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Expect More Pickup Cubbies Next Year

Under a new licensing agreement and with the backdrop of low-contact restaurant operations persisting indefinitely, the restaurant industry will likely have a lot more pickup cubbies starting next year.
September 25, 2020, 5:14 pm

National Restaurant Association Urges Action to Stop Mass Closures

The National Restaurant Association put out a dire warning that scores of restaurants were set to close without congressional help.
September 25, 2020, 2:47 pm

Authority Brands Acquires Monster Tree Service, Expanding Home Service Portfolio

Authority Brands acquired Monster Tree Service in 90 days, marking the sixth brand addition since October 2018 and Authority’s eighth brand in its home service portfolio.
September 25, 2020, 10:49 am

Saladworks Bets Growth on Sally, the Robotic Saladmaker

Saladworks recently partnered with Chowbotics and its robotic salad maker, Sally, which allows customers to build their own salads from 22 toppings in about 70 seconds. Eric Lavinder, vice president of development for Saladworks, says Sally is a key ingredient to growth for the salad franchise.
September 23, 2020, 4:29 pm

Restaurant Deal Trends to Watch

Merger and acquisition activity in franchising hasn’t stopped during the coronavirus pandemic—it just might look a little different.
September 23, 2020, 11:26 am

Citing Pandemic, Sizzler USA Files for Bankruptcy

Sizzler, known for its cheap steaks and all-you-can-eat salad bar, is the latest restaurant chain to attribute its financial struggles to the coronavirus pandemic.
September 22, 2020, 9:19 am

A Book-Lover’s Journey to Becoming Pizza Hut’s First Chief Equity Officer

Chequan Lewis’s first experience with Pizza Hut occurred as a child through their Book It! Program, which since 1984 has encouraged reading in schools nationwide by rewarding students who meet their reading goals with a free personal pizza. Now, Lewis is the brand's first chief equity officer.
September 18, 2020, 5:30 pm

Famous Dave’s Expands via Novel Co-Branding Model

A unique independent-franchise co-branding model could be a growth vehicle for Famous Dave's and help struggling casual operators.
September 18, 2020, 2:55 pm

Pinch A Penny's Sales Exec Enjoys New Industry's Challenge

A familiar face popped up in an unfamiliar place during reporting for the Franchise Times Top 200+ ranking—Michael Arrowsmith, a long-time restaurant development executive, is CDO at Pinch A Penny Pool Patio Spa.
September 18, 2020, 12:10 pm

Body Fit, F45 Fitness Franchises Spar Over Patents

Two fitness franchises born in Australia and now pursuing U.S. expansion—F45 Training and the much smaller Body Fit Training—are suing each other in a long-running dispute over technology and business strategy.
September 18, 2020, 11:28 am

Mentor Program Puts Jersey Mike’s Manager in Owner’s Seat

Paola Portillo-Nolan opened her Jersey Mike's Subs store in Long Beach, California, earlier this month through the brand's STAY program and with the mentorship of multi-unit operator Alvaro Garcia.
September 18, 2020, 11:04 am

Cheba Hut Tweaks Stores for Impending Pandemic Winter

As the restaurant industry returns to the generally slower winter months, Cheba Hut is making some updates to prepare for the first winter with COVID-19.
September 17, 2020, 4:34 pm
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