February Press Scan

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Part
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Restaurants - Southeast

The required information for 15 unique news articles have been provided in rows 47-61 of the "Restaurants - Southeast" tab of the attached spreadsheet. Restaurants that have opened new locations in Southeastern United States in February 2020 include Broken Egg Café, Chick-fil-A, and others.

Selected Findings

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02

Restaurants - Mountain West

Provided below are a number of notable developments in the restaurant industry in the Mountain West region of the United States during the month of February 2020. These primarily relate to changes in physical premises or expansions but also include changes of ownership, branding and executive appointments. Full details may be found on the attached spreadsheet.

ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGE

Part
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Part
03

Beverage - Southeast

News articles or media releases which discuss the assigned topics with regard to beverages have been provided in rows 47 to 61 of the attached spreadsheet.

Selected Findings

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Part
04

Beverage - Mountain West

News articles or media releases for the beverage category in Mountain West have been outlined in rows 47-61 of the attached spreadsheet. Some selected findings are outlined below.

Selected Findings

  • Melvin Brewing, a craft brewery based in Alpine, Wyoming, is planning several expansions over the next few years as reported last February 18, 2020.
  • Triple Dog Brewing, a beverage company, is gaining increased media presence as its beer waste is being used for water treatment in a Montana town as reported last February 12, 2020.
  • Dogfish Head Craft Brewery is expanding its distribution of beers to Montana as reported last February 4, 2020.
  • Headframe Spirits, a liquor company in Butte, Montana, has launched liquor labels that feature dogs in need of homes as reported last February 6, 2020.
  • DIVINIA Water, a world's premier bottled water brand that is headquartered in Idaho, is gaining increased media presence as it was chosen as the tasting water by Whiskies of the World, a premier whiskey and bourbon tasting event. This is reported last February 20, 2020.
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Part
05

Sports - Southeast

In February 2020, there were several news articles and media releases related to sports in the US southeast area. These articles cover stories about new organizational changes, footprint expansions, annual revenues, and increased media presence, among other topics. The information about these articles are provided in the attached spreadsheet in rows 47 to 61 of the "Sports-Southeast" tab.

Additional Sports-Southeast Media Releases

  • The Mississippi Gaming Commission reported that sports wagering revenue increased to $4.6 million in January 2020.
  • DICK'S Sporting Goods, a sporting goods retailer, opened a new store in Birmingham, Alabama.
  • The investment made by an athletics department on football generated $164 million in revenue in 2019.
  • Georgia athletics reported over $174 million in operating revenue and nearly $31 million in operating surplus, with a decrease of $12.02 million from the previous year, due to an increase in spending on college football recruiting.
  • Atlanta United became the first Major League Soccer team to surpass one million followers on Twitter, while the average MLS team has an approximate of 291,000 followers.
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Sports - Mountain West

Fifteen articles published between February 1, 2020, and February 29, 2020, in the sports sector in mountain west and relate to organizational changes, expanding, media presence, solicitation, annualized revenue, ownership, or new concepts have been included in the attached spreadsheet as well as below.

