Better burger fast-casual franchise MOOYAH Burgers, Fries & Shakes unveiled its updated prototype in Hoover, Ala.

Airport hospitality group OTG and Starbucks announced a new partnership to introduce a re-imagined customer experience, with a focus on new experiential concepts and innovative technology to better serve travelers at airports across the country.

A roundup of interesting bits of news that came across the editor’s desk in the last month, including mergers, acquisitions, chain news, branding notes and more. 

California Pizza Kitchen

California Pizza Kitchen will open its first location in Canada this year. 

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.