Chain Restaurants

Darden's Purchase of Cheddar's Scratch Kitchen is Now Complete

Darden Restaurants, Inc. announced on April 24 that it has completed the acquisition of Cheddar's Scratch Kitchen (Cheddar's) for $780 million in an all-cash transaction from its stockholders including private equity firms L Catterton and Oak Investment Partners.

East Coast Wings + Grill Propels Ahead After Strong 2016

East Coast Wings + Grill, a North Carolina-based comfort dining franchise with an emphasis on buffalo wings and craft beer, is soaring through Q2 2017 with strong growth marks.With 38 locations currently operating, in Q1 2017 the brand added to its pipeline of new markets by signing agreements to open locations in Indian Trails, North Carolina, and Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

COO, CFO Step Down at The ONE Group

The ONE Group Hospitality, Inc. announced that Alejandro Munoz-Suarez, Chief Operating Officer (COO), and Samuel (Sam) Goldfinger, Chief Financial Officer (CFO), will be leaving the company to pursue other opportunities.

HuHot Launches Carry Out Program with Photo Contest

HuHot Mongolian Grills is known for their all-you-can-eat create-your-own stir-fry. With the launch of their new Carry Out program they are hoping to be known for providing delicious stir-fry that can be enjoyed anywhere.

Firebirds Wood Fired Grill Expands Sustainability Efforts

Just in time for Earth Day, Firebirds Wood Fired Grill is expanding its sustainability efforts to include wine cork and crayon recycling programs. Known for its extensive wine list and healthy kids menu that includes fun activities, Firebirds will soon place drop-off boxes inside each restaurant for guests and employees to deposit used wine corks and crayons.

Activist Investor Calls for Removal of Buffalo Wild Wings' CEO

A contentious and often ugly battle between Buffalo Wild Wings and activist investor Marcato Capital Management reached a boiling point. Marcato founder Mick McGuire is calling for CEO Sally Smith’s removal, saying that the board has “blindly stood by management,” according to an SEC filing and a letter sent to shareholders.

Buffalo Wild Wings to Eliminate Executive Position after EVP Retires

Buffalo Wild Wings, Inc. announced that Judith A. Shoulak will retire as EVP and President, North America, effective June 30, 2017.“On behalf of the entire management team, I would like to thank Judy for her nearly 16 years of tireless service at Buffalo Wild Wings,” says Sally Smith, chief executive officer and President of Buffalo Wild Wings.

Thirsty Lion Gastropub & Grill Expands Into Texas

Thirsty Lion Gastropub & Grill, a Portland, Oregon-based scratch kitchen restaurant concept, has been expanding across the West since its launch in 2011, with eight locations in Oregon, Arizona and Colorado.

Huddle House Opens New Restaurant in Lubbock

Huddle House announced that it has opened its doors in Lubbock, Texas. The restaurant is located at 6616 Milwaukee Ave., Suite 100, where local residents are now able to enjoy the “Any Meal, Any Time” hometown hub morning, noon and night.

Wild Wing Cafe Announces Second Greenville Location

Wild Wing Cafe, the destination for “hot wings, cold beer and good times,” announced that it will open a new location in the popular shopping center Magnolia Park. This marks its second location in Greenville, South Caolina, and its fourth in the Upstate.

Some Shoney's Stores Face Credit Card Breach

Shoney’s is the latest restaurant chain to face a credit card breach. Best American Hospitality Corp., a group that manages a handful of Shoney’s corporate-owned stores, released a statement detailing an investigation into stolen payment card information at 37 locations spread out throughout South Carolina, Tennessee, Louisiana, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Virginia, Missouri, Florida, and Arkansas.

Quaker Steak & Lube Seeking Franchisees At MUFC In Las Vegas

The award-winning fun family casual-dining franchise Quaker Steak & Lube, known for its award winning food, including Best Wings USA and more than 20 sauces, announced today that it is seeking franchisees at the annual Multi-Unit Franchising Conference this month.

Matchbox American Kitchen Opens First Florida Location

Matchbox American Kitchen + Spirit has officially opened its first-in-Florida location at Sawgrass Mills. The D.C. restaurant made its debut with a two-day dining preview to benefit Feeding South Florida and a packed VIP grand opening party.

Red Robin Launches Digital Ordering Nationwide

Olo, the leading provider of online and mobile ordering capabilities for over 160 restaurant brands, today announced that it has partnered with Red Robin Gourmet Burgers and Brews, to power the launch and ongoing integration of the casual dining restaurant chain’s digital ordering platform at its restaurants nationwide.

Moms Eat Free This Easter at Arooga’s

Arooga’s Loves Mom every day of the year and on Easter at Arooga’s, Moms will eat for free.On Easter Sunday, Arooga’s Grille House & Sports Bar is inviting Moms to Eat Free at all 10 of its Central Pennsylvania locations and its franchise restaurant in Patchogue, New York.