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The Melting Pot Offers Franchise Incentive in Connecticut

The Melting Pot is accelerating its expansion effort in Hartford, Connecticut by offering a significant discount on its initial franchise fee.In honor of its 40th anniversary, The Melting Pot will offer new franchisees who sign a franchise agreement to develop one or more restaurants a 40 percent off the initial franchise fee for their first restaurant, which is a savings of $18,000.

First Watch in Bonita Springs, Florida, Relocates To Bigger Space

First Watch Restaurants announced the relocation of its decade-old restaurant in Bonita Springs, Florida.The restaurant on S. Tamiami Trail closed after business on April 5 and will reopen April 10, at 22923 Lyden Drive in Estero as one of 45 First Watch restaurants in Florida.

Chef Sarah Master Updates Midwestern Cuisine at Lakeside Resort

Refined flavors and comfortable lodging will combine in June with the opening of Mr. Roberts Resort in Pengilly, Minnesota.Mr. Roberts Resort is a combination of a full service restaurant, bar, cabins, and RV sites, situated on Swan Lake in Northern Minnesota.

Another Broken Egg Cafe To Develop Five Locations In Tennessee

Another Broken Egg Café announced the signing of a five-store development agreement for Tennessee in 2015.With the first location slated to open at 208 Commerce Street in Nashville by July, and plans to open up to two additional locations over the next couple of years.

Wood Ranch Expands Beyond California

The first Wood Ranch BBQ & Grill venture outside of California will open this spring at the Springfield Town Center in Springfield, Virginia.Wood Ranch BBQ & Grill, which currently operates 14 restaurants, announced that Jason Fleming has been promoted to mid-Atlantic area director, and that Phill Helton has been promoted to first managing partner of the Springfield location.

French-American Bistro Draws Attention to Rejuvenated Santa Ana

The evolution of Santa Ana, California’s Little Sparrow Café reads like a fairytale.It begins with a love story, and husband and wife Bruce Marsh and Naseem Aflakian pressing their noses to the glass of an abandoned corner café in Santa Ana—a city that had fallen by the wayside in the shadow of Los Angeles.

Jose Garces' Rural Society Expands to Chicago

With Rural Society's new location opening earlier this month in the Loews Chicago hotel, Chef Jose Garces, founder of the eponymous multi-concept Garces Group, returns to his hometown."With the number of steakhouses we have in Chicago, Jose wanted to give everyone his version of what a steakhouse could be," says Chef de Cuisine Cory Morris, who joins Rural Society after seven years at Mercat a la Planxa, also a Jose Garces concept.

A Well-Planned Coup

In one year’s time, the aptly named coup d’état in uptown Minneapolis has managed to transform the neighborhood’s culinary landscape with more upscale cuisine, better service, and sophisticated beverage offerings.

Final Four Predicted to Bump Indianapolis' Restaurant Sales

Indianapolis will welcome four college basketball teams and their raving fans next month as the finalists compete for the NCAA championship. Also in the fray, however, will be Indianapolis restaurants, competing for their share of the out-of-towners' business.

Marlowe Plans Pop-Up Burger and Private Dining Space

Big Night Restaurant Group, who quietly announced late last year the addition of a burger window at San Francisco restaurant Marlowe, has shifted its plans to a pop-up burger joint and private dining space at its original location.

Peas & Carrots Hospitality To Open 2 Concepts This Summer

Peas & Carrots Hospitality will open two restaurants in the former Chen Chow Brasserie space, located at 260 N Old Woodward Avenue, in downtown Birmingham, Michigan in summer 2015.The company, which is owned by partners Zack Sklar, Josh Humphrey, and Jim Bellinson, also operates Social Kitchen & Bar in Birmingham, MEX, and Beau’s Grillery in Bloomfield Hills.

Ponderosa Grill To Open In Dubai

Homestyle Dining, which owns, operates, and franchises family-focused restaurants offering steakhouse dining concepts throughout the U.S. and internationally announced that longtime franchisee, The Sterling Group, has opened the first Ponderosa Grill in Dubai.

The Moxie is in the Menu

Amidst the sea of chains in Jacksonville, Florida, one independent stands out—literally. Chef/owner Tom Gray built Moxie Kitchen + Cocktails as a brand new restaurant within a busy town center already experiencing chain restaurant domination by the likes of The Cheesecake Factory, P.