GPS Hospitality Names Senior Vice President of Operations

Atlanta — GPS Hospitality, one the nation’s largest franchisees of BURGER KING® and Popeyes® Louisiana Kitchen restaurants, has promoted Mike Kovac to senior vice president of operations. Previously, he was vice president of operations, where he achieved consecutive yearly sales increases.

Cauldron Ice Cream Expands California Presence

Irvine, Calif. — Cauldron Ice Cream, the rapidly growing Orange County, Calif.-based scoop shop known for its made-to-order nitrogen ice cream, innovative flavors and viral OG Puffle cone, opened a new Irvine, Calif., location on January 12, 2019.

Red Robin Appoints Executive Vice President and CFO

Greenwood Village, Colo. — Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, Inc. has appointed Lynn Schweinfurth as executive vice president and chief financial officer, effective January 28, 2019. Guy Constant, Red Robin’s current executive vice president and chief financial officer, will move to lead company and franchise operations, development and facilities as executive vice president and chief operating officer.

Biscuitville Names New Director of Finance

Greensboro, N.C. — Biscuitville Fresh Southern® has named Ryan Hilton director of finance. He will play a critical role in developing Biscuitville’s annual financial and long term strategic planning procedures. Prior to joining Biscuitville, Hilton served as senior finance manager in the real estate department at Advance Auto Parts.

Chop Stop Plans 16 New Locations in 2019

Los Angeles — Chop Stop, a California-based QSR chopped salad concept known for its fresh, customizable chopped salads and other health-oriented menu options, has signed 16 new franchise agreements in three states. The deals will result in the first-ever Chop Stop franchises in Texas and Nevada. By the end of 2019, Chop Stop expects to have a total of 23 units open.

Fazoli’s Plans 5 New Restaurants in Columbia, South Carolina

Lexington, Ky. — Fazoli’s, an elevated QSR Italian chain, has signed a multi-unit deal with new franchisee Impact Hospitality Group. In addition to acquiring two existing locations in Columbia, S.C., the group also plans to develop five additional restaurants in and around the Columbia area over the next few years, with the first location slated to open in 2019.

Flynn Restaurant Group Acquires 368 Arby’s Restaurants from US Beef

San Francisco — RB American Group LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Flynn Restaurant Group LP, has acquired 368 Arby’s® restaurants throughout the U.S. from United States Beef Corporation (US Beef). Flynn Restaurant Group’s portfolio includes Applebee’s®, Panera Bread® and Taco Bell®. RB American Group will be Flynn Restaurant Group’s fourth prominent restaurant brand.

Breakfast Republic Continues Expansion

San Diego — San Diego's fastest-growing, non-franchised breakfast eatery, Breakfast Republic, has grown exponentially since the opening of its first location in 2015, now boasting seven locations around San Diego, and more slated to arrive in the coming year in both San Diego and Orange County.

Knoebel Construction Renovates Historic Building into Multi-Use Space

St. Louis — Construction is complete for the $3 million historic renovation of the former Langenberg Hat Building in Washington, Mo., at 330 West Front St. As general contractor, Knoebel Construction converted the two-story brick building into a multi-use space featuring six, two-bedroom lofts and Streetside Tacos, a sit-down restaurant on the first floor. The developer was Marquart Landing Properties, L.L.C., and the architect was The Van Hooser Partnership.

Yum! Brands Appoints Non-Executive Chairman

Louisville, Ky. — Brian C. Cornell, chairman and CEO of Target Corporation, has been appointed by the Yum! Brands board to serve as non-executive chairman of the board. Cornell has served on the Yum! Brands board since 2015. He will succeed Robert D. Walter, who is retiring from his role as Yum! Brands non-executive chairman.

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