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Dave’s Hot Chicken names Jim Bitticks as president

Bitticks previously spent seven years in operations with Blaze Pizza.


Chipotle picks up its menu innovation pace with a new chicken recipe

The fast casual is testing chili-spiced Pollo Asado alongside its traditional chicken offering at 95 restaurants in Cincinnati and Sacramento.

Zach McLeroy to become chairman. Acoca, the former El Pollo Loco CEO, becomes the chicken finger chain’s first non-founder leader in its 30-year history.

The chicken chain’s sales were hurt last quarter because its stores had reduced hours or closed dining areas. Its growth was partly to blame.

Keith Anderkin was promoted to the role from vice president of supply chain and quality assurance for the fast-casual chicken finger brand.

Half of the fast-casual chicken finger chain’s Dallas-based corporate staff has deployed around the country to hire 10,000 new workers in 50 days amid a labor shortage that’s hitting operations as the company looks to open 100 stores next year.

Starbucks, Chipotle, McDonald’s and Olive Garden also top the survey from Piper Sandler.

The latest episode of the “Buzzworthy Brands” podcast features Michael Goldberg, CEO of Ike’s Love & Sandwiches, which recently made a major investment in three-unit hot chicken concept Bangin’ Buns.

Lots of money has flowed into emerging hot chicken chains in recent weeks as the Gen Z-friendly segment readies for massive growth.

After launching the virtual concept in June, Wingstop said it was time to offer the bone-in thighs and Thigh Bites on its regular menu. Thighstop is still available via DoorDash.

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