Bob Watson has his eyes on New Jersey. And why not? Watson, the chief executive officer of 5 & Diner, a restaurant company, sees the Garden State as ground zero for diners, and diners are what his company is all…

Franchise consultants with iFranchise Group, a leading franchise consulting firm based in the Chicago area, recently cited several market factors and franchisor success stories that point to a strong improvement in the overall health of the restaurant franchising sector.   Since…