Fat Brands plans to acquire the Johnny Rockets chain from affiliates of Sun Capital Partners, a private equity firm, for about $25M. The deal will be funded by cash and an amount obtained through a securitization facility.

Elevation Burger parent, Fat Brands, agrees to purchase Johnny Rockets chain

Deal adds 325 units to Fat Brands’ empire

Fat Brands entered into an agreement to acquire the Johnny Rockets chain from affiliates of Sun Capital Partners, a private equity firm, for about $25M. The deal will be funded through a combination of cash and an amount obtained through a securitization facility. With the addition of Johnny Rockets, Fat Brands will tally more than 700 company and franchise restaurants globally and post revenues in excess of $700M.

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The Habit Burger will open a new restaurant at The Park Shopping Center on Freeport Boulevard in Sacramento, Calif. The fast-casual chain's 13th unit on Freeport Blvd will offer patio dining, pickup and delivery.

The Habit Burger Grill opens in The Park in Sacramento, California

Freeport Boulevard restaurant marks 13th opening in Sacramento market

The Habit Burger Grill debuted a new restaurant at The Park Shopping Center on Freeport Boulevard in Sacramento, Calif. The fast-casual chain’s 13th unit that has opened in the local market provides carryout, delivery and dining options on its expansive patio. Ordering at the restaurant is kiosk-enabled, and guests can order curbside pickup on the mobile app, online or by phone.

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Denver-based Smashburger brought back the Colorado Burger to stores nationwide as it celebrates its 13th anniversary. The limited-time offer tops certified Angus beef with green chilies, melted aged cheddar cheese, pepper jack cheese, tomato, lettuce, and mayo on a spicy chipotle bun.

Smashburger returns Colorado Burger nationwide, launches special BOGO offer

Fast casual offers 13-cent Colorado Burger on anniversary

Denver-based Smashburger brought back the Colorado Burger to stores nationwide as it celebrates its 13th anniversary. The limited-time offer tops certified Angus beef with green chilies, melted aged cheddar cheese, pepper jack cheese, tomato, lettuce, and mayo on a spicy chipotle bun. Typically, a homestate offering only, the LTO will be available at all of its restaurants with a special BOGO offer.

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Chipotle Mexican Grill has been leveraging its digital channel to recapture sales to last year's level, according to the fast casual’s second-quarter 2020 financial results. While comp(arable) sales declined 9.8 percent from last year, June, which was part of 2Q, showed a 2 percent comp increase

Chipotle returns to last year’s sales levels with digital-sales boost: 2Q financial results

Order-ahead pickup now accounts for more than 25 percent of sales

Chipotle Mexican Grill has been leveraging its digital channel to recapture sales to last year’s level, according to the fast casual’s second-quarter 2020 financial results. While comp(arable) sales declined 9.8 percent from last year, June, which was part of 2Q, showed a 2 percent comp increase. In 2Q, digital sales totaled $829.3M, up 216.3 percent form last year and accounted for 60.7 percent of the sales mix, helping boost a gradually improving comp sales performance.

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Through Wingstop Wing Day (WSWD), Wingstop launched a new promotion for National Chicken Wing Day that includes a free giveaway and live-streamed, international music festival. Curated by DJ Jazzy Jeff, the virtual DJ experience will feature several talented artists, starting at 12:01 a..m. that day.

Wingstop launches Wing Day promotion with virtual, summer DJ concert, free-wing giveaway

5FreeWings offer to boost prospects of mostly-virtual promotion

Through Wingstop Wing Day (WSWD), Wingstop launched a new promotion culminating July 29 that includes a free giveaway and a live-streamed, virtual, international music festival. Curated by DJ Jazzy Jeff, the virtual DJ experience will feature several talented artists, starting at 12:01 a.m. that day, which marks National Chicken Wing Day. The 5-piece wing giveaway will also be active during July 29 for orders on Wingstop’s website using the online code “5FreeWings,” with a wing purchase, or in-store with a purchase.

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Chipotle Mexican Grill launched a new line of beverages that feature certified, Organic Lemonades, Aguas Frescas and tea from Tractor Beverage Co. The new deal with Tractor meets the Mexican-style fast casual chain’s Food with Integrity standards by using sustainably-grown ingredients

Chipotle adds new certified, organic beverage line, fund stream for farmers

New Organic Lemonade, Aguas Frescas flavors featured

Chipotle Mexican Grill launched a new line of beverages that feature certified, Organic Lemonades, Aguas Frescas and tea from Tractor Beverage Co. The new deal with Tractor Beverage meets the Mexican-style fast-casual chain’s Food with Integrity standards by using sustainably-grown ingredients. In addition, the beverage line becomes the first integrated philanthropic product line as Chipotle will donate 5 percent of profits from the sale of these beverages to support farmers.

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According to Richard Stockinger, chief executive of Fiesta Restaurant Group, Pollo Tropical and Taco Cabana closed all dining rooms July 12 due to the rising coronavirus cases in the sweltering South

Taco Cabana, Pollo Tropical close all dining rooms amid rising coronavirus cases in South

Fiesta Restaurant Group pivots chains to pickup, curbside, delivery only

Despite the fact that Pollo Tropical recently reported being within 12 percentage-points of last year’s sales July month-to-date after reopening, its dining rooms are now closed. According to Richard Stockinger, chief executive of Fiesta Restaurant Group, Pollo Tropical and Taco Cabana closed all dining rooms July 12 due to the rising coronavirus cases in the sweltering South. Pollo Tropical posted a 49.2 percent decrease in April, but saw comp sales drop only 12.2 percent during the first two weeks of July—a remarkable improvement.

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Qdoba Mexican Eats will open a 2,400-square-foot restaurant in Mission Valley, near its home office in San Diego. The fall 2020 opening will help the fast-casual generate 30 new jobs in the area.

Qdoba Mexican Eats to open restaurant in hometown of San Diego

New Qdoba store will add 30 jobs near its corporate office

Qdoba Mexican Eats will open a 2,400-square-foot restaurant in Mission Valley, near its home office in San Diego. The fall 2020 opening will help the fast-casual chain generate 30 new jobs in the area. Surprisingly, with over 730 locations, Qdoba’s newest store will be its first in San Diego. The restaurant chain moved its corporate office from Denver to San Diego back in 2015.

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Chipotle Mexican Grill will test a non-grain base, Cilantro-Lime Cauliflower Rice, in Denver and several Wisconsin markets starting July 15. Chipotle starts its Cauliflower Rice with real, grilled cauliflower and prepares it with fresh-chopped cilantro, lime juice and salt.

Chipotle tests Cilantro-Lime Cauliflower Rice in Denver, Wisconsin markets

New plant-based option available at 55 test stores

Chipotle Mexican Grill will test a non-grain base, Cilantro-Lime Cauliflower Rice, in Denver and several Wisconsin markets starting July 15. Chipotle starts its Cauliflower Rice with real, grilled cauliflower and prepares it with fresh-chopped cilantro, lime juice and salt. As a plant-based upgrade, customers can substitute brown or white rice with the test item at any of the 55 test locations.

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