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encourage shoppers to patronize local restaurants while shopping on Small Business Saturday.</description><guid></guid></item><item><title>Top 100: Technologies â Oven technology</title><link></link><description>Oven technology number 8 on our list of the 2014 Fast Casual Top 100 Movers and Shakers: Technologies.</description><guid></guid></item><item><title>Minimum wage: how restaurants are responding to the 'inevitable'</title><link></link><description>Many restaurant operators believe a minimum wage increase is inevitable, and they are responding in a variety of ways.</description><guid></guid><media:content url="" medium="image"></media:content></item><item><title>Salata adds vegan proteins</title><link></link><description>Quinoa, falafel and tofu are available for an additional $2 in a wrap or small salad and $3 in the regular salad.</description><guid></guid></item><item><title>Chronic Tacos donates $10,000 to No Kid Hungry</title><link></link><description>Throughout the month of September, Chronic Tacos continued to raise funds for No Kid Hungry through donations and fundraising events, including its Sept. 22 promotion donating 15 percent of all sales made during the day.</description><guid></guid></item><item><title>ChowNow partners with Yelp for online ordering</title><link></link><description>Online ordering and marketing platform ChowNow now integrates with the Yelp Transaction Platform to allow restaurants to take orders directly from their Yelp business page.</description><guid></guid></item><item><title>California Tortilla enters NYC metro market</title><link></link><description>The Montvale, New Jersey location will be the Washington, D.C.-based brand's first in the New York City metropolitan area.</description><guid></guid></item><item><title>Luna Grill secures private funding</title><link></link><description>The funding will help Luna Grill continue its plans to grow to 30 locations by the end of 2015.</description><guid></guid></item><item><title>Chipotle launches mobile job application platform</title><link></link><description>More than 5,000 have submitted applications via Chipotle's recently-launched mobile application program.</description><guid></guid></item><item><title>Blaze ignites Knoxville opening with free pizza giveaway</title><link></link><description>Fast casual concept Blaze Pizza is celebrating the opening of its Knoxville store by giving away free pizza.</description><guid></guid></item><item><title>The Habit announces IPO</title><link></link><description>Shares will be available at a price of $18 per share starting Nov. 20.</description><guid></guid></item><item><title>San Francisco restaurant workers get $4M in back pay</title><link></link><description>Workers at Yank Sing restaurant were granted back pay for minimum wage, meal, rest period and other labor code violations.</description><guid></guid></item><item><title>30% of holiday shoppers plan to pay with mobile wallet</title><link></link><description>More than 40 percent of holiday shoppers intend to use mobile payments at coffee shops and fast food restaurants.</description><guid></guid></item><item><title>Foodservice Packaging Institute's annual Trends Report shows market shifts</title><link></link><description>Packaging trends include continued interest in sustainable products.</description><guid></guid></item><item><title>7 tips for getting Millennials to stay in love with your brand</title><link></link><description>How do brands keep once-smitten customers from getting bored and breaking up? </description><guid></guid><media:content url="" medium="image"></media:content></item><item><title>NRA selects LeanPath for food waste prevention program</title><link></link><description>The National Restaurant Association has chosen LeanPath Inc., provider of automated food waste monitoring systems, as its preferred supplier for the company's Conserve sustainability program.</description><guid></guid></item><item><title>Providence Equity Partners Invests in VendorSafe Technologies, Names New VendorSafe CEO</title><link></link><description>
New financial partner enables cloud-managed IT security services leader to accelerate growth and capitalize on rapidly growing data breach protection market.</description><guid></guid></item><item><title>Top 100: Technologies â Digital menu boards</title><link></link><description>Digital menu boards are number 9 on our list of the 2014 Fast Casual Top 100 Movers and Shakers: Technologies.</description><guid></guid></item><item><title>Healthy Dining VP offers tips for restaurants wanting to improve menu options </title><link></link><description>There are differences between stealth health and promotional health, according to Erica Bohm, VP and director of Strategic Partnerships at Healthy Dining.</description><guid></guid><media:content url="" medium="image"></media:content></item><item><title>Panda Express on the lookout for 'joy'</title><link></link><description>Panda Express focusing on 'joy' during Thanksgiving season with social media promotion.</description><guid></guid></item><item><title>Wholesale turkey prices on the rise</title><link></link><description>A drop in production and high beef and pork prices are putting pressure on the market, causing turkey prices to jump 16 percent year over year.</description><guid></guid></item><item><title>Credit card companies agree to reduce fees 10% in Canada</title><link></link><description>Card companies will reduce credit card interchange fees over five years by about 10 percent.</description><guid></guid></item><item><title>Pei Wei adds crunch to sushi offerings</title><link></link><description>The Teriyaki and Wasabi Sushi Crunch rolls are topped with crunchy tempura flakes.</description><guid></guid></item><item><title>Starbucks offers wireless device charging stations</title><link></link><description>Customers can place compatible devices on designated 'Powermat Spots' and charge them wirelessly.</description><guid></guid></item><item><title>Jimmy John's customers file class action suit over data breach</title><link></link><description>Plaintiffs are seeking unspecified damages and free credit fraud monitoring for three years.</description><guid></guid></item><item><title>Farmer Boys bringing back bread bowls</title><link></link><description>Customers can choose from Broccoli Cheese soup, Clam Chowder, or chili served in a bread bowl from now through early March.</description><guid></guid></item><item><title>Front Burner Brands adds brand, marketing leaders</title><link></link><description>Maryellen Torres joined Front Burner Brands this summer as its first-ever chief brand officer, while Michele Whaley became the company's new senior director of marketing. </description><guid></guid></item><item><title>Report: Consumers plan to spend more at restaurants in '15</title><link></link><description></description><guid></guid></item><item><title>Fresh To Order adding delivery at new South Carolina unit</title><link></link><description>Fresh To Order's first unit in South Carolina will focus on delivery, grab 'n go and catering.</description><guid></guid></item><item><title>VendorSafe names new CEO with new private equity partnership</title><link></link><description></description><guid></guid></item><item><title>Having a loyalty app will help increase your bottom line</title><link></link><description>Membership in loyalty programs is growing at a rate of 26.7 percent and loyalty programs can increase a brandâs market share by 20 percent.</description><guid></guid><media:content url="" medium="image"></media:content></item><item><title>MAD Greens maximizing menu boards by integrating social</title><link></link><description>Lucas Clarke, director of marketing for the Colorado-based salad concept, shares some insights into MAD Greens' integration of digital signage and social media.