Fast-casual The Stand is expanding into the Texas market and will add 15 to 20 restaurants with a new licensing agreement

Fast-casual Stand Restaurant headed to Dallas in Buffalo1942 licensing deal

Two Texas restaurants already in development

Fast-casual The Stand Restaurant will expand into the Texas market, adding 15 to 20 restaurants. The new licensing agreement with Norman Abdallah and Neil Billingsley-Michaelsen of Buffalo1942, LLC will mark the first new market entry for the Southern California chain. The Stand specializes in American fare “with a twist,” featuring made-to-order burgers, sandwiches, locally-made sausages salads, sides, and desserts with a focus on local sourcing.

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Julio Ramirez is the new CEO of BurgerFi, according to an announcement from Opes Acquisition Corp., its owner

Opes Acquisition names Julio Ramirez CEO of fast-casual BurgerFi

Longtime Burger King exec, consultant makes move to growing burger chain

Julio Ramirez is the new CEO of BurgerFi, according to an announcement from Opes Acquisition Corp., the restaurant chain’s owner. As a nearly-thirty-year restaurant industry veteran with deep QSR and franchising experience, he will take the fast casual through its next chapter of growth, suggested Ophir Sternberg, chairman & chief executive of OPES Acquisition Corp.

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Fast-casual BurgerFi expanded the rollout of the new Spicy Fi’ed Chicken Sandwich. The all-natural, cage-free chicken sandwich is being rolled out to all stores.

BurgerFi expands rollout of new Spicy Fi’ed Chicken Sandwich

Latest menu addition slated for availability at all restaurant locations

Fast-casual BurgerFi expanded the rollout of the new Spicy Fi’ed Chicken Sandwich. The all-natural, cage-free chicken sandwich is already available at corporate restaurants, and is currently being added to menus at all 125 locations—to be completed by mid-October. Charlie Guzzetta, president of BurgerFi, said, “We think that this will be the new spicy lovers’ go-to sandwich…”

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Qdoba Mexican Eats named Jeannie Cho chief marketing officer. Cho’s experience includes high-profile positions at top brands, including with Lay’s, Doritos and Cheetos

Qdoba names former PepsiCo executive, Jeannie Cho, chief marketing officer

Brand builder to ignite next-stage growth at Mexican-style fast casual

Qdoba Mexican Eats named Jeannie Cho chief marketing officer. Cho’s experience includes work with growing high-profile brands, namely Lay’s, Doritos and Cheetos, during her tenure at PepsiCo, where she was assigned to the role of Marketing VP for the Frito-Lay portfolio—a multi-billion-dollar enterprise. There, Cho saw the culmination of her work in innovation and digital marketing as she positioned its brands for record growth, which was realized during her tenure.

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Frozen yogurt chain Yogurtland launched a new, more upscale, fast-casual concept, known as Holsom, which will have an expanded menu with grain bowls

Yogurtland debuts new fast-casual concept, Holsom

New restaurant combines better-for-you menu items with froyo favorites

Frozen yogurt chain Yogurtland launched a new, more upscale, fast-casual concept, known as Holsom, which will have an expanded menu and offer signature items that include made-to-order grain bowls and toasts. The first restaurant will debut in Huntington Beach, Calif. Grain bowls come in Classic, Thai Peanut, Greek, and Chipotle Southwest versions.

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Just Salad partnered with Barcelona-style Boqueria to launch The Catalan, a new Spanish-inspired salad, which is available through October 23. The new, limited-time offer (LTO) menu item helps raise funds for RAICES

Just Salad rolls out limited-time, Spanish-inspired Catalan Salad, raising funds for non-profit RAICES

Culinary collaboration with Boqueria features Machengo cheese

Just Salad partnered with Barcelona-style tapas bar Boqueria to launch The Catalan, a new Spanish-inspired salad, which is available through October 23. The new, limited-time offer (LTO) menu item helps raise funds for RAICES, the Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services. The non-profit agency promotes justice through free- and low-cost services to underserved immigrants.

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Lauren Cody has taken the role of chief of staff and chief customer officer for Panera Bread, the fast-casual chain announced. She has deep experience in strategy and business and consumer insights. In addition, her twenty years in the restaurant industry,, Cody has developed well-rounded management

Panera Bread hires Lauren Cody for chief of staff, chief customer officer role

13-year McDonald’s veteran becomes latest exec in bakery-cafe chain’s leadership expansion

Lauren Cody has taken the role of chief of staff and chief customer officer for Panera Bread, the fast-casual chain announced. She has deep experience in strategy and business and consumer insights. In addition, Panera noted that over her twenty years in the restaurant industry,, Cody has developed a global business leadership acumen.

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Noodles and Company reported positive, systemwide comp sales for September’s period, ending on the 29th, according to an announcement of preliminary third-quarter results. The fast-casual chain posted comp sales of 0.4 percent for September compared to last year, recovering from a 4.7-percent and 8.2-percent decline for the periods ending July 28 and August 25, respectively

Noodles and Company reports positive comp sales during September period, posts robust digital growth

Fast casual releases preliminary third-quarter sales in celebratory announcement

Noodles and Company reported positive, systemwide comp(arable) sales for its September period, ending on the 29th, according to an announcement of preliminary third-quarter results. The fast-casual chain posted comp sales of 0.4 percent in September compared to last year, recovering from a 4.7-percent and 8.2-percent decline for the periods ending July 28 and August 25, respectively. During September, company stores increased comp sales by 1.0 percent, but franchise restaurants dropped by 3.2 percent.

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Chipotle Mexican Grill returned Carne Asada to the menu nationwide in the United States, available to rewards members first on September 22 and 23. Through the app, Chipotle customers in the loyalty program will have first crack at the limited-time offer (LTO) steak protein

Chipotle Mexican Grill returns Carne Asada to restaurants nationwide

Rewards members will have first taste of steak protein

Chipotle Mexican Grill returned Carne Asada to its menu nationwide in the United States, available to rewards members only September 22 to 23. Through the app, Chipotle customers in the loyalty program will have first crack at the limited-time offer (LTO) steak protein. And from September 24 to 27, Carne Asada can be accessed by all customers exclusively through digital ordering on the Chipotle app or at Chipotle.com. Finally, all customers can order Carne Asada starting September 28, including in-restaurant and through third-party delivery providers.

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