Baker Bros Grants 5 Unit Franchise Agreement for Iowa

Congratulations to Baker Bros, Baker Bros Director of Franchising Ralph Kinder and the newest Baker Bros franchise owners who will be developing the first Baker Bros franchise locations in Iowa.

The newest franchisees of Baker Bros have secured the exclusive rights to develop a minimum of 5 Baker Bros restaurants in the Quad Cities and Cedar Rapids & Dubuque, Iowa over the next 4 years.

Here’s the fresh, piping hot company news release:


New Franchisees to Develop 5 Baker Bros Restaurants

Dallas, Texas- January 22, 2010 – Baker Bros American Deli, a fast-casual concept headquartered in Dallas, has executed an exclusive Area Development Agreement with a new franchisee to open at least 5 Baker Bros American Deli restaurants combined in the Quad Cities and Cedar Rapids & Dubuque, Iowa.  The newest franchisees of Baker Bros have secured the exclusive rights to develop a minimum of 5 Baker Bros restaurants over 4 years.

This is the second Area Development Agreement in the Midwest that Baker Bros has signed.  A different Area Developer is also actively searching for 3 locations in Indianapolis, Indiana.  Current Baker Bros franchisees include multi-unit retailers and current or former multi-unit operators of McDonald’s, Popeye’s and Texas Roadhouse.

Founded in 1999 by Ken Reimer and Tom Dahl, two well-respected industry veterans, Baker Bros currently operates eight stores in Dallas, Texas with additional franchised locations open or in development in West Texas, East Texas, South Carolina, Kentucky and Indiana.  “We think Iowa will be a terrific market for Baker Bros.” said Ken Reimer, Baker Bros’ CEO.  “Baker Bros was created with the Midwest consumer in mind – hard-working Americans expect and deserve hearty portions, tremendous value and great flavor.”

Not to be confused with typical sandwich chains, Baker Bros American Deli ( is an upscale, fast-casual deli featuring Specialty Sandwiches, Specialty Salads, Gourmet Pizzas and more.  All entrees are prepared fresh to order using the freshest available breads, ingredients and produce. The restaurants typically operate in high visibility strip centers and occupy 2500-3500 SF with seating for 120-160.


Cold Stone Creamery to Offer Cereality Cereal Cafe Franchise

( Founded in 2003, Cereality is a new concept in the QSR space, specializing in creating a unique and entertaining experience around the American ritual of eating cereal. Customers choose a base from Cereality’s menu of more than 30 cereal varieties and signature cereal blends, and select from 40 toppings and mix-in combinations to create their ultimate bowl topped with their favorite assorted milk and hot and cold beverage. The offerings extend to parfaits, smoothies, cereal bars and other bakery items. The Cereality customer experience is enhanced by a home kitchen atmosphere and the preparation of orders by pajama-clad Cereologists™.

“When we formed Kahala•Cold Stone, we promised to aggressively seek out acquisitions of leading brands in the QSR space to grow the portfolio of franchise brands for partners, and this is the first of many to come,” said Kevin Blackwell, chairman and chief strategist of Kahala•Cold Stone. “Cereality is one of the most exciting, distinctive concepts to be launched in the past decade, attracting a great deal of interest from franchisees and cereal-craving customers alike.”

Cereality has seven cafés in operation, with an eighth location scheduled to open at JFK International Airport later this month. Cereality currently holds franchise commitments for the opening of an additional 24 cafés over the next six years. Prior to 2007, Cereality had wholly owned and operated all of its cafés. There are now two franchise locations open and the company has received more than 7,000 inquiries to date from entrepreneurs interested in opening Cerealities across the country.

“We believe Kahala•Cold Stone is well-placed to scale the Cereality concept and create new opportunities for our more than 3,000 franchisees who are very taken with the concept and eager to explore multi-branding within our portfolio,” said Doug Ducey, CEO of Kahala•Cold Stone. “We plan to grow the Cereality brand by doing what we do best – providing exciting opportunities for entrepreneurs, successful concepts for our franchisees and innovative, fun experiences for our loyal customers.”

