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Taco Bueno teams up with U.S. Beef Corp. U.S. Beef Corp. has signed on as Taco Bueno Restaurant's first franchise partner with plans to take the Mexican quick-service restaurant into parts of Northern Arkansas, Central Missouri and Kansas with nine new restaurants. .... [more] 31 Jan, 2005
D'Angelo sandwich-shop and pizza chain poised to enter market. Looking to expand their restaurant investment beyond the Dunkin' Donuts stores they own and develop, brothers Tom Burke and Jerry Burke will soon introduce a new sandwich shop and pizza restaurant. .... [more] 30 Jan, 2005
CyberBrew Signs Significant Franchise Agreement with Top U.S. Franchise Marketer. CyberZONE, Inc. announces that CBZJ has agreed to begin franchising CyberBrew Net Cafes nationwide. .... [more] 29 Jan, 2005
McDonald's profit surges but misses estimates. McDonald's reported Friday that fourth-quarter profit more than tripled behind the momentum of strong U.S. sales, but the fast-food chain still fell short of analysts' expectations. .... [more] 28 Jan, 2005
Cold Stone Creamery sets its sights on being No. 1. Cold Stone Creamery saw its sales increase 83 percent in 2004 and now executives of the franchise ice-cream business envision becoming No. 1 in U.S. sales by the end of 2009. .... [more] 27 Jan, 2005
McDonald's Says Obesity Lawsuit By Teenagers Will Be Dismissed. McDonald's Corp. said it would prevail in a "frivolous" lawsuit an appeals court reinstated yesterday in which New York teenagers claimed the hamburger chain hid health risks of fatty foods that made them obese. .... [more] 26 Jan, 2005
Fondue restaurant aims for state growth. Aaron Van De Mark operates Michigan's first Melting Pot restaurant franchise and sees a bright future for fondue in the state. .... [more] 26 Jan, 2005
Orbit Drop, Inc. Anticipates Finalization of UFOC Today. Orbit Drop, Inc. announced today that the Company, in conjunction with legal council, should approve the much anticipated Uniform Franchise Offering Circular (UFOC) for distribution to potential franchisees today. .... [more] 25 Jan, 2005
Regis buys stake in children's salon chain. Regis Corp. announced Monday that it has made a minority investment in Cool Cuts 4 Kids. .... [more] 25 Jan, 2005
Baja Fresh closes area stores; franchisee in KC files lawsuit. The local franchisee for Baja Fresh Mexican Grill has closed area operations and is in litigation with the franchise and its former president. .... [more] 25 Jan, 2005
At the drive-through, you may be ordering long-distance. When customers pull into the drive-through lane at a St. Louis Hardee's restaurant, they may assume they are speaking with a young, energetic order taker a few feet away. .... [more] 25 Jan, 2005
Bear Rock Cafe Launches New Company Website. Bear Rock Cafe, the 33 unit quick casual bakery-cafe concept, announced it has launched a new company website at .... [more] 25 Jan, 2005
Krispy Kreme Doughnuts to pay new CEO $760 US an hour. Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Inc.'s new chief executive - the turnaround specialist who led Enron Corp. for almost three years - will be paid $760 US an hour, plus expenses. .... [more] 25 Jan, 2005
Panera franchisee to open 10 stores in San Francisco area. Panera Bread Co. has signed a new franchise agreement to develop 10 restaurants in San Francisco and Marin counties in California. .... [more] 24 Jan, 2005
Obee's enters South Florida. The first Obee's Soup-Salad-Subs has opened in Miami and the franchiser said it expects the location to be the beginning of a major Obee's expansion into South Florida. .... [more] 24 Jan, 2005
Krispy Kreme: The rise, fall, rise and fall of a Southern icon. Roy Blount Jr. knew something was wrong at his beloved Krispy Kreme - long before the stock price began to plummet and the scent of corporate scandal filled the air. .... [more] 23 Jan, 2005
Chili's to add 18 restaurants in Kentucky. Brinker International Inc. has reached a franchising and development agreement with ERJ Dining that will bring 18 new Chili's Grill & Bar restaurants to Kentucky. .... [more] 20 Jan, 2005
Sir Speedy franchisee named president of statewide association. The owner of Sir Speedy Printing in Austin is jumping to the top of the franchise ladder. .... [more] 20 Jan, 2005
Triarc shares sizzle on Arby's IPO talks. Triarc Cos. shares surged more than 11 percent Wednesday afternoon after the company confirmed that it was in talks to spin off its Arby's fast-food unit. .... [more] 19 Jan, 2005
Doughnut group turns to Enron troubleshooter. Krispy Kreme, the struggling doughnut chain, ousted chief executive Scott Livengood yesterday and brought in a corporate troubleshooter most recently associated with Enron. .... [more] 19 Jan, 2005
Krispy Kreme Board Ousts Top Executive. Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Inc. board of directors ousted its top executive on Tuesday. .... [more] 19 Jan, 2005

Still too early to buy Krispy Kreme, say big investors. Investors piled on Krispy Kreme's stock on Tuesday, driving the troubled company's share price up 10 percent. .... [more] 19 Jan, 2005
China hungry for KFC chicken, bamboo and lotus roots. China's relentless appetite for the colonel's chicken has KFC on a building boom in the world's most populous country, with 1,200 locations. .... [more] 17 Jan, 2005
Former McDonald's CEO remembered for operations savvy, tweaking image. Charlie Bell, who died eight weeks after stepping down as McDonald's Corp. CEO, was remembered Monday for playing a key role in the fast-food chain's resurgence. .... [more] 17 Jan, 2005
