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Heather Lalley

Editor, Foodservice Group

Articles by
Heather Lalley

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Emerging Brands

Hot chicken concepts are red hot right now

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

Operations

Pie Five, Pizza Inn keep shrinking

Parent company Rave Restaurant Group continues to close units as sales keep declining at its fast-casual and buffet brands.

Jenkins, who helmed the eatertainment brand through the depths of the pandemic to a record-setting quarter, will stay on as an advisor with the chain until the end of November.

Mike Freeman has been with the Focus Brands fast casual for 13 years.

The rollout follows a 64-unit test of the new protein late last year. The brisket is smoked, charred on the grill and seasoned with smoky peppers and other spices.

The partnership gives the fast-growing fast casual a celebrity boost as the 22-unit concept ramps up for aggressive growth.

The fast-casual gourmet hot dog concept said it needed to focus on convenience to accommodate changing customer behavior coming out of the pandemic.

The fast casual is rolling out a coffee subscription at its New York City and Washington D.C. locations, following a successful test in its U.K. units.

Richard Key has been with the fast-growing smoothie chain since 2018. The fast casual recently opened its 1,000th store.

The restaurant software provider now seeks to raise as much as $717 million in its initial public offering, up from the $100 million stated in its original filing.

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.

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