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Famous Dave’s opens first international location in Canada

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Famous Dave’s of America Inc. has opened its first Famous Dave’s restaurant outside the United States, a franchised location in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, marking the next phase of its North American growth.

The Minneapolis-based chain of 186 barbecue restaurants foresees 400 to 500 locations across North America, including several in Canada, Mexico and Puerto Rico, where one location is expected to open by December. Chief executive Christopher O’Donnell said in a previous earnings call that the 100-unit variance depends on how quickly the brand expands with its fast-casual “barbecue shack” prototype over the next five to seven years.

In an interview Monday with Nation’s Restaurant News, he said Canada would be a “very strong market for us.”

“In Manitoba especially, people are familiar with Famous Dave’s from visiting or doing business in the Dakotas or Minneapolis, so we’ll have a strong client base,” O’Donnell said. “We’re learning a lot about their consumer, but Canadians seem to like Americana and they seem to like meat. They appear to be inspired by our sense of hospitality.”

Famous Dave’s is still observing how different economic situations affect Canadian consumers as well, but so far nothing has been too surprising, O’Donnell said. The chain cited rising gas prices’ effects on consumer traffic in its core Mid-Atlantic market when it reported negative same-store sales in its first quarter of fiscal 2012.

“In some ways, some of the pricing for general staples, at restaurants and in grocery stores, appears to be higher than in the States,” O’Donnell said. “But the Canadians seem accustomed to it.”

Famous Dave’s Winnipeg unit is the first location for Canadian franchisee Tribal Council’s Investment Group of Manitoba Ltd. That group has agreed to build three units and is considering another pact for more, O’Donnell said, while several other Canadian investment firms have begun inquiring into the Famous Dave’s brand.

Other casual-dining chains growing rapidly in the United States also have begun branching out into international markets, including Buffalo Wild Wings into Canada and Texas Roadhouse into the United Arab Emirates.

In addition to its first Canadian outlet, Famous Dave’s operates 53 restaurants and franchises another 133 units in 35 states.

Contact Mark Brandau at [email protected]
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Wendy's opens first redesigned restaurant in Canada

Beginning today, Wendy's customers in Etobicoke, ON will have the opportunity to try new menu items in an ultra modern setting as the company opens one of four new concept stores to be tested in North America.

It is the first Canadian concept store for the company.

Redhead Roasters proprietary blend coffee and fresh baked goods including oatmeal bars, cookies, muffins and brownies will be tested alongside a new customer ordering process, digital menu boards, new service staff uniforms and redesigned product packaging.

Wendy's Canada redesigned interior

This is a very different experience from what Wendy's customers are used to,"said Ron Baugh, Senior Vice President of Wendy's Restaurants of Canada. "Three years of research and feedback from thousands of people are reflected in this exciting new concept store. The changes are more than cosmetic. We've updated our customer experience indoors and out as well."

The new restaurant concept has been designed to deliver more open space, brighter dining rooms with bigger windows and a variety of seating options from booths to high tops to cozy chairs around a fireplace. The new concept is also equipped with free WiFi. Customers will be able to view baking and prep areas, keeping Wendy's fresh food story front and centre.

Natural colours, brick and wood materials and bold use of the colour red are features of the completely remodeled interior and exterior design. A bright red centre wall celebrates Wendy's heritage with the well-known quote from founder Dave Thomas, "Quality is our recipe". Signage in the new entry way reads, "Welcome to real. Welcome to fresh. Welcome to Wendy's Etobicoke".

Wendy's Canada redesigned exterior

Each sign in the new stores will be tailored to their home cities.

The company will evaluate the four concepts based on customer feedback and consumer research. A second Canadian ultra modern location is slated to open in Kingston this December.

All four new Wendy's concepts were designed by Tesser, an award-winning brand strategy and retail design firm based in San Francisco. Other test markets include Virginia Beach, Pittsburgh, Phoenix and Wendy's home town of Dublin, OH.

The first Canadian concept store is located at 1569 The Queensway in Etobicoke, Ontario. The Kingston concept store is scheduled to open in December 2011, and is located at 17 Warne Crescent.


Wendy's opens first redesigned restaurant in Canada

Beginning today, Wendy's customers in Etobicoke, ON will have the opportunity to try new menu items in an ultra modern setting as the company opens one of four new concept stores to be tested in North America.

It is the first Canadian concept store for the company.

Redhead Roasters proprietary blend coffee and fresh baked goods including oatmeal bars, cookies, muffins and brownies will be tested alongside a new customer ordering process, digital menu boards, new service staff uniforms and redesigned product packaging.