</description><guid></guid></item><item><title>La Madeleine rolls out holiday catering and gift options</title><link></link><description></description><guid></guid></item><item><title>Fuddruckers builds footprint in Maryland</title><link></link><description>The 3,600-square-foot location accommodates 100 guests, with seating for 20 on a covered patio.</description><guid></guid></item><item><title>Boston Market gears up for holidays</title><link></link><description>Boston Market served more than 41,000 whole turkeys, nearly 3 million pounds of mashed potatoes and more than 13 million pieces of cornbread in November and December last year.</description><guid></guid></item><item><title>Dickey's locations set to open in Alabama, Pennsylvania and California</title><link></link><description>Opening celebrations for all three new restaurants will include pulled pork sandwiches offered for $2, gift card and merchandise giveaways.</description><guid></guid></item><item><title>Sales up in October for Fazoli's franchisees</title><link></link><description>The brand also has commitments for 12 new franchised restaurants, including several in travel centers. </description><guid></guid></item><item><title>Capriotti's franchise group changes name, adds board members</title><link></link><description></description><guid></guid></item><item><title>Chocolate companies warn of an impending shortage </title><link></link><description></description><guid></guid></item><item><title>Asian concepts poised for high unit growth this year </title><link></link><description></description><guid></guid></item><item><title>How a hotel became a hot fast casual concept</title><link></link><description>Marriott transformed its Courtyard food and beverage offerings away from the traditional buffet into a new fast casual format, resulting in a 27-percent jump in guests' intent to recommend and return.</description><guid></guid><media:content url="" medium="image"></media:content></item><item><title>Top 100: Technologies â Energy-efficient equipment</title><link></link><description>Energy-efficient equipment is number 10 on our list of the 2014 Fast Casual Top 100 Movers and Shakers: Technologies.</description><guid></guid></item><item><title>Live Webinar: Hot or Not: 2015 Employer Trends</title><link></link><description>Date:Tue, Dec 9, 2014 | Time:01:00 PM EST | Getting your 2015 plan together is probably getting put on the back burner, with the holiday rush starting to set in. 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While mobile payments will likely be a good thing, there's a lot of potential value for customers and brands beyond the transaction.</description><guid></guid></item><item><title>Just Mayo vs. Mayonnaise: How the FDA restricts food innovation</title><link></link><description>The FDA established Standards of Identity for many products so that consumers were protected from mislabeled food product. But consumers today are more educated about ingredients.</description><guid></guid><media:content url="" medium="image"></media:content></item><item><title>Cobranded build-your-own pizza, froyo concept marks debut </title><link></link><description></description><guid></guid></item><item><title>NRA report: Millennials spend higher proportions on food than families </title><link></link><description></description><guid></guid></item><item><title>Technology, desire to connect with customer drives Buffalo Wild Wings' success</title><link></link><description>Based on customer research and feedback, Buffalo Wild Wings invested significantly in defining, delivering and enhancing its brand experience using technology.</description><guid></guid><media:content url="" medium="image"></media:content></item><item><title>Newkâs Eatery launches online ordering</title><link></link><description>Guests can now place their orders online, then pick up at Newk's Grab N'Go entrances.</description><guid></guid></item><item><title>Togo's appoints new COO</title><link></link><description>Jim Peros will oversee all operations and the expansion of the brand's restaurants throughout the West.</description><guid></guid></item><item><title>Specialty's Café &amp; Bakery gains $37.5M credit facility</title><link></link><description>The financing from GE Capital will help the 50-unit chain refinance debt and grow.</description><guid></guid></item><item><title>Peet's offers free holiday drink with bakery or food purchase</title><link></link><description>Peet's is also bringing back a new Holiday Blend for sale in its retail locations, grocery stores and online.</description><guid></guid></item><item><title>The Melt moves into burgers, chicken, wine</title><link></link><description>The Melt is moving beyond grilled cheese by adding new proteins, sides and wine.</description><guid></guid></item><item><title>Just Fresh set to open catering-focused unit in Charlotte business park</title><link></link><description>Just Fresh, part of Chanticleer Holdings, will focus on catering breakfast and lunch in the Ballantyne Corporate Park.</description><guid></guid></item><item><title>Pinkberry offers free yogurt to customers who purchase gift cards</title><link></link><description>Pinkberry will also give away gift cards to community organizations for the holidays.</description><guid></guid></item><item><title>Dickey's opens new restaurants in Texas and Wyoming</title><link></link><description>Both restaurants opened on Nov. 13 with three-day celebrations featuring giveaways.</description><guid></guid></item><item><title>Top 100: People â Carl Howard, Fazoli's</title><link></link><description>Carl Howard, CEO of Fazoli's, is number 1 on our list of the 2014 Fast Casual Top 100 Movers and Shakers: People.</description><guid></guid></item><item><title>Startup aims to help restaurants clear hyperlocal produce hurdles</title><link></link><description>OtherShip Foods offers 10- and 20-foot containers that use hydroponics technology to grow produce on site.</description><guid></guid><media:content url="" medium="image"></media:content></item><item><title>Wahlburgers' first franchise opens in Toronto</title><link></link><description>The better burger brand, helmed by the Wahlburg brothers, will use only Canadian beef in its Toronto restaurant.</description><guid></guid></item><item><title>Cinnamon in season at Manhattan Bagel</title><link></link><description>Cinnamon Toast Egg Sandwich, Cinnamon Cream Cheese and Cinnamon Winter Blend Coffee will be available for a limited time.</description><guid></guid></item><item><title>Wingstop appoints new general counsel</title><link></link><description>Jay Young, who previously served at Chuck E. Cheese, will serve on the companyâs executive leadership team.</description><guid></guid></item><item><title>Zoe's Kitchen announces secondary public offering</title><link></link><description>Current stockholders intend to offer 3,800,000 shares of common stock, with 570,000 available for purchase to the underwriters.</description><guid></guid></item><item><title>New Miami Subs Grill/Miami Grill offering #GOBONELESS LTO</title><link></link><description>The promotion includes 10- or 20-piece platters of Boneless Wings for $5.99 and $10.99.</description><guid></guid></item><item><title>Just Salad opens in flagship Macy's store</title><link></link><description>The New York-based salad chain has 19 locations in New York, New Jersey, Hong Kong and the UAE, with more planned to open in New York and Dubai.</description><guid></guid></item><item><title>Restaurant Association teams up with Heartland for webinar on EMV liability shift </title><link></link><description></description><guid></guid></item><item><title>'Hidden compliance cost:' Restaurants with 50+ full-time employees must start ACA reporting in 2015</title><link></link><description>Though not mandated to offer health care coverage to employees until 2016, restaurants with 50 or more full-time employees are still required to track data monthly throughout 2015.