Restaurant News Bites: Domino’s, ShopHouse, Mimi’s Cafe

Restaurant News Bites: Domino's, ShopHouse, Mimi's CafeThe National Restaurant Association is pairing up with the Texas Restaurant Association to help raise money for veteran rehabilitation. The “Freedom is Sweet” campaign with be tested in Texas and will expand to the rest of the nation next year. Participating restaurants will donate part of their profits on November 11th.

Domino’s Pizza launched an iPhone app to allow more smart phone users to order pizza on the go just three months ago. In those three months the app has processed over $1 million in orders in a single week. The first $1 million marker in total sales was reached just 28 days after the launch. The app is free to download through the iTunes’ App Store.

CEO Steve Ells, the leader of the popular Chipotle Mexican Grill, was inspired to create a new fast-casual brand by a two-week trip to Thailand and Singapore. ShopHouse Southeast Asian Kitchen serves dishes inspired by the noodles and other local dishes he ate on his trip. The first ShopHouse location opened last week in Washington.

As technology prices drop, high-tech devices like iPads are making their way into more and more restaurants. Places like Stacked, a burger and pizza restaurant, ask customers to build their meals on the touch-sensitive devices instead of ordering with a waiter. Steakhouses have also embraced the iPad as an easy way to keep an updated and informational wine list available.

The French-inspired Mimi’s Cafe chain is increasing their value offerings with their Cafe Express Lunch lunch menu. Guests can get two lunch meals for under $15, and the meals are guaranteed to be ready in less than 15 minutes or they’re free. Time-pressed workers can still enjoy a sit-down lunch without getting back to work late with the Express Lunch menu at Mimi’s Cafe.

A recent survey from YouGov’s BrandIndex shows that Burger King’s consumer perception has risen recently for the first time in months. This rise comes directly after the first television commercial from McGarryBowen for the chain. Burger King picked a new ad agency after losing fans due to racy and controversial ads that were part of a plan to appeal to young males.

Hurricane Grill & Wings is bringing its jumbo chicken wings and flavor options to Wellington, Florida. The new location offers the full menu, a larger building and live music events. 32 wing flavors are available at Hurricane Grill & Wings, along with a wide variety of side dishes, salads, and grilled sandwiches.

Fazoli’s is investing in its executive team with the appointment of a new Vice President of Operations. Al Hodges has over 30 years of cumulative experience in the restaurant industry with companies like Dunkin’ Brands. As VP of Operations, he’ll be responsible for overseeing all franchise and company-owned store operations.

El Pollo Loco also named a new Vice President of Research and Development to keep their flame-grilled chicken brand fresh. Heather Gardea will help develop the menu and will ensure that all food items served by El Pollo Loco are as good as they can be. She came to the position from the Catalina Restaurant Group.

LongHorn Steakhouse expands again with the grand opening of a location in Roanoke, Virginia. The Friends and Family Night fundraiser brought in over $1,500 worth of donations for Boys & Girls Clubs  in the area. 85 jobs were created for the restaurant and nearly 250 guests can dine at once.