Wendy's Canada redesigned interior

This is a very different experience from what Wendy's customers are used to,"said Ron Baugh, Senior Vice President of Wendy's Restaurants of Canada. "Three years of research and feedback from thousands of people are reflected in this exciting new concept store. The changes are more than cosmetic. We've updated our customer experience indoors and out as well."

The new restaurant concept has been designed to deliver more open space, brighter dining rooms with bigger windows and a variety of seating options from booths to high tops to cozy chairs around a fireplace. The new concept is also equipped with free WiFi. Customers will be able to view baking and prep areas, keeping Wendy's fresh food story front and centre.

Natural colours, brick and wood materials and bold use of the colour red are features of the completely remodeled interior and exterior design. A bright red centre wall celebrates Wendy's heritage with the well-known quote from founder Dave Thomas, "Quality is our recipe". Signage in the new entry way reads, "Welcome to real. Welcome to fresh. Welcome to Wendy's Etobicoke".

Wendy's Canada redesigned exterior

Each sign in the new stores will be tailored to their home cities.

The company will evaluate the four concepts based on customer feedback and consumer research. A second Canadian ultra modern location is slated to open in Kingston this December.

All four new Wendy's concepts were designed by Tesser, an award-winning brand strategy and retail design firm based in San Francisco. Other test markets include Virginia Beach, Pittsburgh, Phoenix and Wendy's home town of Dublin, OH.

The first Canadian concept store is located at 1569 The Queensway in Etobicoke, Ontario. The Kingston concept store is scheduled to open in December 2011, and is located at 17 Warne Crescent.


Wendy's opens first redesigned restaurant in Canada

Beginning today, Wendy's customers in Etobicoke, ON will have the opportunity to try new menu items in an ultra modern setting as the company opens one of four new concept stores to be tested in North America.

It is the first Canadian concept store for the company.

Redhead Roasters proprietary blend coffee and fresh baked goods including oatmeal bars, cookies, muffins and brownies will be tested alongside a new customer ordering process, digital menu boards, new service staff uniforms and redesigned product packaging.

Wendy's Canada redesigned interior

This is a very different experience from what Wendy's customers are used to,"said Ron Baugh, Senior Vice President of Wendy's Restaurants of Canada. "Three years of research and feedback from thousands of people are reflected in this exciting new concept store. The changes are more than cosmetic. We've updated our customer experience indoors and out as well."

The new restaurant concept has been designed to deliver more open space, brighter dining rooms with bigger windows and a variety of seating options from booths to high tops to cozy chairs around a fireplace. The new concept is also equipped with free WiFi. Customers will be able to view baking and prep areas, keeping Wendy's fresh food story front and centre.

Natural colours, brick and wood materials and bold use of the colour red are features of the completely remodeled interior and exterior design. A bright red centre wall celebrates Wendy's heritage with the well-known quote from founder Dave Thomas, "Quality is our recipe". Signage in the new entry way reads, "Welcome to real. Welcome to fresh. Welcome to Wendy's Etobicoke".

Wendy's Canada redesigned exterior

Each sign in the new stores will be tailored to their home cities.

The company will evaluate the four concepts based on customer feedback and consumer research. A second Canadian ultra modern location is slated to open in Kingston this December.

All four new Wendy's concepts were designed by Tesser, an award-winning brand strategy and retail design firm based in San Francisco. Other test markets include Virginia Beach, Pittsburgh, Phoenix and Wendy's home town of Dublin, OH.

The first Canadian concept store is located at 1569 The Queensway in Etobicoke, Ontario. The Kingston concept store is scheduled to open in December 2011, and is located at 17 Warne Crescent.


Wendy's opens first redesigned restaurant in Canada

Beginning today, Wendy's customers in Etobicoke, ON will have the opportunity to try new menu items in an ultra modern setting as the company opens one of four new concept stores to be tested in North America.

It is the first Canadian concept store for the company.

Redhead Roasters proprietary blend coffee and fresh baked goods including oatmeal bars, cookies, muffins and brownies will be tested alongside a new customer ordering process, digital menu boards, new service staff uniforms and redesigned product packaging.

Wendy's Canada redesigned interior

This is a very different experience from what Wendy's customers are used to,"said Ron Baugh, Senior Vice President of Wendy's Restaurants of Canada. "Three years of research and feedback from thousands of people are reflected in this exciting new concept store. The changes are more than cosmetic. We've updated our customer experience indoors and out as well."