</description><guid></guid><media:content url="" medium="image"></media:content></item><item><title>Top 100: People â Don Fox, Firehouse Subs</title><link></link><description>Don Fox, CEO of Firehouse Subs, is number 2 on our list of the 2014 Fast Casual Top 100 Movers and Shakers: People.</description><guid></guid></item><item><title>Training is key for digital platform roll-out</title><link></link><description>Schlotzsky's is hoping to score in 2015 with the launch of its new game feature.</description><guid></guid><media:content url="" medium="image"></media:content></item><item><title>Networld Media Group to launch Virtual Currency Summit in Boston, April 2015</title><link></link><description>Renowned economic strategist Bruce Fenton, Managing Director of Atlantic Financial, has been confirmed as a featured Summit speaker.</description><guid></guid></item><item><title>Customization, versatility driving the Asian food segment</title><link></link><description>Highly versatile and easily customizable, the Asian food segment is a perfect segue for East-meets-West flavor mashups that consumers of all ages will love.</description><guid></guid><media:content url="" medium="image"></media:content></item><item><title>Starbucks unpacks a sleigh full of holiday promotions</title><link></link><description>In addition to featuring five holiday beverages, Starbucks is rolling out a new line of drinkware and redesigned gift cards.</description><guid></guid></item><item><title>Dreambox digital agency adds The Habit Burger to client list</title><link></link><description></description><guid></guid></item><item><title>Buffalo Wild Wings launches iHeartRadio's first branded radio station</title><link></link><description>The streaming radio station features contemporary hits blended with exclusive sports content.</description><guid></guid></item><item><title>Tropical Smoothie Café named a top franchise for minorities</title><link></link><description>Franchises were evaluated based on the number of operating units owned or managed by minorities as well as the number of minorities in senior management.</description><guid></guid></item><item><title>Saxton Group acquires McAlister's restaurant, area development rights for Austin, Texas</title><link></link><description>The acquisition makes for a total of 58 McAlisterâs Deli locations that are owned and operated by The Saxton Group, which plans to add five more units in the Austin area over the next several years.</description><guid></guid></item><item><title>BDO USA's acquisition expands restaurant industry footprint </title><link></link><description></description><guid></guid></item><item><title>MOOYAH snags spot on</title><link></link><description>Salads, turkey and vegetarian options land the better burger chain on</description><guid></guid></item><item><title>TooJay's appoints new CEO</title><link></link><description>Jim Vinz, formerly the president and co-CEO of Le Duff America, will oversee expansion of the Florida-based company, which currently has 26 locations.</description><guid></guid></item><item><title>Study: Restaurant customers want conscious, convenient brands </title><link></link><description></description><guid></guid></item><item><title>Fuddruckers 'Autumn on a Bun' does not involve pumpkin</title><link></link><description>The half-pound turkey burger features blue cheese crumbles and house-made cranberry and apple chutney, served on customer's choice of bun.</description><guid></guid></item><item><title>Bruegger's Bagels adds new lunch menu in Cleveland</title><link></link><description>The new menu, featuring sandwiches, salads and soups, includes traditional deli foods like smoked salmon, pastrami and egg salad.</description><guid></guid></item><item><title>Jack in the Box franchisee to add El Pollo Loco, Corner Bakery to roster  </title><link></link><description></description><guid></guid></item><item><title>Networld Media launches Bitcoin, virtual currencies website</title><link></link><description>B2B communications provider Networld Media Group has launched a new website, Virtual Currency Today, that will serve as an online resource for businesses wanting to understanding how to incorporate virtual currencies such as Bitcoin into their payment systems and daily operations.</description><guid></guid></item><item><title>Boston Market opens restaurant on Ft. Meade base</title><link></link><description>The Army &amp; Air Force Exchange Service and Boston Market opened a new location at 2799 Rose Street on Ft. Meade in Maryland. A restaurant was also opened at Ft. Bliss in Texas in October.</description><guid></guid></item><item><title>Zoe's Kitchen buys three franchise units, announces Q3</title><link></link><description>In addition to acquiring three units in Louisiana, Zoe's Q3 comps will range between 5.7 percent and 5.9 percent.</description><guid></guid></item><item><title>Schlotzsky's sets sights on Sin City</title><link></link><description>The bakery-cafe brand currently has three restaurants in Nevada, and plans to add at least six signed franchise deals in Las Vegas by the end of the year.</description><guid></guid></item><item><title>VooDoo BBQ &amp; Grill plants flag in Pensacola</title><link></link><description>The new unit, the chain's 20th, is located in University Town Center at the corner of Nine Mile Road and University Parkway.</description><guid></guid></item><item><title>Wayback Burgers giving away food to vets at Port Hueneme location</title><link></link><description>In addition to the Port Hueneme promotion, more than 85 Wayback Burgers locations nationwide will offer veterans and active-duty military a free Wayback Classic Burger with the purchase of any side and any drink.</description><guid></guid></item><item><title>Military veterans gravitating to franchising careers </title><link></link><description></description><guid></guid></item><item><title>Caribou Coffee filling food pantry void for the holidays</title><link></link><description></description><guid></guid></item><item><title>QSR Automations launches DineTime in UK</title><link></link><description></description><guid></guid></item><item><title>Yogurtland introduces holiday flavor lineup</title><link></link><description></description><guid></guid></item><item><title>Pitfire Artisan Pizza founder plans expansion, snack and coffee concept </title><link></link><description></description><guid></guid></item><item><title>COO: Newk's riding high on 'second wave' of fast casual</title><link></link><description>Jim Greco, newly-appointed COO of Newkâs Franchise Company, sees an opportunity for the chain to supplant early leaders like Panera thanks to culinary-driven menus, open kitchens and exceptional levels of hospitality.</description><guid></guid><media:content url="" medium="image"></media:content></item><item><title>Top 100: People â Steve Ells, Chipotle</title><link></link><description>Steve Ells, founder, chairman and co-CEO of Chipotle, is number 3 on our list of the 2014 Fast Casual Top 100 Movers &amp; Shakers: People.</description><guid></guid></item><item><title>Thereâs more to mobile payments than payments:Engaging Your Customers in the Age of the New Mobile Wallet</title><link></link><description>The shift to mobile payments is underway, especially now that Apple is encouraging customers to pull out their smartphones instead of their old leather wallets every time they pay. But the possibilities for brands to capitalize on the mobile wallet revolution extend far beyond payments.</description><guid></guid></item><item><title>The latest green trend: Compostable containers </title><link></link><description>With the growing popularity of compostable products, they now come in all shapes and sizes to match the diversity of restaurant cuisine, including bowls, plates, hinged containers and more.