Chain Restaurant Report for Dec. 15

CPK, Dickey's Barbeque, DineEquity, LongHorn Steak House, O'Charley's, Pizza Inn, Saladworks, Smashburger and Yogurt Mountain are among the chains featured in this week's roundup.

Casual dining chain California Pizza Kitchen, Inc. (CPK) (Nasdaq:CPKI), opened its third location in Dubai with franchise partner, Gourmet Gulf Company.

Texas-based Dickey's Barbecue opened a new location in Austin, Texas.

In a deal with an estimated value of $27 million, DineEquity, Inc. (NYSE:DIN - News), parent company of Applebee's Neighborhood Grill & Bar and IHOP Restaurants, agreed to sell 30 company-operated Applebee's restaurants in the Washington, D.C. market to Potomac Family Dining Group.

LongHorn Steakhouse opened its first location in Whitehall Township, Pa.

O'Charley's Inc. (NASDAQ:CHUX) announced that it has closed 11 underperforming O'Charley's restaurants and five underperforming Ninety Nine restaurants.

Pizza Inn (Nasdaq:PZZI) opened one of its buffet-style restaurants in Blytheville, Ark.

Saladworks signed a franchise agreement to develop three locations in the Austin, Texas market. The first unit is scheduled to open in mid-2011.

Smashburger signed a development agreement with 25/20 Management that calls for the franchisee to open a location in the New York borough of Brooklyn.

Yogurt Mountain opened a location in Charleston, S.C.

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