The new restaurant concept has been designed to deliver more open space, brighter dining rooms with bigger windows and a variety of seating options from booths to high tops to cozy chairs around a fireplace. The new concept is also equipped with free WiFi. Customers will be able to view baking and prep areas, keeping Wendy's fresh food story front and centre.

Natural colours, brick and wood materials and bold use of the colour red are features of the completely remodeled interior and exterior design. A bright red centre wall celebrates Wendy's heritage with the well-known quote from founder Dave Thomas, "Quality is our recipe". Signage in the new entry way reads, "Welcome to real. Welcome to fresh. Welcome to Wendy's Etobicoke".

Wendy's Canada redesigned exterior

Each sign in the new stores will be tailored to their home cities.

The company will evaluate the four concepts based on customer feedback and consumer research. A second Canadian ultra modern location is slated to open in Kingston this December.

All four new Wendy's concepts were designed by Tesser, an award-winning brand strategy and retail design firm based in San Francisco. Other test markets include Virginia Beach, Pittsburgh, Phoenix and Wendy's home town of Dublin, OH.

The first Canadian concept store is located at 1569 The Queensway in Etobicoke, Ontario. The Kingston concept store is scheduled to open in December 2011, and is located at 17 Warne Crescent.


Wendy's opens first redesigned restaurant in Canada

Beginning today, Wendy's customers in Etobicoke, ON will have the opportunity to try new menu items in an ultra modern setting as the company opens one of four new concept stores to be tested in North America.

It is the first Canadian concept store for the company.

Redhead Roasters proprietary blend coffee and fresh baked goods including oatmeal bars, cookies, muffins and brownies will be tested alongside a new customer ordering process, digital menu boards, new service staff uniforms and redesigned product packaging.

Wendy's Canada redesigned interior

This is a very different experience from what Wendy's customers are used to,"said Ron Baugh, Senior Vice President of Wendy's Restaurants of Canada. "Three years of research and feedback from thousands of people are reflected in this exciting new concept store. The changes are more than cosmetic. We've updated our customer experience indoors and out as well."

The new restaurant concept has been designed to deliver more open space, brighter dining rooms with bigger windows and a variety of seating options from booths to high tops to cozy chairs around a fireplace. The new concept is also equipped with free WiFi. Customers will be able to view baking and prep areas, keeping Wendy's fresh food story front and centre.

Natural colours, brick and wood materials and bold use of the colour red are features of the completely remodeled interior and exterior design. A bright red centre wall celebrates Wendy's heritage with the well-known quote from founder Dave Thomas, "Quality is our recipe". Signage in the new entry way reads, "Welcome to real. Welcome to fresh. Welcome to Wendy's Etobicoke".

Wendy's Canada redesigned exterior

Each sign in the new stores will be tailored to their home cities.

The company will evaluate the four concepts based on customer feedback and consumer research. A second Canadian ultra modern location is slated to open in Kingston this December.

All four new Wendy's concepts were designed by Tesser, an award-winning brand strategy and retail design firm based in San Francisco. Other test markets include Virginia Beach, Pittsburgh, Phoenix and Wendy's home town of Dublin, OH.

The first Canadian concept store is located at 1569 The Queensway in Etobicoke, Ontario. The Kingston concept store is scheduled to open in December 2011, and is located at 17 Warne Crescent.


Wendy's opens first redesigned restaurant in Canada

Beginning today, Wendy's customers in Etobicoke, ON will have the opportunity to try new menu items in an ultra modern setting as the company opens one of four new concept stores to be tested in North America.

It is the first Canadian concept store for the company.

Redhead Roasters proprietary blend coffee and fresh baked goods including oatmeal bars, cookies, muffins and brownies will be tested alongside a new customer ordering process, digital menu boards, new service staff uniforms and redesigned product packaging.

Wendy's Canada redesigned interior

This is a very different experience from what Wendy's customers are used to,"said Ron Baugh, Senior Vice President of Wendy's Restaurants of Canada. "Three years of research and feedback from thousands of people are reflected in this exciting new concept store. The changes are more than cosmetic. We've updated our customer experience indoors and out as well."

The new restaurant concept has been designed to deliver more open space, brighter dining rooms with bigger windows and a variety of seating options from booths to high tops to cozy chairs around a fireplace. The new concept is also equipped with free WiFi. Customers will be able to view baking and prep areas, keeping Wendy's fresh food story front and centre.

