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Papa John’s to add up to 1,800 new units by 2025

Papa John’s will open 320 new restaurants this fiscal year as part of a plan to grow by at least 1,400 and as many as 1,800 over the next three years, the company said. The chain reported a 1.9% increase …

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Denny’s to buy Florida-based breakfast chain

Denny’s will pay $82.5 million to acquire 52-unit Orlando-based chain Keke’s Breakfast Cafe, in a deal slated to close later this year. The breakfast and lunch concept, which opened in 2006 as Florida Waffle Shop and changed its name four …

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How restaurant chains are outfitting smaller kitchens

Chains including KFC, El Pollo Loco and Schlotzsky’s are reconfiguring kitchens and equipment needs as they create smaller-format units focused largely on off-premises dining. Nation’s Restaurant News

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NYC Starbucks store features Amazon’s cashierless tech

A new Starbucks location that opened in New York City recently combines the coffee company’s mobile ordering technology with the online retailer’s cashierless Amazon Go store format. Patrons can pick up orders they placed in the Starbucks app and purchase …

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HipCityVeg kicks off growth plan with first NYC store

Philadelphia-based HipCityVeg made its New York City debut last week as part of a push to double in size to 15 locations by early next year. The plant-based fast-casual chain’s plans include two more New York City units that will …

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TGI Fridays bets on virtual brands for growth

TGI Fridays plans to grow future sales through virtual brands after making an investment in multibrand digital restaurant company C3 earlier this year. Fridays has launched locations of C3’s to-go-only concept Krispy Rice in two US markets with plans to …

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Sweetgreen plans IPO, sets goal of growing to 280 units

California-based fast-casual chain Sweetgreen has filed to go public in an initial stock offering on the New York Stock Exchange. The chain, which operates 140 locations in 13 states and Washington, D.C., expects to double in size over the next …

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Panera outlines ambitious climate plans

Panera Bread will power half its restaurants with renewable energy sources by 2025, shift to 100% sustainable packaging and boost sales of eco-friendly “Cool Food Meals” as part of the chain’s plan to become “climate positive.” In a step up …

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