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51 Franchise agreements signed by Tropical Smoothie in the First QTR! Print
Thursday, 09 April 2015 18:10

The deals represent 51 cafés that will expand the sandwich and smoothie franchise in Atlanta; Detroit; Providence, R.I.; Miami; Charleston, S.C.; and Fayetteville, N.C. Additionally, the brand reported a 12.31% growth in same-store sales over the first quarter of last year.  “We had great momentum heading into 2015 after reporting incredibly strong results last year, including positive comp sales of 11.4% and our highest average unit volume of more than $526,000 — with the top 50% reporting an AUV of $669,000,” says Mike Rotondo, CEO of Tropical Smoothie Café. “Clearly, Tropical Smoothie Café is well-positioned to continue our aggressive growth and reach our goal this year of signing franchise agreements to develop an additional 150 new locations.”

Southern Expansion in the works for Newk's! Print
Thursday, 09 April 2015 11:27

Newk's Eatery Announces Southern Market Expansion


The fast-casual restaurant chain, known for its culinary-driven menu and open kitchens, is expanding its footprint to meet the growing demand for its unique brand of fast casual – incorporating bold flavors and a full-service level of hospitality with fast-casual lunch and dinner fare like hot sandwiches, salads, soups and California-style pizzas.

The chain is actively seeking multi-unit franchise partners to bolster its growth plan that calls for more than 200 units by 2018.

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World's Largest Hooters to open this Spring in Las Vegas! Print
Thursday, 09 April 2015 11:22

World's Largest Hooters to Open Poolside at Palms Casino Resort

The more than 15,200 square foot space alongside the Palms Pool plans to seat more than 500 guests, claiming the title of World’s largest Hooters. The large poolside bar is slated to open in early May, and the two-story main dining room inside Palms will open shortly after.

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Chef on trial for stealing food to open his own restraurant! Print
Wednesday, 04 February 2015 18:31

A head chef cheated his bosses by going on a theft and fraud 'spree' to stock up with food and equipment to open his own restaurant, a jury was told today.

Emanuele Lamanuzzi, 42, was running the Pirandello restaurant in Cheltenham when the owners went away for six months leaving him in charge, Gloucester crown court was told.


While they were away he used their card to buy food, drink and utensils from a cash and carry and Tesco's but those items never made it into the restaurant, alleged prosecutor Caighli Taylor.

Read more:http://www.gloucestershireecho.co.uk/Cheltenham-chef-trial-allegations-stole/story-25960756-detail/story.html#ixzz3QnosjuWO

New Burger joint to spring up in South Florida! Print
Friday, 05 December 2014 13:24

Bizjournals.com - A Central Florida restaurateur has signed a deal to bring Wahlburgers – a Boston-based fast-casual burger concept owned by brothersPaul, Donnie andMark Wahlberg– to the Sunshine State.

Manny Garcia, known for former Central Florida restaurants like Pebbles and Harvey's Bistro, will open 20 Wahlburgers locations in Florida over the next several years,Orlando food blogger Scott Joseph reports. Thefranchise agreement was officially announced this morning. Continue

Teen not Fired for asking for time off for cancer treatment! Print
Tuesday, 25 November 2014 10:49

Chicago-based restaurant chain appears to have shifted into damage control this week following a report that one of its employees was fired after asking for time off in order to undergo surgery as part of his cancer treatment.

In an interview with NBC Chicago that first aired Saturday, 19-year-old Jonathan Larson, a delivery driver at Rosebud Restaurants’ location in Naperville, Illinois, claimed he was fired by his employer after he told the restaurant he would need to take six weeks off from his job for back surgery related to his diagnosis with cancer of the brain and spine.

“[My manager] said, ‘No, by that time I’ll already have another driver hired. Just leave, I have to make some phone calls,” Larson told NBC. “I’m really disappointed and saddened by it. It’s not something I can help.” Continue http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/11/24/rosebud-restaurant-fires-teen-with-cancer_n_6214182.html

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Restaurant sued for $10 million for noise and garlic smell!! Print
Tuesday, 25 November 2014 10:45

Dailymail.uk -

Mario Batali's Italian restaurant, Babbo, is being sued for $10 million by one of its neighbors over smell and noise complaints. 

Nurretin Akgul, who lives next-door to the star-studded eatery in Manhattan's trendy West Village, says he cannot sleep due to the kitchen's pungent garlic odors and noisy air conditioners.

He told the New York Post: 'I can smell everything they cook, the garlic, and when they use chemicals to clean the exhaust dust we get the stuff in our windows. It's really a nuisance.'  

Bad neighbor: Mario Batali's popular New York City restaurant Babbo is being sued for $10 million by a neighbor for being so loud and smelly

Bad neighbor? Mario Batali's popular New York City restaurant Babbo is being sued for $10 million by a neighbor for being too loud and smelly

The suit alleges that Mr Akgul is having trouble sleeping because of the 'unrelenting vibrations and a chronic hum' from the restaurant's air conditioners. 

Mr Akgul says 'the humming is so intense, I cannot even open my window in the back.'

According to the suit, Mr Batali applied for a special permit required for a commercial eatery in a residential neighborhood last year.


Read more:http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2847859/Celebrity-loved-restaurant-owned-Mario-Batali-sued-10-million-neighbor-garlic-smell-noisy-air-conditioners.html#ixzz3K4mL1qqm
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Drunk Florida man arrested at Taco Bell drive-through provides saddest Mug shot ever! Print
Thursday, 20 November 2014 22:11


Gabriel Harris

OrlandoSentinel.com An  intoxicated New Smyrna Beach bicyclist was arrested and charged with resisting an officer with violence in an early morning incident at a Taco Bell drive-through,The Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.

Police arrived at the Taco Bell at 3:10 a.m. and found Gabriel Harris, 33, on a bicycle by the restaurant's menu speaker, according to the police report.


An employee called New Smyrna Beach police when Harris refused to leave the property after placing a drive-through order on his bicycle as the fast food restaurant was closing. 


As police were asking Harris to leave, they noticed a pocket knife on his belt loop. When an officer reached for it, Harris grabbed the officer's wrist and Harris was wrestled to the ground, handcuffed and arrested. 


Harris was with a woman, Sarah Haliburton, at the time of the incident. Both were intoxicated, according to the report. Haliburton was not charged. 


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Florida's 'Growler' Ban Unconstitutional, Lawsuit Claims Print
Wednesday, 29 October 2014 10:56

Sunshinestatenews.com - Florida is violating the United States Constitution by arbitrarily banning restaurants, taverns, and breweries from selling or filling the most popular portable jug for craft beers -- the half-gallon (64-ounce) growler.

That's according to a civil rights lawsuit filed today in federal court on behalf of the owners of a downtown Stuart craft beer restaurant, The Crafted Keg. The lawsuit was filed by the national free-enterprise legal organization, Pacific Legal Foundation (PLF)."It should be an interesting suit as we are fairly certain that this is the first courtroom challenge to the growler ban," said Kate Pomeroy, PLF's Washington, D.C., media director.

PLF always gets its man, so to speak," retired Orange County attorney Sanford R. Craig told Sunshine State News. Craig was part of a legal team that unsuccessfully opposed PLF a few years ago. "The state is in for a fight on this one." Continue

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