NRA's Educational Foundation seeks neighbor, diversity nominations

The National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation announced today it has begun accepting nominations for its 2015 Restaurant Neighbor and Faces of Diversity American Dream awards. Applications and nomination forms are available online at NRAEF.org/Awards until Nov.

Wendy's expands coupon book program nationally

For the first time this year, Wendy's is expanding its Halloween coupon book nationally. The coupon book program raises money for the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption to help find families for children in foster care. From now through Oct.

N.C. Dunkin’ Donuts sued for religious discrimination

A Seventh-Day Adventist in Asheville, North Carolina, has filed a lawsuit against Dunkin’ Donuts for religious discrimination, claiming his scheduled working hours violated his religious beliefs. According to USA Today, Darrell Littrell filed the suit against franchisee Citi Brands LLC...

Cinnabon piloting snack-based concept

Cinnabon is reportedly opening a new store in Houston this month called the Bon Bake Shop. According to the Franchise Herald, the Bon Bake Shop features small menu items (compared to typical Cinnabon offerings) and new flavors, such as Oreo icing and brownie batter. The pilot is located at Houston’s Willowbrook Mall.

Quiznos plans 100 restaurants in Taiwan

Quiznos hopes to have 100 new restaurants open in the Taiwan market within the next 10 years. According to a story in Focus Taiwan, the first handful of stores are expected to open in the Taipei area within Q1 2015. Quiznos made its debut in Taipei this month.

Tim Hortons expects 7 percent U.S. sales growth for Q3

Tim Hortons Inc. today pre-announced preliminary 2014 same-store sales growth results for Q3, ending Aug.

Tim Hortons kicks off annual Smile Cookie fundraising campaign

Tim Hortons' annual Smile Cookie campaign kicks off today throughout North America, raising funds for local charities and hospitals. According to a news release, restaurant owners donate 100 percent of proceeds from the sale of the $1 chocolate chunk smile...

Fro-yo, burgers, pizza concepts' growth indicate high demand

According to Inc. Magazine's annual list of privately-held companies, fast casuals are still setting the pace for the restaurant industry.

Nestlé Café marks morsel’s 75th anniversary with charitable campaign

To commemorate the 75th anniversary of the chocolate chip morsel, Nestlé Toll House Café by Chip is teaming up with the Cookies for Kids' Cancer organization. The partnership will help fund research grants for five pediatric cancer centers around the...

Dunkin' Donuts on track to hit 500 units in India

Dunkin' Donuts has opened a new flagship restaurant in India, in the South Indian City of Bangalore. The company also announced its franchisee in that market, Jubilant FoodWorks, is on track to meet its development target of 500 units over...

Quiznos, CiCi's, Cold Stone among franchise businesses with high default rates

The Wall Street Journal this week examined the 10 "worst franchise brands," based on SBA loan defaults. The list included three restaurant brands – Cold Stone Creamery, Quiznos and CiCi's Pizza. Topping the list was Planet Beach, with a 41.1 percent default rate.

Sloan's Ice Cream inks first franchise deal in San Diego

The San Diego location is Sloan's first franchise outside of South Florida.

Restaurants Canada inks employment search deal with Holland College

Graduates will be able to access Restaurant Canada's research, events and job search.

Pollo Tropical will open first San Antonio location next to newest Taco Cabana

Pollo Tropical and Taco Cabana will open side-by-side in San Antonio.

Taco John’s promos breakfast with giveaway offer

Taco John's is hoping to attract new guests through a free breakfast burrito giveaway on Sept. 18.

Arby's launches hunger relief program in Canada

Arby's restaurants in Canada are raising funds to fight hunger. The campaign begins today and runs through Oct.

McDonald's may be betting on brunch for turnaround

McDonald's turned in another grim monthly report this week, announcing its US same-store sales in August were down 2.8 percent. This marked the Golden Arches' worst performance in a decade. As part of its turnaround strategy, the company is experimenting...

Yum! Brands increases quarterly dividend by 11%

Yum! Brands Inc.'s board of directors has approved an 11 percent increase in the company's quarterly dividend. The quarterly cash dividend will increase from $0.37 to $0.41 per share and will be effective with the dividend payment to be distributed on Nov.

Gallup: Americans love restaurants

The restaurant industry is regarded as the top business sector in America according to results of the annual Gallup Work and Education poll.

Hospitality sector lists 500K-plus job openings for seventh consecutive month

Job openings in the hospitality sector topped 500,000 (583,000 job openings) for the seventh consecutive month in July, the first such occurrence since before the Great Recession. July also marked an increase of more than 100,000 job openings over what...

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