Russo’s New York Pizza & Italian Kitchen has inked a five-unit franchise deal for expansion into Qatar

Russo’s New York Pizza’s giant pie, franchise headed to Qatar

Five-unit deal brings 71-centimeter pie, franchise stores to Qataris ahead of FIFA World Cup

Russo’s New York Pizza & Italian Kitchen has inked a five-unit franchise deal for Qatar. The Russo’s Qatar franchise deal meets a target incorporated into its strategy for international expansion. Anthony Russo, chief executive and franchisor, is readying the brand’s recipes, including the giant, 71-centimeter pie, to be introduced to the region.

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Texas Chicken and Church’s Texas Chicken hired Ignacio Barbadillo as director of international new business development

Church’s Chicken brands tap Ignacio Barbadillo to ramp up international growth

Texas Chicken, Church’s Texas Chicken brands to open 100 new restaurants outside United States in 2022

Texas Chicken and Church’s Texas Chicken hired Ignacio Barbadillo as director of international new business development as it ramps up international franchising. The chains plant to open 100 new restaurants in 2022 in an aggressive push. The Middle East, Southeast Asia and the Americas will see a plethora of new restaurants.

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Wendy's seeks franchisee diversity through 'Own Your Opportunity' program in major reboot

Wendy’s seeks franchisee diversity through ‘Own Your Opportunity’ recruitment initiative

Own Your Opportunity tied to corporate initiative, Good Done Right

The Wendy’s Company rebooted its franchising program with an initiative called “Own Your Opportunity,” promoting franchisee diversity. The franchise recruitment initiative aims to increase restaurant ownership for underrepresented populations, the company said. The franchisor of Wendy’s restaurants seeks to specifically increase franchisees who are women and people of color.

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Habit Burger will open a new restaurant in Siem Reap February 21, the sixth location in Cambodia

Habit Burger Siem Reap to debut in Cambodia in February

New unit in Sangkat district marks fast casual’s sixth location in country

The Habit Burger Grill will open a new restaurant in Siem Reap February 21. This is the sixth location in Cambodia after Kbal Thnal and Olympic opened this month and May 2021, respectively. The location on National Road 6, Sangkat, Svay Dangkum in Sangkat will continue to introduce Cambodians to the brand’s Charburgers, sandwiches, fries, custard, and sides.

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Arby’s will open several new restaurants with Shahia Foods across Saudi Arabia

Arby’s to enter Saudi Arabia with master franchisee Shahia Foods

Arby’s Saudi Arabia deal will produce its first stores in kingdom late this year

Arby’s will open several new restaurants with Shahia Foods across Saudi Arabia, made possible by a new development agreement. Shahia Foods runs more than 500 Dunkin’ stores in Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Germany. Consequently, Arby’s and Dunkin’, which share the same parent, Inspire Brands, now share the same master developer in Saudi Arabia.

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Aramark took a minority ownership stake in Starr Restaurants, which was founded by Stephen Starr, as part of a strategic collaboration that will expand the presence of the restaurant group’s brands in the United States

Aramark takes minority stake in Starr Restaurants in new strategic partnership

Licensing agreement will expand Starr Restaurants’ brands nationwide to Aramark client base

Aramark took a minority ownership stake in Starr Restaurants, which was founded by Stephen Starr, as part of a strategic collaboration that will expand the presence of the restaurant group’s brands in the United States. Stephen Starr is a James Beard Award-winning restaurateur and long-time entrepreneur, well known in the Philadelphia area. The partnership adds further culinary cred to Aramark offerings nationwide.

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Taffer’s Tavern, will open new locations at Washington, DC-area airpots after partnering with concessions operator Raj Gandhi

Taffer’s Tavern to open airport locations in Metro-Washington, DC

Jon Taffer’s pub-style, casual-dining chain has partnered with concessions operator Raj Gandhi

Taffer’s Tavern, will open new locations at Washington, DC Metro locations after partnering with concessions operator Raj Gandhi, and also debut a traditional, pub-style restaurant in DC’s Penn Quarter neighborhood. The Taffer’s Tavern franchise venture, founded by the host of Paramount Network’s “Bar Rescue” and hospitality expert, Jon Taffer, has signed an agreement with Gandhi for multiple airport units. These non-traditional stores follow the opening of a concession location in September at FedEx Field, which is the home of the NFL Washington Football Team.

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