A round-up of interesting bits of news that came across the editor’s desk, including franchise news and milestones. Plus, Dave’s Hot Chicken gets an investment from Ursher, baby.


  • Eight-time Grammy Award-winning artist Usher is partnering with Lawrence Kourie and Andrew Feghali, the longest-tenured Dave’s Hot Chicken franchise group, to bring Dave’s Hot Chicken locations across Atlanta, Ga., in the coming years.
  • Chicken Salad Chick will open its first Greenville, N.C., location. This is the brand's 14th restaurant in North Carolina.
  • Rita's Italian Ice & Frozen Custard signed a multi-unit deal to bring five franchise locations to Austin, TX.


  • Giordano’s celebrates its 50th anniversary this year.


  • For one day only BJ's Restaurants, Inc. will offer an ultra-limited edition of its "Pizickle Pizookie," a warm chocolate chip cookie topped with ice cream and pickles. When will this confection be available? April Fools’ Day 2024.
  • El Pollo Loco will celebrate National Burrito Day by offering guests $0 delivery fees on April 1st and BOGO deals on April 4th.
  • On March 27th Jersey Mike's Subs donated full day's sales — expected to be over $21 million — to more than 200 local charities. This marks the culmination of Jersey Mike's March Month of Giving fundraising campaign.