Chain News & Profiles

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

First Watch Sold to Private Equity Firm

Catterton Partners sells the emerging casual dining chain.

Teaching an Old Dog New Tricks at Wienerschnitzel

Quick-service chain Wienerschnitzel, which celebrates its 51st anniversary in 2012, positions itself as a fun experience where customers can find reasonably priced menus. The chain is working toward obtaining LEED certification so it will be positioned as a green company.

Chipotle’s ShopHouse a Hit

Since unveiling the new Asian-inspired quick-serve concept ShopHouse in September 2011, Chipotle execs say they’ve filled their Washington D.C.-based pilot store on a daily basis and are thrilled that it’s been well-received, though no specific sales numbers were yet available.

Subway Appoints Pair to Director Positions

Audet and Chaves bring franchisee-level experience to their new posts for the sandwich giant.

Popeyes Names New Global Brand Officer

Richard Lynch moves over from marketing post to accept new position at the quick-service chain.

Fertitta Stakes a Claim for Morton's Restaurant Group at $6.90 Per Share

Twin Peaks Announces Staff Promotions

Four restaurant employees climb the corporate ladder.

Applebee's Services Names Layt Sr. VP of Operations

23-year veteran of the foodservice industry joins casual-dining brand.

Chain Operating Report for Dec. 14

This week's chain operating report features one concept updating its beverage service, a couple expanded at home and abroad and a new way to test menu items, service style and more.

Stutz to Become Cosi President and CEO

Foodservice veteran leaves her Brinker post to lead Cosi effective Jan. 1

Garbanzo Mediterranean Grill: Ready to Roll

After a team of restaurant industry veterans invested the time to refine the Garbanzo prototype, this budding fast-casual concept is poised to blossom.