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1 01, 2022

Committed to Gluten-Free Options and Future Growth: Island Fin Poké Co.

2022-01-01T18:24:37-05:00January 1st, 2022|Tags: , , , |

Island Fin Poké Co. is an island-themed, fast-casual restaurant with a build-your-bowl concept, where guests select various fresh and delicious ingredients to build their own meals. The build-your-bowl experience starts with a base of rice or salad and then a high-quality protein that includes vegan options. By Cindy Charette

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21 12, 2021

East Coast Wings + Grill Signs Franchise Partners to Expand in Northern Virginia

2021-12-21T09:31:32-05:00December 21st, 2021|Tags: , , |

Local Entrepreneurs to Fill a Need for a Family-Dining Restaurant in the Area. 

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — East Coast Wings + Grill (ECW+G), a full-service and family-dining restaurant renowned for its variety of buffalo wing sauces and heat indexes, announced Lisa and David Ware III will join the franchise system after signing a single-unit franchise agreement to open a restaurant in Northern Virginia.

Lisa Ware, who is a school counselor with an area school system, and David Ware III, who is an IT consultant, chose ECW+G because they felt there wasn’t a good restaurant option in their community to order wings and watch sports in a family-dining atmosphere – an issue they expect to fill with their new location. The husband-and-wife franchise partners had also always wanted to own their own restaurant, especially with David growing up in a family-run barbecue restaurant and catering business.

“I discovered East Coast Wings + Grill during one of my work trips in Charlotte, and was impressed with the extraordinary hospitality, experience and quality of the product – and I’m very critical when it comes to restaurants,” said David Ware III, noting he has high food quality and service expectations due to his restaurant background. “We look forward to bringing this family-dining concept to Northern Virginia to fill a need for this type of concept blending the many things our community loves: premium food, watching sports and bringing families together.”

The Northern Virginia location can create jobs for 25 to 30 individuals. Opening an ECW+G restaurant creates the opportunity for community-oriented sponsorships and local events. Known for its high-quality wings that come in over 55+ flavors and 7 heat indexes, ECW+G offers a relaxed, comfortable atmosphere to bring the family, enjoy a game, or pick up convenient carry out options.

“We are happy to have Lisa and David join our franchise system, and grow our presence in Northern Virginia, a key market for our growth in the state,” says Mark Lyso, Chief Development Officer of East Coast Wings + Grill. “With the brand’s structured discipline and the systems commitment to unit economics, coupled with their backgrounds and passion for the restaurant business, we look forward to growing our footprint in Northern Virginia in 2022.”

ABOUT EAST COAST WINGS + GRILL
East Coast Wings + Grill is a full-service, family-dining franchise that spotlights Buffalo wings. The thoughtfully-crafted menu also offers a variety of other options to satisfy every family member’s taste buds. With more than 60-nationwide locations currently operating or in various stages of development, the franchise recently secured a top spot on Restaurant Business Magazine’s “Future 50” list of fastest-growing, U.S. mid-sized restaurant chains for the second-consecutive year. Entrepreneur magazine also named East Coast Wings + Grill one of the nation’s top franchise investments, and Franchise Times magazine ranked the company No. 383 on its “Top 200+” list of top revenue-producing U.S. franchises. The concept has also been recognized by The Franchise Grade and Franchise Business Review for transparency during the franchise sales process, franchisee support and overall franchisee satisfaction. For more information about East Coast Wings + Grill or its franchise opportunities, visit www.eastcoastwings.com or www.eastcoastwingsfranchise.com.

16 11, 2021

East Coast Wings + Grill Breaks into South Carolina with New Franchise Agreement

2021-11-16T03:03:45-05:00November 16th, 2021|Tags: , , |

Popular Family-Dining Restaurant Appoints Chief Development Officer to Spearhead Additional Growth.

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — East Coast Wings + Grill, a full-service, family-dining restaurant franchise, announced it has a new franchise partner who has signed a franchise agreement for Florence, South Carolina – the first of many deals to come as the regional brand expands throughout the Southeast.

The single-unit deal is with franchise partners Deep and Charmi Patel. The experienced owners are a part of successful businesses throughout Florence, which include convenient stores and a QSR restaurant location.

The South Carolina franchise agreement follows the brand’s recent investments and focus on franchise sales and expansion strategy, which included a refreshed website and several measures to reduce overhead and further strengthen unit economics.

“We had a vision last year to reengineer the website and restructure our franchise sales strategies for the next five years to better attract and serve entrepreneurs in restaurant category,” said Sam Ballas, CEO of ECW+G. “Part of the adjusted strategy involved putting the right people in the right seats at the company,” Ballas said, alluding to moving former Executive VP of Operations Mark Lyso to the role of Chief Development Officer.

Lyso, a 23-year franchise veteran, will lead franchise development strategy and build a franchise sales team to catapult the brand’s growth nationwide. Before joining ECW+G in 2017 in an operations role, Lyso spearheaded growth in franchise development roles for brands including Sizzler and Pizza Rev.

“Over the next three years, Mark (Lyso) will be expanding his development department with individuals who understand that strong unit-level economics is the foundation on which ECW+G is built,” Ballas noted.

East Coast Wings + Grill continues to remain at 46 percent side-door/carryout sales and experience a steady flow of 54 percent dine-in revenue. They are up 26 percent higher than pre-pandemic sales.

“The unwavering strength of our existing operators speaks volumes to the refined and reduced labor business model,” Lyso said. “We’ll be able to strategically place our streamlined operations into regional markets with the right franchise partners who understand you need a forward-thinking solution to generate and sustain profits in the changing restaurant landscape.”

