QSRs drive Q2 global traffic growth, US restaurant traffic slumps

QSRs are winning big globally, according to NPD Group, which found that most of the world's Q2 traffic increases came from the QSR segment. Consumers responded positively to the advantageous pricing, aggressive unit expansion and advertising of QSR chains and...

Arby's only QSR named to list of Top 100 Workplaces for Women

Fortune magazine has named Arby's Restaurant Group to its list of 100 Best Workplaces for Women. In fact, Arby's is the highest-ranked restaurant brand on the list and is the only quick-service restaurant selected, a news release said.

Church's brings in pros to align national, global brands

Church's Chicken and its international sister brand, Texas Chicken, has engaged Ceso & Clear as its global brand positioning and experience agency to set a foundation for the brand's growth in both core legacy and emerging markets. The branding company...

Multi-QSR franchise company acquires Round Table Pizza

Multi-QSR brand franchisor and brand management company, Global Franchise Group, has acquired Round Table Pizza, and its affiliates, Round Table Clubhouse and Round Table Pizza Wings Brew. GFG is the parent for Great American Cookies, Hot Dog on a Stick,...

Lemonade grabs Wetzel's Pretzels CFO

Lemonade Restaurant Group has nabbed Wetzel's Pretzels leader Michael Nishi to head financial operations for the Los Angeles-based fast casual restaurant company. Nishi is a veteran of the industry with specific expertise in helping emerging restaurant companies grow.

19 chains, 475 people enrolled for 1st NRA apprenticeship

Shakey's Pizza and Firehouse Subs are among the brands that have committed to registering nearly 500 restaurant and hotel apprentices in the Hospitality Sector Registered Apprenticeship program organized by the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation. The first-of-its-kind program was jointly...

Study: Higher pay might equal lower restaurant hygiene

In the months leading up to wage increases in places like Oregon and elsewhere, we've heard incessant cries that higher wages would lead to higher menu prices and lower overall business. While the verdict on that is still out, at...

Captain D's opens 72nd Tennessee unit

Captain D's has opened the 72nd franchised location in its homebase state of Tennessee, this one in Cordova. The opening is part of the chain's planned expansion acceleration for the state and will be followed by three more Tennessee openings...

Juice It Up! to open two California locations under veteran franchise agreement

Juice It Up!, a raw juice bar and hand-crafted smoothie chain, will open two additional locations in the Inland Empire under a franchise agreement with Marine Corps veteran Ken Hardy and his wife, Kristina. Hardy was eligible for Juice It...

TA Restaurant adds combo Dunkin' Donut/Popeyes unit to Alabama holdings

The TA Restaurant Group has opened a combination Popeyes and Dunkin' Donuts location with drive-thru access in Mobile, Alabama, a news release said.

Toast, Olo bring combined service to restaurants

Toast and Olo have joined forces to offer a restaurant solution that promises to optimize not only the efficiency of ordering, payment and delivery, but also the data derived from these activities. Toast online and mobile ordering capabilities are now...

Kentucky Fried Chicken taps Ray Liotta to play Colonel Sanders

In keeping with the brand's rotating cast of unexpected celebrities portraying iconic founder Colonel Harland Sanders, Kentucky Fried Chicken has tapped actor Ray Liotta — known for his iconic role in "Goodfellas" and currently the star of NBC's "Shades of...

White Castle kicks off fashion house partnership with new uniforms

New York City-based unisex fashion label Telfar has created the new look for an old QSR brand, launching new White Castle uniforms for 10,000 workers in 400 of the chain's U.S. locations.

Panda Express opening latest unit in Idaho

Panda Express is opening its newest unit Sept.15, in Rexburg, Idaho, giving 20 percent of launch day proceeds to the Grand Teton Council Boy Scouts of Rexburg, according to a company press release. Looking to become further engrained in the...

Hot Dog on a Stick gets new leader

Hot Dog on a Stick has a new executive vice president in Jeremy Roy, a news release said. Roy is a 13-year franchisee of the chain's sister brand, Great American Cookies, under the Global Franchise Group.

Jimboy's spells 'hero' T-A-C-O

This month, Jimboy’s Tacos launched a four-week initiative, Taco for a Hero, that puts a free beef or bean Taco in the hands of military personnel and first responders. No purchase is necessary, according to a news release, just the...

Mobile ordering powerhouses amp up restaurant visibility among potential customers

LevelUp is partnering with fellow restaurant mobile tech business, Onosys, to help restaurants grow their order-ahead sales through channels such as Chase Pay, a news release said. Onosys builds custom restaurant digital ordering solutions for large brands. LevelUp and its...

Dunkin' Donuts 'nets' renowned marketer for CMO job

The marketing guru behind McDonald's iconic "Nothing But Net" spots with Larry Bird and Michael Jordan has landed at Dunkin' Donuts as the chain's new U.S. CMO, a news release said.

Your Pie, Donato's and Grimaldi's fall into seasonal pies

Pizza brands all over the place are gearing up for the weather and seasonal changes ahead with lots of menu additions, including these from three pizza concepts that collectively display the kind of creativity and innovation that keeps pizza a...

Acrelec and Glory to introduce self-ordering, cash- and credit-accepting kiosks

Acrelec, a provider of digital kiosk solutions, is partnering with Glory, a provider of cash technology solutions, to introduce a self-ordering kiosk that allows both cash and credit payments. Self-service kiosks are gaining momentum to take the pressure off QSRs...

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