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JJ’s Red Hots is settling the Great Hot Dog Day Debate of 2016 like a national award-winning hot dog concept should: by celebrating the hot dog every day, including July 23, one of the “two” Hot Dog Days of summer.
While the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council designated July 14 as National Hot Dog Day this year based on the Congressional Calendar, which is tied to the National Hot Dog Lunch on Capitol Hill, many national brands such as Nathan’s Famous, Wienerschnitzel, Dog Haus, and 7-Eleven decided to stick with last year’s date of July 23.Chains: JJ's Red Hots
Tijuana Flats, a parent company for Tijuana Flats Tex-Mex restaurants, has announced Larry Ryback as the new CEO, reporting to the company’s chairman of the board and partner at AUA Private Equity Partners, Steven Flyer. Larry brings with him more than 25 years of demonstrated success in growth-oriented, leading restaurant brands.Chains: Tijuana Flats
Freshii, a leading health-casual restaurant franchise, has selected OneMethod as its first digital and social agency of record. Freshii has challenged the creative shop to produce memorable content that people will talk about on its Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts while elevating the fresh food concept’s digital footprint globally. With their finger on the food culture pulse, OneMethod plans to utilize Freshii’s brand power to generate a strong following and build up the brand in international markets.Chains: Freshii
Checkers and Rally’s are now offering new Kool-Aid Slushies. The icy treats launched in May 2016 as part of the new Chill Stop frozen beverage menu. Available in Tropical Punch and Blue Raspberry, two favorite flavors from the second best-selling powdered drink brand,the drinks are available nationwide at $1.79 for a 16-ounce cup and $2.29 for 20 ounces.Chains: Checkers/Rally's
Noodles & Company announced that Victor R. Heutz has been named to the position of Chief Operations Officer. Heutz will be responsible for leading Noodles & Company’s cross-functional teams in day-to-day operations, strategic planning, and guest service. He will report directly to chairman and CEO Kevin Reddy.Chains: Noodles & Company
ParTech, a leading global provider of point-of-sale and food safety solutions to the restaurant industry and wholly owned subsidiary of PAR Technology Corporation, announced that Lenny’s Subs has selected PAR’s Brink POS software as the approved POS solution for all of its 105 locations. Lenny’s Subs was founded 18 years ago on the premise that “Everybody Deserves Great Food” and has continued to expand by satisfying cravings for authentic deli subs, world-class Philly cheesesteaks, and a number of grilled sandwiches in 13 states throughout the US.Chains: Lenny's Sub Shop
Sub Zero Ice Cream, the nation’s first liquid nitrogen ice cream franchise, has recently opened a new flagship corporate headquarters, training center, and test kitchen in historic downtown Provo, Utah, that will serve as the company’s home base, model store prototype, and testing ground for continued menu experimentation throughout the brand’s more than 50 stores nationwide.Chains: Sub Zero Ice Cream
According to a June survey, the majority of the Seattle restaurant workforce is highly satisfied at work, and they prefer tweaks to existing policies over any major changes that aren't needed, including scheduling changes.
The survey gauged the opinions of more than 700 Seattle restaurant employees. It was administered by EnviroIssues, a Seattle community outreach organization, and was led by the Seattle Restaurant Alliance.
Tropical Smoothie Cafe, the leading fast casual café concept known for its better-for-you food and smoothies with a tropical twist, announced tremendous success in the first half of 2016. Following a year where the company experienced the strongest growth in its 19-year history, the momentum is continuing as the sandwich and smoothie franchise reported a 6.4 percent increase in same-store sales and signed franchise agreements to develop 80 new cafés across the U.S., including in Albuquerque, Atlanta, Charleston, Houston, and Dallas.Chains: Tropical Smoothie Cafe
Captain D’s is continuing a strong sales momentum in 2016, closing out the second quarter of the year with its 19th consecutive quarter of positive growth, generating a 3.1 percent system-wide same store sales increase. The leading fast-casual seafood restaurant chain is also experiencing a surge of new franchise and corporate growth.Chains: Captain D's
Golden Chick, the rapidly expanding Texas-based chicken chain, is expanding into the Florida market with the opening of its first Panama City location at 3710 W Highway 98, at the corner of Michigan Avenue and Highway 98. The brand continues to step outside of its Texas footprint to give Panama City its first taste of Golden Chick.
The doors to the newest restaurant, owned by franchisee Hank Gainer, officially opened for business on July 18. Gainer has lived in the area for 20 years and has a rich background in the restaurant industry.Chains: Golden Chick
Juice It Up!, one of the leading raw juice bar and hand-crafted smoothie chains in the U.S., has opened its newest nontraditional unit inside the LA Fitness in Arlington, Texas. This marks the chain’s ninth nontraditional opening, which are located on university campuses, inside fitness clubs, and a minor league baseball park. Four more nontraditional venues are in development inside malls, convenience stores, and additional college campuses. The Arlington opening is the second Juice It Up!Chains: Juice It Up!
Since the opening of Donatos Pizza’s first Tennessee location in Nashville’s Midtown less than six months ago, the brand’s Edge to Edge pizza has been a hit with consumers and franchise partners alike.
“Within weeks of opening our Midtown location, we began receiving inquiries about further expansion in the area,” says Tom Pendrey, Donatos COO. “We are thrilled with the reception and are happy to announce that several area individuals have already negotiated rights to build additional restaurants in Nashville, as well as other parts of Middle Tennessee and Western Kentucky.”Chains: Donatos Pizza
Jack in the Box continues its passion for making craveable burgers with the launch of the brand new Jack’s Brewhouse Bacon Burger. Inspired by the innovative flavors of pub burgers, Jack’s Brewhouse Bacon Burger offers guests an elevated dining experience all within easy reach of the drive-thru window or service counter.Chains: Jack in the Box
Suji’s Korean Grill, a new fast-casual restaurant serving modern Korean food, has opened for business in Omaha, Nebraska, at Aksarben Center located at 1303 South 72nd Street. The restaurant is the first in a proposed chain under the Suji’s brand, which already is introducing Americans to prepared Korean meals, entrees, and sauces under the Suji’s Korean Cuisine label at retailers including Costco, Whole Foods, Target, and H.E.B Grocers.