To learn more about East Coast Wings + Grill and its franchise opportunity, please visit www.eastcoastwingsfranchise.com.

About East Coast Wings + Grill

East Coast Wings + Grill is a full-service, family-dining franchise that spotlights buffalo wings. The thoughtfully-crafted menu also offers a variety of other options to satisfy every family member’s taste buds. With more than 60-nationwide locations currently operating or in various stages of development, the franchise recently secured a top spot on Restaurant Business Magazine’s “Future 50” list of fastest-growing, U.S. mid-sized restaurant chains for the second-consecutive year. Entrepreneur magazine also named East Coast Wings + Grill one of the nation’s top franchise investments, and Franchise Times magazine ranked the company No. 383 on its “Top 200+” list of top revenue-producing U.S. franchises. The concept has also been recognized by The Franchise Grade and Franchise Business Review for transparency during the franchise sales process, franchisee support and overall franchisee satisfaction. For more information about East Coast Wings + Grill or its franchise opportunities, visit www.eastcoastwings.com or www.eastcoastwingsfranchise.com.

30 05, 2021

Daily Jam: Mimosas and Fresh Ingredients Make a Menu Unique

2021-05-30T21:02:09-04:00May 30th, 2021|Tags: , , , |

At Daily Jam, the innovative brunch concept that serves omelettes, pancakes, breakfast sandwiches and more, you’ll find seven different types of mimosas. Infused with strawberry and basil, or steeped in grapefruit and sage, the flavorful champagne-based beverages are made with locally sourced fruits and other high-quality ingredients. By Jessica Jones

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9 03, 2021

Steak n Shake Opening 45 Restaurants

2021-03-09T10:05:56-05:00March 9th, 2021|Tags: , , , |

— Strong Unit Economics
— New Growth Trajectory
— The debt-free company launches a new era of growth

INDIANAPOLIS — Steak n Shake announced today that it is opening 12 new restaurants by the end of the first quarter of 2021. This is in addition to the 33 restaurants Steak n Shake opened in the fourth quarter of 2020. The company is on a growth trajectory, with robust new unit economics. The company recently became debt-free, making Steak n Shake one of the strongest companies in the restaurant industry.

Steak n Shake had previously closed restaurants that did not deliver excellent customer service. With the advent of its new owner-operator model, Steak n Shake intends to award every restaurant to an operator who provides legendary customer service. Unlike a typical franchising opportunity, which could cost over $2 million, Steak n Shake’s program requires that an aspiring owner-operator invest a total of $10,000 and demonstrate exemplary service as an operator. Steak n Shake is making the American Dream a reality for those with talent and passion.

In 2020, Steak n Shake owner-operators earned, on average, $161,000 in their first year. Some are on their way to earning over $300,000. Today, there are 100 owner-operators, and each one is a true American success story. Steak n Shake encourages every general manager in the hospitality industry to apply if they are interested in working for themselves. (To apply, please visit steaknshakefranchise.com)

Says Steak n Shake CEO Sardar Biglari, “By paving the way for franchise partners to live the American Dream, we are providing them an opportunity to attain financial liberty. A salient point for those who become America’s ablest restaurant operators is that neither birth nor pedigree, ethnicity nor religion is an obstacle to success. A franchise partnership is a passport that cannot be purchased but only earned. It takes talent along with the passion to serve others, a rare combination that is woven into the character of each individual we accept.” He adds, “Doubtless, a good number of our partners will become millionaires. But make no mistake: We are not minting millionaires but are merely providing the means — they are earning every penny.”

“I made back my initial investment in the first month of being a franchise partner,” says Press McDonald of St. Louis, MO. “It was the best investment of my life. Other franchises have such a high barrier to entry that, as an aspiring entrepreneur, it feels impossible. Steak n Shake gives people like me a chance, and today I earn in two months at Steak n Shake what I made in a year at my previous job.”

Steak n Shake is also investing significant sums to remodel all of its restaurants. Over the course of the last twelve months, the company has fixed its unit economics. As the originator of the Steakburger and a legendary milkshake, it is poised to grow throughout the United States. Steak n Shake owns much of its real estate and is aided by the inherent advantage of being owned by a strong parent company, Biglari Holdings.

About Steak n Shake Inc.

Steak n Shake, born in 1934 on Route 66, is as American as apple pie. It is the originator of the Steakburger and a legendary milkshake, which together have been the company’s gustatory stars for 87 years…and counting. With over 500 locations across the globe, Steak n Shake is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Nation’s Restaurant News Golden Chain Award and Zagat’s #1 Voted Milkshake. Steak n Shake Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Biglari Holdings Inc. For more information, please visit steaknshake.com and follow us on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter @steaknshake.

30 11, 2020

Daily Jam: Mouthwatering Presentations and Happy Vibes

2020-11-30T17:18:43-05:00November 30th, 2020|Tags: , , , |

Although Berekk Blackwell is the president of Daily Jam, he cannot help but think back to what drew him in initially as a customer. According to Blackwell, Daily Jam had a good reputation in the community, possibly due in part to the undeniably warm, happy, and contagious vibe customers felt once inside. By Cindy Charette

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31 10, 2020

Through Good Times & Bad Times

2020-10-31T16:24:17-04:00October 31st, 2020|Tags: , , |

Daily Jam is best described as a beloved neighborhood destination for breakfast, brunch and lunch favorites, as well as an integral part of its community. In fact, one of the six equally important core values embedded into the franchise culture is serving and contributing to the community, said Daily Jam president Berekk Blackwell. And that has never seemed more relevant than during the pandemic. By Cindy Charette

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