Finding restaurants with large, comfortable alfresco dining spaces in New York City is no small task. So when word leaked that La Bottega, an Italian restaurant fronted by an expansive outdoor plaza at the Maritime Hotel, would be closing, Batali & Bastianich Hospitality Group (B&BHG) jumped at the opportunity.
When Dallas-based Cowboy Chicken launched its franchise program in 2009, the company set a goal of growing into first a regional and then a national brand. The chain’s menu, featuring wood-fired rotisserie chicken, fit right in with the growing fast-casual sector and a burgeoning consumer desire for wholesome, authentic food.
Finding the right soundscape requires balancing art and science.
When David McDougall took the reins as CEO of Back Yard Burgers in January 2013, he had his work cut out for him. A pioneer in the “better burger” segment since its founding in 1987 by Cleveland, Miss., grocer Lattimore Michael, the brand had experienced big highs and big lows.
Dunkin’ Donuts has opened a franchised store at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International airport.
Crest Foods, the franchisor of Nestle Toll House Cafe by Chip, has inked an area representative agreement covering Puerto Rico.