Natural colours, brick and wood materials and bold use of the colour red are features of the completely remodeled interior and exterior design. A bright red centre wall celebrates Wendy's heritage with the well-known quote from founder Dave Thomas, "Quality is our recipe". Signage in the new entry way reads, "Welcome to real. Welcome to fresh. Welcome to Wendy's Etobicoke".

Wendy's Canada redesigned exterior

Each sign in the new stores will be tailored to their home cities.

The company will evaluate the four concepts based on customer feedback and consumer research. A second Canadian ultra modern location is slated to open in Kingston this December.

All four new Wendy's concepts were designed by Tesser, an award-winning brand strategy and retail design firm based in San Francisco. Other test markets include Virginia Beach, Pittsburgh, Phoenix and Wendy's home town of Dublin, OH.

The first Canadian concept store is located at 1569 The Queensway in Etobicoke, Ontario. The Kingston concept store is scheduled to open in December 2011, and is located at 17 Warne Crescent.


Wendy's opens first redesigned restaurant in Canada

Beginning today, Wendy's customers in Etobicoke, ON will have the opportunity to try new menu items in an ultra modern setting as the company opens one of four new concept stores to be tested in North America.

It is the first Canadian concept store for the company.

Redhead Roasters proprietary blend coffee and fresh baked goods including oatmeal bars, cookies, muffins and brownies will be tested alongside a new customer ordering process, digital menu boards, new service staff uniforms and redesigned product packaging.

Wendy's Canada redesigned interior

This is a very different experience from what Wendy's customers are used to,"said Ron Baugh, Senior Vice President of Wendy's Restaurants of Canada. "Three years of research and feedback from thousands of people are reflected in this exciting new concept store. The changes are more than cosmetic. We've updated our customer experience indoors and out as well."

The new restaurant concept has been designed to deliver more open space, brighter dining rooms with bigger windows and a variety of seating options from booths to high tops to cozy chairs around a fireplace. The new concept is also equipped with free WiFi. Customers will be able to view baking and prep areas, keeping Wendy's fresh food story front and centre.

Natural colours, brick and wood materials and bold use of the colour red are features of the completely remodeled interior and exterior design. A bright red centre wall celebrates Wendy's heritage with the well-known quote from founder Dave Thomas, "Quality is our recipe". Signage in the new entry way reads, "Welcome to real. Welcome to fresh. Welcome to Wendy's Etobicoke".

Wendy's Canada redesigned exterior

Each sign in the new stores will be tailored to their home cities.

The company will evaluate the four concepts based on customer feedback and consumer research. A second Canadian ultra modern location is slated to open in Kingston this December.

All four new Wendy's concepts were designed by Tesser, an award-winning brand strategy and retail design firm based in San Francisco. Other test markets include Virginia Beach, Pittsburgh, Phoenix and Wendy's home town of Dublin, OH.

The first Canadian concept store is located at 1569 The Queensway in Etobicoke, Ontario. The Kingston concept store is scheduled to open in December 2011, and is located at 17 Warne Crescent.


Wendy's opens first redesigned restaurant in Canada

Beginning today, Wendy's customers in Etobicoke, ON will have the opportunity to try new menu items in an ultra modern setting as the company opens one of four new concept stores to be tested in North America.

It is the first Canadian concept store for the company.

Redhead Roasters proprietary blend coffee and fresh baked goods including oatmeal bars, cookies, muffins and brownies will be tested alongside a new customer ordering process, digital menu boards, new service staff uniforms and redesigned product packaging.

Wendy's Canada redesigned interior

This is a very different experience from what Wendy's customers are used to,"said Ron Baugh, Senior Vice President of Wendy's Restaurants of Canada. "Three years of research and feedback from thousands of people are reflected in this exciting new concept store. The changes are more than cosmetic. We've updated our customer experience indoors and out as well."

The new restaurant concept has been designed to deliver more open space, brighter dining rooms with bigger windows and a variety of seating options from booths to high tops to cozy chairs around a fireplace. The new concept is also equipped with free WiFi. Customers will be able to view baking and prep areas, keeping Wendy's fresh food story front and centre.

Natural colours, brick and wood materials and bold use of the colour red are features of the completely remodeled interior and exterior design. A bright red centre wall celebrates Wendy's heritage with the well-known quote from founder Dave Thomas, "Quality is our recipe". Signage in the new entry way reads, "Welcome to real. Welcome to fresh. Welcome to Wendy's Etobicoke".

Wendy's Canada redesigned exterior

Each sign in the new stores will be tailored to their home cities.

The company will evaluate the four concepts based on customer feedback and consumer research. A second Canadian ultra modern location is slated to open in Kingston this December.

