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With new locations popping up worldwide and a prototype mobile unit taking its grilled-to-order burgers on the road, Johnny Rocketts is paving the way for a new era of growth.

Walking into Kafé Kalik Royale, visitors encounter hallmark traits of Bahamian and Caribbean cultures. Bright colors—tangerine oranges, seafoam blues, butter yellows and sea greens—along with wood tones, dramatic lighting, Bahamian artwork and a large open kitchen reflect the feel of the islands.

NASHVILLE, Tenn.--(BUSINESS WIRE/PRESS RELEASE)--O'Charley's Inc. (Nasdaq: CHUX), a leading casual-dining company, today announced that it has named Wilson L. Craft to the position of Concept President of O’Charley’s Restaurants. Craft, age 56, will be responsible for leading day-to-day operations at the O’Charley’s concept, including the formulation and implementation of strategies and tactics designed to enhance sales, profitability and long-term growth. He succeeds Jeffrey D. Warne, who became President and Chief Executive Officer of O’Charley’s Inc. on June 4, 2009.

OKLAHOMA CITY--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Smashburger—a fast-casual, “better burger” restaurant concept by Consumer Capital Partners (CCP)— has signed a deal with Klepper Capital Group, LLC., to operate seven restaurants in the Oklahoma City metro area. The first store will open in March of 2010 and be followed by two additional openings by the end of 2010. The Klepper Capital Group, LLC. currently owns and operates a variety of restaurants in both markets.

Known for the cooking method used to create the perfect burger, Smashburgers start with a one-third or half-pound ball of 100-percent Angus beef—fresh, not frozen—smashed, seared and seasoned on a flat grill. Served on butter-toasted artisan buns and topped with a selection of real cheeses, Smashburgers feature the freshest produce and top-quality condiments.