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Fighting Leukemia, Subway Co-Founder Fred DeLuca Mingles with Franchisees

Subway sandwich chain franchisees report that founder and president Fred DeLuca, who a year ago was diagnosed with an acute form of leukemia, is still engaged with franchise owners.

McDonald's Franchisee to Pay $500K to Workers for Back Wages

McDDSC_0773New York’s attorney general announced yesterday that a McDonald’s franchisee in Manhattan has agreed to pay $500,000 to workers for cheating them of out of pay.

Midscale, QSR, Shrink while Fast Casual Booms

Traffic growth in 3 major segments of the restaurant industry
Chart: Blue MauMau; Data: NPD Group

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The average restaurant saw zero increase in traffic in 2013 and almost zero in the last five years. Restaurants have learned to squeeze a little more out of what they have.

Quiznos Teleconference Brings More Disappointment to Franchisees


DENVER - Quiznos’ system-wide teleconference call Thursday gave little encouragement to struggling franchisees at a time it was needed most.

Chick-fil-A Restaurant Adds Mouthwash

Mouthwash dispenser
Another mouthwash dispenser in a Colorado BBQ. Photo by Bill Selak

A Peoria, Arizona Chick-fil-A makes the news by adding mouthwash dispensers.

Fresh Prepared Foods at C-Stores Eat into QSR Business

Wawa's fresh baked rolls for its hoagies
C-store Wawa's freshly baked hoagies. Photo/Wawa website

CHICAGO – As more convenience stores provide a greater variety of ready-made foods, quick service restaurants are finding their customers out to lunch – at convenience stores that is.

Is Quiznos Headed for Bankruptcy?

Photo from Quiznos website

DENVER – Sources close to Quiznos management operation tell Blue MauMau that the board of directors of owner Avenue Capital Group were at Denver headquarters yesterday trying to work out another restructuring deal for the troubled sub sandwich chain. They have been told that Quiznos is alleged to be down to a few million dollars of operating capital.

CEO Nigel Travis: Competition Makes Dunkin' Better

Dunkin' Brands CEO Nigel Travis tells TheStreet's Laurie Kulikowski that competition from Starbucks, McDonald's and Burger King makes his brand stronger.

AFC Enterprises Changes Name to Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen

Wall art depicting a Louisiana coastal scene on the wall of a Popeyes Lousiana Grill restaurant in Kentucky
Wall art of Louisiana coastal scene on a Popeyes restaurant in Kentucky, photo/bmm

ATLANTA—AFC Enterprises, Inc. (Nasdaq:AFCE),  a franchisor and operator of 2,225 restaurants, announced today that it has changed its corporate name to Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen, Inc..

Failed Quiznos Franchisees Drag Maine Economy Down

Quiznos franchisees

PORTLAND, Maine - As Maine Quiznos franchisees fail miserably under a broken business model, some are questioning what detriment there will be to their state’s economy.