Restaurant startup game app launches

Players can build their own fine dining, family restaurants and fast food places in Restaurant Bigwig 2.0 for the iPad.

Convention chair named for 2015 National Restaurant Association Show

John C. Metz will serve as convention chair for the 2015 NRA's Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show and the 2015 Beverage Alcohol for Restaurants at the NRA Show.

NLRB issues complaints against McDonald's as joint employer

The joint-employer model is expected to have a significant impact on franchised restaurant businesses.

IFA launches labor resource site for franchisees

The International Franchise Association has unveiled a new resource website for franchisees. The Franchise Labor & Workforce Hub includes information for franchise business owners looking to learn more about current labor and workforce challenges facing employers as well as best...

National Restaurant Association Show rebrands wine, spirits and beer event

The International Wine, Spirts & Beer Event, a perennial feature of the National Restaurant Association Show in May, has been renamed as BAR, which stands for Beverage Alcohol for Restaurants. The BAR branding will debut at the NRA Show in...

White Castle prepped for Veggie Slider debut

White Castle will introduce its first-ever Veggie Sliders on Dec. 30.

Middleby adds Italian foodservice equipment company to roster

The Middleby Corporation has announced the acquisition of Desmon Food Service Equipment Company, based in Nusco, Italy. According to a news release, Desmon has annual revenues of approximately $15 million. The company produces blast chillers and refrigeration for commercial kitchens,...

Global Franchise Group completes recapitalization

Global Franchise Group, parent company of Great American Cookies, Marble Slab and Maggie Moo's and Pretzelmaker, has completed recapitalization with private equity firm Levine Leichtman Capital Partners.

Minimum wage employees in 21 states to get a raise in the New Year

Twenty-one states are positioned to raise their minimum wages on Jan. 1. According to a news release from the Employment Policies Institute, other cities and states are expected to follow in 2015. The following states, their current minimum wage and Jan.

Chick-fil-A, Whataburger rank high for millennial loyalty

According to new research from YouGov, Jimmy John’s, Chipotle, Chick-Fil-A and Whataburger, have the highest current millennial customer loyalty among all major limited-service brands from throughout the past six months. According to a news release, the research looked at purchase...

Franchisee adds 36 Burger King restaurants

GPS Hospitality has purchased 36 additional Burger King restaurants, marking the company's third acquisition in 2014. A BK franchisee since 2012, GPS was founded by Tom Garrett with the purchase of 42 restaurants in the Metro Atlanta area.

Bruster's Ice Cream plans 25 new locations in '15

Tim Sedney has signed a franchise agreement to open a Bruster’s Real Ice Cream shop in the Dobbins Landing section of Erie, Pennsylvania, one of 25 locations Bruster’s expects to open next year. The standalone shop is scheduled to open in March 2015 at 3100 W. 12th St., site of a former Bruster’s that operated there many years ago.

Carl's Jr. signs agreement to enter Japan

Carl’s Jr. today announced that it has entered into an agreement with Mitsuuroko Group Holdings Co. Ltd.

bogopogo launches restaurant mobile coupon plan

bogopogo has launched its FRAMPLE (Free + Sample) plan, providing free mobile coupon access to all restaurants across the US and allowing them to promote their best restaurant deal. "This changes everything. Now every restaurant in America can communicate their...

Tim Hortons' knits an entire restaurant for holiday campaign

Tim Hortons' #WarmWishes campaign, launched in mid-November, has generated nearly 10,000 winter hat donations for children in need, as well as 2,000 blankets, which will be donated to a Toronto shelter. Also as part of the campaign, Tim Hortons "knitted"...

Taco Bell launches first advanced promotion for mobile app users

Taco Bell is now offering a year-end gift card promotion and $1 Crunchwrap Sliders with Fritos available exclusively through the Taco Bell mobile app starting today. The offers will be available to all customers nationwide beginning Dec. 22. For the...

Dunkin' finds sweet spot with Croissant Donuts

Dunkin' Donuts announced this week that it has sold more than 4.6 million croissant donuts since they launched nationally in November. The company said in a release that the offering is one of its most popular LTOs in recent brand...

OrderUp adds AOL veteran to executive team

Baltimore-based OrderUp has hired former AOL SVP of Corporate Development Michael Smith as its new VP of Corporate and Business Development. The move will support OrderUp's growth. According to a news release, OrderUp's order and delivery volume has recently increased...

Key themes for '15: Food quality, customization, customer-facing technology

Fitch Ratings released its 2015 Outlook for the US Restaurant industry, predicting an improvement in sales trends, the easing of commodities pressures and growing cash flow. However, the potential for event risk will remain in the New Year, according to...

McDonald's adds iBeacon technology in Georgia restaurants

McDonald’s franchises in Columbus, Georgia, are integrating beacon technology, powered by Bluetooth low-energy beacon solution provider Piper. The objective, according to a company news release, is to give customers a new and better dining experience. With Piper's platform, supported by...

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