restaurants

It's A Wrap: What's New In Food Chains 6.14.24

Lots of new locations and sweets in this week’s QSR wrap.

Locations

Dave & Buster's is updating its location in Little Rock, Arkansas, redesigning its gaming floor and adding The Arena, where guests will be able to compete with friends in a wall-to-wall, gaming environment. The new location also has Interactive Social Bays, which allow high-tech gaming in private suites for two to six players.

Five Guys has announced the opening of its largest branch at Terminal 3 - Concourse B in Dubai International (DXB). The location marks the first ever Five Guys airport branch outside of the U.S.

Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers is expanding with a new 20-unit development deal in Houston. The agreement comes from franchise group Lone Star Custard, which also acquired 18 existing restaurant locations in the Houston market as part of the deal.

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Rita's Italian Ice & Frozen Custard has opened a new location in Arlington, Texas.

TGI Fridays has announced the opening of a new restaurant inside the Hilton Garden Inn in Hollywood, California, right in the middle of the Sunset Strip tourist destination.

Menus

Applebee’s has added three new hand-breaded chicken sandwiches to its menu. The Bacon Cheddar Crispy Chicken Sandwich is a chicken breast topped with two slices of Cheddar cheese, Applewood-smoked bacon, house-made bacon sauce, lettuce, tomato and pickles on a Brioche bun. The Bacon Ranch Crispy Chicken Sandwich adds a house-made ranch drizzle, while the The Sweet & Spicy Crispy Chicken Sandwich adds Sweet Asian Chile sauce and coleslaw.

Cold Stone Creamery has partnered with Illumination’s “Despicable Me 4” (opening in theaters July 3) to offer a new themed flavor and sweet treats. The Despicamallow Ice Cream (actually the chain’s Marshmallow Ice Cream colored yellow) will be used to create the Mega Minion Marshmallow Meltdown, decorated with chocolate chips, marshmallows and yellow and blue sprinkles, inspired by the animated yellow Minion stars of "Despicable Me." The ice cream chain has also created the Heist Cream Cake, which contains yellow cake and Despicamallow ice cream with yellow and blue sprinkles and white frosting featuring the Mega Jerry Minion.

Schlotzsky’s has added two Cinnabon dessert menu offerings, both using Cinnabon’s signature cream cheese frosting and chocolate chip cookies.  The Cookie Sandwich features the frosting sandwiched between two chocolate chip cookies. The new Frosted Cookie is a chocolate chip cookie also topped with frosting.

Wendy’s has introduced a new Frosty to its summer line-up. The Triple Berry Frosty dessert combines strawberry, blackberry and raspberry flavors mixed together to make the limited-time-only offering.

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