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East Coast Wings & Grill Appoints New Director of Franchise System Training

East Coast Wings & Grill, one of the fast growing casual dining chicken wing franchises in the country, announced the appointment of Bryant Murray as Director of Franchise System Training.In the new position, Murray will take charge of all initial and ongoing franchisee training processes, as well as work closely with both the Field Operations and Unit Level Economics directors with specific system issues, all in the continual effort of driving strong unit level economics.

Shoney’s Offers Buffet Special

Pumpkin is the undisputed flavor of autumn, and Shoney’s is ready to pile on: with free pancakes, that is.The iconic All-American restaurant is offering free Pumpkin Spice Pancakes, fresh and made-to-order, with any of its Legendary Breakfast Buffet purchases for a limited time at participating restaurants.

Fatburger and Buffalo's Cafe Opens Full-Service Restaurant

Fatburger, Hollywood’s burger franchise, opens its first full-service, co-branded location with sister brand Buffalo’s Cafe in Seattle. The brand looks forward to serving the community their refreshing hand-scooped shakes, juicy burgers, and signature chicken wings with full table service.

Bloomin’ Brands Names President of International Division

Bloomin' Brands Inc.  announced the appointment of Pat Murtha as executive vice president of Bloomin' Brands, and president, Bloomin' Brands International.In this role, Murtha will be responsible for helping define, develop, and implement the international growth strategy for Bloomin' Brands, and will be a member of the Executive Leadership Team.

Brio Tuscan Grille Opens California Restaurant

Brio Tuscan Grille announced, that it opened its first restaurant in California on October 24, introducing the authentic flavors of Tuscany to Rancho Cucamonga and surrounding areas. Located at the Victoria Gardens shopping center, the new location marks the 57th Brio Tuscan Grille restaurant nationwide and brings more than 150 jobs to the area.

BJ's Restaurants Opens in Tysons Corner, Virginia

BJ's Restaurants, Inc. announced the opening of its newest restaurant in Tysons Corner, Virginia, on Wednesday, October 30, 2013. The new BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse is located at the intersection of Leesburg Pike and I-495 across from Tysons Corner Center.

Beefing Up the Midday Meal

Those lavish expense accounts that supported multi-hour, three-martini lunches in former decades won’t make a comeback any time soon, but two of the nation’s prominent steakhouse chains are banking on Americans’ desire to beef up their midday meal.

Bonefish Grill Selects Creative Agency of Record

Bonefish Grill has appointed Blast Radius as creative agency of record following an agency review. Blast Radius will be responsible for working with Bonefish Grill to develop their brand and steward it across all channels, including advertising, in-restaurant, digital, and social.

Wingstop Opens Doors in Columbus, Ohio

Wingstop has opened their third location in Columbus, Ohio for fans to get their wing fix. The award-winning chicken chain recently opened a new restaurant at 1823 Morse Road in front of Menards.The new location is thanks to Wingstop franchisee, Matthew Morrison, who signed a multi-unit development deal in hopes of furthering Wingstop’s introduction throughout the Columbus area.

The Rock, Wood Fired Pizza & Spirits Opens in Alaska

The Rock, Wood Fired Pizza & Spirits, an award-winning gourmet pizza restaurant with a gritty rock-‘n’-roll vibe, opened its newest location in Anchorage, Alaska on Monday, October 21. The new restaurant, adjacent to Northway Mall, is the 21st installment of The Rock, which currently has locations in Washington State, Oregon, Colorado, and Alberta, Canada.

FIU Student Wins Red Robin’s Dipping Sauce Contest

Tirza Diaz De Villegas is enjoying the sweet – and savory – taste of victory, as she was declared the winner of the Red Robin Savory Scholar Gourmet Dipping Sauce Contest at the Food Network New York Wine & Food Festival’s Blue Moon Burger Bash on Friday, October 18.

First Watch Opens in Knoxville

First Watch made its debut in Knoxville with the opening of a restaurant in Turkey Creek. The new 3,853-square-foot restaurant is located at 11682 Parkside Drive near the Publix Super Market.The First Watch restaurant is operated by Knoxville-based Capstone Concepts as part of a multi-unit franchise agreement to open a total of eight restaurants over the next five years in Knoxville, Chattanooga, Bristol, Kingsport, Johnson City, Asheville, North Carolina, and Bowling Green, Kentucky.

Le Duff America Raises Over $700,000 for SOS

Le Duff America announced today the results of fundraising efforts that generated more than $720,000 during the month of September.The multi-brand company and three of its premier café bakery concepts came together as a unified group to spread a sincere sense of community by inviting guests to help end childhood hunger in America by dining out for No Kid Hungry.

Quaker Steak & Lube to Open State College Location

Quaker Steak & Lube will bring a new restaurant to State College, Pennsylvania. The Druzak Merchant Development Group is thrilled to bring The Lube back to State College.  JDK Management, the largest Quaker Steak & Lube franchisee, has been retained to manage the restaurant.

Twin Peaks of Oklahoma Raise Funds

This past week, Oklahoma’s Twin Peaks Restaurants joined forces to raise support for ‘Warriors for Freedom’ and the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation programs.The Tulsa, North and West Oklahoma City locations of Twin Peaks sold raffle tickets for a drawing to win a brand new Harley Davidson motorcycle.