the same type of information to their diners that large restaurant chains can” 

The platform guides users step-by-step about how to enter ingredient information, set up menus and customize the built-in app for public view on mobile phones or placement on the restaurant’s website all for a flat monthly subscription starting as low as $99 per month.

If needed, AllerDining provides free setup for those busy restaurateurs that simply do not have the time to enter the information on the platform.

The AllerDining platform is based on the same sophisticated...

More than 200 combinations possible with customizable ultimate meal deal

Dallas, TX  (  Taco Bueno, the North Texas-based iconic Tex-Mex fast food chain, is changing the game when it comes to value.  With the introduction of the new Pick 3 for $2.99 menu, customers can build the ultimate combo meal for less than $3.

Starting Wednesday, March 7, customers can create their own personalized $2.99 meal when they mix and match from a line-up of 12 freshly made menu items including: Party Taco, Party Burrito, Party Nachos, Party Quesadilla, Party Tostada, 7 Layer Taco Cup, Grilled Taco Roll-ups (beef or chicken), Taco Burger, Chili-Cheese Wrap, Cheesy Melt (beef or chicken), Potato Sticks and a 3-pack of Churros.

At Taco Bueno is everything made fresh. Everything included in the Pick 3 for $2.99 Meals uses 100 percent fresh – never frozen – beef and white meat chicken, fried-in-house crispy tortilla chips, freshly made taco shells, house-made guacamole, freshly made authentic tortillas and signature, preservative-free, all natural queso.

Taco Bueno Chief Marketing Officer Sarah Beddoe said, “Customers deserve a better meal, they deserve high-quality Tex-Mex for a great price and that...