</description><guid></guid><media:content url="" medium="image"></media:content></item><item><title>Fuddruckers same-store sales decline 4.6% in Q4</title><link></link><description>Luby's combo locations, which feature Fuddruckers and Luby's Cafeteria at one property location, were up 5.1 percent in Q4.</description><guid></guid></item><item><title>Newest  Fresh To Order offers self-service wine, beer</title><link></link><description>The restaurant is allowing guests to sample the wine and beer by purchasing a beverage card with their meal.</description><guid></guid></item><item><title>Dickey's opens units in California, Texas</title><link></link><description>Dickey's continues to strengthen its presence in Texas and California with the opening of three new restaurants.</description><guid></guid></item><item><title>Northeastern Ohio Panera Bread offers You-Pick-Two special to vets</title><link></link><description>All veterans and military service members will receive a free You-Pick-Two by wearing his or her uniform or showing Military I.D. or discharge papers.</description><guid></guid></item><item><title>Charleys Philly Steaks expands Central Ohio presence</title><link></link><description>The restaurant franchise will soon add Polaris Fashion Place to its roster of 10 Columbus-area locations. </description><guid></guid></item><item><title>Smashburger appoints new CMO</title><link></link><description>Josh Kern previously served as CMO for Smashburger's owner, Consumer Capital Partners.</description><guid></guid></item><item><title>Pancheros opens in Manchester, Connecticut</title><link></link><description>The restaurant will offer $1 burritos on Nov. 18 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.</description><guid></guid></item><item><title>Snappy Salads switches to paper straws</title><link></link><description>The brand is making the switch in an effort to cut down on the amount of plastic waste that makes its way to the ocean.</description><guid></guid></item><item><title>McAlister's Deli expanding footprint in Arizona, Ohio</title><link></link><description>The units in Peoria, Arizona and Beaverton, Ohio will be the brand's first in those cities.</description><guid></guid></item><item><title>Heartland acquires XPIENT Solutions</title><link></link><description>XPIENT offers integrated cloud-based human resources, staffing and scheduling, food cost control and inventory and supply management solutions.</description><guid></guid></item><item><title>Americans' eating out habits drop to slowest pace since 1993</title><link></link><description></description><guid></guid></item><item><title>Technomic spots five 2015 food trends for Canadian restaurants</title><link></link><description>Technomic is forecasting slimmed-down menu boards, competitive threats from retail, a surge in tea and more for Canadian markets in 2015.</description><guid></guid></item><item><title>NCR Silver POS adds bitcoin compatibility </title><link></link><description></description><guid></guid></item><item><title>Dunkin' Donuts, Starbucks have their eyes on dinner </title><link></link><description></description><guid></guid></item><item><title>2009 Called. It Wants Its Text Analytics Back.</title><link></link><description>Customer comments are more important than ratings, scores, trends, and key drivers. This truth is apparent once we
remember that data-heavy surveys began as an imperfect stand-in for real customer dialog.</description><guid></guid></item><item><title>A Good Business Should Blame Its Tools</title><link></link><description>As our world advances and develops,
technology is becoming a great dierentiator.
Sure, technologyâs only as good as the people
who use it, but having the best tools in the
business doesnât hurt either.</description><guid></guid></item><item><title>The Decline of Structured Surveys</title><link></link><description>In their heyday, structured customer surveys changed the way companies did business. Even in their
relatively unevolved forms, customer surveys influenced the business ecosystem. Only the most
advanced and forward-thinking brands asked forâand listened toâfeedback from their customers.
</description><guid></guid></item><item><title>Starbucks opens Military Community Stores</title><link></link><description>Starbucks has opened its first two Starbucks Military Community Stores at Joint Base Lewis-McChord near Tacoma, Washington and Joint Base San Antonio in Texas.</description><guid></guid></item><item><title>Tork adds five dispensers to Xpressnap Signature line</title><link></link><description></description><guid></guid></item><item><title>Wixon Foodservice rolls out eight new menu offerings </title><link></link><description></description><guid></guid></item><item><title>Seattle's Best launches month-long giveaway promo </title><link></link><description></description><guid></guid></item><item><title>Caribou Coffee adds gingersnap mocha to holiday lineup</title><link></link><description></description><guid></guid></item><item><title>Four ways the game has changed for restaurant brands</title><link></link><description>Nimbleness, dynamic customer relationships, customization and millennial insights are all key to brand success, says FOCUS Brands CEO Steve DeSutter.</description><guid></guid><media:content url="" medium="image"></media:content></item><item><title>Webinar: Turning Customer Feedback into Growth - Taco Johnâs Shares How Guest Surveys Help Build Business</title><link></link><description>Shawn Eby, Vice President for Operations at Taco Johnâs®, discusses the process he and his team embarked upon to identify the needs they faced in cultivating a âguest-centricâ culture. He also shares the steps Taco Johnâs used to determine which technologies and partnerships they sought to grow for the future.</description><guid></guid></item><item><title>Tropical Smoothie Café opens milestone 400th restaurant</title><link></link><description>The 400th café, located at 5221 Monroe Street in Toledo, Ohio, is owned by multi-unit franchisee Julie Munson. </description><guid></guid></item><item><title>Noodles &amp; Company makes incremental progress in Q3</title><link></link><description>Noodles &amp; Company announced that same-store comps increased 1.7 percent system-wide.</description><guid></guid></item><item><title>Illegal Pete's won't change name, despite pressure from Latino groups</title><link></link><description>Owner Pete Turner said the chain's name is not a reference to immigrants who enter the country illegally, but comes from a novel and the name he shares with his father.</description><guid></guid></item><item><title>La Madeleine rolls out holiday menu </title><link></link><description>La Madeleine French Country Café has announced its holiday seasonal menu. </description><guid></guid></item><item><title>Maui Wowi adds holiday heat</title><link></link><description>Maui Wowi Hawaiian is releasing two holiday espresso beverages to its menu: Peppermint Mocha and Gingerbread Latte.</description><guid></guid></item><item><title>Miami Subs offers vets 50% off</title><link></link><description>Miami Subs and The New Miami Grill will offer 50 percent off menu items for Veterans Day promotion.</description><guid></guid></item><item><title>Top 100: People â Kevin Miles, Zoës Kitchen</title><link></link><description>Kevin Miles, president of Zoës Kitchen, is number four on our list of the 2014 Fast Casual Top 100 Movers &amp; Shakers: People.</description><guid></guid></item><item><title>Newk's will open newest location with Make-A-Wish Fundraiser</title><link></link><description>The fundraiser is part of the grand opening celebration for the newest Newk's, located in the Inverness area in Birmingham, Alabama.