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Maggiano’s Presents Nine New “Handcrafted Classic Cocktails”

Maggiano's Little Italy is taking the brand's authentic Italian-American essence beyond the kitchen and into the bar with an innovative cocktail menu that will quench even the most discerning guests' palates. Available now at restaurants nationwide, the "Handcrafted Classic Cocktails" menu expands the brand's comprehensive beverage selection to include nine timeless cocktails, all with a unique, […]

Quaker Steak & Lube to Open Columbia, S.C., Location

The award-winning casual-dining concept Quaker Steak & Lube known for its Best Wings USA and more than 20 sauce varieties will bring a new restaurant to Columbia, S.C. The Lube will open to the public March 13 at 3 p.m. The restaurant has created close to 200 jobs for the area and will be the second Quaker Steak & […]

Buffalo Wild Wings to Open in Mexico Later in 2013

With more than 900 restaurants in the United States and Canada, Buffalo Wild Wings continues to spread its wings across North America with the announcement that it has signed agreements to open restaurants in Mexico later in 2013. The announcement was made at the company’s annual business conference in Orlando, Fla. “We are delighted to […]

DineEquity, Inc. Appoints Douglas M. Pasquale to Board of Directors

DineEquity, Inc., the parent company of Applebee's Neighborhood Grill & Bar and IHOP Restaurants, has announced the appointment of Douglas M. Pasquale to the company’s board of directors, effective immediately. The board of directors increased its size from 10 to 11 members, and Pasquale was appointed to fill the vacancy created by the increase. Pasquale is an independent director who […]

“Inspired.” Menu at P.F. Chang’s Features Southeast Asian Flavors

P.F. Chang’s guests will have the chance to experience the fresh, bright flavors of Southeast Asia with the introduction of “Inspired.,”  the restaurant’s new menu featuring culinary creations inspired by the vibrant flavors of Southeast Asia. The menu is available in all P.F. Chang’s locations in the contiguous U.S. starting March 4 and will be […]

Joe’s Crab Shack Expands San Antonio River Walk Location

Joe’s Crab Shack will celebrate the reopening of its San Antonio, Texas, location on the River Walk on March 5, after a three-month renovation that nearly doubles the overall square footage of the restaurant. Joe’s will celebrate its grand reopening with an Autism Speaks fundraiser and a chance for the first 100 patrons in line on opening […]

The Melting Pot Evolves as Consumer Dining Habits Shift

The Melting Pot Restaurants, Inc., the world’s premier fondue restaurant franchise, has executed a multi-tiered approach to address perceived limitations that prevent guests from visiting its restaurants more often. The strategy culminates with the launch of a revamped menu that allows guests to control and customize their fondue dining experiences. “The Melting Pot’s guests have […]

Shoney’s Brings a New Look to Panama City Beach, Florida

The all-American iconic restaurant brand, Shoney’s, is opening its newest, one-of-a kind restaurant in Pier Park, with a grand opening celebration March 14 at 3 p.m. Since acquiring the brand in 2006, David Davoudpour has been on a mission to reinvigorate its family-friendly, southern-style restaurants, and his latest creation in Panama City Beach is a […]

Brinker International Provides Fiscal 2013 Outlook And Long-Term Vision

Leaders from Brinker International, Inc. provided an update on the company's fiscal 2013 outlook and shared long-term goals being discussed in the February 27 investor conference. "Brinker expects to deliver on our promise of doubling earnings per share. This could happen by fiscal 2014, a full year earlier than initially projected," says Wyman Roberts, CEO and president of Brinker […]

Quaker Steak & Lube to Open Medina, Ohio Location March 6

The award-winning casual-dining concept Quaker Steak & Lube known for its Best Wings USA and more than 20 sauce varieties will bring a new restaurant to Medina, Ohio. The Lube will open to the public March 6 at 3 p.m. The restaurant will create close to 100 jobs for the area and will be the 17th Quaker […]

DTT Expands Rollout of Enterprise Wide IHOP Franchise Relationships

Multi-unit IHOP owner, KJM IHOP, has selected DTT as their exclusive video surveillance and loss prevention vendor. DTT began rolling out systems into all 10 stores in September 2012. The group has plans for store expansion across Southern California and all future locations will also be equipped with DTT loss prevention managed services. Karen Miles, franchise owner for […]

IHOP Names Marie Grimm Vice President, Culinary Innovation

Marie Grimm, a culinary expert with more than twenty years experience creating innovative new menu items for well-known restaurant brands, has been named Vice President, Culinary Innovation, International House of Pancakes, LLC. It was announced by Natalia Franco, Senior Vice President, Marketing for the company, to whom she will report. In her new position, Grimm will […]

