Chain News & Profiles

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

Apollo to Acquire Chuck E. Cheese's Parent

Deal for CEC valued at $1.3 billion.

Quaker Steak & Lube Announces Management Transition

Dreibholz becomes interim CEO for the casual dining chain.

Coan Joins Buffalo Wild Wings Team

Restaurant industry veteran becomes vice president of enterprise supply chain.

Yum! Updates U.S. Leadership for KFC and Pizza Hut

Gibbs and Marker get new roles with the multi-concept operator.

Bojangles' Updates Management Team

Whataburger's Rutledge to become CEO.

Yogurtland Announces Senior Leadership Changes

Founder Chang becomes company chairman.

Genovese Joins First Watch

Former Starbucks executive takes on franchising role.

Smallcakes Names Saqr CEO

Franchise operator joins cupcake-themed chain's executive management team.

10 Chain Innovators: Bowl of Heaven

Bowl of Heaven started with an idea, sketched out on a napkin, for a whole new type of fast-casual chain that would bring what co-founder Dan McCormick calls "the world's healthiest meals" to the masses.

10 Chain Innovators: Max Brenner Chocolate Bar

Chocolate lovers have a new treat coming soon to a market near them. Max Brenner Chocolate Bar, a fast-casual operation that celebrates chocolate culture in Parisian-café-meets-Willy-Wonka fashion, opened its first new U.S. prototype in Bethesda, Md., last August and plans to expand nationally over the next few years.

10 Chain Innovators: Melt Bar and Grilled

To get a taste of the culture and cuisine at Melt Bar and Grilled, consider last month's LTO. Promoted with imagery of a hip-looking polar bear in a black leather "Hell's Penguins" jacket, the Mighty Macaroni Melt featured housemade macaroni and cheese, breaded and fried, and then topped with additional cheese — all melted between slices of toasted fresh-baked bread.