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One happy Boo Koos customer prepares to tuck into this whopper.

Topix - Tue, 2017-05-23 12:56

I apologise to the people of Helston but apart from Flora Day and Flambards there aren't that many reasons to visit the town in the West Cornwall heartland, lovely as it is. However, for the past couple of years there has been something attracting fast food lovers from all over the county and beyond - a beacon of burgers, a marker of milkshakes, a foodie flare of fries.

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Blaze Pizza takes top place in Fast Casual Top 100 Movers & Shakers - Tue, 2017-05-23 11:59
Jim Bitticks, VP, operations and training for Blaze Pizza, takes the stage to accept first place in this year's Fast Casual Top 100 Movers & Shakers.

NRA 2017 in photos: Editors share top highlights - Tue, 2017-05-23 11:55
The editors of FastCasual, Pizza Marketplace, QSRWeb and Food Truck Operator share some highlights from the 2017 NRA show in Chicago.

Value Proposition

Hotel Interactive - Tue, 2017-05-23 11:20
ILES Idea Exchange Weighs Key Issues For Independent Hoteliers

Couple's 24-hour, vegan, fast food drive-thru is slated to open in London next month

Topix - Tue, 2017-05-23 10:35

James and Lia McInnes, owners of Globally Local, are opening their 24-hour vegan drive-thru restaurant in a former Harvey's restaurant on Highbury Avenue at Cheapside Street next month, featuring vegan fast-food options. Imagine that it's 4 a.m. You suddenly get a hunger pang that only a vegetarian hamburger can satisfy.

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Jaguar Land Rover profit margin improves on China, U.S. demand

AutoNews - Tue, 2017-05-23 09:56
Jaguar Land Rover's profit margin widened to 14.5 percent in its latest quarter on strong demand for SUVs in major markets including China and the U.S.
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Labor issues: Why your brilliant marketing efforts are failing - Tue, 2017-05-23 09:07
Before you pass labor issues off to the next guy, you may want to see how labor affects the marketing department's efforts.

Hospitality Lodging Systems Adds Two New Haven Inn & Suites

Hotel Interactive - Tue, 2017-05-23 05:52
Hospitality Lodging Systems (HLS) has opened two new Haven Inn & Suites -- a 140-room conversion in the Atlanta suburb of ...

RLHC Names Calvin Anderson SVP & Chief Of Revenue Optimization

Hotel Interactive - Tue, 2017-05-23 05:47
SPOKANE, WA—RLHC (Red Lion Hotels Corporation) (NYSE:RLH) has continued its innovative and forward-thinking ways with the addition of Calvin Anderson as ...

Upscale & Upper Midscale Are The Largest Chain Scales In The Construction Pipeline

Hotel Interactive - Tue, 2017-05-23 05:41
Analysts at Lodging Econometrics (LE) report that the Upper Midscale category is currently at 2,067 Projects/205,662 Rooms, and has the largest ...

To tip or not to tip? An American in New Zealand weighs in

Topix - Tue, 2017-05-23 05:39

OPINION: "No, you don't have to" and "I love Americans" are phrases I often hear when I dine out in New Zealand. But it's not my accent or my polite nature that causes service industry workers to swoon, rather the overwhelming anxiety that attacks my insides if I leave the premises without tipping.

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Vimana Becomes First U.S. Franchise To List Its Full Hotel Portfolio On

Hotel Interactive - Tue, 2017-05-23 05:30
BIRMINGHAM, AL—-Today Vimana Franchise Systems LLC becomes the first national hotel chain to list its full portfolio with HotelBids Inc. This ...

Third Annual ILES Conference, BITAC Independent Draws Record Crowd, Iconic Speakers

Hotel Interactive - Tue, 2017-05-23 05:16
PHOENIX-–When hoteliers and suppliers come together, great things happen. This was evident at the 3rd Annual InnDependent Lodging Executive Summit (ILES) ...

ProcureCon and WBR Digital Release New Marketing in Procurement Study

PR Web - Tue, 2017-05-23 03:30

New report reveals ways procurement professionals are innovating the marketing spend category

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Mindmatrix Simplifies User Experience by Adding a Walk-Through Help...

PR Web - Tue, 2017-05-23 03:30

The module, called Assist Me, guides users through every function of the Mindmatrix sales enablement, PRM, and channel enablement platform

(PRWeb May 16, 2017)

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Surefire Local Launches Cloud Marketing Platform Built for Local...

PR Web - Tue, 2017-05-23 03:30

Surefire Local has released the Surefire Local Marketing Cloud, the first local marketing automation system. This easy-to-use platform is the solution for local business owners who want a...

(PRWeb May 16, 2017)

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The World's First Robot Police Officer Just Debuted in Dubai

Topix - Tue, 2017-05-23 01:10

From fast food cooks to concierges at restaurants and hotels, robots are slowly infiltrating the workforce in nearly every industry. Most recently, the world welcomed its first operational robot policeman.

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Chalak Mitra Group sells 3 brands

Nation's Restaurant News - Mon, 2017-05-22 21:12

Genghis Grill parent Chalak Mitra Group of Companies announced on Monday the sale of three of its non-core brands — Elephant Bar Restaurant, Baker Bros. American Deli and Ruby Tequila’s Mexican Kitchen.

Terms of the sale were not disclosed.

The most recent completed sale was for the 10-unit Elephant Bar, which was sold via stock purchase agreement on May 19 to an affiliate of SBR LLC, described as an investment company based in Connecticut. 

Chalak Mitra Group acquired the then-34-unit Elephant Bar out of bankruptcy in 2014. It was operated at the time by S.B. Restaurant Co. Greenwich, Conn.-based KarpReilly was a former investor in the chain. Officials with Chalak Mitra Group said SBR LLC is not affiliated with KarpReilly, but they declined to give further information on the buyer.

The transition will occur over the next several weeks and will not impact day-to-day operation of the restaurants, Chalak Mitra Group said, but the company did not respond to further requests for details.

The sale of two-unit Ruby Tequila’s is expected to be completed this month, Chalak Mitra Group said. It was sold to an affiliate of Fired Up Holding Company Inc., based in Lubbock, Texas. Fired Up Holdings operates a concept called Twisted Spigot. Chalak Mitra Group officials said it is not the same group that owns the Johnny Carino's Italian Kitchen chain, which is called Fired Up Inc., based in Austin, Texas.

Baker Bros., a fast-casual deli chain, sold in February to multiconcept franchise operator FGR Food Corp., based in Dallas, Chalak Mitra Group said. FGR Food Corp. operates the fast-casual Uno Due Go brand.

Al Bhakta, Chalak Mitra Group’s managing director, said in a statement the sale will help shape the group’s high-level strategic direction.

“We were proud to be affiliated with these brands throughout our ownership and wish the new ownership groups the best of luck,” he said. “As a result of these transactions, we will allocate our resources to expand and strengthen our other businesses.”

According to Chalak Mitra Group’s website, the company owned and operated 260 restaurants prior to the sale of these non-core brand, including the Genghis Grill chain.

Update: May 22, 2017 This story has been updated with new information from Chalak Mitra Group.

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