FOCUS Brands Names Steve DeSutter President and CEO

Atlanta, GA  (RestaurantNews.com)  FOCUS Brands Inc. announced today that Steve DeSutter will join the company as President and Chief Executive Officer on March 17, 2014. With over 4,440 locations operating throughout the U.S. and 63 foreign countries, FOCUS Brands is…
Schlotzsky’s Names Mark Mears as CMO

Classic Sandwich Chain Starts 2014 with New Leadership Direction Austin, TX  (RestaurantNews.com)  Schlotzsky’s, home of The Original® round-toasted sandwich, today announces the appointment of Mark A. Mears to Chief Marketing Officer for the growing fast casual restaurant chain. In his…
Carvel Names Seasoned Executive as Vice President of Brand Marketing

Atlanta, GA  (RestaurantNews.com)  Carvel… America’s Freshest Ice Cream®, has named former Atlanta Bread Company VP of Marketing, Chris Campagna, as its new Vice President of Brand Marketing. In his new role at Carvel®, Campagna will work closely with Carvel President…
Schlotzsky’s Names Brian Farris to VP of Catering and Off-Premise Sales

Austin, TX  (RestaurantNews.com)  Schlotzsky’s, home of The Original® round-toasted sandwich, announces the addition of industry veteran Brian Farris as the new Vice President of Catering and Off-Premise Sales. Farris brings 25 years of financial and operational experience in the restaurant…

New CMO of International and SVP of International Supply Chain Tapped to Facilitate Overseas Growth Atlanta, GA  (RestaurantNews.com)  FOCUS Brands Inc., the fast-growing company responsible for overseas expansion of Cinnabon®, Auntie Anne’s® Pretzels, Carvel® Ice Cream, Moe’s Southwest Grill®, Schlotzsky’s®…

Fast-Casual Chain Inks Game-Changing Partnership to Build Huge Presence in Southern California Austin, TX  (RestaurantNews.com)  In a historic deal with far-reaching impact in the fast-casual segment, Schlotzsky’s®, the home of The Original® round-toasted sandwich and famous Fresh-from-Scratch® buns, announced today…

Snack Leader in Bakery-Cafe Segment Continues Rapid Expansion; 200 New Domestic and International Openings in Development Atlanta, GA  (RestaurantNews.com)  Cinnabon is on a roll. The iconic brand is returning to its roots in Washington to celebrate the opening of its…

Kat Cole, 34, got an unlikely start in the food industry. While in high school in Jacksonville, Fla., she worked part-time as a Hooters girl, serving beer and chicken wings in those tiny orange shorts. At age 19, she got…

Marketing Veteran Joins FOCUS Brands to Lead Growth of Iconic Ice Cream Brand Atlanta, GA  (RestaurantNews.com)  Carvel® Ice Cream announced today that it has named Scott Colwell as Brand President. Scott’s primary responsibilities will be to develop and ensure successful…

Atlanta, GA  (RestaurantNews.com)  As the temperatures drop this fall, cozy up to the latest irresistible treat from Carvel®: Swiss Miss® Hot Cocoa Sundae Dashers®! Each premium Sundae Dasher combines Carvel classic soft serve ice cream with layer upon layer of…

Moe’s Is Offering Its Famous Cheese Dip on the House; No Purchase Necessary for One Day Only Atlanta, GA  (RestaurantNews.com)  Free Queso Day is back by popular demand at Moe’s Southwest Grill® Restaurants on Thursday, September 20. The restaurant franchise…

At Moe’s Cinco de Mayo Is a Family-Friendly Celebration Filled With Fun and Freebies Atlanta, GA  (RestaurantNews.com)  Moe’s Southwest Grill, the fast-casual restaurant franchise best known for its fresh, create-to-order burritos and signature “Welcome to Moe’s” greeting, is celebrating Cinco…

Minibon® Roll Will Be Available in BK® Locations Nationwide by September Atlanta, GA  (RestaurantNews.com)  Cinnabon, Inc. and Burger King Corp. today announced that Minibon® rolls will be served at more than 7,000 BURGER KING® restaurants throughout the United States. The…

Three Successful Moe’s Franchise Partners Team Up to ‘Welcome Moe’s’ in D.C. Washington, DC  (RestaurantNews.com)  Moe’s Southwest Grill, the fast-growing restaurant franchise best known for its flavorful southwest fare and distinct brand culture, has signed a deal that will bring…

Atlanta, GA  (RestaurantNews.com)  Once again, Cinnabon is rewarding guests during one of the most stressful times of the year with its annual Tax Day Bites! promotion. “We want to remind people that Life Needs Frosting® — especially during hectic times,”…

The New Mouth-Watering Sandwich Trio will Consist of Meats Hand Carved in the Restaurant AUSTIN, TX  (Restaurant News)  Schlotzsky’s® transitions to the spring season with the announcement of a completely new line of limited-time-only Hand-Carved Sandwiches. From now until May…

Three Schlotzsky’s Executives Recognized at Annual IFA Conference Austin, TX  (RestaurantNews.com)  Austin-based Schlotzsky’s® announced today that three members of the franchise’s team were recognized as Certified Franchise Executives (CFE) by the International Franchise Association’s (IFA) Institute of Certified Franchise Executives…

Fast-Casual Concept Signs Agreement, First Location Set for Moscow Atlanta, GA  (RestaurantNews.com)  Moe’s Southwest Grill, the fast-growing restaurant franchise best known for its flavorful southwest fare and distinct brand culture, has signed a substantial international deal that will bring its…

Cinnabon Flavored Coffee Chillatta and Cinnabon Flavored Iced Coffee Atlanta, GA  (RestaurantNews.com)  Cinnabon® bakeries are now serving up the world famous cinnamon roll flavor in coffee. Now through May 20, Cinnabon Flavored Coffee Chillatta® and Cinnabon Flavored Iced Coffee are…

Fast-Casual Mexican Franchise Secures a Spot for the Sixth Consecutive Year Atlanta, GA  (RestaurantNews.com)  Moe’s Southwest Grill, the fast-growing restaurant franchise best known for its flavorful southwest fare and distinct brand culture, ranked No. 89 in the 2012 Entrepreneur magazine’s…

Atlanta, GA  (RestaurantNews.com)  FOCUS Brands announced today that it has named Lauren Fernandez Staley as Vice President of Legal. The newest member of FOCUS Brands Executive Committee, Lauren will oversee and coordinate all legal services for Carvel® Ice Cream, Cinnabon®,…

FOCUS Brands, the franchisor and operator of more than 3,300 ice cream stores, bakeries, restaurants and cafes in 47 states and 42 countries, is pleased to announce an aggressive plan for growth in the Boston market. Community members are invited…

FOCUS Brands, the franchisor and operator of more than 3,300 ice cream shoppes, bakeries, restaurants and cafes in 47 states and 42 countries, is pleased to announce an aggressive plan for growth in the Hartford market. Community members are invited…