Chain News & Profiles

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

Chain Operating Report for June 22

Jamba Juice, Johnny Rockets, Saladworks, Smallcakes and Quiznos announce new store openings and other expansion news.

Fazoli’s Hires Franks to fill Franchising VP Role

James Franks was named vice president of franchising for Fazoli's.

Au Bon Pain to Remodel all of its Cafés

Fast-casual bakery café operator Au Bon Pain has announced plans to remodel all 318 of its locations. Au Bon Pain also announced the veteran executive chef Stefano Cordova has joined the company to lead its culinary efforts.

Buehler Resigns as Kona Grill President and CEO

Marc Buehler, president and chief executive officer of Kona Grill (NASDAQ: KONA) has resigned. The company appointed Michael Nahkunst, a member of Kona Grill's board of directors, interim president and CEO.

Ames to become COO for Real Mex Restaurants

Real Mex Restaurants, Inc. named Edie Ames its new chief operating officer, effective July 11, 2011.

Big Game Brands Adds Cowlicks Yogurt and Floats

National franchisor adds speciality dessert concept to its portfolio of foodservice brands.

 

Roark Capital Buys Arby's, Corner Bakery and Il Fornaio

In a potential sign of things to come, Atlanta-based private equity firm Roark Capital has reached a pair of agreements that allow it to purchase three restaurant chains from their respective owners including Arby's, Corner Bakery Café and Il Fornaio Restaurants and Bakeries.

Management Group Buys Sizzler's U.S. Operations

A group of the chain's management, led by chief executive officer Kerry Kramp, has acquired fast-casual dining concept Sizzler's U.S. interests from Australia's Pacific Equity Partners.

Rex's by Beautiful Brands International

A small kitchen footprint allows this revitalized fast-casual concept to produce a limited menu featuring fried chicken, sides and bread.

Harter New President of Restaurants Unlimited

Del Frisco's Restaurant Group Promotes Dritsas and Martens