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Johnny Carino’s Files for Bankruptcy

A Johnny Carino's franchise in Ky. Photo/bmm

Yet another franchisor in March cannot pay its bills. Johnny Carino's filed for bankruptcy on Thursday. The Texas-based Italian restaurant chain of 130 company-owned and franchised locations filed Chapter 11 protection to help it out of insolvency, according to Dow Jones ($$ subscription).

Meat House Tainted by Lawsuits, Liens and Finance Woes

HAMPTON, N.H. – The Meat House ignited its growth of neighborhood butcher shops across the country through its national franchise program in 2003. Today, its fiery ambition has been doused by lawsuits, tax liens and state investigations.

POS Goes Mobile

FPN & NCR Silver mobile POS. Photo from NCRSilver webpage

ORLANDO – Credit card processing firm Franchise Payments Network announced yesterday that it will showcase the new NCR Silver point of sales (POS) for mobile tablets at this weekend's International Franchise Association convention in New Orleans.

Franchisees Commit Big with Dickey’s for California

DALLAS—Dickey's Barbecue Restaurants, Inc., a franchise chain of 372 restaurants in 43 states, announced today that it has struck a one hundred store development deal for California.

Water is Top Daily Beverage for Adults, Not So Much for Kids

drinking waterCHICAGO — First Lady Michelle Obama recently embarked on a new campaign that encourages kids to drink more water, something they don't do a lot of now.

Half of Consumers Eat Healthy at Home, Only Quarter at Restaurants

A Chicago Potbelly offers its guests treats that are hard to resist
The checkout stand tempts guests at a Chicago Potbelly, photo/ps

CHICAGO — Despite efforts to encourage U.S. consumers to eat healthier at restaurants, only 24 percent of consumers say they eat healthy when they dine out while over half of foodservice visitors say they are healthy eaters at home, according to a recent study.

Prepared Meals from Retail to Grow Double Rate of Restaurant Visits

CHICAGO — Home meal replacements or prepared foods from supermarkets, drug stores, and other retail outlets continue to steal visits from restaurants, according to a research firm.

McDonald's Owner/Operators Temperature Check

Recently I gained additional perspective on the issues and discontent in the McDonald's U.S. owner/operator community.

Pie Five Serves Up Its First Franchise Location

THE COLONY, Texas (April 26, 2013) – Pie Five Pizza Co.

McDonald's Menu Discounts Give Rise to Franchisee Anxiety

McDonald's corporate focus on discounted menu items to bring in more traffic appears to be sitting poorly among some franchisees.