Salata Reinstates Its Franchising Program

Houston-based Salata, the fast-growing custom salad and salad wrap chain with 53 locations throughout Texas, California, and Illinois, is set for restaurant growth by reinstating its franchising program, implementing restaurant designs, and opening a new headquarters. The announcement comes after a two-year franchising hiatus as...

Wayback Burgers Launches Summer-Inspired LTOs

Wayback Burgers announced the launch of its limited-time-only Chicken Bacon Ranch-A-Que Hero, crispy, crunchy Sea Salt House-Made Chips, and refreshing Frosted Lemonade—a frozen twist on a classic summertime sipper. The new menu items will be available at all Wayback Burgers locations nationwide from May 1...

Nékter Juice Bar Signs 29 Franchise Deals in Q1

Nékter Juice Bar signed 29 franchise agreements in the first quarter of 2016, growing its footprint in the United States by more than 50 percent. Nékter has also experienced a significant uptick of 5 percent in same-store sales in the first quarter, as today’s more...

Au Bon Pain Lightens Up with Late Spring, Seasonal LTOs

As the weather warms up, Au Bon Pain announced seasonal flavors and even more healthful menu choices for its guests with the release of its Late Spring Limited Time Only Menu, available April 26 to June 20. The updated menu incorporates some of the season’s...

Space Savers: Wow Bao Finds Stride in Nontraditional Units

Three hundred square feet might not sound like much—perhaps enough space for equipment storage or a large walk-in refrigerator. For Chicago-based concept Wow Bao, 300 or 350 square feet is the sweet spot.

The brand has been building its footprint largely through nontraditional spaces like airports,...

Report Links Parents’ Jailtime To Health Problems For Kids




Indiana has the second-highest rate in the nation of children who have an incarcerated parent. And a new study shows this can have long lasting effects on a child’s wellness.

According to the National Survey of Children’s Health,...

Election Preview: U.S. House Districts One & Two

Indiana Congressional Districts

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Indiana Congressional Districts

This week we’ll be previewing races for the May 3 Indiana primary election.

U.S. House of Representatives: District 1 (D)

U.S. Rep. Peter Visloscky is running against fellow Democrat Willie Brown in...

Complaint At Indiana Menards Leads To Company-wide Changes


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An employee rights complaint by a former Valparaiso Menards clerk led this week to a labor victory for all 45,000 of the home improvement chain’s workers across the Midwest.

The issue was over mandatory...