</description><guid></guid></item><item><title>Veterans can score free froyo at Orange Leaf on Veteran's Day</title><link></link><description>Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt will offer all retired and active-duty military personnel a free cup of froyo, up to 11 ounces, on Veteran's Day, Nov. 11.</description><guid></guid></item><item><title>Genghis Grill sponsors 'Build Your Own Bowl' contest</title><link></link><description>The contest will reward three contestants with free Genghis Grill for a year in recognition of their original creations. </description><guid></guid></item><item><title>Argo Tea launches pay-ahead mobile app</title><link></link><description>The new Argo LoyalTEA app will allow users to pre-order and pay for beverages for immediate pick-up at the bar station upon arrival. </description><guid></guid></item><item><title>Dickey's ramping up holiday offerings with online ordering</title><link></link><description>The day before Thanksgiving is the biggest sales day of the year for Dickey's, with a more than 80 percent increase for the 2013 holiday season.</description><guid></guid></item><item><title>Costa Vida expands Nevada footprint</title><link></link><description>The new Costa Vida location will be the second opening in the Reno area by owner Gary Moore.</description><guid></guid></item><item><title>Smashburger Improves Guest Satisfaction 5.5%</title><link></link><description>Smashburger is quickly gaining a reputation as Americaâs hottest new restaurant concept, both for its premium, handmade burgers and also for its extremely loyal customer following (known as âSmashFansâ). </description><guid></guid></item><item><title>Case Study: Costa Vida Generates 39,866 Public Reviews for 54 Locations in a Six-Month Period Using Opentellâ¢</title><link></link><description>After seeing positive results produced by Mindshareâs VoC technology, Costa Vida wanted a way to showcase and
publicize the customer feedback they were receiving. They found that reviews on other thirdparty
review sites were
infrequent and not indicative of the actual customer experience at Costa Vida locations.</description><guid></guid></item><item><title>5 tips to promote upcoming events at your restaurant</title><link></link><description>Work with local businesses and non-profits to promote your restaurantâs event, tie them to your event theme and encourage a co-sponsorship.</description><guid></guid><media:content url="" medium="image"></media:content></item><item><title>CIT: Fast casual has changed landscape through customization and quality</title><link></link><description></description><guid></guid></item><item><title>Blast 825 Pizza launches franchising program </title><link></link><description></description><guid></guid></item><item><title>What do restaurant operators need to know about Ebola?</title><link></link><description>Ebola has grabbed the headlines, but operators need to be prepared for more mundane risks, like influenza and norovirus.</description><guid></guid><media:content url="" medium="image"></media:content></item><item><title>More UK restaurant consumers seeking alternative diets </title><link></link><description></description><guid></guid></item><item><title>Fiesta Restaurant Group reports increases for Q3</title><link></link><description>Fiesta Restaurant Group, parent company of the Pollo Tropical and Taco Cabana, reported comp growth for both brands in Q3 2014.</description><guid></guid></item><item><title>Brueggerâs Bagels launches 12th annual Bottomless Mug season</title><link></link><description>Brueggerâs Bagels kicks off the 12th season of its Bottomless Mug program today and will celebrate with Free Coffee Day on Nov. 13.</description><guid></guid></item><item><title>Juice It Up! reports sales, AUV gains in Q3</title><link></link><description>Juice It Up! reported a same-store sales increase of 11 percent year-over-year in Q3 2014, and an average unit volume increase of 12 percent.  </description><guid></guid></item><item><title>Einstein Bros. Bagels and Noah's New York Bagels announce seasonal menu</title><link></link><description>Cinnamon Cream Cheese Shmear will return to the menu, along with Gourmet Apple Cinnamon Bagel and Cinnamon Toast Egg Sandwich, Cinnamon Winter Blend Coffee and Cinnamon Caramel Latte. </description><guid></guid></item><item><title>Garbanzo Mediterranean Grill opens redesigned urban store</title><link></link><description>In addition design changes, the new prototype introduces breakfast service, a to-go and online ordering pick-up window, a catering area and inclusion of the mobile app.</description><guid></guid></item><item><title>Forever Brands merges with Falafill</title><link></link><description>The merger kicks off a year of growth for the combined brands, which hope to add 35 new units throughout Chicagoland in the next year.</description><guid></guid></item><item><title>NRA foundation announces partnership between Prostart, No Kid Hungry</title><link></link><description>Through the partnership, ProStart students will be able to earn hours toward their industry-recognized ProStart National Certificate of Achievement through volunteer service with No Kid Hungry.</description><guid></guid></item><item><title>McAlister's annouces 10-unit Houston area deal</title><link></link><description>McAlister's Deli has signed an agreement with Southwest Concepts LLC to open 10 locations throughout the Houston area, with one location slated to open in 2015. </description><guid></guid></item><item><title>Potbelly sales increase 0.5 percent in Q3</title><link></link><description>Same-store sales remain down 1.1 percent year-to-date compared to the same period last year.</description><guid></guid></item><item><title>Jamba Juice same-store sales jump by 3.8 percent in Q3</title><link></link><description>Jamba Juice attributed the increase to strong performance by its fresh squeezed juice and whole food blending platform. </description><guid></guid></item><item><title>Top 100: People â Kelly Roddy, Schlotzsky's</title><link></link><description>Kelly Roddy, CEO of Schlotzsky's, is number five on our list of the 2014 Fast Casual Top 100 Movers &amp; Shakers: People.</description><guid></guid></item><item><title>McAlister's marks Nacho Day with one-day sweepstakes</title><link></link><description>McAlister's Deli will be doing a one-day sweepstakes in celebration of National Nachos Day on Nov. 6. A winner will receive free nachos for a year.</description><guid></guid></item><item><title>Fast Casual Executive Summit 2014 video highlights</title><link></link><description>Ever wonder what it's like to attend a Fast Casual Executive Summit? Here's a taste from our latest event in Denver.</description><guid></guid><media:content url="" medium="image"></media:content></item><item><title>The Smiling Moose is 'growing up'</title><link></link><description>The 11-year-old brand is freshening up its look with a new logo and updated store design.</description><guid></guid><media:content url="" medium="image"></media:content></item><item><title>Siftit breaks into Baltimore-Washington DC markets</title><link></link><description></description><guid></guid></item><item><title>SpeedLine POS adds delivery enhancements </title><link></link><description></description><guid></guid></item><item><title>J&amp;J Snack Foods launches Oreo Churros for foodservice industry</title><link></link><description></description><guid></guid></item><item><title>Macaroni Grill adds 'fast casual format' lunch counter</title><link></link><description>Macaroni Grill announced the launch of Romano's Kitchen Counter, a fast casual format, at more than 130 locations nationwide.</description><guid></guid></item><item><title>Au Bon Pain rolls out seasonal menu</title><link></link><description>Au Bon announced selections for its holiday menu, available now through Jan. 4.