Restaurant News Bites: KFC, Del Taco, O’Charley’s

Restaurant News Bites: KFC, Del Taco, O'Charley'sKFC is promoting their 100% breast meat Popcorn Chicken with a new deal. For a limited time, customers can pick up a large order of popcorn chicken morsels for just $2.99. A coupon will also be offered that adds a drink and a side item to the large popcorn chicken for just $3.99, making it a full meal.

Del Taco is adding new Pork Carnitas items, including the Carnitas Combo Burrito and the Carnitas Macho Nachos, for a limited time. The shredded pork is simmered slowly with spices and seasonings before being used in a variety of dishes. Guests who would like to try the new items can pick up a coupon for a free Carnitas Taco al Carbon on Del Taco’s Facebook page.

TCBY, The Country’s Best Yogurt chain, is focusing their expansion goals on Northern Colorado. To achieve this the chain recently signed new franchise agreements with Steve Lauer to open eight locations in the area by 2013. Lauer already owns and operates a number of Subway and Qdoba restaurants in Colorado.

O’Charley’s has hired a new Concept President who assumed the role on September 16th. Marc Buehler will be in charge of maintaining and developing the entire concept of the brand. He brings decades of experience to the company after serving as the President and CEO of Kona Grill until June 2011.

For the second year in a row, Boston Market has joined in the Dine Out For No Kid Hungry fund-raising week. Boston Market locations will offer a coupon for a free side dish for any customer who donates at least $1 between September 18th and 24th. The money will be used to fight childhood hunger in America.

Zagat’s 2011 National Chain Restaurants Survey has been topped by Outback Steakhouse and Bonefish Grill. Bonefish Grill won in six categories, including Top Overall, Top Service, Top Food and Best Seafood. Outback Steakhouse won Best Steak for the third year in a row and also won the Best Overall Value category.

Yogurtini is cashing in on the popularity of self-serve frozen yogurt with an expansion campaign. The chain will be opening their newest location in Highlands Ranch, Colorado this Saturday. To celebrate the grand opening the 2nd franchised restaurant will give away free frozen yogurt. Guests visiting between 4 and 7 pm can enjoy free yogurt and entertainment.

Highlands, North Carolina is celebrating their fifth annual Highlands Culinary Weekend in the beginning of November. Opening night will be held on the 10th at Highlands Country Club. Tastings and wine sampling will be held at a variety of restaurants and wine cellars around the city for the rest of the weekend.

Souplantation and Sweet Tomatoes, the two brands owned by Garden Fresh Restaurant Corp., have become the largest chain in America to be certified by the Green Restaurant Association. The company worked for over two years to achieve the certification. Upgrades to the entire store system and food production process were necessary.

Pizza Inn has announced their financial results for the 2011 fiscal year. The company saw a net income increase of $0.05 per share. Overall revenues increased in the final quarter by 10% and same store sales also grew by over 4%. Increases were also seen in all categories for the entire fiscal year when compared to the 2010 results.