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Kahala Helps Guide System With National Delivery Deal

The jump into delivery for Kahala Brands started organically, but now it's being standardized with the first of many national contracts.
July 19, 2019, 11:46 am

Restaurant Association Takes Job Training to Prison Inmates

The restaurant industry is uniquely suited to provide jobs for people transitioning out of the prison system, says Rob Gifford, and with funding from the U.S. Department of Labor, the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation is launching a new program aimed at doing just that.
July 19, 2019, 10:43 am

Cookie or Talk Trigger? Carstar Speaker Explains

“Nobody here has ever said, Hey, let me tell you about this perfectly adequate experience I just had,” said Jay Baer, a speaker at the Carstar annual convention in Chicago last week. Rather, owners should try to generate a “talk trigger.”
July 17, 2019, 10:27 am

Hot Cheetos vs S’Mores at Wetzel's Twisted Kitchen

Decisions, decisions. That’s the conundrum when visiting Wetzel's Pretzels Twisted Kitchen at its headquarters in Pasadena, California, and choosing among the concoctions the food stylist and marketing team are whipping up on a visit this week.
July 17, 2019, 10:15 am

Holly, the Drive-Thru AI, at Work in Good Times

Behind the sliding glass window of a typical fast-food drive-thru is a chaotic place. Employees sitting there have to process orders, hand off food and listen to all manner of customers through background noise, music and passing traffic. Valyant AI says it has largely solved the order-taking task with a new digital employee named Holly.
July 17, 2019, 9:29 am

Did Dan Rowe Find the ‘Next Big Thing’ at Ike’s?

Fransmart founder and CEO Dan Rowe chases big dreams further than most in the restaurant industry, and he's loving Ike's Love and Sandwiches.
July 12, 2019, 4:02 pm

Calculating Delivery's Impact on Restaurant Margins

There’s a running conversation about delivery’s impact on restaurant margins, and now investment advisor Hedgeye Risk Management has crunched the numbers in a range of scenarios, including how much delivery impacts the total volume, as well as incrementality and various commission rates.
July 12, 2019, 10:51 am

Home Franchise Concepts Changes Hands, Joins JM Family

Trilantic North America announced this week the sale of its majority stake in Home Franchise Concepts to JM Family Enterprises, a $16 billion Florida-based automotive company that’s one of the largest independent distributors of Toyota vehicles.
July 12, 2019, 10:40 am

New Parent, First Acquisition for Deka Lash Founders

The founders of Deka Lash are doubling down in the franchise business, creating a new parent company—Look Good Brands—and making their first acquisition, adding the five-unit Legends Boxing.
July 11, 2019, 3:55 pm

Accessible Websites: Compliance and a Big Opportunity too

Americans with Disabilities Act web guidelines aren't just a matter of compliance. Keeping websites usable by everyone is just smart business.
July 11, 2019, 3:00 pm

After Fire, Mountain Mike’s Operator Vowed to Rebuild

Last Friday Sonu Chandi, president of Chandi Hospitality, and his brother opened their 4,500-square-foot Mountain Mike’s Pizza restaurant on Cleveland Avenue in Santa Rosa, California. In October 2017, their store was one of 55 businesses destroyed in the Tubbs Fire.
July 10, 2019, 1:48 pm

Multi-unit Signings for Blaze Pizza, Nekter in Deal Tracker

Twice a month I’m plucking the key details from dozens of multi-unit franchise development agreements to give you everything you need to know to stay informed and, of course, keep an eye on what the competition is doing. That's the Franchise Times Deal Tracker.
July 9, 2019, 3:01 pm
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