</description><guid></guid></item><item><title>Las Vegas Capriotti's partners with rescue mission for Thanksgiving food drive</title><link></link><description>Capriotti's Sandwich Shop is partnering with the Las Vegas Rescue Mission to collect non-perishable food donations at all Las Vegas Capriotti's locations.</description><guid></guid></item><item><title>The Coffee Bean &amp; Tea Leaf delivers holiday menu</title><link></link><description>The Coffee Bean &amp; Tea Leaf announced its holiday beverage menu, available now through Dec. 29.</description><guid></guid></item><item><title>GRK Fresh Greek announces third location</title><link></link><description>GRK Fresh Greek is opening its third location in New York at 451 Lexington Avenue, along the Grand Central corridor.</description><guid></guid></item><item><title>Kye's opens in Santa Monica, California</title><link></link><description>Kye's will introduce its signature item, the KyeRito, which feature wraps made of options like nori or romain rather than the typical flatbread or tortilla. </description><guid></guid></item><item><title>Meatheads doubles donations for Chicago program </title><link></link><description></description><guid></guid></item><item><title>Bananas Smoothies &amp; Frozen Yogurt add Muscle Builder Max</title><link></link><description></description><guid></guid></item><item><title>Umami Burger comes up with pumpkin spice-flavored burger</title><link></link><description></description><guid></guid></item><item><title> California Tortilla location debuts new design, branding </title><link></link><description></description><guid></guid></item><item><title>Native Foods Cafe offering meatless Thanksgiving meals </title><link></link><description></description><guid></guid></item><item><title>Thanx launches customer loyalty program nationwide</title><link></link><description></description><guid></guid></item><item><title>Smoothie Factory eyes Arizona expansion with new store design</title><link></link><description></description><guid></guid></item><item><title>Maui Wowi Hawaiian doubles franchising discount for veterans </title><link></link><description></description><guid></guid></item><item><title>Orange Leaf adds mobile marketing, customer optimization programs</title><link></link><description></description><guid></guid></item><item><title>Top 100: People â Sally Smith, Buffalo Wild Wings</title><link></link><description>Sally Smith, CEO of Buffalo Wild Wings, is number six on our list of the 2014 Fast Casual Top 100 Movers &amp; Shakers: People.</description><guid></guid></item><item><title>Leveraging mobile payments and customer experience</title><link></link><description>How does mobile technology fit into the overall customer experience when consumers interact with their favorite brands? </description><guid></guid><media:content url="" medium="image"></media:content></item><item><title>Burger 21 will plant flag in Chicago</title><link></link><description></description><guid></guid></item><item><title>Buffalo Wild Wings selects new AOR</title><link></link><description></description><guid></guid></item><item><title>Jamba Juice signs distribution agreement with Gordon Food Service</title><link></link><description></description><guid></guid></item><item><title>Blaze Pizza marks its debut in Jersey</title><link></link><description></description><guid></guid></item><item><title>Wild Wing Cafe plans four new units in Tennessee</title><link></link><description></description><guid></guid></item><item><title>Menchieâs plans grand openings in Texas, Washington</title><link></link><description></description><guid></guid></item><item><title>Newkâs Eatery plans to expand in Arkansas</title><link></link><description></description><guid></guid></item><item><title>ToGoTechnologies certifies printer for restaurant mobile ordering solution</title><link></link><description></description><guid></guid></item><item><title>Teavana intros Gift of the Week program for holidays</title><link></link><description></description><guid></guid></item><item><title>Canadian concept not named Tim Hortons or Starbucks plans to be âcoffee authorityâ </title><link></link><description></description><guid></guid></item><item><title>No traffic, no problem: Starbucks plans to take the coffee to the customer in 2015</title><link></link><description>Consumers are staying away from brick and mortar stores in favor of online shopping, slowing traffic growth in Starbucks' stores. Starbucks is navigating the trend by adding mobile order and pay, and launching delivery.</description><guid></guid><media:content url="" medium="image"></media:content></item><item><title>Fast food industry driving global cheese market</title><link></link><description>Research and Markets has released the "Global Cheese Market 2014-2018" report to their line of products.</description><guid></guid></item><item><title>Forget Apple: Starbucks wants to rule mobile payments</title><link></link><description>United States consumers made $1.3 billion in mobile payments in 2013 and the coffee retailer accounted for over 90 percent of those purchases.</description><guid></guid></item><item><title>Four reasons digital screens are more than menu boards</title><link></link><description>Engaging digital signage can be a key differentiator in the customer experience by educating guests about menu items, driving craving, reducing perceived wait times, and more.</description><guid></guid><media:content url="" medium="image"></media:content></item><item><title>NRA: Restaurant Performance Index showed moderate decline in September</title><link></link><description>Restaurant operators are unimpressed about the direction of the economy.</description><guid></guid></item><item><title>Top 100: People â Erle Dardick, MonkeyMedia Software</title><link></link><description>Erle Dardick, CEO of MonkeyMedia Software, is number seven on our list of the 2014 Fast Casual Top 100 Movers &amp; Shakers: People.</description><guid></guid></item><item><title>Tossed signs University of Miami deal</title><link></link><description>The location should open on campus in Whitten Hall in time for students' return in January 2015.</description><guid></guid></item><item><title>sweetFrog names new CMO</title><link></link><description>Matt Smith will lead planning, development, implementation and measurement of all sweetFrog marketing strategies, marketing communications, and public relations activities.</description><guid></guid></item><item><title>The impact of employee behaviors and habits on food safety</title><link></link><description>Kevin Roberts is an expert in food safety research and training and focuses specifically on overcoming employee barriers to food safety implementation in the commercial foodservice setting.</description><guid></guid><media:content url="" medium="image"></media:content></item><item><title>Restaurants beefing up offerings despite rising protein costs</title><link></link><description>Operators are so undeterred by rising protein costs that  menu mentions of protein across the board have risen 67 percent in the last five years.</description><guid></guid><media:content url="" medium="image"></media:content></item><item><title>Sales up, margins down as Panera continues 2.0 transformation</title><link></link><description>Comps for company stores increased 2.1 percent and 0.7 percent for franchise stores while margins declined 2 percent due to food costs and costs related to Panera's 2.0 initiative. </description><guid></guid><media:content url="" medium="image"></media:content></item><item><title>GRILLiT plans to add adult beverages to menu mix</title><link></link><description>Miami-based Latin-Caribbean fusion concept GRILLiT Inc. announced plans to add beer, wine and a line of margaritas and other wine-based mixed drinks to its menu.