Little Big Burger expansion continues with Portland Power + Light lease

Chanticleer signs Little Big Burger lease for Power + Light Building

Little Big Burger expands near its origins in Portland

Chanticleer Holdings executed a lease for a new Little Big Burger location. The 23rd restaurant, headed for the Portland Central Business District, signals continued Little Big Burger expansion in Oregon. The burger and fries concept, which is wholly-owned by Chanticleer, will have a new home in the famed historic Power + Light building. The popular and upscale development rises above Sixth Avenue and Taylor Street Southwest.

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Shake Shack appoints David Harris chief information officer

Shake Shack beefs up executive team, adds Board director

As Shake Shack strengthens executive team, it lays foundation for a much larger company

Shake Shack has beefed up its executive team with new responsibilities, promotions and an additional Board appointment. Shake Shack strengthens its executive team ahead of quickening the pace of growth for the 200-unit fast-casual chain, according to the company. Andrew McCaughan and Michael Kark have been promoted. Also, Dave Harris joined Shake Shack as chief information officer and Sumaiya Balbale, a digital media, ecommerce and analytics executive, was appointed to Shake Shack’s Board of Directors as a ninth member.

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Corner Bakery adds Egg Bowls, Shrimp Scampi, Shrimp Salad

Corner Bakery features seasonal egg-bowl, shrimp dishes

Winter 2019 menu at Corner Bakery spotlights protein, seafood

Corner Bakery has introduced new dishes to add to its seasonal, winter lineup. The Dallas-based bakery-cafe chain announced the addition of these menu items, which are heavy on protein and flavor, with the infusion of garlic in the shrimp. They’re also timely for Lent Season. Corner Bakery has added the Bacon Avocado Egg Bowl, Carved Ham & Swiss Egg Bowl, Pesto Egg & Cheese Panini, Shrimp Scampi Linguine, and a Power Greens Shrimp Caesar Salad.

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Muscle Maker Grill launches Impossible Burger option

Muscle Maker Grill adds Impossible Burger option to menu

Muscle Maker Grill Impossible Burger offered alongside veggie patty

Muscle Maker Grill has added the Impossible Burger, a plant-based protein. Muscle Maker’s protein option adds to the other diverse options on its menu, including grass-fed beef, turkey, all-natural chicken breast, and the more traditional veggie burger. Each Muscle Maker Burger build comes on a whole wheat bun and is served with a side of baked sweet potato fries.

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For Lent, Noodles and Company offers Zucchini Shrimp Scampi, Penne Rosa with Shrimp

Noodles and Company offers shrimp zoodles, noodles ahead of Lent

Zucchini Shrimp Scampi, Penne Rosa with Shrimp are featured

Noodles & Company is featuring a limited-time Zucchini Shrimp Scampi and adding a classic offering, Penne Rosa with Shrimp, to the menu. During Lenten Season, Noodles & Company offers shrimp-based dishes to appeal to those looking to abstain from eating meat. Additionally, the new, Zucchini Shrimp Scampi limited-time offer (LTO) and the Penne Rosa with Shrimp represent protein-rich, light options for those customers working on New Year’s resolutions.

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Qdoba tests Impossible plant-based protein in Michigan

Qdoba tests Impossible, a plant-based, meatless option

Seasoned in-house, Impossible in test at Michigan Qdoba stores

Qdoba will test the plant-protein alternative, Impossible, at select restaurants in Michigan, the company announced. Qdoba will put its own spin on Impossible, and season it with blend of tomatoes, garlic, smoked chiles and paprika, all mixed in-house with diced red onions. While Qdoba tests Impossible, guests may substitute proteins with the Impossible option, or opt for two signature entrées available at the test stores: the Qdoba Impossible Bowl and the Qdoba Impossible Taco.

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Melt Shop has opened in Union Square, New York City

Melt Shop opens Union Square restaurant

Melt Shop has opened a new restaurant in the Union Square neighborhood of New York City. This will be the fifth restaurant for the Melt Shop in the city and the 11th overall in the U.S. Melt Shop Union Square, which is located at 135 4th Avenue, features the chain’s new storefront design and kitchen package. The innovations speed up service times through the use of a signature double-stacked conveyor oven.

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Chipotle launches Behind the Foil image campaign

Chipotle launches image campaign to spotlight transparency, food prep

Digital, TV spots to feature employees, farming partners

Chipotle Mexican Grill has launched one of its largest media and image campaigns aimed at increasing transparency and regaining the trust of its customers. Chipotle’s “Behind the Foil” is a campaign that was created by Venables Bell and Partners. Spotlighting its own employees and farming partners, the documentary-style digital and TV segments put the spotlight on Chipotle, with the help of documentarian Errol Morris. The launch arrived with a live broadcast from the Chipotle Woodbury Town Center location’s morning prep line and posted on Facebook Live.

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Fuzzy's Taco winter openings in 2019 tally at least 5 stores

Fuzzy’s Taco Shops serves up new openings winter 2019

Fuzzy’s Taco Shops is expanding with a bundle of new openings during winter 2019. The fast-casual chain is known for its Baja-style tacos, and has tallied more than 150 restaurants across the United States. With these new, winter openings, Fuzzy’s Taco Shops is growing in the states of Colorado, Florida, North Carolina, and Texas.

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Cava Finalizes Zoes Acquisition: Eatery Pulse

Maryland entrepreneurs enter next Cava chapter with Zoe’s acquisition finalized

Combined Cava company will have over 300 Mediterranean-style restaurants in 24 states

Greek fast-casual chain Cava has completed the acquisition of Zoe’s Kitchen as of November 21, according to an announcement from Cava. Zoe’s shareholders received $12.75 per share in the all-cash transaction. Panera Founder Ron Shaich had backed the deal, which was funded by his Act III Holdings investment arm, funds advised by the Invus Group, and Cava existing backers, SWaN & Legend Venture Partners and Revolution Growth. The $12.75 all-cash offer per share represented a 33-percent premium over the share price before the deal was announced August 17, 2018 and valued Zoe’s at $300M.

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