Chain News & Profiles

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

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

Caldwell to Lead Papa Murphy's

Twenty-year QSR vet to lead pizza chain.

Chain Innovators: Firehouse Subs

Firehouse Subs is hot, posting double-digit revenue and unit increases last year with even bigger gains anticipated this year. Don Fox, chief executive officer, credits the surge in part to loosening of credit markets, which enabled it to open 43 stores last year and 30 as of mid-May this year, with another 50 to 70 to be added by year's end.

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.

Chain Operating Report for June 1, 2011

A series of restaurant chains announce operational and development news.