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Freebirds aims to soar above Texas burrito rivals

Fast-casual Freebirds World Burrito is on a mission to grow from 55 units to 100 over the next five years in a push to become the biggest burrito chain in Texas. Plans call for expansion into nontraditional locations, including college …

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Ghost Kitchen Brands makes US debut at Walmart

Canada-based Ghost Kitchen Brands has opened the first of 30 planned US locations in partnership with Walmart. The location at a Walmart store in Rochester, New York lets customers order takeout or delivery via in-store kiosks or a mobile app …

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Starbucks leaving malls for drive-thrus

Starbucks is reportedly following through with plans to move from mall kiosks to drive-thrus as former employees at mall stores have reported closings. The coffee company remains committed to malls and other high-traffic locations and has opened 554 new stores …

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Wags Capital to invest $20M to grow chicken concept

Investment firm Wags Capital has acquired Utah-based Dirty Bird Fried Chxx with plans to invest $20 million to open 30 new units of the fast-casual concept over the next year or so. Dirty Bird’s menu features a handful of items …

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Krispy Kreme operator to open 10 stores in Egypt

Krispy Kreme franchise partner Americana Group has opened the brand’s first shop in Cairo, one of 10 the operator plans to open in Egypt over the next year. Americana Group has upwards of 200 doughnut shops in other countries including …

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California-based Dave’s Hot Chicken plans 14 NJ restaurants

Dave’s Hot Chicken, a popular spicy chicken eatery based in California, has announced a huge expansion into New Jersey. The company said it will open 14 restaurants throughout Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Passaic and Union counties. NJ Advance Media

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HipCityVeg to open first NYC eatery in 2022

Philadelphia-based HipCityVeg aims to grow to 15 units from its current seven by February, including two ghost kitchens and the plant-based chain’s first New York City eatery. The mix of “Go Kitchens” and brick-and-mortar stores allows the chain to expand …

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La Madeleine tests units in Texas Walmart stores

French bakery and cafe chain La Madeleine has opened three of 10 planned in-store units at Walmart locations in Texas where McDonald’s restaurants have exited, according to The Dallas Morning News. The chain, which launched features including curbside pickup and …

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Sweetgreen to acquire Spyce’s robotic restaurants

Sweetgreen has sealed a deal to buy Spyce, a Boston-based automated restaurant startup, for an undisclosed amount. Spyce, which debuted in 2015 and has since raised $24.88 million from investors including chef Daniel Boulud, has two units where robots and …

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Killer Burger’s new president outlines growth plans

Killer Burger plans to carry out a similar growth strategy to the its new owner oversaw when he held the reigns of MOD Pizza. Killer Burger has 14 units, the same number MOD Pizza had before he signed on in …

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