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Newk’s Eatery co-founder and CEO Chris Newcomb’s first go-around as a restaurant owner included plenty of trial-and-error and learning on the job. As co-founders of McAlister’s Deli in 1989, Newcomb and his dad and brother learned about everything from recipes to scheduling to training by doing. Along they way, they also learned to ask for help.

“We met a lot of really smart people and started asking questions,” he said.[…] Continue Reading »

The start of a new year is a popular time to reflect on the trends that will affect the coming seasons. One trend hitting the restaurant industry is pizza concept franchisees expanding into the sub sandwich segment. This is a recipe for success as sub and pizza makers discover operating efficiencies, which bring the two businesses together as perfectly as lettuce and tomato.[…] Continue Reading »

One of the reasons I went into the martial arts business was to help children. It’s no secret that I was bullied as a kid. I know what it’s like to be picked on, but also how it feels to build confidence, character and stay safe through the use of martial arts.

When I opened my first karate studio in 1991, it felt good to know that I was making a difference by helping children learn inspiring and motivational life skills.[…] Continue Reading »

Sandwich chain Togo’s bills itself as a West Coast Original with the style of an East Coast deli, where each customer has a one-on-one interaction with the sandwich maker, said CEO Tony Gioia, himself a New York native who long ago relocated to the Golden State.

The story goes that a hungry college student on a budget opened the first Togo’s shop in 1971 in San Jose, Calif., selling the kind of big, meaty sandwiches he and his friends wanted at prices they could afford.[…] Continue Reading »

If you haven’t seen a Jersey Mike’s sub shop in your town, chances are you will soon. The company opened its first store in Point Pleasant, N.J., on the famed Jersey Shore in 1956, and years of slow growth have given way to last year’s record unit growth of 15%. The company has 750 locations open or in development in 30 states and the District of Columbia, with plans to open another 100 units this year.[…] Continue Reading »