Blaze Pizza will open locations in Alaska after signing a four-unit development agreement with Greg and Catharine Persinger. The Persingers ar…
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Katy Velazquez thought she was going to be a theater major in college, then quickly found her varied interests made it difficult to stop changing her mind. She ended up graduating with a degree in psychology in 2010, but on the way also dabbled in the catering and banquet serving industry as a side gig. Velazquez also learned how to feed herself during college, a feat some never quite master. “I fell in love with cooking and feeding people. I knew that's what I wanted to do,” Velazquez said, which is exactly what she does as executive chef at 750-unit Qdoba.
Sometimes negative things happen unexpectedly to growth-oriented franchisees. Case in point: Qdoba franchisee Matt Herridge, who two years ago acquired a third outlet from a franchisee in Columbus, Ohio. Herridge, who also franchises nine Burger Kings in West Virginia and Ohio, had never shuttered a restaurant because of poor sales.
Bright bowls filled with all manner of Middle Eastern fare sit at the core of Naf Naf Grill's menu.
Greg Willman is no stranger to franchising with new brands, but said early-stage concepts are a lot different today.
Being the first franchisee for a system is a leap of faith, but for the first operators in Naf Naf Grill it's a leap they've taken before.
Captain D's is a seafood-focused restaurant chain with a beachy interior vibe, which proved attractive to new owner Sentinel Capital.