MAY 15, 2014 | ISSUE 136


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Diversified Introduces New Design With Latest Bagger Dave's  

Southfield, Mich. - "The Carmel location is our sixth in Indiana as we continue our expansion across the Midwestern region," notes Michael Ansley, president and CEO of Diversified Restaurant Holdings.







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The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf Taps Restaurant Veteran as VP, Operations

Los Angeles - Restaurant veteran Jeff Schroeder joins as vice president of operations; the retailer has also hired a new CFO, former Trader Joe's vice president Karen Cate. 

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Eddie Merlot's Opens 10th Restaurant; Unveils 2014 Expansion Plans

Fort Wayne, Ind. - Following its landmark 10th restaurant opening last month in Pittsburgh, Eddie Merlot's continues expansion with four additional locations under construction this year.







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Smoothie King Opens Two New Corporate Locations in New Orleans

New Orleans - "By bringing the new Smoothie King design to New Orleans, we are sharing our future with the market that made us," says Chris Webb, director of company store operations. Read more.





Dickey's Barbecue Opening 400th Location 



Dallas - Tomorrow, May 16, the 400th Dickey's Barbecue Pit will officially open in Phoenix, marking the Dallas-based company's entry into its 40th state.


"Our goal has always been to share slow smoked Texas barbecue on a national scale," says Roland Dickey, Jr., president and CEO of Dickey's Barbecue Restaurants, Inc. "We still hand rub and slow smoke all meats just like my grandfather did in the first location in 1941, just on a larger scale. Our team is dedicated to quality and energized for continued growth - we will be at 500 locations by the first of 2015."


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SOURCE: Dickey's Barbecue Pit



List Your Company in the 2014 Restaurant Facility Business Goldbook

Atlanta - The staff of Restaurant Facility Business magazine is preparing to publish its annual Goldbook issue in June 2014. As the go-to directory for the restaurant facilities, operations and construction industry, The Goldbook is a source for those who own, manage and operate restaurants, as well as vendor companies who provide services and products to the industry. List your vendor company by completing a short form at:


The deadline for listings and logos is May 28, 2014.




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NEST International's COO Named "40 Under 40 Business Leader"

Gloucester City, N.J. - SNJ Business People has announced its "40 Under 40 Business Leaders," recognizing outstanding commitment and continued dedication to making South Jersey a better place to live, work and raise a family in the areas of business, leadership, arts and culture, education and philanthropy. 2014's award recipients include NEST International's COO, Rob Almond, Jr. NEST International specializes in developing and operating facilities' business plans for companies with a national footprint. The goal of the company is to help retailers, banks, restaurants, hotels and other multi-location businesses maximize operational spending by offering quality service and financial solutions. 





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