Chain News & Profiles

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

FOCUS Brands Promotes Cole and Guith

New president named for Cinnabon.

Golden Corral Promotes Trenary to CEO

Longtime executive replaces the retiring Fowler for the buffet chain.

Boxwood Capital Leaps into Frozen Yogurt Business with sweetFrog Acquisition

Hodges Takes the Driver's Seat for The Grilled Cheese Truck

Former Smoothie King VP assumes CEO role.

 

Bennigan’s: 
Call it a Comeback

For years, Bennigan’s served as the model for casual-dining restaurants. But since 2008, when the chain entered and then exited bankruptcy, 
it hasn’t made much noise. Now, new leadership has built a new 
prototype, new menu and new franchise system that could make 
Bennigan’s great once again.

Johnson to Become Starbucks COO

Former Microsoft executive will replace Alstead on March 1.

Goodman Joins Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt

Former CiCi's Pizza executive turns a new leaf.

Sage Restaurant Group Welcomes Werner to a Newly Created Post

Cornell alumni becomes a director with the restaurant company.

Janjua to Join Krystal in an Executive Role

Former Sonic executive to become the Argonne Capital-owned burger chain's new president and CEO.

Starbucks COO Alstead Takes Unpaid Leave

2015 Chain Innovators: Bel Campo

Farm to table? How about ranch to table — but instead of simply sourcing directly from the ranch, you actually own and operate the ranch, which raises grass-fed beef as well as goats, sheep, pigs and ducks? You also own the animal-welfare-sensitive slaughterhouse right down the road, the butcher shops where all of your meats are hand cut, and every other step in the process of getting premium-quality meats from ranch to restaurant — to the point of even providing the leather for the banquettes in your dining room.