Chain News & Profiles

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

Blaze Pizza

A new fast-casual concept bakes up signature or customized artisanal, Neapolitan-style pizzas in a flash. Its franchise-savvy founders expect it to spread like wildfire. 

Bob Evans to Sell Mimi's Café

Le Duff America set to acquire the chain. 

McDougall is Back Yard Burger's New CEO

Restaurant industry veteran takes over the quick-service burger chain. 

Gaudreau to Lead Cheddar's Operational Team

Industry vet takes on new role.

Chain Operating Report for January 23, 2013

A busy week of chain restaurant news includes Chipotle adding catering, Darden expanding its concepts in Puerto Rico, Krispy Kreme entering India and much more.

Cousins Subs Launches Foundation

Make it Better Foundation to address health and wellness, hunger and youth education in the communities the sandwich chain serves.

Real Mex Names New President and CEO

Robinson formerly president and COO of E-Brands. 

Akam Named COO for Dick's Wings and Grill

Restaurant industry veteran has experience working with Hooters, Raving Brands and other chains.

Darden Updates Management at LongHorn and Olive Garden Brands

Former Olive Garden president John Caron elects to leave the company.

Go Roma Gets New Ownership

Former Morton's executive DiNella to lead the fast-casual Italian chain.

U-Swirl Scoops Up 46 Locations

Soft-serve yogurt chain adds Aspen Yogurt Leaf and Yogurtini chains to its portfolio.