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    Burger King Offers Free Soft Serve to Promote New Dessert Menu

    The iconic Miami-based Burger King chain launched a new Soft Serve dessert menu with a special offer. Guests who purchase a Burger King Value Meal at participating

    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

    A Tale of Two Asian Concepts with Sights South of the Border

    Two Asian-style dining chains, Panda Express and Sarku Japan, recently went south of the border in separate licensing deals.

    Panda Express, an operator and franchisor of more than 1,400 quick serve Chinese-style restaurants,

    Red 'Blade', Redesign and More than a Billion in McDough to Revitalize McDonald's Canada

    McDonald's Canada will spend big money ─ one billion Canadian dollars to be exact, (US$1,013 million) to revitalize the brand. Not unlike the transformation here in the United States several years ago, the company will be redesigning

    Zagat Fast Food Survey Results Intriguing, Recognize Chain Operators

    Zagat released results of its 2011 Fast Food Survey today. Over 6,000 respondents took part in the survey of dining preferences at quick serve restaurant (QSR) chains.  The survey produced some interesting findings for chain operators:

    Fast Casual Cosi Searches for New Chief as Hyatt Moves On

    Fast casual operator Cosi reported that Mark Demilio, chairman of the Board of Directors, will be the interim chief executive for the company, effective immediately. This follows today's resignation

    Chipotle Starts New Foundation to Solidify Support for Sustainable Industry Endeavors

    Denver-based Chipotle Mexican Grill has launched the a new foundation to funnel its financial and operating support to organizations improving sustainability practices  for the future.

    Qdoba Aims to Keep Healthy Initiatives at its Core

    Wheat tortillas. Street Tacos. Lean Pork. These are fighting words for Ted Stoner, director of Strategic Product Development for Qdoba Mexican Grill, a chain of 550 restaurants spanning from California to Massachusetts.

    Burger King Reports Q2 2011 Results

    Privately-held Burger King reported results for its second quarter ending June 30. EBITDA was $150.6 million, compared to $117.1 million in the same quarter of 2010, a 29 percent increase.

    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,

    Domino's Reports Impressive Q2 Results

    Domino's Pizza released its earning report for its second quarter ended June 19. Domestic same store sales were up 4.8 percent from last year's (LY) same quarter, and outside the United States,

    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’

    Fast Casual Vapiano Entrenches in South, Debuts in Chicago

    Vapiano International, the pasta, salad and sandwich chain with European roots, expands its presence in the South this summer.

    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

    YRI, China Drive Yum's Modest Sales Gains, 13 Percent EPS Growth in Second Quarter

    Yum Brands Inc., the multi-brand restaurant conglomerate behind the KFC, Pizza Hut, and quick serve Taco Bell chains, reported financial results for its second quarter ended June 11, 2011.

    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.

    The Wendy's Company Has New Name After it Finalizes $430 Million Arby's Sale to Roark

    Wendy’s/Arby’s Group has finalized the $430 million sale of Arby's to Roark Capital Group, effective July 4, without changes to the original terms of the sale announced June 13.

    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.

    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.