The One Group Hospitality, Inc. has transitioned Celeste Fierro to the new vice president of Special Events position as it leverages her special event expertise and hires two new executives. The One Group oversees the STK restaurant chain, a hip, high-energy steakhouse concept. The new executives joining The One Group are Connie Collins, named vice president of Operations and Global Training, and Tyler Loy, who has joined the team in a newly-created position, taking on the vice president of Strategy and Measurement role.
Bojangles’ has brought back the Pork Chop Griller Biscuit as a limited-time offering... The breakfast sandwich is popular with the chain’s fans and nestles a grilled pork chop between a Bojangles’ signature buttermilk biscuit... Guests can order the Pork Chop Griller Biscuit LTO as a combo with Bo-Tato Rounds...
The ink was still drying on the acquisition of Jamba Juice by Focus Brands, a wholly-owned Roark Capital subsidiary, when Inspire Brands, another Roark subsidiary, announced its agreement to acquire Sonic in a transaction valued at $2.3B. Inspire Brands is the parent of restaurant chains Arby’s, Buffalo Wild Wings and Rusty “R” Taco.
ezCater is bolstering is executive suite with new hires after a $100M Series D round of financing. It has named James Rosenstock as chief strategy officer, while tapping Mike O’Hanlon for the ezCater chief sales officer role. The company is quickly positioning itself for growth. This follows the acquisition of Paris-based GoCater. As chief strategy officer, Rosenstock will lead financial, international and corporate development for ezCater.
Fat Brands has announced the development of a co-branded restaurant in Cave Creek, Arizona. The first co-branded restaurant of Fatburger and Buffalo’s Express in Arizona is the result of a new deal with franchise partner Gregg Wright. Fatburger has a strong reputation with guests and a national presence since it started in Southern California 70 years ago.
Buffalo Wild Wings new president is Lyle Tick, a marketer, advertiser and merchandise executive with a deep repertoire across several retail brands and marketing agencies. Parent company Inspire Brands made the announcement... after the acquisition of Buffalo Wild Wings by Arby’s Restaurant Group, closely-held by Roark Capital at the time. 1,200-unit Buffalo Wild Wings and the Atlanta-based Inspire Brands executive team are looking for a big turnaround
Embracing and understanding this next generation of consumer, Gen Z, is important to restaurateurs and restaurant companies across the United States. After all, this is the generation that spends the most of their hard-earned dollars on food prepared outside the home. According to a Piper Jaffray… 24 percent of Gen Z spending is on food. This is the generation that is seeing its maturation occur in a rapidly changing world.
Naf Naf Grill, a Middle Eastern-style chain with 38 locations in more than eight major markets, has launched a new delivery service in partnership with DoorDash. Naf Naf favorites, including traditional shawarma, fresh falafel and handmade pita, can be served up at customers’ homes and offices using the Naf Perks app or online. To promote the service, Naf Naf will offer free delivery for a limited time.
Fans of the Carolina Panthers are winning big this football season with a Krispy Kreme Doughnuts promotion. The chain is offering guests in the Carolinas a dozen Original Glazed Doughnuts for $5.99 (coffee not included) the Monday after a Carolina win, representing a discount of about 25 percent. The Panthers win on September 9 against the Dallas Cowboys (16-8) sealed the first deal today for fans in South and North Carolina.
Salads aren’t just for dieters anymore. Consumers who are looking for healthier and functional dining options are adding salads to meals, or opting for salads as meals when dining out at restaurants. A few twists on salads can take them to the next level. The difference between a ‘salad” and a ‘bowl” can be in their size, and the amount of protein, rice or grain ingredients relative to greens and vegetables. In functionality, protein is a
big winner and “protein bowls” have become more widespread.
Sonic Drive-In has added a limited-time lineup of lighter-sized breakfast sandwiches to keep its customers on the move. The new Breakfast Slingers start at just $1.49 and 250 calories... Breakfast Slingers come in three options that are served on a buttery, brioche bun: egg and melted cheese and also either crispy bacon or savory sausage.
Bojangles’, a chain known for its all-day breakfast, chicken-centric menu and southern sides, reported having two new restaurants under construction in North Carolina, as it looks to bolster its presence in its home market. Additionally, Bojangles' is remodeling a store at 1064 Blowing Rock Road near the Boone Mall.