Guy Fieri Opening Chicken Restaurant at Disney World

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The celebrity chef is teaming up with Planet Hollywood founder and chairman Robert Earl with a new restaurant concept, Chicken Guy!, and the first location is opening up at Walt Disney World’s Disney Springs this summer. According to a press release, Fieri and Earl are teaming up yet again after the successful launch of Fieri’s sandwich… read more

Former Cheddar’s CEO Named President of Maggiano’s

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In a move to further “differentiate and perfect the guest experience at Maggiano’s,” Brinker International tapped industry vet Kelly C. Baltes as the next president of the 52-unit Italian chain. Baltes will be responsible for overseeing all aspects of Maggiano’s restaurants, including strategies and future growth of the brand, the parent company of Chili’s said… read more

Grindmaster-Cecilware Announces New Vice President of National Accounts

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Grindmaster-Cecilware, a leading manufacturer of commercial beverage and cooking equipment, announced the promotion of Kenny Stratton to the role of Vice President of National Accounts. He will be responsible for managing all sales activities for National Accounts. Kenny is an experienced sales leader in the beverage equipment industry and has been with Grindmaster-Cecilware since 2013…. read more

P.F. Chang’s Opens First Restaurant in China

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P.F. Chang’s, the full-service Asian restaurant industry leader known for its Farm to Wok food philosophy where every dish is made from scratch every day in every restaurant, announced the opening of its first restaurant in China at the No1 Mall on the iconic Nanjing Road in Shanghai. P.F. Chang’s currently owns and operates more… read more

IHOP to IHOB: Will the New Marketing Strategy Work?

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Three weeks after the International House of Pancakes (IHOP) launched a teaser campaign to call itself IHOB to draw diners to its burgers, marketing pundits are still debating the wisdom of the rebranding move. However, investors of Glendale, Calif.-based Dine Brands Global, Inc. — IHOP’s parent organization — should be happy to see their stock… read more

Chick-fil-A Has the Most Satisfied Customer

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The iconic chicken brand continues to rule the category. The latest results from the American Customer Satisfaction Index are in. From an overall perspective, it was a good year for quick service, as satisfaction upped 1.3 percent to an ACSI score of 80. The data, which also measures full-service brands, is based on interviews with… read more

Red Lobster Announces Major Delivery Deal with DoorDash

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Red Lobster is getting on the delivery boat. The casual-dinning leader announced Tuesday (June 26) an expanded partnership with DoorDash to bring its food to more than 300 locations across the U.S. and Canada by mid-July. Red Lobster said the platform would fully integrate into its current point-of-sale system. The move is another major off-premises investment… read more

Rick Vanzura Accepts a CEO Position with Another Restaurant Chain

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Wahlburgers announced that CEO Rick Vanzura would step down at the end of the week. As the company searches for his successor, Patrick Renna, the company’s CFO, has been named interim CEO. The Boston-based burger chain was started by executive chef Paul Wahlberg and his brothers, the actors Mark and Donnie Wahlberg. “On behalf of… read more

Parts Town Acquires 3Wire Group Foodservice Business

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Parts Town, the global market leader in foodservice parts distribution, has acquired the foodservice parts distribution and field service business assets of 3Wire Group, which is a Marmon company (“Marmon”). Financial terms were not disclosed. These 3Wire businesses primarily distribute foodservice equipment parts, bringing unique value-added solutions to major chains and food equipment service companies…. read more

Industry vet Fassler honored with Legends Award

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The foodservice industry honored the life and work of Joseph K. Fassler, former president and CEO of Restaura Inc., when the National Restaurant Association posthumously presented him with its Second annual Industry Legends Award at the International Foodservice Manufacturers Association’s Silver & Gold Plate gala on May 20. Dawn Sweeney, president and CEO of the… read more