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Report: Firm Nears $300M Deal for Qdoba

2017-11-22 Reuters is reporting that private-equity firm Apollo Global Management LLC is nearing a deal to buy Qdoba from Jack in the Box for more than $300 mill...

North America’s 2nd-Largest Sushi Brand Sold for $78M

2017-11-22 North America’s second-largest sushi brand, Bento Sushi, with more than 600 locations, is being acquired by United Kingdom-based Yo!...

Noodles & Co. Makes Progress on its Path Back to Profitability

2017-11-14 Last fall, when Noodles & Company embarked on its “comprehensive strategy” to reenergize the brand, the company recognized the immense challenges ...

Mendocino Farms Sells Majority Stake to Growth Firm

2017-11-14 Fast casual Mendocino Farms, a Southern California-based brand with 16 locations, has sold a majority stake to TPG Growth, the middle market and growt...

Menu Innovation Propels Zoës Kitchen Forward

2017-11-13 Like many fast casual brands across the country, Zoës Kitchen is discovering that success can’t be measured by unit counts.

Operator Lands Historic Sale of Dunkin’ Donuts Locations

2017-11-10   One of the largest and oldest Dunkin’ Donuts operators in the Chicago market sold its 67 stores to a collection of other operators.  ...

Christina Tosi's Milk Bar Secures Investment to Grow

2017-11-09 Milk Bar, an award-winning bakery and dessert brand founded by CEO Christina Tosi, announced that it has raised Series A funding from RSE Ventures to ...

Papa Murphy’s Plans to Ramp Up Refranchising Initiative

2017-11-09 Papa Murphy’s Holdings, Inc. announced financial results for its third quarter ended October 2.

Wendy's Expanding Delivery to 2,500 Restaurants

2017-11-09 Wendy’s delivery tests encouraged the brand to open the floodgates.

Panera to Buy Au Bon Pain; Shaich Stepping Down as CEO

2017-11-08 Panera Bread is the buyer this time around, announcing Wednesday it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Au Bon Pain Holding Co., Inc.