Bombshells Expands in Houston, Tippling Hall Debuts in Chicago, Chain News and More

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November 13, 2014

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Military-Themed Bombshells Expands in Houston

RCI Hospitality Holdings, Inc. is invading the Houston market with Bombshells, its military-themed casual sports bar/restaurant concept. The newest Bombshells opened in early November in suburban Spring, Texas, one of three new units in the Houston area and the fifth for the concept in Texas. Three additional Houston units are planned as well.

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Chain Development Report

Concepts making news on the development front include BURGERFI, Captain D’s, Krispy Kreme and Pizza Rev.

DIY Debuts New Co-Branded Pizza, Frozen Yogurt Restaurant

DIY Restaurant Group launched its newest operation, named uBuild + Trugurt Duo, in Oakbrook Terrace, Ill., this week. The dual-branded restaurant is the first marriage of Chicago-based DIY’s fast-casual uBuild Pizza Workshop with its dessert concept, Trugurt Frozen Yogurt, offering guests customizable frozen yogurt, smoothies, pizza, pasta, salads and more in an eco-friendly environment.

SONIC Drive-In Opens Culinary Innovation Center

SONIC Culinary Innovation Center

SONIC Drive-In has opened its new Culinary Innovation Center, a state-of-the-art venue where the chain’s culinary experts test new menu ideas, equipment, recipes and products. The company says the new facility is an important component in fueling its overall growth strategy, including its goal of 1,000 new drive-ins in 10 years.

BRIX Holdings Offers New Franchisee Incentives

Three of BRIX Holdings’ franchise brands have announced new limited-time financial incentives to new franchisees. The programs are designed to provide a safety net for first-time business owners, ensuring real estate selection opportunities and charging zero percent royalties for the first six months after opening a Red Mango, RedBrick Pizza or Smoothie Factory franchise.

Bromic Portable Heater

The Bromic Tungsten Smart-Heat™ Portable Heater combines modern aesthetics with revolutionary technical advancements. Featuring sleek lines and an elegant black finish, this easy to use and robust heater has been designed to match any contemporary outdoor patio area.
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Restaurant Development Professionals on the Move

Making news in this edition are Beaufurn, BreWingZ Sports Bar & Grill, El Pollo Loco, Global Franchise Group and others.

Tippling Hall Design Celebrates Chicago’s Industrial Past

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Chicago-based multiconcept restaurant company Mercadito Hospitality celebrated the opening of one of its newest concepts, Tippling Hall, in the city’s River North neighborhood in October. Conceived with beverage consulting firm Tippling Bros. and designed by New York-based Celano Design Studio and architect of record IPSA Corp., the 5,000-square-foot space brings beer hall, cocktail lounge, wine bar and restaurant elements together in a single concept.

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