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    McD's McRib McBack: McDonald's Brings Back Seasonal Comfort Favorite

    McDonald's announced the return of its iconic McRib as a limited-time offer today. The chain, which recently took the spotlight once again with continued sales and earnings gain domestically and abroad, has released the McRib in at least three major markets

    Cosi Announces Q3 Fiscal 2011 Sales

    Cosi reported sales for its third quarter ended September 26. Company-owned and franchise stores alike posted a comparable sales decrease of three percent.

    Uno Dué Go Fast Casual Concept to Open in Historic Downtown Boston

    Uno's fast casual concept, Uno Dué Go, gains momentum this month with the opening of an urban-centric location in the historic downtown area of Boston. The new Uno Dué Go café, spotlighting fresh bread baking in

    Yum Sells Long John Silver's and A&W Restaurants to Two Franchise Groups, Separately

    Yum brands announced signing two deals to sell both Long John Silver's and A&W Restaurants, separately. LJS Partners LLC acquired the Long John Silver's concept. LJS is a group that

    Uno's Fast Casual Concept Lands Mega 30-Unit Deal in Texas, Makes History for Uno

    Uno Dué Go announced plans to open 30 locations throughout Texas with FGR Food Corporation. The fast-casual concept with a focus on organic, natural and locally sourced ingredients will open units in

    17 Stores to Open in Smashburger's Middle East Deal

    The better burger segment of fast casual is expanding quickly, both here in the United States, and abroad. Smashburger signed three development

    Jack in the Box Reports Q3 2011 Earnings

    Jack in the Box released its Q3 fiscal 2011 earnings. The 2,200-store hamburger concept, mostly entrenched in the West and Midwest regions, reported net earnings of $18.7 million,

    Falfurrias Capital Lands Deal to Sell Bojangles’ Stake

    Bojangles' is jingling with upcoming changes. Falfurrias Capital Partners, a private equity firm in Charlotte, has brokered a definitive agreement to sell its interest in Bojangles’

    Q&A: Corner Bakery's President Vinz on Brand Building and Delivering Consistency

    From a small corner bakery in downtown Chicago, to a coveted brand that has caught the attention of the media, restaurant analysts and chain executives alike, Corner Bakery Cafe has built its reputation in the fast casual segment on brand consistency, innovation, and a menu strategy

    Dunkin' Targets Des Moines, Iowa for Expansion, Signs Deal in Cedar Rapids

    Dunkin' Donuts has signed a multi-unit development deal with Eastern Iowa Food Service, Inc. The 12-store agreement will expand the Dunkin' brand in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

    Church’s Chicken Snags Joel Bulger for SVP Brand Marketing Role

    Church’s Chicken tapped Joel Bulger as Senior Vice President (SVP) of Brand Marketing for the quick-service restaurant chicken chain. Bulger will be tasked with advertising, promotions and brand positioning and management for the 1,700-unit chain.

    Hardees to Double International Presence, Opens Two Stores in Kazakhstan

    Consumers in the Republic of Kazakhstan, the ninth largest country in the world, saw the opening of two new Hardee's restaurants thanks to a deal with Americana Group, S.A.K., operator of 215 Hardee's restaurants in Middle East and North Africa.

    Peet’s Coffee Goes Light with New Freddos

    Peet’s Coffee & Tea introduced a new line of Light Freddo blended iced coffee beverages. The new light line will have as much as 50 percent less calories than the existing line of Freddos.

    Steven Becker and Matthew Drapkin to Join Ruby Tuesday Board of Directors

    Ruby Tuesday, Becker Drapkin, and Carlson Capital, L.P. appointed Steven Becker and Matthew Drapkin to the Board of Director as independent members effective June 30.

    Smashburger Debuts First Atlanta Store with Menu Southern Twist

    Smashburger, the better burger concept that operates 100 fast casual stores nationally, will open its first Atlanta location at 2625 Piedmont Road NE. The Piedmont restaurant, opening July 7, will be one of twenty stores that will open in the Atlanta market.

    UFood Inks Deal with Franchise Broker to Expand in Middle East

    UFood Restaurant Group Inc. is partnering with World Franchise Associates Ltd. to develop in the Middle East. The burger and sandwich concept signed an agreement with the London-based franchise broker to secure viable franchisees.

    Better Burger Concepts Heat Up: Smashburger Adds 63 New Stores and Four New Markets

    The "better burger" segment of quick-service has been heating up with Denver-based Smashburger moving closer to having a pipeline of nearly 500 restaurants and the more boutique Elevation Burger increasing its presence in the West. Smashburger executives announced that the chain has brokered deals with five new franchisees.

    Yum Bids Big for Little Sheep

    Restaurant Behemoth Offers $586.5M for Hot Pot Concept

    Yum! Brands announced its $586.5 million bid for Little Sheep Group Ltd. Since 2009, Yum! has been an active investor in the hot pot chain, a segment which Yum! has eyed and identified as the largest in the Chinese casual dining landscape

    Red Mango's LTO Raspberry Cheesecake Frozen Yogurt Introduced Nationwide

    Red Mango, a quick-service retailer of all-natural probiotic frozen yogurt and fresh fruit smoothies, launched a new frozen yogurt Raspberry Cheesecake flavor nationwide.

    Firehouse Subs Fires Up Expansion

    Firehouse Subs, the fast-casual chain founded by firemen, announced the signing of nine representative agreements for 429 restaurants to open over the next several years. The new "Area Representative" agreements include development territories within the states of Iowa, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Texas.

    Wingstop's Plans Include Branching Out in Atlanta

    Having recently been acquired by Atlanta-based Roark Capital Group, Wingstop management announced plans to aggressively expand in the Atlanta area. The fast-growing national chicken wing chain plans to add 20 additional locations in Atlanta over the next several years.

    Saladworks Has Big Plans for Delaware

    Saladworks announced that the the chain is expanding in Delaware with the QSR salad concept's fifth location in the state. The Rehoboth Beach, DE area will see its first Saladworks location under the new franchise agreement with new franchisee Tajesh Patel.

    California to See Three More Saladworks Stores in Orange County Deal

    Saladworks announced an agreement with a multi-unit developer for three locations in the Orange County, California area.  The first new store under the new deal will open at the end of 2011.

    UFood Restaurant Group Awarded Contract at Aberdeen, Expands into Military Trade Channel

    UFood Restaurant Group Inc. announced today that the Army and Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES) has awarded the company a contract to build and operate two UFood Grill units at Aberdeen

    Hardee’s New Breakfast Addition is Chain's Morning Buzz

    Hardee's expanded its menu lineup with the Hardee's Breakfast Platter™, complete with eggs, two strips of bacon, Hash Rounds® Potatoes and a Made from Scratch Biscuit™ covered with sausage gravy. The chain is marketing the menu item as an addition that will keep customers "warm" during the winter.

    Five Qdoba Executives Promoted to Help Guide Brand Strategy, Franchise Growth

    Denver-based Qdoba Mexican Grill announced that it has promoted five executives to build upon the company’s positive sales and new unit growth through innovative marketing, franchise development and menu innovation. Promotions include: Karen Guido, Chief Marketing Officer; David Craven, Division Vice President – Marketing;