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The Wire: Fatburger, Angry Crab Shack Sign Deals


Angry Crab Shack has nine open locations.

Last year, Angry Crab Shack founder Ron Lou said he planned to bring spicy seafood to “the forefront of America.” While it’s still early in the brand’s development, the emerging Arizona-based concept signed its first multi-unit agreement, a deal that will take Angry Crab Shack into Georgia for the first time.

The deal, signed with Greg and Dena Brown, will bring three locations to Atlanta. Dena previously launched and operated a local assisted living facility, while Greg has a 10-plus-year career in healthcare.

If you’re a subscriber to our newly renamed e-newsletter, The Wire, you learned about this deal last week. The Wire, which was formerly called Deal Tracker, brings you all the latest multi-unit development deals, now with a snappy new name and logo.

Want more? Well, you’re in luck, as I’ve culled a few recent deals to share and you can sign up for The Wire HERE to get it sent right to your inbox.

Fatburger is heading to Texas, where the brand signed a major 25-unit agreement with Dallas-based Croft Ventures for the development of restaurants in Dallas, Houston, San Antonio and Austin. Croft Ventures, led by CEO Curtis Croft, is the parent company of Famous Franchises.

McAlister’s Deli signed 30 new franchise agreements with David Blackburn of Southern Rock Restaurants, LLC to expand the brand’s presence in Ohio, Indiana, Tennessee and Georgia. The deals make Tennessee-based Southern Rock Restaurants the first McAlister’s franchisee to eclipse 100 units in its portfolio. Blackburn acquired his first McAlister’s units eight years ago and now has 82 locations.

Ziggi’s Coffee signed a multi-unit franchise deal with Army veterans Melissa and Leslie Malone-Montgomery of Chula Vista, California, who will open three units, starting with one in the San Diego area.

Quaker Steak & Lube signed agreements with foodservice operator Aramark Corporation to open two new franchised Quaker Steak & Lube concession locations. The first, inside FirstEnergy Stadium and home of the Cleveland Browns, opened on August 8 for the first preseason game. The other will open in PPG Paints Arena, home to Pittsburgh’s NHL team, the Penguins. Quaker Steak has a long-term agreement for the spot at FirstEnergy, while the PPG Paints Arena stand is signed for three years. Aramark also operates three other Quaker Steak & Lube counter-service eateries in stadiums and arenas.

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