All four new Wendy's concepts were designed by Tesser, an award-winning brand strategy and retail design firm based in San Francisco. Other test markets include Virginia Beach, Pittsburgh, Phoenix and Wendy's home town of Dublin, OH.

The first Canadian concept store is located at 1569 The Queensway in Etobicoke, Ontario. The Kingston concept store is scheduled to open in December 2011, and is located at 17 Warne Crescent.


Wendy's opens first redesigned restaurant in Canada

Beginning today, Wendy's customers in Etobicoke, ON will have the opportunity to try new menu items in an ultra modern setting as the company opens one of four new concept stores to be tested in North America.

It is the first Canadian concept store for the company.

Redhead Roasters proprietary blend coffee and fresh baked goods including oatmeal bars, cookies, muffins and brownies will be tested alongside a new customer ordering process, digital menu boards, new service staff uniforms and redesigned product packaging.

Wendy's Canada redesigned interior

This is a very different experience from what Wendy's customers are used to,"said Ron Baugh, Senior Vice President of Wendy's Restaurants of Canada. "Three years of research and feedback from thousands of people are reflected in this exciting new concept store. The changes are more than cosmetic. We've updated our customer experience indoors and out as well."

The new restaurant concept has been designed to deliver more open space, brighter dining rooms with bigger windows and a variety of seating options from booths to high tops to cozy chairs around a fireplace. The new concept is also equipped with free WiFi. Customers will be able to view baking and prep areas, keeping Wendy's fresh food story front and centre.

Natural colours, brick and wood materials and bold use of the colour red are features of the completely remodeled interior and exterior design. A bright red centre wall celebrates Wendy's heritage with the well-known quote from founder Dave Thomas, "Quality is our recipe". Signage in the new entry way reads, "Welcome to real. Welcome to fresh. Welcome to Wendy's Etobicoke".

Wendy's Canada redesigned exterior

Each sign in the new stores will be tailored to their home cities.

The company will evaluate the four concepts based on customer feedback and consumer research. A second Canadian ultra modern location is slated to open in Kingston this December.

All four new Wendy's concepts were designed by Tesser, an award-winning brand strategy and retail design firm based in San Francisco. Other test markets include Virginia Beach, Pittsburgh, Phoenix and Wendy's home town of Dublin, OH.

The first Canadian concept store is located at 1569 The Queensway in Etobicoke, Ontario. The Kingston concept store is scheduled to open in December 2011, and is located at 17 Warne Crescent.


Wendy's opens first redesigned restaurant in Canada

Beginning today, Wendy's customers in Etobicoke, ON will have the opportunity to try new menu items in an ultra modern setting as the company opens one of four new concept stores to be tested in North America.

It is the first Canadian concept store for the company.

Redhead Roasters proprietary blend coffee and fresh baked goods including oatmeal bars, cookies, muffins and brownies will be tested alongside a new customer ordering process, digital menu boards, new service staff uniforms and redesigned product packaging.

Wendy's Canada redesigned interior

This is a very different experience from what Wendy's customers are used to,"said Ron Baugh, Senior Vice President of Wendy's Restaurants of Canada. "Three years of research and feedback from thousands of people are reflected in this exciting new concept store. The changes are more than cosmetic. We've updated our customer experience indoors and out as well."

The new restaurant concept has been designed to deliver more open space, brighter dining rooms with bigger windows and a variety of seating options from booths to high tops to cozy chairs around a fireplace. The new concept is also equipped with free WiFi. Customers will be able to view baking and prep areas, keeping Wendy's fresh food story front and centre.

Natural colours, brick and wood materials and bold use of the colour red are features of the completely remodeled interior and exterior design. A bright red centre wall celebrates Wendy's heritage with the well-known quote from founder Dave Thomas, "Quality is our recipe". Signage in the new entry way reads, "Welcome to real. Welcome to fresh. Welcome to Wendy's Etobicoke".

Wendy's Canada redesigned exterior

Each sign in the new stores will be tailored to their home cities.

The company will evaluate the four concepts based on customer feedback and consumer research. A second Canadian ultra modern location is slated to open in Kingston this December.

All four new Wendy's concepts were designed by Tesser, an award-winning brand strategy and retail design firm based in San Francisco. Other test markets include Virginia Beach, Pittsburgh, Phoenix and Wendy's home town of Dublin, OH.

The first Canadian concept store is located at 1569 The Queensway in Etobicoke, Ontario. The Kingston concept store is scheduled to open in December 2011, and is located at 17 Warne Crescent.


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