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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 »

This guest post is by Andre Kay, CEO and chief marking officer for Sociallybuzz, which provides social media management, marketing, fan-page management and social media consultation. Sociallybuzz is designed to help brands, franchises, restaurants, nightclubs and retailers with simple or advance social media development and marketing while delivering businesses and brands the greatest number of options in how they define and reach their relevant audiences.[…] Continue Reading »

Windows on the World is gone but not forgotten; Chipotle will try its hand at an Asian eatery; and Dunkin’ Donuts prepares to conquer the West.

Read about all this and more in last week’s top five most-clicked links in SmartBrief on Restaurants:

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