Article Titles

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From Part 02
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  • "Taco John’s recently named Kelly Hopper the chain’s chief financial officer. Hopper has extensive experience in finance and the restaurant industry, starting her career with Ernst & Young before moving over to Yum Brands, where she worked in several positions before moving over to the company’s Pizza Hut brand."
  • "Jim Creel, CEO of Cheyenne, Wyo.-based Taco John’s, called Hopper “a seasoned leader with a successful background ... [who] will add tremendous value to our company.” Hopper takes over the financial management of the nearly 400-unit fast-food Mexican chain. "
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  • "CHEYENNE, Wyo. — A Wyoming-based fast food company is attempting to revamp its branding and expand the franchise as it adds new stores and remodels older ones."
  • "The restaurant chain based in Cheyenne said new stores and those undergoing remodeling will use the new branding while the company focuses on more franchising opportunities."
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  • "A new fast-casual Mexican restaurant chain is coming to Montana and Wyoming in the summer serving Baja-style Mexican food. Fuzzy's Taco Shop, a chain based in Texas, will have locations in Billings, Bozeman and Missoula, Montana, and Casper, Wyoming."
  • "The franchised chain will be owned by Casper native John Johnson, of Johnson Restaurant Group Inc., who owns 11 restaurants across Montana and Wyoming. Fuzzy's will be Johnson's first foray into fast-casual restaurants. The taco shop serves fast-casual Mexican food in the Baja-style, like tacos, burritos and handmade salsa and guacamole. The four locations will also have full bars, with TVs and an energetic vibe."
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  • "One of the fixtures of Cody’s restaurant scene, the Proud Cut Saloon and Steakhouse, is changing hands. The new owner says he intends to maintain the Proud Cut’s status as a premier steakhouse — and he’s hoping to see an uptick in business from Kanye West’s recent business ventures in the area."
  • "Longtime Proud Cut owners Del and Becky Nose are selling the downtown business to David Peterson, who has decades of management experience. A business plan that Peterson submitted to the Cody City Council says he will spend five months — two months pre-sale and three months afterwards — working with Becky Nose on the intricacies of running the business."
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  • "The couple began with a food truck in a parking lot off Main Street in Red Lodge and are now expanding into a second location at Tippet Rise Art Center, located outside of Fishtail. They’ll serve lunch and dinner to patrons of the performance arts venue and outdoor sculpture park, which opens to the public June 26."
  • "Two years into operating PREROGATIvE Kitchen, Gena Gale Burghoff and her husband Chris Lockhart have found a groove in Red Lodge."
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  • "If you’ve driven through Ammon lately, you may have noticed some activity at the old Cellar restaurant. That’s because Rustic Vine, a new restaurant offering Mediterranean-style cuisine, is opening its doors next week."
  • "When The Cellar closed in October, Stephine Dunn and Lisa Hite decided it was a prime location for their restaurant concept. They bought the building in November, and renovations got underway quickly. The grand opening will be Feb. 10. "
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  • "For nearly three decades, Doug’s Burger Den served breakfast and lunch to Eagle residents."
  • "But last month, 27 years to the day from when it opened, she closed Doug’s Burger Den. Corta has reached an agreement with a buyer. Assuming the sale is finalized, she says, Eagle will have a new dining destination."
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  • "RIGBY — After many requests from locals for a coffee shop and breakfast restaurant in Rigby, a new cafe is opening up. Cafe Catalina’s is one of four tenants moving into the new retail space on Farnsworth Way where Tam’s Old-Fashioned Burger restaurant once stood."
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  • "Taziki’s will open in the new Gibson apartment building at 505 W. Idaho St. If all goes according to plan, the street-level restaurant will start serving “Mediterannean-style dishes with a Southern flair” by the end of February or early March. It will be open for lunch and dinner."
  • "When Shawn Tierney opened the state’s first Taziki’s Mediterranean Cafe in Eagle, he knew Idahoans would need time to grasp the fast-casual chain’s concept."
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  • "Nguyen, who owns popular North End restaurant 208 Pho & Vegan, plans to open a second, larger location this spring at 8675 W. Franklin Road. The space used to be regional chain Rumbi Island Grill."
  • "Nguyen’s new Vietnamese restaurant will be nearly three times bigger than the original 208 Pho & Vegan at 808 W. Fort St. — around 2,700 square feet."
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  • "For the last several years, customers and connoisseurs of Redd’s Grill have enjoyed the cuisine in Rexburg. Now the owners are opening another location in Idaho Falls. Owner and general manager David Rail tells EastIdahoNews.com they’ll be opening March 2 inside the Shilo Inn where Keefer’s Island and O’Callahans used to be."
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  • "In just a few short years, Dan Landucci will go from opening one fast-casual poké restaurant — to five. In fact, the chain just opened its latest store last month. Now, Paddles Up Poké plans to expand again. This time, Downtown Nampa gets the honors."
  • "With the new Boise State campus location up and rolling, as well as stores in Downtown Boise, on Eagle Rd. and in Downtown Ketchum, Paddles Up will add a storefront at 1217 First St. South. It joins a booming hub in Downtown Nampa, right next to 2C Brewing and near Mesa Tacos and Prefunk."
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  • "More craft burger choices are coming to Idaho Falls this summer. Burger Theory, which will be located inside the Holiday Inn & Suites at the Jackson Hole Junction, will have a variety of different burgers and other menu items. Containing a full-service menu and bar, the restaurant is planning to be open for breakfast, lunch and dinner."
  • "Burger Theory is a chain-within-a-chain franchise exclusive to Holiday Inn. Burger Theory is an InterContinental Hotels Group brand. InterContinental Hotels Group is Holiday Inn’s parent company. Burger Theory has locations throughout the U.S., including a location in the Nampa Holiday Inn, which opened in the summer of 2017."
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  • "Sassy Biscuit Co. will be the name of the restaurant coming to 104 Washington St. on the first floor. The new breakfast and lunch establishment has been working on renovations of the space. The first Sassy Biscuit opened in early 2018 in Billings, Montana by Jilan Hall-Johnson and her husband, DeMarco Johnson."
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  • "The Sacramento franchise location is one of three Curry Up Now franchise openings in 2020 and additional locations will be opening in Newark, Atlanta and Salt Lake City. The brand will also celebrate the Grand Opening of its first Utah restaurant at 1076 Fort Union Blvd. in Midvale on Friday, February 28. This opening marks the first Curry Up Now outpost in the region and continues the brand’s aggressive, rapid nationwide expansion. "
From Part 03