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Subway outlines plans for experience-focused growth

Subway has trimmed its US restaurant count over the past few years, and growth plans going forward will focus on strategic development with an emphasis on the customer experience, the company said. The 100% franchised sandwich chain will also transition …

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Schlotzsky’s new designs cater to drive-thru demand

Sandwich chain Schlotzsky’s has unveiled a new unit in Oklahoma City that features two drive-thru lanes and no dine-in seating, one of two new smaller formats for the 300-unit chain. The drive-thru lanes at 85% of Schlotzsky’s restaurants generate about …

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‘Golden Girls’-themed eatery planned for LA

A Los Angeles fast-casual eatery with the theme of the perennially popular TV show “The Golden Girls” is slated to open in July. Derek Berry, the creator of TV-themed pop-ups including Good Burger and Saved by the Max, will open …

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Texas franchisee buys 90 Papa John’s restaurants

Papa John’s has sold its majority interest in 90 restaurants to multibrand franchisee Sun Holdings, a Texas-based operator that made a deal last year to develop 100 new Papa John’s units. Joint venture partner Blue and Silver Ventures will remain …

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Sweetgreen to court suburban diners with Sweetlane

Salad chain Sweetgreen will roll out its first drive-thru location in the Chicago suburb of Schaumburg within the next year as part of the brand’s plan to expand beyond its urban locations. Customers who order ahead using Sweetgreen’s website or …

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Franchisee adds 30 Checkers, Rally’s units in Indiana, Kentucky

Falcons Burger, an existing operator of Checkers and Rally’s restaurants, has acquired another 30 units from retiring franchisee Joe Hertzman. Restaurant Business

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Smashburger adds full bar to its fast-casual setting

Smashburger opened its first restaurant with a full bar in its hometown of Denver last week, with a bartender serving beer, wine and craft cocktails like the Blackberry Smash and the Coconut Mule. Restaurant Business

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Dough Zone Dumpling House to grow by up to 20 locations by 2027

When the Seattle-based Dough Zone Dumpling House first opened its doors, the original owners envisioned a small mom-and-pop restaurant that would give customers real Chinese cuisine. But what they weren’t expecting was how popular it would become. With the first …

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KFC caters to off-premises with Next-Gen store design

KFC debuted its Next-Gen store design last year at a restaurant in Berea, Kentucky and the chain plans to build about 30% of its new stores in one of two Next-Gen models. The updated store designs include an inline model …

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Wendy’s maps growth plans in Mexico

Wendy’s is crafting a new menu for its restaurants in Mexico as part of a plan aimed at growing the chain’s presence there to hundreds of locations. The company, which opened its first restaurant in Mexico three decades ago and …

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