</description><guid></guid></item><item><title>Jamba Juice offering free smoothies to kids on Halloween</title><link></link><description>Participating Jamba Juice locations will give away a free 9.5 oz Jamba Kids smoothie to all children ages 8 and younger on Halloween.</description><guid></guid></item><item><title>Robeks opens first Philly store</title><link></link><description>Robeks announced the opening of its first traditional store at 1035 Chestnut St. in Philadelphia near the Jefferson University Hospital district.</description><guid></guid></item><item><title>Dick's named 'Best Wings' for 11th time</title><link></link><description>For the second consecutive year, and for the 11th time in the last 13 years, the ARC Group's Dick's Wings and Grill has been named "Best Wings" in Jacksonville, Florida, by Folio Weekly.</description><guid></guid></item><item><title>Burger 21 continues westward expansion</title><link></link><description>Burger 21 announced its second restaurant in Arizona will open at 2855 W. Ray Road in Chandler on Nov. 3.</description><guid></guid></item><item><title>Brix Holdings launches franchisee incentive program</title><link></link><description></description><guid></guid></item><item><title>Schlotzsky's adds ribeye LTO</title><link></link><description>Schlotzsky's Bakery-Cafe announced the addition of five new ribeye steak entrees to its menu through Dec. 28.</description><guid></guid></item><item><title>Majority of middle market execs have positive business outlook </title><link></link><description></description><guid></guid></item><item><title>Service remains priority for restaurant patrons even as technology usage increases</title><link></link><description></description><guid></guid></item><item><title>PizzaRev signs franchise agreements to expand in five markets</title><link></link><description></description><guid></guid></item><item><title>âArtisan fastâ pizza and salad concept plans franchise expansion</title><link></link><description></description><guid></guid></item><item><title>Top 100: People â Dan Lowe, Luna Grill</title><link></link><description>Dan Lowe, Director of Operations for Luna Grill, is number eight on our list of the 2014 Fast Casual Top 100 Movers &amp; Shakers: People.</description><guid></guid></item><item><title>Casio teams up with MicroSale for Android POS app</title><link></link><description>Casio America Inc. recently announced its partnership with MicroSale to create TabPOS, an app for its Android-based POS systems.</description><guid></guid></item><item><title>Pancheros expands presence in Iowa</title><link></link><description>Pancheros Mexican announced the opening of its fourth Cedar Rapids, Iowa, location at 5350 Kirkwood Boulevard on Nov. 4.</description><guid></guid></item><item><title>Barberitos sees significant sales increase in Q3</title><link></link><description>Barberitos Southwestern Grille and Cantina announced a 17-percent increase in same-store sales for Q3 2014.</description><guid></guid></item><item><title> acquires OpenRest</title><link></link><description>OpenRest's integration into the Wix platform will enable restaurant owners to take orders directly from their Wix websites and native mobile apps.</description><guid></guid></item><item><title>National Restaurant Association adds of SVP of Strategic Alliances</title><link></link><description>The National Restaurant Association today announced the hiring of Jeffrey Calore as senior vice president of Strategic Alliances.</description><guid></guid></item><item><title>Restaurant Canada feathers ruffled by government's lack of transparency on chicken pricing</title><link></link><description>Restaurants Canada is calling on a government commission to be more transparent as it investigates the cost of production formula used in setting the price of Ontario chicken.</description><guid></guid></item><item><title>California Tortilla offering free chips, queso to voters</title><link></link><description>To claim their free chips and salsa offer, voters can display their "I Voted" sticker or simply tell the cashier they voted.</description><guid></guid></item><item><title>Dickey's opens restaurants in Washington, Minnesota</title><link></link><description>The openings will include gift card giveaways, $2 pulled pork sandwiches, merchandise giveaways and more.</description><guid></guid></item><item><title>TouchBistro, Merchant Warehouse team up for mobile payments</title><link></link><description>TouchBistro  will use Merchant Warehouse's Genius Customer Engagement Platform to process payments made via the TouchBistro POS solution. </description><guid></guid></item><item><title>MOOYAH: We treat our franchisees like guests</title><link></link><description>"We must treat our franchisees the way we want our franchisees to treat our guests," MOOYAH COO Michael Mabry told's Anke Corbin in this video interview.</description><guid></guid><media:content url="" medium="image"></media:content></item><item><title>In times of doubt, think outside the nutritional box</title><link></link><description>If you are still on the fence about whether you should provide menu items that are allergen- and/or gluten-free, provide a dish as a limited-time-offer to see how well it sells. </description><guid></guid><media:content url="" medium="image"></media:content></item><item><title>Franchise Assoc. hosting call on NLRB Joint Employer Ruling</title><link></link><description></description><guid></guid></item><item><title>Food+Tech Connect, ShopKeep offering support for restaurant growth boot camp</title><link></link><description></description><guid></guid></item><item><title>GE Capital extends restaurant financing opportunities </title><link></link><description></description><guid></guid></item><item><title>Menchieâs partnership unveils first-ever Cinnabon fro-yo flavor</title><link></link><description></description><guid></guid></item><item><title>Webinar will take marketers beyond mobile payment</title><link></link><description>For restaurants and retailers, the possibilities opened by the mobile wallet revolution extend far beyond payments.</description><guid></guid></item><item><title>Vast majority of millennials' restaurant visits are to traditional QSRs</title><link></link><description></description><guid></guid></item><item><title>Popeyes CEO added to Franchise Association board of directors</title><link></link><description></description><guid></guid></item><item><title>Back Yard Burger posts same-store sales increases for Q3</title><link></link><description>Back Yard Burgers is stepping up growth efforts after posting its 18th straight month of same-store sales increases.</description><guid></guid></item><item><title>Chipotle hoping to scare up bucks for charity with Boorito fundraiser</title><link></link><description>Proceeds up to $1 million will benefit the Chipotle Cultivate Foundation.</description><guid></guid></item><item><title>Fazoli's opens first campus restaurant at Texas Tech</title><link></link><description>This restaurant is part of Fazoli's strategic plan to grow through non-traditional locations, including additional campus, airport and travel center sites. </description><guid></guid></item><item><title>Capriotti's announces turkey, sandwich giveaway</title><link></link><description>Capriotti's Sandwich Shop is offering fans a chance to win a free Butterball turkey, as well as one free Bobbie sandwich per week for a year.</description><guid></guid></item><item><title>PJ's Coffee, Painting with a Twist pair up</title><link></link><description>Painting with a Twist is partnering with PJ's Coffee of New Orleans to offer small batch roasted coffee for daytime "Coffee and Canvas" classes.</description><guid></guid></item><item><title>ReadyTouch names new VP Sales &amp; Marketing</title><link></link><description>Palo Alto, California software company ReadyTouch announced the appointment of Debbie Richards Novograd as vice president of Sales and Marketing.