Tikiz Shaved Ice & Ice Cream to open in New Braunfels, Texas

Tikiz Shaved Ice & Ice Cream announced it has partnered with husband-wife team Jo and Oline Detavernier to bring the "Coolest Truck On Earth" to New Braunfels, Texas.


Tips, advice on preparing the brand for unit expansion

Brand unit and location growth requires capital and resources, but there are some other critical aspects as well, according to several successful franchise and restaurant leaders.

4 for 15: 4 speakers, 15 minutes each, limitless knowledge

Three fast casual restaurant operators and other experts share their insights about the industry and how they've found success and value in it.

Navigating the crossover: Fast casualization of the restaurant industry

Switching into fast casual dining requires more than getting food to the table quicker. It demands new strategies from menu decisions to customer experience elements.

Building the brand culture: It’s all about empowering employees

Establishing a 'cult' philosophy in building a robust brand culture isn't a bad thing. In fact, it's one of several valuable and viable approaches.

The perfect pitch: 3 restaurant concepts

Entrepreneurs from Burgers n’ Fries Forever, Sweet Lorraine’s Fabulous Mac n’ Cheez and Pincho Factory pitched concepts to a panel of distinguished investors and consultants who provided professional advice.

FCES15: Real estate decision requires lots of homework, data insight

As any business owner knows the location decision can sink the business or be the foundation of initial success and growth. But it involves much more than negotiating a lease or property purchase.

FCES15: Why design is key to customer engagement

Design is a key aspect for the customer experience and plays directly into the "corporate soul" and building a relationship with customers.

7 ways to grow your brand via nontraditional spaces

Considering ways to expand that are off the beaten path can prove to be a positive move that lands a new audience and teaches you how to overcome unique challenges and build a more successful future.

Are you following the 12 dos and don'ts of restaurant financing?

Although there is no secret recipe for raising funds to open a business, there are some practices that should always be followed and even more to avoid.

Franchise focus: Can Captain D's hook fast casual market share?

While many may still consider the seafood restaurant a quick service restaurant, CEO Phil Greifeld said that in 2011 the chain began transitioning from a QSR to a “fresh, contemporary, affordable seafood restaurant.”

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Dunkin' Donuts to open 14 restaurants in St. Louis, 2 In Kansas City

Dunkin' Donuts has announced the signing of a multi-unit store development agreement with franchise group Berliner III LLC to develop 14 restaurants in St. Louis and two in Kansas City.

Carvel Ice Cream expanding in Connecticut

Carvel Ice Cream plans to expand its presence in Connecticut in the coming years, with the goal of opening five to 10 new franchised locations.

Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen opens 2500th restaurant

Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen celebrated the opening of its 2,500th restaurant on Nov. 6.

Food truck builder amping up production

Prestige Food Trucks is moving its production center to a 30,000-square-foot facility in Elkhart, Indiana.

Dunkin' Donuts franchisee signs agreement to build 25 restaurants in Mexico

Dunkin' Donuts announced the signing of a franchise agreement with CF Northwest Group to develop 25 restaurants in Mexico.

Dunkin' Donuts launching 46 new stores in Georgia

Dunkin' Donuts announced 46 new restaurants will be developed throughout Georgia over the next several years.

Captain D's reports 16th consecutive quarter same-store growth

Captain D's achieved its 16th consecutive quarter of positive growth.

Church's Chicken, Atlanta Hawks sign multi-year deal

Church's Chicken and the Atlanta Hawks professional basketball team have signed a multi-year deal relating to Atlanta’s Philips Arena as well as surrounding Church's locations.

Kahala Brands announces acquisition of Maui Wowi Hawaiian

Kahala Brands announced that it has acquired the premium smoothie and coffee brand Maui Wowi Hawaiian

Culver's expanding to NC, GA

Culver's Restaurant chain announced it will open restaurants in North Carolina and Georgia in 2016.

Villa Enterprises opening 4 restaurants at Tampa Premium Outlets

Villa Enterprises announced it will open four restaurants today in SIMON Tampa Premium Outlets.

Dunkin' Donuts debuting 13 new restaurants in the Carolinas

Dunkin’ Donuts announced the signing of multi-unit store development agreements with three franchise groups to develop 13 new restaurants in North and South Carolina over the next several years.

Captain D's to celebrate grand opening in Spartanburg, SC

Captain D's announced a new restaurant located in Spartanburg, South Carolina, will open on Nov. 2

Soupman partners with The Grilled Cheese Truck

Soupman Inc has signed a Master Franchise Agreement with The Grilled Cheese Truck Inc to launch Original Soupman & The Grilled Cheese Truck mobile units nationwide.

Vitality Bowls announces growth strategy

Vitality Bowls announced it has set a plan to have 100 locations open and in development by the end of 2016.

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