Restaurant News Bites: Golden Corral, Corner Bakery Cafe, Whataburger

Restaurant News Bites: Golden Corral, Corner Bakery Cafe, Whataburger
Restaurant News Bites: Golden Corral, Corner Bakery Cafe, Whataburger

Golden Corral restaurants located in Central Florida, owned by franchisee Eric Holm, are preparing to serve over 25,000  free meals to the community this Thanksgiving. In partnership with the Salvation Army, Holm’s restaurants have been serving free holiday meals for the past few years. Last year it was awarded the title of “Florida’s Largest Community Thanksgiving Meal”.

New research from the National Restaurant Association shows that 75% of diners are looking for restaurants that support veteran’s charities as Veteran’s Day passes. 10% of all restaurants in the country are at least half owned by a veteran. This is due to the discounts and extra help many franchises offer to people with a military background.

The Corner Bakery Cafe brand is moving into Northern California with the signing of an agreement for 32 new franchise locations. Buon Hospitality will open the over 30 restaurants in the Greater Bay Area over a period of seven years. The first will open early next year and the region ranges from San Jose to Napa Valley.

Smashburger held its annual franchisee conference recently in Denver and awarded the best performing stores and businesses in its system. SunWest Burger in Phoenix, Arizona won the Franchisee of the Year award for exemplifying the Smashburger brand. The four locations owned by BIGG Capital Holdings secured the Operator of the Year award.

Whataburger may be famous for their 36,000 plus configurations for eating their classic burgers, but now their menu offers even more options. Healthy menu items like apple slices, whole grain buns and side salad became available nationally on November 7th. Customers can visit the company’s website to find out exact nutritional information.

Del Frisco’s Restaurant Group, parent company of chains like Double Eagle Steakhouse and Del Frisco’s Grill, now has a new chief financial officer. Tom Pennison has been in the finance management industry for over two decades. He also worked for the restaurant chain Ruth’s Hospitality Group that owns Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse.

Dunkin’ Donuts is increasing its offerings of hearty, savory breakfast items with the new Smokehouse Sausage sandwich. Featuring smoked sausage from Hillshire Farms, the sandwich includes a toasted English muffin filled with cheese and scrambled eggs. Other options include the croissants, muffins and donuts offered by the chain.

Cracker Barrel is offering a special limited edition run of its popular Peg Game to support veterans this year. The patriotic red, white and blue game will raise money for the Wounded Warrior Project. The company will donate $1 from the sale of each game until November 30th.

Jersey City’s Newport Centre Mall now offers a new Johnny Rockets restaurant for visitors to dine at. This is the mall’s first full-sized restaurant offering table service. The official grand opening kicks off on November 10th but will be followed with three extra days of celebrations, giveaways and live entertainment.