</description><guid></guid></item><item><title>Farmer Brothers' coffee partner wins award</title><link></link><description>The Cup of Excellence is an annual Alliance for Coffee Excellence competition held in coffee-growing origins around the world. </description><guid></guid></item><item><title>Hurricane Grill &amp; Wings opens second Arizona restaurant</title><link></link><description>It's the second Hurricane Grill &amp; Wings restaurant for franchisee Gary Arnold, who plans to open six additional restaurants within the next five years.</description><guid></guid></item><item><title>Top 100: People â Alon Mor, Garbanzo Mediterranean Grill</title><link></link><description>Alon Mor, president and CEO of Garbanzo Mediterranean Grill, is number nine on our list of the 2014 Fast Casual Top 100 Movers &amp; Shakers: People.</description><guid></guid></item><item><title>Who's the boss? Tips for avoiding joint employer liability</title><link></link><description>Franchisors must clearly define their roles to exclude control over the terms and/or conditions of franchisee's employees.</description><guid></guid><media:content url="" medium="image"></media:content></item><item><title>Will the shift from credit cards to mobile payments be good, bad, or neutral?</title><link></link><description>Will the shift from credit cards to mobile payments be good, bad, or neutral for the restaurant industry?</description><guid></guid></item><item><title>People donât just leave bad managers...They also leave bad schedules</title><link></link><description>Mobile tools help your  team plan ahead, and when the schedule finds its way to mobile phones, you can kiss the 'I didnât know' excuse goodbye.</description><guid></guid><media:content url="" medium="image"></media:content></item><item><title>Prognostication: 2015 menu trends </title><link></link><description>Beverages, micro-local, crowdsourcing and increased competition from nontraditional foodservice outlets are all expected to shape the restaurant landscape in 2015. </description><guid></guid><media:content url="" medium="image"></media:content></item><item><title>BurgerFi will open in CNN Center, add breakfast menu</title><link></link><description>BurgerFi steps up its exploration of non-traditional storefronts and launches into the breakfast daypart with its newest location.</description><guid></guid></item><item><title>Dickey's opens in Kansas, West Virginia</title><link></link><description>Both new restaurants are owned by multiunit operators who plan to open additional locations.</description><guid></guid></item><item><title>HMSHost deploys WatchGuard firewall system</title><link></link><description></description><guid></guid></item><item><title>Delivery startups targeting fast food crowd</title><link></link><description></description><guid></guid></item><item><title>Winget: 'Being passionate is a total load of crap'</title><link></link><description>Success is much simpler than we make it out to be, says bestselling author Larry Winget. Success boils down to hard work and excellence.</description><guid></guid><media:content url="" medium="image"></media:content></item><item><title>HMSHost adds two execs to support development efforts </title><link></link><description></description><guid></guid></item><item><title>Restaurant Associationâs EVP named a 'Top Lobbyist'</title><link></link><description></description><guid></guid></item><item><title>Creamistry opens new Long Beach location</title><link></link><description>Creamistry offers customized ice cream created using liquid nitrogen.</description><guid></guid></item><item><title>Korilla BBQ parks it at new storefront location</title><link></link><description>Korilla BBQ, which got its start as a food truck, also plans to launch three additional stores in the Upper East Side, Financial District, and Brooklyn.</description><guid></guid></item><item><title>Consolidated Concepts adds two senior supply chain executives</title><link></link><description>Wade Winters is joining Consolidated Concepts as vice president of Supply Chain, and Joni Miller is joining as director of Supply Chain. </description><guid></guid></item><item><title>Case Study: Mexican Restaurants, Inc.</title><link></link><description>Multi-location operation seeks all-purpose PCI compliance provider</description><guid></guid></item><item><title>Int'l Franchise Association, Cyber Security Alliance caution franchisees about cybersecurity</title><link></link><description>International Franchise Association and the National Cyber Security Alliance will create materials to support a culture of cybersecurity.</description><guid></guid></item><item><title>Blaze Pizza plans entry into Florida </title><link></link><description></description><guid></guid></item><item><title>Case Study: Dairy Queen® Franchisee</title><link></link><description>Terri Fote needed an affordable, simple, quick and effective PCI-DSS
compliance solution. Additionally, she knew that the credit card industry had
created guidelines to protect credit cards against data breach. The challenge
was finding a way to quickly implement the standard which has many
complex requirements.</description><guid></guid></item><item><title>Erik's DeliCafé featured on Healthy Dining website</title><link></link><description>Erik's DeliCafé is now featured on</description><guid></guid></item><item><title>Big Apple Bagels opens new store in Indiana</title><link></link><description>The new location at 2049 Veterans Memorial Parkway in Lafayette is two miles away from the previous location.</description><guid></guid></item><item><title>Case Study: Burger King® Franchisee</title><link></link><description>Ghai Management Services was worrried about their network being breached
by hackers and customer credit card data being stolen. Burger King Corporation
made it clear, itâs up to the franchisee to create a safe environment for their
guests.</description><guid></guid></item><item><title>Case Study: Town &amp; Country Grocers</title><link></link><description>Jason Villmer, IT Manager for all Town &amp; Country Grocersâ locations, needed
a comprehensive Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS)
compliance and security solution. Although Villmer possessed 10 years
of IT experience with the company, he lacked the time and manpower to
implement an effective plan to protect the network.</description><guid></guid></item><item><title>Case Study: Sinclair Oil</title><link></link><description>Sinclair, a recognized brand at more than 2,500 convenience stores, needed
to secure its dealersâ POS systems to achieve Payment Card Industry Data
Security Standard (PCI-DSS) compliance. </description><guid></guid></item><item><title>Case Study: Fast Food Security Breach</title><link></link><description>This franchise relied upon the POS software reseller to be their de facto IT department. The reseller performed a
standard installation of the POS software and associated hardware at each location. </description><guid></guid></item><item><title>Case Study: Corporate Office Becomes Point of Failure in Network Topology</title><link></link><description>For several years, the company relied on a Point-to-Point Frame Relay network that terminated
to the corporate office and supported the individual stores. This allowed the IT support staff
to securely communicate to the stores for supporting technical issues while managing all
communications centrally.</description><guid></guid></item><item><title>Case Study: Apex looks to better serve customers by providing secure wireless solution</title><link></link><description>As a premier IT services and support company, APEX Digital Solutions, Inc.
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wireless solutions. With future trends including mobile payment initiatives
and interactive loyalty programs, Jason Lambiris, CEO, saw a need to provide
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