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Expansion Roundup: Italian, Mediterranean and American Cuisine Brands Grow

This week in Expansion Roundup, FER looks at the recently announced growth plans for Fazoli’s, Shawarma Press, Roy Rogers and The Toasted Yolk Cafe.

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Middleby Companies Expand Their Facilities

Middleby’s Pitco Frialator soon will have a brand-new, 356,000-sq.-ft. manufacturing facility in New Hampshire, and QualServe Solutions has acquired a lot more warehouse space.

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El Pollo Loco’s CEO Resigns

El Pollo Loco's CEO, Bernard Acoca, resigned today, and the brand's CFO, Laurance Roberts, was appointed interim CEO.

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Texas Executive Order Says No to Vaccine Mandates

As the federal government is in the process of implementing a vaccine mandate for all companies with more than 100 employees, Texas is saying it’s not going to happen.

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Restaurant Sales and Traffic Fall to Three-Month Low

According to Black Box, sales growth for all segments except for fine dining “deteriorated” during the last two weeks of September compared with the first three weeks of the month.

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Biden Administration Announces Ports, Goods Carriers Are Moving to 24/7 Hours

Just weeks after NAFEM and three other major manufacturers called on the federal government to address worsening supply chain challenges, it appears steps are being taken.

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Mercer Culinary Names National Sales Manager

Chris Parker will oversee foodservice distribution and independent representation throughout the country.

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Marco’s Pizza Snags Former Longtime Domino’s Exec

John King spent 25 years with Domino's Pizza before most recently serving as the COO for Donatos Pizza.

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CKE Restaurants Elevates Company Veteran to COO

John Dunion, a 25-year company veteran, was named the next COO of CKE Restaurants Holdings.

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How Restaurants Are Adopting Front-of-House Technology To Save Labor

FER spoke with Jay Bandy, the president of Goliath Consulting Group, about what he’s seeing when it comes to restaurants adopting front-of-house, labor-saving technology and how it’s becoming a win-win for both the operator and the consumer.

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