Buffalo Wild Wings New Ad Campaign, Mobile Game App All Part of Hoops Action

NCAA basketball fans have known for years that Buffalo Wild Wings is the best place to catch all of the action during NCAA March Madness. Hot wings and cold beverages are the perfect accompaniment to tournament excitement on big screens, and March has long been one of Buffalo Wild Wings busiest times of the year. […]

Darden Adds to International Expansion With Entry Into Brazil and Three Other Countries

Darden Restaurants, Inc. has announced it has entered into an area development agreement with International Meal Company to develop and operate 57 restaurants under Darden's Red Lobster, Olive Garden, and LongHorn Steakhouse brands in Brazil, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, and Panama. "We're excited to bring our three category-leading brands to these countries through our agreement with International Meal Company, a leading, multi-brand restaurant operator in […]

Johnny Rockets Lands in Ecuador

Arriving on schedule at the New Mariscal Sucre International Airport in Quito’s Tababela parish are two Johnny Rockets restaurants, dovetailing with the official unveiling of the brand new airport and representing the company’s first foray into Ecuador. The landside and airside Johnny Rockets restaurants are both located in the passenger terminal. The 1,952-square-foot landside restaurant […]

First Watch Restaurants Debuts in Carmel, Indiana

Award-winning breakfast, brunch, and lunch restaurant First Watch continued its expansion in the Indianapolis market with the opening of a restaurant in Carmel, Ind. The new 3,388 sq. ft. restaurant, located at 1950-15 E. Greyhound Pass in the Village Park Plaza, is now the first restaurant in Carmel, bringing the total number of First Watch […]

FIU Student Wins Red Robin Competition and Will Serve Burger at Burger Bash

Luciana Page, a Florida International University student, won the first-ever Red Robin Savory Scholar Contest earlier this month. For this challenge, FIU students were asked to submit their most crave-worthy burger recipe for a chance to win a $10,000 scholarship and the opportunity to serve their recipe at festival’s Amstel Light Burger Bash, taking place February […]

Bennigan’s CEO Nominated for Prestigious Silver Plate Award

Less than two years after being recruited to lead the iconic Bennigan’s brand back to its former glory, president & CEO Paul Mangiamele has been nominated for one of the foodservice industry’s most prestigious awards. Mangiamele is a candidate for the 2013 Silver Plate Award, presented annually by the International Foodservice Manufacturers Association (IFMA) in recognition of outstanding industry […]

COEX Innovation Awards Recognize Groundbreaking Foodservice Operators

For the third consecutive year, The International Foodservice Manufacturers Association (IFMA) recognizes four outstanding foodservice chain operators through the COEX Innovation Awards. The winners will receive their awards during IFMA’s Chain Operators EXchange (COEX), March 3 to 6, 2013 at The Red Rock Resort in Las Vegas. COEX Innovation Awards recognize regional and national chain […]

First Watch’s Chris Tomasso Named a Top CMO by ExecRank

Award-winning breakfast, brunch, and lunch restaurant First Watch has announced chief marketing officer Chris Tomasso has been selected as a Top Private Company CMO for 2012. The rankings were compiled by ExecRank and the result of two years of research and feedback from evaluation committees and top chief marketing officers that yielded an algorithm for […]

Bennigan’s Kicks Off 2013 With 20 New Restaurant Agreements

On the heels of another phenomenal year of growth in 2012, Bennigan’s Franchising Company is continuing to reinvent itself in the U.S. and on a global scale. The iconic brand announced the signing of five new franchise agreements and plans to develop 20 new restaurants. These newest franchise partners will bring the chain's legendary Irish hospitality […]

Logan’s Roadhouse Names Mike Andres CEO

Mike Andres has been appointed the new president, CEO, and chairman of the board for Nashville-based Logan’s Roadhouse. “With more than 30 years of restaurant leadership experience for such well-known brands as McDonald’s Corporation and Boston Market, Mike is the right person to lead Logan’s Roadhouse and take this brand to the next level,” says […]

John Cahill Named Chief Operating Officer of la Madeleine Country French Café

La Madeleine Country French Café has announced that John Cahill, a 10-year veteran at la Madeleine, has been named chief operating officer. In his new role, Cahill will manage strategic direction of the brand while overseeing the operations, culinary, marketing, and purchasing functions. “I look forward to leading the brand’s growth as we continue to […]

O’Charley’s Names New President

American Blue Ribbon Holdings has announced the promotion of Mickey Mills to president of O’Charley’s. Mills was previously vice president of operations for O’Charley’s and has been with the Nashville-based casual dining chain since 2010. Her appointment comes on the heels of an announced revitalization project for the 213 restaurant brand. “We are thrilled to […]

Carolina Ale House Announces Expansion Plans

Lou Moshakos, president and owner of LM Restaurants, Inc., has released plans to expand the Carolina Ale House brand by at least seven additional locations over the next 12 to 18 months, creating more than 800 new jobs. Carolina Ale House currently has 20 units in operation throughout North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and South […]