Chain News & Profiles

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

Hooters Sale Complete

Owners since 1984, the Brooks family has sold its ownership of Hooters.

Chain Operating Report for Jan. 26

Domino's, CPK, The Cheesecake Factory, Energy Kitchen and Greenz all announced expansion news.

 

Qdoba Announces Series of Promotions

Qdoba Mexican Grill promoted a pair in its restaurant operations department and an other in the area of franchise development.

Arby's Could Be for Sale

In an attempt to drive shareholder value, according to a company release, Wendy's/Arby's Group, Inc. (NYSE:WEN), is exploring strategic alternatives for Arby's Restaurant Group, Inc., including a sale of the brand. A quick-service sandwich chain, Arby's operates nearly 3,700 restaurants. In contrast, Wendy's operates 6,500 restaurants in more than 20 companies.

Dave & Buster's Names Dolf Berle as President & COO

Dallas-based Dave & Buster's Inc. named Dolf Berle president and chief operating officer.

Yum! to sell Long John Silver's and A&W

Fcusing on international growth, Yum! Brands, Inc. (NYSE:YUM - News) has placed its Long John Silver's and A&W All-American Food Restaurants for sale. The company has also begun the process to identify a buyer.

Caribou Bites into Breakfast Sandwich Segment

National coffee house chain Caribou Coffee continues to diversify its breakfast menu.

Cold Stone Bellies Up to the Yogurt Bar

Cold Stone Creamery announced plans to introduce a yogurt concept into its existing stores in 2011.

Chain Operating Report for Jan. 12

Six restaurant chains announced operating results in the past week.

Miller to Become Denny's President

Family dining giant Denny's adds a 30-year veteran of the restaurant industry to its management team.

Denny’s Café: Comparing Denny’s Café to Traditional Denny’s Restaurants

CAFÉ TRADITIONAL DENNY’S
Seating 70–95 (inside), 12–20 (outside) 120–164, none outside typically
Staff 5–9 per shift 10–15 per shift
Construction 50–60 days 90–110 days
Hours of Op. 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. (varies by location) 24 hours daily