Chain News & Profiles

Chain News & Profiles includes news on chain restaurants, operations, profiles, trend pieces and new concepts.

Bar Biz is Bigger than Ever for Chains

Restaurant concepts turn to a variety of equipment items and innovative designs to get creative with the adult beverage experience.

CiCi's Pizza Names New Director of Franchise Development

Veteran of restaurant franchising, development and real estate experience takes on new role. 

Budd Blossoms Into Newly Created Role at SONIC

Boston Consulting veteran becomes chief development and strategy officer for drive-in chain of restaurants. 

Mench Named VP of U.S. Operations for Tim Hortons

Industry vet brings more than 30 years of QSR operations expertise to bakery cafe chain. 

Chain Operating Report for August 20, 2013

Bob Evans Restaurants announces plans to develop express units, Hooters' parent company enters the burger business and much more. 

PizzaRev Accelerates Growth Plans

Franchising is next on the menu for the emerging L.A.-based fast-casual chain. 

Moody Becomes CEO for Rita's Italian Ice

Company's leader brings 32 years of restaurant industry experience to his new post. 

East Coast Wings & Grill Promotes Tom Scalese to COO

Scalese has been with the company since 2008. 

Jack in the Box Announces Succession Plan

Lang to retire as chairman and CEO; Comma takes helm. 

Koffler Promoted to VP of Franchise Sales at Corner Bakery

Corner Bakery eyeing rapid expansion in the fast-growing segment. 

Smoothie King Plots Fresh Strategies to Rule the Meal Replacement Niche

Long before smoothies became ubiquitous, Smoothie King was hard at work helping create the category. Celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, the company bills itself as the inventor of these fruity, blended concoctions and has built its franchise on a brand strategy that focuses on health and nutrition as much as on flavor, fun and convenience.