Bennigan’s Growth Includes Second Qatar Unit

Bennigan's opened its second location in Doha, Qatar. It is the first American brand to open in Heritage Market Warka. The new restaurant serves the lunch, dinner and late night dayparts.

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Fazoli’s Nontraditional Push and Brand Refresh

Fazoli’s signed agreements to develop 30 new restaurants with 13 franchise groups in fiscal year 2017, according to a recent announcement. This included the Italian fast-casual’s deal with Travel Centers of America to open four restaurants in highway rest stop locations.

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Starbucks to Open Largest Reserve Roastery in Chicago

Starbucks Coffee Company announced the opening of its third Reserve Roastery in the U.S., on Chicago’s tourist-heavy Magnificent Mile at the corner of North Michigan Ave. and Erie Street in 2019. It will be the largest location yet for the coffee behemoth.

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bite-sized buzz for April 26

A roundup of interesting bits of news that came across the editor’s desk, including mergers and acquisitions, recommended reading, development news from Fiesta Restaurant Group, Wingstop, Hurricane BTW and more. 

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Thirsty Lion Expands to Texas

Thirsty Lion Gastropub & Grill, a Portland, Ore.-based gastropub, will open its first Texas location in September 2017 with a second planned for the summer of 2018.

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BurgerFi Plans First College Location

As part of its plan to continue to expand into nontraditional sites, fast-casual better-burger concept BurgerFi signed a franchise agreement with Philadelphia-based dining services partner, Aramark.

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