Applebee’s named chef Scott Rodriguez SVP and chief culinary officer

Applebee’s names Scott Rodriguez SVP, chief culinary officer

Industry veteran brings two decades of casual-dining restaurant experience to Applebee’s culinary team

Applebee’s named chef Scott Rodriguez SVP and chief culinary officer. The classically-trained chef joined Applebee’s leadership team, bringing a robust innovation experience.

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California Pizza Kitchen (CPK) opened a new restaurant in its “own backyard” in Laguna Niguel

CPK opens in ‘own backyard’ in Laguna Niguel, California

New restaurant fulfills mission of brand expansion in core markets

California Pizza Kitchen (CPK) opened a new restaurant in its “own backyard” in Laguna Niguel, just 20 miles southeast of Costa Mesa. The location on La Paz Road is the former site of a Stonefire Grill eatery, and not far from CPK HQ in Los Angeles. The opening today follows the brand’s multi-year plan to expand in core markets, grow its domestic and international franchise store count, build out its licensing presence, and drive profitable guest traffic.

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American West Restaurant Group (AWRG), the third largest Pizza Hut franchisee, named Jason Cochran CEO

Pizza Hut franchisee AWRG names Jason Cochran CEO

Former Chipotle executive joins third-largest US Pizza Hut franchise group

American West Restaurant Group (AWRG), the third largest US Pizza Hut franchisee, named Jason Cochran CEO. With 25 years of combined retail and restaurant experience, Cochran takes the helm of the largest franchise group in Southern California and Utah.

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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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Applebee’s returned its Boneless Wings for $1 with the purchase of any Handcrafted Burger special

Applebee’s returns $1 Boneless Wings, Spooky Sips, Tipsy Zombie

Bourbon Street Mushroom Swiss Burger, Neighborhood Double Burger, Dracula’s Juice added to menu

Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill + Bar returned its $1 Five Boneless Wings with any Handcrafted Burger purchase deal. The casual-dining chain also introduced a Bourbon Street Mushroom Swiss Burger and Neighborhood Double Burger, as part of the offer. Well-timed ahead of Halloween 2022, Applebee’s also brought back Spooky Sips—Tipsy Zombie and Dracula’s Juice.

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Casual-dining chain Melting Pot debuted Oktober FondueFest menu

Melting Pot debuts Oktober FondueFest menu

German-inspired Bavarian Beer Cheese, Oktoberfest Cooking Style unveiled

Casual-dining chain Melting Pot debuted an Oktober FondueFest menu. For a limited time, the fondue chain will feature Samuel Adams Oktoberfest beer in both of its Bavarian Beer Cheese fondue, which is prepared tableside. In addition it will unveil a new Oktoberfest Cooking Style.

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IHOP is headed to Qatar as a result of Dine Brands' expanded deal with franchisee Mohamed Makawi

Dine Brands to open IHOP in Qatar with Mohamed Makawi

Development agreement with veteran franchisee, operator will yield four new restaurant openings, with first in Doha

Dine Brands will take IHOP to Qatar as a result of its expanded agreement with franchisee Mohamed Makawi, CEO of Eagles Landing International Restaurants. Four new restaurants will open, including the debut of the brand in the country at Gulf Mall in Doha.

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Chili’s introduced a line of appetizers and drinks with happy hour pricing to usher in football season

Chili’s debuts expanded Happy Hour menu with bar bites

Ranch Water, Screwball Whiskey among drink choices; Chili’s features Philly Cheesesteak, nine wing flavor options

Chili’s introduced a line of appetizers and drinks with happy hour pricing to usher in the football season in earnest. The new, expanded happy hour menu is exclusively available at the bar. Beyond the new menu, football games will be on the bar TVs to showcase top matches, Chili’s suggested.

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Applebee’s Grill + Bar All You Can Eat Boneless Wings special returned to restaurants nationwide

Applebee’s unveils All You Can Eat Special – Boneless Wings style

Casual-dining chain offers $12.99 unlimited wings special as fall approaches

Applebee’s Grill + Bar All You Can Eat special returned, Boneless Wings style, to restaurants nationwide. The restaurant chain’s wings flavors variety, including Classic Buffalo, Honey BBQ, Sweet Asian Chile, Garlic Parmesan, Extra Hot Buffalo, and Honey Pepper, enhances the promotion. The dine-in-only Boneless Wings offer is priced at $12.99.

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