Sweetgreen opened its order-ahead drive-thru lane, called “sweetlane,” in Schaumburg, IL

Sweetgreen unveils order-ahead ‘sweetlane’ in Schaumburg

Ilinois location is first such drive-thru for healthy-oriented fast casual

Sweetgreen opened its order-ahead drive-thru lane, called “sweetlane,” in Schaumburg, Ill. The Schaumburg sweetlane is the first such drive-thru for the company. Customers can order ahead on the app or online, and then proceed to pick up the order at the sweetlane.

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CPK opened in Costa Rica thanks to a development agreement with Conceptos Gastronomicos’ chairman, Byron Mora Porras

CPK opens franchise unit in Escazu, Costa Rica at Multiplaza Mall

New deal with Byron Mora Porras, chairman of Conceptos Gastronomicos, leads to opening of two-story restaurant

California Pizza Kitchen (CPK) opened in Costa Rica thanks to a development agreement with Conceptos Gastronomicos’ chairman, Byron Mora Porras. The deal lead to the debut of a two-story location in Multiplaza Mall in Escazu, outside of San Jose. This expansion comes on the heels of new restaurants developed in Canada, India and Chile in 2022.

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BurgerFi International, the owner of Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza & Wings, began franchising the chain

Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza fires up franchising with first deal

Brand franchisor plans focus on co-branded stores with BurgerFi, including first location in Kissimmee, Fla. with NDM

The franchisor of Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza & Wings began franchising the pizza chain, brokering a deal with NDM Hospitality Services, LLC. In addition to being a BurgerFi franchising partner, NDM Hospitality has its foothold in travel lodging and resort dining. The three-unit development agreement is the first Anthony’s deal for BurgerFi International, which acquired the pizza brand in 2021.

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P.F. Chang’s launched a limited-time holiday menu season

P.F. Chang’s rolls out a-la-carte, prix-fixe holiday menus

Polished casual dining chain returns Chang’s Spicy Chicken Noodle Soup, features The Celebration menu, new flavors for limited time

P.F. Chang’s launched a limited-time holiday menu, influenced by new flavors inspired by Asia. Guests will have new options, with the arrival of these seasonal favorites to be ordered for both on-premises and off-premises dining.

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Panera Bread is readying the opening of a To Go store in New York City

Panera Bread readies To Go store opening in New York City, banking on tech advancements

Bakery-chain plans expansion of smaller restaurants, no-seating To Go stores, AI deployment

Panera Bread has doubled down on expanding its technology-centric cafes as it opens a To Go concept store in New York City in December. Digital sales at the bakery-cafe chain now account for 50% of total system sales, Panera revealed. In addition to To Go concepts, Urban Format stores will become a bigger part of the portfolio.

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MTY Food Group agreed to acquire Wetzel’s Pretzels for $207M USD

Salsa Fresh parent to acquire Wetzel’s Pretzels for $207M

Snack category QSR chain represents $245M in incremental, annualized sales, 350 locations

MTY Food Group agreed to acquire Wetzel’s Pretzels for $207M USD through its MTY Franchising USA, Inc. subsidiary. Wetzel’s Pretzels, with 350 locations, has built a presence in 25 states in the United States, as well as in Canada and Panama. Wetzel’s, through its 90%-franchised enterprise, generated approximately $245M systemwide sales in the trailing 12 months across 21 million transactions.

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Aloha Poke opened its 20th location in the Village of Mount Prospect, just 24 miles northwest of Chicago

Aloha Poke opens store in Village of Mount Prospect

Location in northwest suburb of Chicago marks 9th location in region

Aloha Poke opened its 20th location in the Village of Mount Prospect, just 24 miles northwest of Chicago, today, October 18. The new store on Elmhurst Road marks the 9th opening in Chicagoland. Moreover, the fast-casual chain is celebrating a strong year, with a 13% year-over-year increase in comp(arable) store sales.

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Delivery provider Grubhub partnered with Starship Technologies to offer robot delivery services on major US college campuses

Grubhub partners with Starship for robot food delivery on campus

Sustainable program will power food delivery for benefit of 170,000 students at major colleges

Delivery provider Grubhub partnered with Starship Technologies to offer robot delivery services on major US college campuses. This partnership is currently available at the University of Kentucky, the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV), Wayne State University, Southern Methodist University, and Fairfield University.

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Red Robin is re-embracing cheese through its Cheese Lovers Remix menu

Red Robin unveils Cheese Lovers Remix menu

Red Robin Gourmet Burgers and Brews is re-embracing cheese through its Cheese Lovers Remix menu. The newly-introduced menu of what it describes as “cheesy goodness” comes as a limited-time offering. The menu follows the Cheese Lovers Lineup introduced last winter.

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