Chipotle debuted the Shawn Mendes Bowl to raise funds for changemakers through the performer’s foundation. The Mexican-style chain partnered with Shawn Mendes Foundation

Chipotle debuts Shawn Mendes Bowl, Wonder Grants, raises funds for SMF

Chipotle will donate $1 to SMF for each of performer’s bowl sold

Chipotle Mexican Grill debuted the Shawn Mendes Bowl to raise funds for changemakers through the performer’s foundation. The Mexican-style fast-casual chain partnered with the Shawn Mendes Foundation (SMF) to also introduce Wonder Grants, a program that supports young people involved in sustainability projects.

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Panera Bread has launched two new additions to the Flatbread Pizza menu in the Pepperoni and Four Cheese

Panera Bread introduces Pepperoni, Four Cheese Flatbread Pizzas

Bakery-cafe chain also rolls out new Teriyaki Chicken + Broccoli Bowl

Panera Bread has launched two new additions to the Flatbread Pizza menu in the Pepperoni and Four Cheese. These bolster the existing lineup that includes Cheese, Margherita and Chipotle Chicken & Bacon varieties. As with all Flatbread Pizza selections, the Pepperoni and Four Cheese Flatbread Pizzas are part of a family bundle that customers can choose, served with two salads and priced at $23.

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Shake Shack released a Korean-Style Fried Chick’n Sandwich, Korean Gochujang Chick’n Bites and gochujang-flavored menu items

Shake Shack spotlights Korean-Style Fried Chick’n Sandwich, gochujang flavors

Gochujang Chick’n Bites, Black Sugar Vanilla Shake also added to menu

Shake Shack released a Korean-Style Fried Chick’n Sandwich, Korean Gochujang Chick’n Bites and gochujang-flavored menu items for a limited time. The move comes after their successful performance in South Korea. The Shake Shack Korean-Style Fried Chick’n Sandwich features spicy-sweet gochujang-glazed crispy chicken breast over a white kimchi slaw and toasted sesame seeds on a bun.

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Pokeworks, a fast casual serving up poke bowls, developed a new Cruise-Thru Lane prototype, a mobile order-ahead drive-thru

Pokeworks develops new order-ahead drive-thru Cruise-Thru Lane

Fast casual eyes mobile order-ahead drive-thru revenue opportunity

Pokeworks, a fast casual serving up poke bowls, developed a new Cruise-Thru Lane prototype. The 60-unit chain’s version of mobile order-ahead drive-thru will debut this year as new restaurants are opened. The Hawaiian-style poke chain appears to be on the right track and on trend. With the fast-growing adoption of order-ahead within the industry, customers are getting acclimated to convenience in the off-premises restaurant experience.

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Capriotti’s announced its acquisition of Wing Zone, a 68-unit fast-casual chain in the prized chicken category of the restaurant industry. Pizza and chicken-wing chains...

Capriotti’s acquires Wing Zone chain, plans ghost-kitchen-heavy franchising future

Purchase reveals big bet on off-premises opportunity

Capriotti’s announced its acquisition of Wing Zone, a 67-unit fast-casual chain in the prized chicken category of the restaurant industry. Pizza and chicken-wing chains have been some of the most popular categories of limited-service during pandemic lockdowns and hunkering down. As this has developed, consumers have accelerated their rate of tech adoption and put a premium on tasty, delivery-friendly food.

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Torchy’s Tacos announced the Fancy Schmancy, a new Taco of the Month to start off 2021, and a new hotline and a drawing for free tacos for a year

Torchy’s Tacos adds Fancy Schmancy Taco of Month, hangover hotline, chance for free tacos

Smoked salmon taco becomes featured January taco

Torchy’s Tacos announced the Fancy Schmancy, a new Taco of the Month to start off 2021, and a new hotline and a drawing for free tacos for a year. The new January taco features hot, smoked salmon, scrambled eggs, spinach, capers, pickled onions & jalapenos, fresh dill and herb cream cheese, served on a flour tortilla, priced at $6.50.

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Centre Lane Partners, the parent of Saladworks. has acquired the Garbanzo Mediterranean Fresh and Frutta Bowls fast-casual chains out of bankruptcy

Parent of Saladworks acquires Garbanzo Mediterranean, Frutta Bowl chains out of bankruptcy

Centre Lane Partners forms WOWorks to hold all three chains

Centre Lane Partners, the parent of Saladworks, has acquired the Garbanzo Mediterranean Fresh and Frutta Bowls fast-casual chains out of bankruptcy. Garbanzo Mediterranean Grill LLC filed for bankruptcy protection in the Eastern Court of Missouri in August. Frutta Bowls, a fast-casual fruit-bowl chain, filed for bankruptcy last year. Concurrently, WOWorks has been set up as a holding company to move Saladworks and the two newly-added chains forward into 2021 under a consolidated structure.

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