Chain News & Profiles

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

Unique Pizza to buy Pizza Fusion

Deal to close in the third quarter of 2012.

Sbarro Adds Pair to Franchising Team

Industry veterans take on new roles with the pizza chain.

Barberitos Southwestern Grille and Cantina

Producing freshly prepared menu items in an efficient kitchen helps this Southwestern grille and cantina-themed restaurant chain compete successfully in the quick-service burrito channel.

McAlister’s Deli

Updated décor and new operational efficiencies sweeten the growth prospects for this 25-year-old fast-casual chain.

Chain Operating Report for August 28

One casual-dining chain adds better-for-you menu options while several others look to expand their reach both domestically and abroad in this week's Chain Operating Report.

Private Equity Group Buys Benihana

Acquisition removes Japanese restaurant from NASDAQ.

Chain Operating Report for August 21

Caribou and Cheesecake Factory explore new venues and markets, Del Frisco's Restaurant Group reports operating results for the second quarter and much more in this week's chain operating report.

Smashburger Names Willis VP of Franchise Sales

Domestic expansion will be top priority.

Togo’s: New Look, New Prospects for 40-Year-Old West Coast Original

A vibrant, refreshed look paired with a new, more efficient prototype has this chain poised to take a bigger bite out of the sandwich segment.

Chain Operating Report for August 1, 2012

This week's chain operating report takes a look at a couple of chains' IPOs, expansion plans for several players and some transaction news.

Chain Operating Report for July 25

This weeks' report includes Baja Fresh, Del Taco add new locations; revenue up at Chipotle; and Dunkin' continues international expansion.