Burger to riches story ends in sorrow. Charlie Bell's amazing journey ended yesterday in his beloved home of Sydney, where the former world chief of McDonald's had returned to die. .... [more] 17 Jan, 2005
Former McDonald's chief dies in Sydney. Charlie Bell, who stepped down as chief executive officer of McDonald's Corp. in November to focus on his battle with cancer, has died. .... [more] 17 Jan, 2005
Krispy Kreme director remains sweet on stores. Krispy Kreme may be a mess, but Frank Guthrie is opening new stores. .... [more] 16 Jan, 2005
Dunkin' to deliver diverse drinks. With the addition of more espresso drinks to its menu, Dunkin' Donuts might look like it's trying to be another Starbucks Corp. .... [more] 16 Jan, 2005
H&R Block, Jackson Hewitt staff up local tax offices. Temporary hiring has ramped up at local tax preparation and accounting firms as they get ready for their busy season. .... [more] 14 Jan, 2005
SUBWAY Franchisee Association Names Tom Seddon As CEO. The SUBWAY restaurant chain today announced the appointment of Tom Seddon as chief executive officer of the SUBWAY(R) Franchisee Advertising Fund Trust (SFAFT). .... [more] 14 Jan, 2005
Dunkin' Donuts evolves from no-frills to espresso and WiFi, looks westward for growth. With the addition of more espresso drinks to its menu, Dunkin' Donuts might look like it's trying to be another Starbucks Corp. .... [more] 13 Jan, 2005
RE/MAX to Open in Czech Republic. RE/MAX has sold regional franchising rights in the Czech Republic to Prague Top Estates headed by Vojtech Kratky, a specialist in real estate, legal relations and trade. .... [more] 13 Jan, 2005
Cosi, Inc. Reports 2004 Fourth Quarter and Full Year Sales. Cosi, Inc. , the premium, convenience restaurant company, today reported that revenues. .... [more] 13 Jan, 2005
Houlihan's adding six locations in Cincinnati. Houlihan's Restaurant Inc. wants to open six of its namesake restaurants in the Greater Cincinnati area this year and is looking for local franchisors. .... [more] 12 Jan, 2005
7-Eleven Cleans Up. Dallas-based 7-Eleven Inc. completed upgrading the sanitation systems of 2,600 franchise units in December with a chemical dispensing program. .... [more] 12 Jan, 2005
Raving Brands to add 2 chains. One of the fastest growing quick-casual franchise companies is serving up two new concepts to feed America's appetite for meals for less than $10. .... [more] 10 Jan, 2005
McDonald's eyes premium coffee market. McDonald's fixed the food. Now it has an effort quietly brewing to bring another menu item up a notch: the coffee. .... [more] 10 Jan, 2005
GNC Corp. tries to win back franchisees buying from outside vendors. Following a fourth-quarter 2004 sales slide, GNC Corp. faces the new year with the challenge of trying to win back some of its biggest customers - its more than 1,000 franchise stores. .... [more] 10 Jan, 2005
Domino's Pizza to Support the American Red Cross in Tsunami Relief Efforts. Domino's Pizza announced today it will match team member and franchisee contributions to support the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund. .... [more] 10 Jan, 2005
Budget Blinds to cover Baltimore. Budget Blinds Inc. is targeting the Baltimore area for expansion, with plans to open 20 franchises in the next two years. .... [more] 5 Jan, 2005
Charlesbank buys Captain D's seafood chain. Boston-based Charlesbank Capital Partners has joined forces with a second venture capital firm to buy Captain D's, the country's second-largest seafood restaurant chain, for $150 million. .... [more] 5 Jan, 2005
Sport Clips to begin ad campaign in Busch Stadium restrooms. Texas-based Sport Clips, a salon franchise that targets exclusively men and boys, will advertise through restroom signs and tear-off coupons offering discounted haircuts. .... [more] 5 Jan, 2005
Wendy's December Sales Fall, Ups Legal Reserves. Wendy's International Inc. on Wednesday reported a less-than-expected drop in December same-store sales and said a legal verdict would add to its loss in the fourth quarter. .... [more] 5 Jan, 2005
Krispy Kreme stock falls 15% Krispy Kreme shares tumbled 15% Tuesday after the company announced it would restate its 2004 earnings and admitted that it was in violation of credit agreements with its primary bank lenders. .... [more] 4 Jan, 2005
English-style pub chain to open in Colonie Jan. 10. The Firkin Group of Pubs, a chain from Toronto of English-style pub restaurants, is making its U.S. debut in Colonie Jan. 10. .... [more] 4 Jan, 2005
NPC names new chief executive. NPC International Inc., the world's largest Pizza Hut franchisee, has named Jim Schwartz as CEO. .... [more] 4 Jan, 2005
Should hospitals serve fast food? At a time when two-thirds of American adults are overweight or obese, putting their hearts and arteries at grave risk, health officials and physicians are urging people to be watch their weight and eat healthier. .... [more] 3 Jan, 2005
Austin franchisee to bring first Whataburger locations to Birmingham, Ala. Hamburger chain Whataburger Inc. is planning to eat up its fast-food competition in Birmingham, Ala. when the company opens 17 new restaurants there this year. .... [more] 3 Jan, 2005
When Doody Calls, This Franchise Answers. DoodyCalls, a full-service pet waste removal business, is now franchising nationwide. .... [more] 3 Jan, 2005
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