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First Watch Acquires Six Franchise-Owned Restaurants

First Watch Restaurant Group, Inc., the leading Daytime Dining concept, announced that it has acquired six of its previously franchise-owned restaurants in Florida. “We’re thrilled to welcome our newest teams in the Florida Panhandle to the First Watch company-owned system. These franchise partners have served the community from Destin to Tallahassee for more than a […]

Smokey Bones Introduces New Items for the Holidays

Smokey Bones, a portfolio company of FAT Brands Inc., is prepping for the holidays by introducing a festive array of new menu items, complemented by a selection of cheerful holiday cocktails to celebrate the joyous season. The limited-time holiday menu and Jolly Libations cocktail lineup will invite guests to celebrate the holidays with toast-worthy flavors at all Smokey […]

East Coast Wings + Grill Opens Latest Store in Clemson

East Coast Wings + Grill (ECW+G), a full-service and family-dining restaurant renowned for its variety of buffalo wing sauces and heat indexes, announced the opening of their newest location in Clemson, South Carolina. Located at 405 S. College Ave., Suite 300, the new restaurant signals the brand’s intent of continued growth in the region after […]

Flying Biscuit Café Opens in Cary, North Carolina

Flying Biscuit Café announced the opening of its newest location in Cary, North Carolina. The Cary restaurant represents the 30th location for the Southeast’s leading all-day breakfast restaurant chain as it celebrates 30 years in business this fall. Marking the second location for franchise owner Zinnia Tahir, who opened the wildly popular Flying Biscuit Café in […]

Lazy Dog’s DIY Gingerbread House Kits Return for Fifth Year

Lazy Dog Restaurants is bringing back its popular DIY Gingerbread House Kit for a fifth season to benefit Habitat for Humanity. Lazy Dog Restaurants is adding a sweet surprise to its offerings with DIY Holiday Gingerbread House Kits, with 100% of the net proceeds going to Habitat for Humanity International.* Every gingerbread house purchased at […]

Agave & Rye Unveils EPIC Taco Week

Agave & Rye, a modern Tequila and Bourbon Hall, with its initial roots in Covington, Kentucky, announced the launch of what promises to be a one-of-a-kind experience for guests to try limited time offerings of EPIC tacos, during the week of November 6. In addition to the three LTOs, guests can vote on their favorite […]

Condado Tacos to Honor Creativity on International Artists Day

Condado Tacos, an artistic original mural art brand and the award-winning taco joint, specializing in unique tacos, margaritas and tequilas in a colorful and energetic atmosphere, all at a great value, honor all artists on International Artists Day on Wednesday, October 25. SInce Day One, Condado Tacos has celebrated all of the communities it joins […]

Pickle Haüs to Open November 17 in Algonquin

Pickle Haüs, a state-of-the-art entertainment venue and eatery, announced its grand opening will be November 17, 2023. The 41,000 square-foot eatertainment destination will redefine the pickleball experience for enthusiasts and newcomers alike, combining 12 indoor pickleball courts with an exceptional restaurant, bar, two golf simulators, private event space and an outdoor dining patio.    According to […]