Nathan's Famous

Fast-food hot dog chain Nathan’s Famous developed a new prototype that modernizes the chain’s appearance while offering historical architectural detailing.


Philippines-based fast food behemoth Jollibee will add to its U.S. store count with the addition of two new locations in January.

MGM Grand, International Smoke

With family customs and global cooking techniques at its foundation, International Smoke celebrates culture and tradition with creative smoke-infused and wood-fired dishes.

Black Bear Diner

Black Bear Diner opened 4 new locations across 4 states at the end of 2019, marking 19 new locations in total for the year. The bear-themed restaurants opened 3 company-owned locations in November in Sugar Land, Texas; Olathe, Kan.; and Independence, Mo., as well as one franchised location in Kingman, Ariz.

Moe’s Southwest Grill

Mexican fast-casual chain Moe’s Southwest Grill will launch an all-digital/kiosk-only prototype, with the first two iterations slated to open in Pittsburgh and Charlottesville, Va., in the first quarter of 2020.

The Hummus & Pita Co.

The Hummus & Pita Co. reached a multi-unit franchise deal for Columbus, Ohio. HAPCO Development of Ohio, LLC will open its first Hummus & Pita Co. location this year, with additional units to follow.

Dickey’s Barbecue Pit

Dickey’s Barbecue Pit will bring Texas-style barbecue to Egypt with a location the chain plans to open this spring in Cairo. The chain signed a development agreement with Swinder Group to bring its brand to Africa for the first time.

Chicken Guy!

FACE Hospitality, subsidiary of FACE Amusement Group, inked a franchise deal with famed chef, author and Emmy Award-winning television personality Guy Fieri and restaurateur Robert Earl that calls for the opening of Chicken Guy! locations across the state of Tennessee.