Carrols Restaurant Group, Inc. Completes the Acquisition of 17 BURGER KING® Restaurants in Maryland

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Carrols Restaurant Group, Inc. announced that on June 6, 2017, the Company completed the acquisition of Republic Foods, Inc. which operates 17 BURGER KING® restaurants in Maryland, specifically in the Baltimore and Washington markets. Daniel T. Accordino, the Company’s Chief Executive Officer said, “We are pleased to complete this transaction which we obtained through the… read more

From Ronald McDonald to Drake, the fast food giant goes back to the future at secret company convention

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A 50th McAnniversary. An 80th birthday. Record sales. A tasty new chicken sandwich. Even a goofy appearance by the world’s most famous clown. And somehow Drake manages to steal the show. McDonald’s Canada held a top secret company convention in Toronto last week, with 2,300 franchisees, restaurant managers and company brass — including ‘the founder’… read more

Consultants’ Roundtable

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A trio of esteemed consultants engage in a wide-ranging discussion about the issues affecting the foodservice industry both today and in the future. Our panelists share their experiential knowledge to address such topics as consumer-driven trends affecting equipment specification, the evolving role of technology in foodservice design, maximizing labor through creative solutions and much more…. read more

Dave & Buster’s Remains Selective on Big-Box Sites

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Dave & Buster’s Entertainment Inc., which plans to open a dozen new restaurants this fiscal year, is not seeing significant effect on lease terms amid the growing number of big-box retailers closing units, executives said this week. Dave & Buster’s continues to look for real estate that offers 25,000 square feet to 45,000 square feet,… read more

Coca-Cola Pledges Record $1.5M to NRAEF

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The National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation received a record-breaking pledge of $1.5 million from the Coca-Cola Co. that will support the foundation’s efforts to attract, empower and advance the next generation of our industry’s workforce. The donation is the largest contribution in the NRAEF’s history. Rob Gifford, the NRAEF’s executive vice president cited the beverage company as a long-standing champion… read more

Restaurant operator Brinker International Inc. is selling more than burgers and tacos

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The Dallas-based company that owns Chili’s Grill & Bar is hunting a buyer for its longtime headquarters. Brinker announced earlier this year that it’s moving its head office to the new Cypress Waters development near Belt Line Road and LBJ Freeway. So it’s hunting a buyer for its old digs on Hillcrest Road at LBJ. The… read more

Restaurants Build Empires with Brand Licensing

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Jane is a mother of three. She’s responsible for grocery shopping in her household. Since it’s Taco Tuesday, her shopping cart practically rolls itself into aisle seven — the Mexican aisle. Unfortunately, her main choices have been the same for years: Old El Paso and Ortego. The food is good, but uninspiring. On one hand,… read more

Gaylord Industries Adds Brad Reifschneider to Sales Team

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Gaylord Industries hired Brad Reifschneider as its regional sales manager, Northeast. His responsibilities include regional sales and business development along the East Coast. Reifschneider’s background includes foodservice equipment and sales experience with such manufacturers as Doyon & Nu-Vu Bakery Equipment, Redco Foodservice Equipment, and Unilever Foodsolutions. – Source: Foodservice Equipment and Supplies     To… read more

Plant-Based Pizza and Ice Cream Spot Virtuous Pie Opens Saturday

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“We’re not here to imitate. We’re here to create our own style of pizza,” says Jim Vesal, the executive chef of Vancouver, B.C.-based Virtuous Pie. Founded in 2015, Virtuous Pie will open its first location in Portland (and second location overall) this Saturday, June 10, at 1126 SE Division St. The honed menu (see below) features… read more