Chipotle goes electric to cut carbon emissions

Chipotle Mexican Grill recently opened two restaurants that use all electric power, with a third slated to debut this summer. The new format is part of the chain’s effort to halve its greenhouse gas emissions by 2030, and more than 100 new locations slated to open next year will use the all-electric format and other […]

Sweet Tomatoes buffet concept to reopen in single Arizon location

In what could be a final indicator of the return to pre-pandemic normalcy, it appears Sweet Tomatoes is planning a comeback. The buffet salad chain has signed a lease to reopen in Tucson, Arizona in a former location. It remains to be seen how the brand will adapt to the post-pandemic era. Restaurant Business

Yum Brands program to fuel faster growth for franchisees

Yum Brands, the parent company of chains including KFC, Taco Bell and Pizza Hut, has partnered with Miami-based investment firm Lafayette Square to launch a program to back franchisees from underrepresented groups. Lafayette Square will provide $50 million to fund the Franchise Fast Start program, which will be available to new and existing franchisees to […]

Chick-fil-A kept up its momentum in 2022

Chick-fil-A’s growth from its mall-based roots to standalone locations over the years has paid off for the chain, which reported a 13% jump in sales last year compared to 2021. Median per-unit sales at standalone locations grew almost 8% to $8.6 million in 2022, more than three times the average for the remaining mall-based units. […]

Distillery sets up shop inside Omni Louisville Hotel

Castle & Key Distillery will debut a new storefront at The Omni Louisville Hotel in Kentucky during a ribbon-cutting ceremony. Tastings of the distillery’s 502 Spirit products will be available, along with specialty cocktails such as a gin and tonic made with elderflower tonic and the Millville Mule. LEO Weekly

Firebirds’ new owner plans to speed up chain’s growth

J.H. Whitney Capital has sold the Firebirds Wood Fired Grill chain to New York City-based investment firm Garnett Station Partners, which plans to accelerate the concept’s growth. Charlotte, N.C.-based Firebirds has 56 units and did about $250 million in 2021 systemwide sales, according to Technomic data. Restaurant Business