Chain News & Profiles

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

McDonald’s Franchisee Adds a Personal Touch to its Services

Arcos Dorados, which franchises McDonald’s restaurants in 20 Latin American and Caribbean countries, introduced new condiment tables at its Mexican locations.

The Big Salad Takes Root at the University of Michigan Hospital Café

The Big Salad’s newest location at the University of Michigan (UM) Hospital Café on the Ann Arbor campus represents the blooming concept’s seventh unit system wide. Working with Aramark International, the hospital’s contract foodservice provider, The Big Salad currently operates a gourmet salad bar where customers can create their own salad. They have plans to open a freestanding counter service location to serve gourmet wraps and salads while also adding a selection of healthy fruit smoothies.

The Melting Pot Changes Its Ingredients

Best known as a place for celebrations, this fondue concept is shifting its menu and updating its look to encourage more frequent visits.

Green Case Study: Panda Express

Panda Restaurant Group, operator of Panda Express, Hibachi-San Japanese Grill and Panda Inn, a modern Asian concept, has been on a steady path toward sustainability for the last decade.

Lou Malnati’s Opens New Chicago Restaurant

Lou Malnati’s, the renowned Chicago-style pizzeria chain, opened a new location in the Windy City’s bustling Lincoln Square neighborhood.

Vaughn to become President of Café Rio

Former Sonic executive Vaughn to assume leadership position for fast-casual Mexican chain.

Schroder Becomes President of Moe's Southwest Grill

Multi-concept operator FOCUS Brands named Bruce Schroder president of Moe's Southwest Grill, a fast-casual restaurant chain.

First Watch Hatches Acquisition of The Egg & I

Panera Updates Executive Leadership Team

Former Darden and McDonald's executives Madsen and Koziol join the fast-casual restaurant chain.

Chicken Salad Chick Hatches Private Equity Partnership

Private equity firm invests in its eighth restaurant concept.

Moore Joins Pollo Tropical in the Lone Star State