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Emerging Brands

Friendly's plans a fast-casual entry

A scaled-down riff called Friendly's Cafe will fire up its kitchen next month.


Friendly's parent hires Carissa DeSantis as chief technology officer

The former Dickey's CIO will oversee tech at Jamco brands including Friendly's, Red Mango and Red Brick Pizza.

The P.F. Chang’s veteran will also be involved with a number of smaller affiliated restaurant brands, including Red Mango, Smoothie Factory and Souper Salad.

Ellis comes to the chains after leading marketing at Uncle Julio’s.

The chain-restaurant pioneer was 106.

Amici Partners Group said it intends to keep all 130 surviving locations open.

The 85-year-old family chain is getting its fifth owner. Here’s the saga of what happened under the prior four.

The company will be sold for just less than $2 million after the pandemic disrupted the chain’s sale process.

The restaurant industry will be poorer in 2020 because of the talents and characters who died in 2019. Here are some of the standouts who were lost.

Friendly’s, Red Robin plan more closings of underperforming units.

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