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Potbelly keeps its focus on growth through franchising

The fast-casual sandwich chain said it has 192 franchised stores currently under development. It also released an updated rewards app.


ezCater wants to boost the profile of restaurants owned by underrepresented groups

The digital catering marketplace has added new filters so customers can seek out restaurants run by people with diverse backgrounds.

The list, which celebrates independents, is based on Yelp ratings, number of reviews and more. Vegetarian Latin restaurant Tumerico in Tucson, Ariz., took the No. 1 spot.

The 15-unit bowling-bocce-bistro chain said it sees room to open 150 locations around the country.

Marketing Bites: Plus, Applebee’s wants to be a date-night destination and Taco Bell readies for a grande announcement.

The move comes less than six months after Veggie Grill closed 12 restaurants amid declining sales. The deal creates a 27-unit plant-based restaurant company.

Marketing Bites: With six weeks’ lead time, the regional breakfast-and-lunch chain pulled off the title sponsorship of a nationally televised college bowl game.

Marketing Bites: It’s January, a.k.a Dry January, Veganuary, Resolution Season, and restaurants are looking for ways to get virtuous consumers to keep spending money.

Founded in 2016, the quick-service bowl-and-smoothie chain said it plans to have more than 200 U.S. stores by 2026.

The unexpected move comes about a year after Kroger was part of a $100 million investment round in the ghost kitchen operator, which said it is shifting its focus to software.

The retail giant will now start delivering hot rotisserie chickens, in original and lemon-pepper flavors.

Shoppers who spend $20 on Panera-branded grocery items, including salad dressings and mac & cheese, can get a $5 electronic gift card to use at the fast-casual brand's restaurants.

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