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This summer, Homegrown Sustainable Sandwiches will open its first shop outside of Washington on Battery Street in the heart of San Francisco’s Financial District. Set to make its debut September 2016, city dwellers can stop into the environmentally friendly shop for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or a quick snack. To commemorate the move, cofounders Ben Friedman and Brad Gillis loaded up a 1986 (their birth year) Volkswagen Westfalia van with camping and hiking gear, a canoe, and of course sandwiches, to road trip down the West Coast to meet potential purveyors for the new location.Chains: Homegrown Sustainable Sandwich Shop
Houston-based Salata, the fast-growing custom salad and salad wrap chain with 53 locations throughout Texas, California, and Illinois, is set for restaurant growth by reinstating its franchising program, implementing restaurant designs, and opening a new headquarters. The announcement comes after a two-year franchising hiatus as Salata experienced tremendous growth and success among franchise restaurants.Chains: Salata
Wayback Burgers announced the launch of its limited-time-only Chicken Bacon Ranch-A-Que Hero, crispy, crunchy Sea Salt House-Made Chips, and refreshing Frosted Lemonade—a frozen twist on a classic summertime sipper. The new menu items will be available at all Wayback Burgers locations nationwide from May 1 to July 31.Chains: Wayback Burgers
Nékter Juice Bar signed 29 franchise agreements in the first quarter of 2016, growing its footprint in the United States by more than 50 percent. Nékter has also experienced a significant uptick of 5 percent in same-store sales in the first quarter, as today’s more health-conscious consumers continue to value the higher quality of Nékter’s juices, smoothies, and acai bowls, made only with fresh, natural, and unprocessed ingredients—something not found at similar concepts.Chains: Nekter
As the weather warms up, Au Bon Pain announced seasonal flavors and even more healthful menu choices for its guests with the release of its Late Spring Limited Time Only Menu, available April 26 to June 20. The updated menu incorporates some of the season’s most sought-after ingredients at the peak of freshness for innovative salads, sandwiches, and bakery offerings, including the all-new Chicken, Strawberry & Watermelon Salad, and Power Protein Breakfast Sandwich, which is available all day.Chains: Au Bon Pain
Three hundred square feet might not sound like much—perhaps enough space for equipment storage or a large walk-in refrigerator. For Chicago-based concept Wow Bao, 300 or 350 square feet is the sweet spot.
The brand has been building its footprint largely through nontraditional spaces like airports, university campuses, and sports arenas.Chains: Wow Bao
Inspired by the street food vendors of the Middle East, Farid Salloum, the chef and owner of Baba’s Mediterranean Kitchen in South Baltimore, is opening a new concept in R. House this fall. ARBA’s authenticity is derived from its fusion of Old World and new-age Mediterranean foods.
Meaning “four” in Arabic, ARBA’s focused menu will feature classics like house-made falafel, shawarma, and hummus, alongside creative Middle Eastern fare like grilled octopus salad, kefta kabob rolls, and eggplant fries.Chains: Baba's Mediterranean Kitchen
The Flame Broiler The Rice Bowl King is a nationally recognized dining concept known for serving simple, healthy, and delicious rice bowls while on the go. Just this month, the brand added extra firm, organic charbroiled tofu to the core menu of its more than 180 restaurants, creating its first vegan protein option. This marks The Flame Broiler’s very first menu change since its inception in 1995, allowing them to better serve its ever-growing customer base.Chains: Flame Broiler
ShopHouse Southeast Asian Kitchen, the Southeast Asian restaurant created by Chipotle Mexican Grill, opened its newest restaurant in Los Angeles’ bustling Beverly Grove neighborhood on April 28.
“ShopHouse brings the authentic and fresh flavors of Southeast Asia in a quick and convenient format to our customers, as we continue to expand our footprint in Los Angeles,” says Tim Wildin, brand director for ShopHouse. “We’re thrilled to be joining the dynamic dining scene in the greater West Hollywood area with the opening of our fifth location in Southern California.”Chains: ShopHouseChipotle
Antunes, a family-owned and operated company specializing in the manufacturing of foodservice equipment, has been recognized by McDonald’s as part of the chain’s 2016 Supplier Energy Efficiency Challenge (SEEC). Antunes was honored with the “Energy Leadership in Kitchen Equipment” award for delivering innovation and energy savings with the rollout of a new bun toaster to the McDonald's system.Chains: McDonald's
All month long, early bird guests visiting participating Subway sandwich shops will enjoy a free savory 6-inch Subway breakfast sandwich with the purchase of any of their favorite handcrafted subs before 9 a.m. The limited-time BOGO offer from your neighborhood Subway sandwich shop allows guests to choose from any of their favorite subs and receive a free breakfast sandwich, both with unparalleled variety and quality of millions of fresh sandwich combinations to start your day right.Chains: Subway