Chain News & Profiles

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

Chain Restaurant Report for Feb. 2

CPK, LongHorn Steakhouse, P.F. Chang's, Pizza Inn and Wendy's/Arby's all reported operating updates this past week.

Fazoli's Key Players

Fazoli's Facts of Note

Chain Profile: Fazoli’s

Featuring a production area that's one-third smaller than its older restaurants, the new Fazoli's prototype maximizes efficiency and minimizes throughput time and staffing levels.

Camille’s Sidewalk Café Continues to Manage its Menu

While the majority of the foodservice industry took its lumps during the U.S. recession, the fast-casual segment remained resilient. In fact, the segment enjoyed a 4.5 percent increase in sales in 2009, according to Technomic, a Chicago-based market research firm. While the segment did benefit from consumers trading down, its success was also due to operators' willingness to continue to develop their menu mix to meet consumers' ever-evolving tastes. Take, for example, Camille's Sidewalk Café.

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.