The Cajun Chain That's Spreading Across America

Raymond Griffin will be the first to admit he got taken. The $35,000 dream turned into a $100,000 one. Then came food costs, labor costs, bad hires, and even worse hours.“I got hammered pretty bad,” he says.

Cantina Laredo to Open in Jackson, Mississippi in Summer 2017

Consolidated Restaurant Operations, Inc. announced plans to open a Cantina Laredo restaurant in The District at Eastover in Jackson, Mississippi, in summer 2017.Cantina Laredo, featuring modern Mexican cuisine, will serve authentic Mexican dishes and drinks using only the best ingredients.

Hopdoddy Plans to Open 6 to 8 New Locations in 2017

Hopdoddy Burger Bar, serving craft burgers and local beer with a lively neighborhood vibe, is projected to open six to eight locations in 2017 in new and existing markets. The Austin-born burger joint will make its debut in Nashville at the historic Hillsboro Village and in the budding Texas A&M Bio-corridor in Bryan-College Station.

Growler USA Debuts Denver-Area Flagship Location

Craft beer is no stranger to Denver, and now there is a new spot in town that will offer more than 100 taps of local and regional brews, straight from the tap. Growler USA, a franchise dedicated to American-made craft beverages, is open at 11405 East Briarwood Avenue, in the Arapahoe Lima Center in Centennial.

Another Broken Egg Cafe Opening 2nd Texas Location

Double R Restaurant Group, the largest franchise partner of southern-inspired restaurant Another Broken Egg Cafe, will open its second Texas location in Addison on January 23 at 4520 Frankford Road (corner of the Tollway and Frankford).

12 Ways to Grow Your Restaurant

17. Open inside hotels, but bring an energized business model that connects multiple dining concepts and serves all dayparts.18. Want to make your restaurant the No. 1 choice for private dinners and special events? Start with an events-management tool that will empower management to easily and effectively manage all of the details.

Godfather’s Pizza Opens in South Jordan, Utah

A Pizza You Can’t Refuse is open and operating in South Jordan, Utah. The full-service location opened January 16 at 10949 South Redwood Road. The Godfather will greet customers during lunch and dinner service at the grand opening January 21.

Bacon Bros. Ready to Grow Through Franchising

Bacon Bros. Public House is looking to “bring home the bacon” with its newly launched franchise opportunity.With a flagship restaurant already serving throngs of customers in the Greenville, South Carolina area, the farm-to-table, southern-inspired concept is looking to add as many as 15 new restaurants nationwide over the next five years.

IHOP, Applebee's Opening in 5 New Countries

DineEquity, Inc., one of the world's largest full service restaurant companies, announced four new multi-unit development agreements in the Middle East, Asia Pacific, and Latin America. These agreements will play an important role in the company's plan to double international locations over the next five years.

Giordano’s Famous Stuffed Deep Dish Pizza Opens in Las Vegas

Giordano’s Famous Stuffed Deep Dish Pizza, the Chicago-based restaurant company internationally known for its stuffed deep dish pizza pies has opened their first location in Las Vegas. The new, full-service restaurant is located at 3619 Las Vegas Blvd.

Godfather’s Pizza Expanding in Utah

Godfather’s Pizza fans in the Salt Lake City area will head into 2017 with a new, favorite pizza place. The first, full-service restaurant is set to open January 16 at 10949 South Redwood Road in Suite 200, just 17 miles south of downtown Salt Lake City and walking distance from central South Jordan.

Margaritaville Headed to Gatlinburg

The laidback, welcoming atmosphere of Margaritaville is coming to Gatlinburg, Tennessee. Margaritaburg, LLC, a consortium of local investors, will build Margaritaville Resort in the Smokies at 539 Parkway in Gatlinburg.

STK Expanding into Dubai and Abu Dhabi

The ONE Group Hospitality, Inc. announced that the company signed a licensing agreement, which will allow for multiple locations to open in the Middle East.An STK is expected to open at The Address Downtown Dubai hotel, located in the heart of the city’s dining and entertainment district on Emaar Boulevard, and an STK Beach is planned for opening at the Rixos Hotel located in the city’s Marina District.

P.J.W. Restaurant Group Opens 14th P.J. Whelihan’s

The P.J.W. Restaurant Group opened their 14th P.J. Whelihan’s concept at 180 Mill Rd in Oaks, Pennsylvania, on December 19, making it the 19th of the group’s family of successful restaurant concepts including The Pour House (Westmont, New Jersey; North Wales, and Exton, Pennsylvania), Treno Pizza Bar (Westmont, New Jersey) and The ChopHouse (Gibbsboro, New Jersey).