Smalls Sliders founder sees big growth potential

Brandon Landry oversaw the growth of Louisiana-based Walk-On’s Sports Bistreaux to 80 franchised locations and has also turned a popular menu item into a new concept, Smalls Sliders, which has grown to nine locations since launching in 2019. Landry said the concept’s streamlined menu, focus on franchise partners and strong executive team are driving growth […]

Golden Corral goes fast-casual with Homeward Kitchen

Golden Corral will open its first fast-casual Homeward Kitchen restaurant in a former Chick-fil-A space in North Carolina in December. The concept is the chain’s first foray into non-buffet dining, and it will feature a drive-thru and offer delivery and takeout as well as on-premises dining. Restaurant Business

BurgerFi heads to the movies in Apple Cinemas deal

BurgerFi has signed on to open a unit at an Apple Cinemas theater that’s set to open in Rochester, New York where the restaurant chain will have a traditional location and also deliver to patrons inside the theater. Customers watching a movie will be able to scan a QR code to place an order for […]

McDonald’s to eliminate self-serve soda fountains by 2032

McDonald’s will phase out its self-serve soft drink stations and eliminate them entirely by 2032 as the chain works to ensure a consistent experience for dine-in and off-premises customers, the company said in a statement. The benefit of having easy access to refills has become less relevant as more of the chain’s sales have shifted […]

P.F. Chang’s operators to grow the brand in India

PF Chang’s is ramping up its international expansion with its first locations in India. The launch is under the partnership with franchisee partners, Gourmet Investments Private Limited (GIPL) and HMSHost. The company aims to expand to Mumbai later this year in collaboration with GIPL. The franchisee also plans to launch locations in Delhi National Capital […]

Whataburger’s new Digital Kitchen focuses on off-premises

Whataburger has unveiled its new Digital Kitchen format in Bee Cave, Texas, near Austin, which is dedicated to fulfilling off-premises orders. The unit, which is open 24 hours a day, is cashless and features ordering kiosks and pickup lockers. Nation’s Restaurant News

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