Great Harvest Bread Co. has completed a brand evolution to address consumer demand and resolve pain points for multi-unit franchise owners.

Santa Monica, Calif.-based fast-casual LemonShark Poké will double its footprint in 2019 with plans to open 15 new locations in Missouri, Utah, Illinois and New York.

Dine Brands Global Inc. plans to bring 19 IHOP restaurants to Pakistan over the next nine years in partnership with Pakistan-based Gerry’s Group.

Nahita, a Latin American Izakaya, brings a tropical design and global twist to Boston’s hot restaurant scene.

The pace of change in today’s restaurant industry is faster than ever before. Not only are consumer tastes in food and design changing, but so are their habits, from who they eat with to what they want out of a restaurant experience and to whether they leave the house at all.

Primanti Bros. Restaurant and Bar — the 86-year-old, Pittsburgh-based casual purveyor of sandwiches topped with french fries — opened its first in-airport location in March. It is the chain’s 42nd location and caps a period of rapid expansion that includes having doubled the number of units since 2013 and expanding across five states in the last two years.

Wichita, Kansas-based fast-casual concept Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers has entered the nontraditional sector for the first time with the opening of four new locations across the Midwest. The chain plans to open more than 40 restaurants in 2019, including its first two international locations in Dubai, UAE. 

With 43 company-owned restaurants under its belt, Scottsdale, Ariz.-based Grimaldi’s Pizzeria last month announced it was dipping its toes into the world of franchising.