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Emerging Brands

New brands and soon-to-open concepts worth watching

Emerging Brands

Texas Roadhouse to speed growth of Jaggers brand with franchise deal

It has partnered with the Dallas-based Saxton Group to open 10 locations of the fast casual in Texas and Oklahoma.

Emerging Brands

Smallcakes cupcake chain is acquired by The Derbyshire Group

The 180-unit brand, which sells cupcakes and ice cream and is largely owned by franchisees, will be led by a new team as it is prepped for growth.

The latest episode of the “Buzzworthy Brands” podcast features H&H Bagels, which has been in business for nearly 50 years, and is now getting its operations and systems in place to begin franchising.

Ike’s executives will now take over development, operations and marketing for three-unit fast-casual chain Bangin’ Buns as it grows.

The money will be used to fuel growth of the Miami-based fast casual, as well as buying out franchisees to convert the eight current restaurants to company-owned stores.

In the nearly 30 years since opening his first restaurant, Fox has become a concept developer whose ideas regularly get scooped up by big-time investors and chains.

The former NBA star’s fast-casual chicken concept is getting into ghost kitchens, franchising and cruise ships, all the while finding the best ways to leverage its famous founder’s image.

Rob Giuliani and his partner, Abby Taylor, started with a stand on the Jersey shore selling smoothies and acai bowls and grew it into a 126-unit chain.

Concepts selling smoothies, salads and nutritionally balanced bowls topped the latest Buzzworthy Brands ranking, positioning themselves for swift post-pandemic growth.

The fast casual’s switch to a 100% franchised model turned into a silver lining that’s spurring expansion.

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