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fast-casual concept fires up franchise push to feed growing demand for upscale pies

RedBrick Pizza: fast-casual concept fires up franchise push to feed growing demand for upscale pies Carol Tice If you phone RedBrick Pizza’s Palmdale, Calif., headquarters and press seven, you can hear the sizzling sound of one of the company’s fire-roasted, thin-crust pies cooking in a specially designed 1,000-degree oven. Sizzling also may be the word […]

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Subway must travel new route to subsist successfully

Subway must travel new route to subsist successfully Theresa Howard Subway, sandwiched between a rock and a hard place, is juggling the challenge of evolving a national brand identity and the individual marketing needs of more than 13,000 franchisees as it re-evaluates media-dollar distribution during the chaos of an agency review. Some 150 agencies are […]

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IHOP debuts all-you-can-eat shrimp promo

IHOP debuts all-you-can-eat shrimp promo GLENDALE, CALIF. — IHOP Corp., operator and franchisor of 1,167 family-dining restaurants, added a limited-time Never Ending Popcorn Shrimp option to its menu. With a suggested price of $7.99, the new menu item is served in a basket and comes with a choice of cocktail sauce or spicy dipping sauce, […]

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New Chevys CEO says sales on rise, reports business on track despite slower expansion

New Chevys CEO says sales on rise, reports business on track despite slower expansion – Chevys Inc., Ronald P. Maccarone Alan J. Liddle EMERYVILLE, CALIF. — New Chevys Inc. chief executive Ronald P. Maccarone said he inherited a “healthy” company but is tempering expansion pending fuller economic recovery in core markets and the completion of […]

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Franchisees unite, seek political clout with new coalition

Franchisees unite, seek political clout with new coalition Robin Lee Allen CHICAGO – Restaurant franchisees along with their peers from other industries are mobilizing to create a national association intended to give them a louder voice on Capitol Hill and in legislatures across the country The burgeoning organization, which will be called the American Franchisee […]

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Melange partners check into Kimpton hotel for L.A. debut

Melange partners check into Kimpton hotel for L.A. debut Richard Martin LOS ANGELES — After 13 years as the best-known operator of trendy dining concepts in this city’s South Bay suburbs, Michael Robert’s Melange Inc. has forged into the fiercely competitive West Los Angeles restaurant market to launch “The Chez at the Beverly Prescott.” The […]

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CIA grad Mitchell pledges gift to school

CIA grad Mitchell pledges gift to school HYDE PARK, N.Y. — Cameron Mitchell, president and chief executive of Columbus, Ohio-based Cameron Mitchell Restaurants and a 1986 graduate of The Culinary Institute of America here, recently pledged to match every dollar his fellow alumni give in support of The CIA during the next five years up […]

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Upscale chef Bayless to weigh in for BK

Upscale chef Bayless to weigh in for BK – Burger King Corp. hires Rick Bayless to promote new chicken baguette sandwiches Amy Garber MIAMI — In an unlikely pairing of fine dining and fast food, Burger King Corp. has tapped Chicago chef-restaurateur Rick Bayless to promote BK’s new line of low-fat chicken baguette sandwiches. While […]

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BK adds 11-item 99-cent menu in biggest rollout – News – new products from Burger King Corp

BK adds 11-item 99-cent menu in biggest rollout – News – new products from Burger King Corp – Brief Article MIAMI — Burger King Corp., after months of speculation, introduced as a permanent offering an 11-item BK Value Menu of 99-cent items, including six new products. The No. 2 burger chain described the rollout as […]

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StratAmerica selling 10 Shari’s units

StratAmerica selling 10 Shari’s units Alan Liddle StratAmerica selling 10 Shari’s units Shari’s, the 34-unit coffee shop chain purchased earlier this year by StratAmerica Corp., and headed by Sam D. Battistone, has reached a tentative agreement to sell 10 units scattered throughout the West to a company run by Battistone’s brother. Sam D. Battistone was […]