Red Robin Burger Works continues Washington, DC expansion

Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, Inc. announced Monday that a second Washington, DC-area Red Robin Burger Works will open on March 23, 2015 at 1028 19th Street, NW in the Golden Triangle.

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Go big or stay home: How restaurant brands should approach international growth

While many quick service restaurants and casual dining restaurants have the appetite for international expansion, they often wind up with indigestion after investing significant resources. The reason? These brands treat their international divisions as ancillary businesses, rather than as primary growth drivers.

The importance of educating your team about catering

Only through a commitment to education will we have the ability to help others meet a proper standard that can help catering and restaurant leaders adapt to the market changes.

New Year's resolution: Start the year with a great plan for your business

If you’re one of those people who have great intentions but lack follow through, writing a good business plan is the first major test of your commitment.

Strong growth ahead in 2015, predicts the IFA, but threats are looming

While the economic forecast is strong, headwinds caused by the NRLB's joint employer ruling, minimum wage hikes and ACA implementation could curtail QSR franchise growth in 2015.

QSRs shift models to 'go where the consumers are'

Mobile initiatives, bigger marketing budgets, franchising growth and unprecedented headwinds grabbed headlines this year for the QSR segment.

Krispy Kreme sales, traffic jump as company begins loyalty program test

Customers can sign up for the program through their iPhone or Android device and earn reward 'Treats' for future purchases. A national roll out is expected in late 2015.

Hurdles expected to remain in place in 2015 for restaurant operators

In addition to record-high commodities prices, labor inflation, technology costs and health care/menu labeling regulations, there is also intensified competition in foodservice.

Lessons from a prolific, international restaurant franchisee

The president of QSR International says offering a breakeven promotion around a beverage is the 'most intelligent thing you can do' going into a new market.

Secrets to successful restaurant site selection

Tour prospective sites in order from worst to best, which will allow you to become more confident, ask better questions and be more in control of the leasing process.

Sonic franchisee's marketing shift doubles sales of LTO burger

Kergan Brothers' Who Dat burger joins its Rajin' Cajun burger as a football season LTO, generating higher ticket and traffic counts.

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Bruster's inks 'largest domestic development deal' in its 25-year history

Bruster's Real Ice Cream will be served in Southern California under what the company is calling its largest domestic development deal in its 25-year history.

IFA to appeal Seattle minimum wage law on behalf of franchisees

The International Franchise Association announced today that it will appeal a recent decision in federal court that the organization claims allows the city of Seattle to discriminate against small franchised businesses as part of the city's 2014 minimum wage law.

IFA applauds House for taking a stand against new union election rules

International Franchise Association Executive Vice President, Government Relations & Public Policy Robert Cresanti issued a statement on the passage of Senate Joint Resolution 8, a resolution disapproving new union election rules from the National Labor Relations Board.

Church's inks 10-unit deal for travel centers

The deal aims to develop non-traditional locations co-located in the Road Ranger travel plazas.

Taco John's inks deal for 25 stores

The company will develop the new locations in current markets as well as new markets in Indiana, Virginia and New York.

IFA delegates meet with California legislators to caution and educate

A delegation of franchisees and franchisors met in Sacramento with state legislators to tout the franchise industry’s contributions to the state's economy, its purported role in helping California rebound from recession and its belief in the strength of the existing franchise laws in the state.

KFC, Pizza Hut named 'Most Trusted' in India

The Brand Trust Report released the results of its 2015 study, which names KFC as Most Trusted Quick-Service Restaurant Brand in India.

Arby's, Uncle Maddio's, Sonic CEOs among speakers at Franchise Finance & Growth Conference

Franchise Times announced its lineup for the Franchise Finance & Growth Conference April 20-22, 2015 in Las Vegas.

Taco Bueno announces expansion in Colorado

Taco Bueno broke ground today on the first of three new restaurants planned to open in Colorado Springs, Colo., this year. In total, the three locations are anticipated to add more than 100 jobs in the community.

Dunkin' Donuts seeks franchise candidates in Louisiana

Dunkin' Donuts announced today the company is recruiting franchisees throughout the state of Louisiana.

Fast Casual chain units increase, QSR units remain stable, according to The NPD Group

The U.S. restaurant count decreased by about 1 percent from a year ago to 630,964 units, according to a count of U.S. commercial restaurant locations compiled in the spring and fall each year by The NPD Group, a global information company.

Popeyes same-store sales increase 6.2% globally, 6.3% domestically in 2014

Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen Inc. reported results for fiscal 2014 ended Dec. 28.

Taco Bell inks franchise agreement to expand in Japan

Tokyo-based Asrapport Dining Co. Ltd announced a franchise agreement with Taco Bell Corp. to open locations in Japan.

Largest Church's Chicken franchisee awarded 2014 Entrepreneur of the Year by IFA

Aslam Khan, the largest franchisee of the Church's Chicken system, received an award for 2014 Entrepreneur of the Year at the International Franchise Association's annual convention this month in Las Vegas.

Dunkin' Donuts, Baskin-Robbins to expand in Missouri

Dunkin' Donuts announced the signing of a multi-unit store development agreement with a new franchise group, Donut World, LLC, to develop two Dunkin' Donuts restaurants and one combination restaurant.

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