Foodservice Equipment & Supplies: Minimum Wage Resistance in the Midwest, Chicago Proves Tough Burger Market, Sales Look Good for Michigan Restaurants, and Much More
Growth Chains: Papa John’s has signed development agreements to open 45 restaurants across Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Poland. Seafood operator Shell Shack signed development agreements for 11 units so far in 2017. Wingstop signed a franchise agreement for 110 locations in Australia and New Zealand. Tropical Smoothie Café signed its 100th franchise agreement so far this year. Dickey’s Barbecue Pit will open restaurants in Joliet, Ill., San Diego and Tolleson, Ark. White Castle quietly signed a deal with a partner to open two restaurants in Shanghai. Dunkin’ Donuts signed a multiunit development agreement for seven locations in the Raleigh- Durham area. Pret A Manger will open its first university locations with two units at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and one unit at the University of Chicago. Newk’s Eatery will open seven locations in the Ft. Worth area.