Kitchen United Opening Newest Kitchen Center in Chicago

Los Angeles — Kitchen United, a Los Angeles-based virtual restaurant provider, is opening its next kitchen center in Chicago’s River North neighborhood — its first location outside of California. Kitchen United will work with restaurant partners to begin move-in in mid-December, and will start serving Chicago consumers in January.

Marcus Theatres Hires Former Smashburger President as EVP and COO

Milwaukee, Wis. — Marcus Theatres®, a division of The Marcus Corporation, has hired Greg Creighton to the newly-created position of executive vice president and chief operating officer. Previously, he served as president and chief operating officer of Smashburger Master LLC, parent company of the fast-casual restaurant chain, Smashburger.

Ballard Brands Expands Restaurant Offerings with Acquisition

New Orleans — Ballard Brands, a Covington, La.-based restaurant and hospitality group whose brands include PJ’s Coffee of New Orleans, WOW Café and New Orleans Roast Coffee & Tea, has expanded its restaurant holdings to include several successful Latin American concepts in Philadelphia.

Mamoun’s Falafel Signs Lease for First Atlanta Location

Atlanta — Mamoun’s Falafel, the fastest growing Middle Eastern fast-casual restaurant in North America and oldest falafel restaurant in New York City, has secured a lease for its first of six locations across the Atlanta area. The first restaurant will be located in the West Midtown Center development, located between 17th Street and Northside Drive, and will open in 2019.

Bojangles’ to be Acquired by New York-based Consortium

Charlotte, N.C. — Bojangles’, Inc. has entered into a definitive agreement to be acquired by Durational Capital Management LP and The Jordan Company, L.P. in an all-cash transaction. Bojangles’ stockholders will receive $16.10 per share. Upon closing, Bojangles’ will continue to be operated as an independent, privately-held company and will remain based in Charlotte, N.C.

Franchisee to Bring 21 Dickey's Locations to New York

Long Island, N.Y. — Dickey's Barbecue Pit franchisee Jerry Stephan plans to bring 21 Dickey's locations to New York. As a new member of the Dickey's family, Stephan plans to develop the Dickey's Barbecue Pit presence throughout the state. He will own and operate two of the locations, with his first slated to open in spring 2019 in Long Island.

Z Modular to Construct Modular Restaurants with Checkers and Rally's

Chicago — Z Modular, a division of Zekelman Industries, has entered into an agreement with Checkers Drive-In Restaurants Inc., one of the largest drive-thru restaurant chains in the United States. Headquartered in Tampa, Fla., the company operates over 880 Checkers and Rally's restaurants in 28 states and the District of Columbia.

Pie Five Debuts New Prototype Design

Garden City, Kan. — Pie Five Pizza Co. has opened a new restaurant — its first with the company’s new ‘Goldilocks Project’ prototype — in Garden City, Kan. The fast-casual restaurant opened at 1110 Fleming St. on October 29, 2018.

Chicken Salad Chick Opening 100th Location

Auburn, Ala. — Chicken Salad Chick, the nation's only Southern inspired, fast-casual chicken salad restaurant concept, will open its 100th restaurant on November 8, 2018 just outside Lexington, Ky., in Nicholasville. This milestone marks the brand's first location in Kentucky and emphasizes Chicken Salad Chick's accelerated growth, with 22 new openings to date this year and an additional six slated to open by the end of 2018.

Dairy Queen Names New Franchise Development Director

Minneapolis — American Dairy Queen Corporation (ADQ) has added Julie Davis to the corporate team as the brand's new franchise development director. For nearly 20 years, Davis has held franchise development leadership positions with various brands in the QSR space including Schlotzsky's, Popeyes, Dunkin' Brands and El Pollo Loco.

Veggie Grill Plans First East Coast Location in New York City

Santa Monica, Calif. — Veggie Grill, the go-to destination for plant-based, chef-inspired food, will launch its first-ever restaurant in New York City. Now operating 31 locations in California, Oregon, Washington and Illinois, Veggie Grill is slated to open its Flatiron District location in spring 2019.

GPS Hospitality Names 4 New Partners

Atlanta — GPS Hospitality, one of the country’s fastest growing franchisees of BURGER KING® and Popeyes® Louisiana Kitchen restaurants, has named its newest class of Partner Program inductees:

CEC Entertainment, Inc. Expands Peter Piper Pizza Leadership Team

Dallas — CEC Entertainment, Inc., a nationally recognized leader in family dining and entertainment, has appointed Mahesh Sadarangani to president of Peter Piper Pizza, effective immediately. Sadarangani joins a strong and tenured leadership team, which includes operations led by Mark Eastham and finance led by Rex Moffett. In this role, he will oversee strategic business development and growth.

Dunkin’ Brands Continues Growth in Colorado with 19 New Locations

Canton, Mass. — Dunkin’ continues to focus on growth and development efforts outside of the Northeast, recently signing six development agreements for nearly 20 new units in Colorado. Over the next few years, 15 Dunkin’ restaurants will be developed throughout the state, along with three multi-brand Dunkin’/Baskin-Robbins locations and one standalone Baskin-Robbins location.

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