Image courtesy of Sippin’ SantaImage courtesy of Sippin’ SantaA roundup of interesting bits of news that came across the editor’s desk in the last month.


  • Holiday pop-up bar Sippin’ Santa opened in River Grove, Ill. at Hala Kahiki Tropical Lounge for the 2023 holiday season.
  • French-Asian bakery café chain TOUS les JOURS opened its second Las Vegas, Nev. location.
  • Zaxby’s adds second to-go-only restaurant location in Memphis, Tenn.


  • q Chicken will launch franchise locations in five new states — Arkansas, Idaho, Nebraska, South Carolina and Utah — bringing the brand’s reach into 31 total U.S. states by the end of the first half of 2024.
  • French-founded la Madeleine is seeking growth with qualified franchise candidates in 10 states: Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Kansas, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Utah and Virginia.


  • California Fish Grill, a fast-casual restaurant that serves sustainable and responsibly sourced seafood, is celebrating its 25th