Cereality co-founders David Roth and Rick Bacher commented, “Kahala•Cold Stone is a franchising powerhouse and we believe Cereality will realize its full potential by leveraging its operational and brand-building expertise. Shared between us is a sharp focus on creating a unique customer experience and we very much look forward to opportunities to come as we ramp up our visibility in the marketplace.

“As entrepreneurs ourselves, we fully appreciate the value Kahala•Cold Stone is delivering to fellow entrepreneurs.”

Cereality marks the first acquisition by the recently formed Kahala•Cold Stone, the next wave in brand building with the vision, experience and track record for delivering to market new and robust franchise opportunities to entrepreneurs worldwide. As announced on May 10, 2007 Kahala•Cold Stone was formed through the combination of Kahala Corp., a leading franchiser, developer, and marketer of QSR and the Cold Stone Creamery®, the fastest-growing ice cream concept in the United States.


Kahala•Cold Stone is creating the next big wave in franchising. Headquartered in Scottsdale, Ariz., the Company owns and franchises 14 diversified restaurant and service brands resulting in more than 4,600 locations worldwide, and $1.1 billion in system-wide sales. Currently, the brand portfolio includes: BLIMPIE, Cereality, Cold Stone Creamery, Frullati Café & Bakery, Great Steak & Potato Co., Johnnie’s New York Pizzeria, NRgize Lifestyle Café, Ranch1, Rollerz, Samurai Sam’s Teriyaki Grill, Surf City Squeeze, TacoTime, V’s Barbershop, WafflÔ. To learn more about Kahala•Cold Stone and its host of business opportunities, please visit the company websites at and


Cereality is the first restaurant business to ever break the mold of traditional foodservice to bring a unique, highly personal, healthy eating experience to the consumer, entirely focused around brand-name cereals. Customers can choose from more than 30 different cereal varieties, over 40 different toppings, a variety of milks (including soy and lactose-free) and choices of hot and cold beverages. The unique residential, home kitchen atmosphere is punctuated by familiar brand-name cereal boxes displayed in custom-built kitchen cabinets and pajama-clad Cereologists™ prepare orders to customers’ specifications. For photos and more information please visit


G&L Chili Dogs Opens New Franchise Location

GL Logo.jpgFrom a recent press release by G & L Chili Dogs, a “Best Undiscovered Franchise” based in Muskegon, MI:

“After months of hard work Scott and Robin Smith successfully open their G&L Franchise in Spring Lake, Michigan on November 27th, 2006. The weather wasimg_5455_thumb.jpg slightly overcast and grey but you couldn’t tell from the looks of things inside their new store. Staff were bustling about performing last minute tasks, gifts and cards were arriving from friends and area well wishers and Scott Smith (whether he’d admit it or not) had a slight grin on his face while hustling to complete a never ending task list.

Peter Johnson (President of G&L Franchise) was onsite assisting Scott and his team. After Peter finished hanging the electronic “Open” sign in the front breezeway just minutes before opening Scott knew the time had come. And in the midst of everything that goes into opening a restaurant Scott walked into the breezeway and turned the “Open” sign on.

scottsmith.jpgThe Smith’s first customer was a friend of the family who sat at the first counter seat and appropriately ordered the amazing Chili Dog Special. The first of many to come. And they did. As noon drew closer so did the customers. With a full restaurant, a line at the drive-thru window and plenty of dirty dishes Scott and his staff were busy.

Spring Lakes lunch proved to be a good start, but dinner proved to be even better. With an even larger turn out at dinner Scott’s second shift of employees worked harder than ever and the night ended in success.

[Pictured, Left, G&L Franchisee Scott Smith]

‘G&L is extremely excited for Scott and Robin.”, stated Peter Johnson (President of G&L Franchise). “They have devoted an immense amount of time and effort preparing for this day. From G&L and all of it’s employees – we wish them all the best with their new G&L franchise.'”

FranBest congratulates Scott & Robin Smith on their franchise opening, and wishes them much success in their new venture.

For more information on G&L Chili Dogs, visit the G&L company website.



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