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See useful news of the industry in What’s Going On – April 2022

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See useful news of the industry in What’s Going On – April 2022

WGO April 2022

Chef Marc Taft, joining forces with Atrium Hospitality and bringing in Chef Luke Hawke, will bring a new southern bistro in Huntsville, Alabama. Connected to the Downtown Embassy Suites Hotel, CO/OP Community Table + Bar is slated to open late spring. The restaurant will feature a refined farmhouse-influenced design paired with elevated, southern ingredient-inspired dishes.  In addition to the menu/ food, the bar will feature modern craft cocktails, local brews on tap and a chef curated wine list.

The Tranzonic Companies, a respected manufacturer of cleaning, maintenance, and personal protection products, has expanded its ability to provide contract converting services for presaturated and dry perforated rolls within the nonwoven wipes category. With global supply chain issues making news almost daily, Tranzonic invested in new equipment to provide integrated chemical mixing, filling, converting, and packaging for perforated rolls in their Knoxville, Tenn., location. This has increased their domestic manufacturing capabilities of this critical hygiene product category and rounds out their already expansive dry wipe converting and packaging capabilities.

Now, Tranzonic is making some of these select process lines available for contract converting. Founded nearly a century ago, The Tranzonic Companies, headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, is a diversified holding company whose brands excel in curated product categories for cleaning, maintenance, and personal protection in away-from-home markets, including commercial, industrial, institutional, and business consumer sectors from food service and more. Web:

Coffee Bar Atlanta will open soon. The space located at 1602 LaVista Rd NE in Atlanta is under construction. The owner, Amar Medatia has leased the 3,000 sq. ft. building with plans to open a new coffee shop, that will also include beers and wines.  

Razzoo’s Cajun Cafe, a Cajun eatery, recently announced plans to expand into Arkansas, Tennessee, and Florida. Razzoo’s president Philip Parsons will also increase restaurants in Texas, North Carolina and in Oklahoma. Spurred by strong performance over the past 3 years, the brand locks in plans for expansion.

FACE Amusement Group has announced the official opening of Guy Fieri’s Downtown Flavortown, at the Mountain Mile Shopping Complex located in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. In partnership with famed chef, author, and Emmy Award-winning television personality Guy Fieri, the impressive 43,000-sq ft family entertainment center that is destined to become a “must do” option for Pigeon Forge, with a media event and VIP party following later in the year. The 300+ seat restaurant will showcase Fieri’s famous culinary combinations featuring Guy Fieri’s Downtown Flavortown features a 14-lane Duck Pin bowling alley; over 10,000 square feet of state-of-the-art arcade games ranging from redemption to virtual reality and beyond; a full-service Freaky Tiki bar; a photo opportunity in front of an iconic 1968 Chevy Camaro, and many options for private parties. For more information on Guy Fieri’s Downtown Flavortown visit 

Kari-Out Company – – a leading manufacturer, importer and nationwide distributor of paper, aluminum, and recyclable packaging products in the restaurant takeout industry, has announced a significant move to bolster its innovative line of sustainable packaging solutions. The company’s largest investment to date will expand manufacturing capabilities in its Specialty Quality Packaging (SQP) facility in New York, where Kari-Out’s popular Food Trays, Eco Box™ and Eco Earth™ paper food containers are produced.  SQP, founded in 1981, has been a Kari-Out company for over fifteen years and has helped Kari-Out drive innovation with a highly experienced manufacturing team. The company employs over 600 people and has six facilities throughout North America supplying independent and national food service distributors. In line with the company’s mission to be environmentally responsible, two of Kari-Out’s largest production facilities are powered by solar energy.

Waddington North America™ (WNA), a Novolex® brand, announced today that it has been awarded a new patent for Cutlerease®, an innovative dispenser that offers customers one disposable utensil at a time.

The Peach Cobbler Factory executive Greg George recently announced the signing of another multi-unit agreement with Anna and J.R. Carpenter. They will open the first one at 785 Shugart Road in  Dalton, Georgia. Many other franchisees are opening in several cities in Florida as well. Since the Peach Cobbler Factory started in 2013, their commitment has always been about delivering a premium line of desserts of premium quality. The Peach Cobbler Factory was founded in Nashville, TN in 2013 by Juan and Tami Edgerton. (photo courtesy of Peach Cobbler Factory)

Novolex can now offer customers the opportunity to lease or buy Cutlerease dispensers — making it even easier for foodservice establishments to enjoy its many benefits. The unique system cuts waste, reduces the spread of germs, saves space and provides guests with a more convenient way to get utensils. Customers simply withdraw the utensil from the dispenser by pulling on the handle of the spoon, fork or knife that they want. After the utensil is removed, another pops out, ready for the next guest. The new patent covers the Cutlerease refill system that maximizes efficiency and hygiene in loading replacement utensils. It features refill packs that make restocking easy and do not require employees to touch the actual cutlery. The dispenser also works with compostable cutlery from Eco-Products®, a Novolex brand.

Vulcan, a leading provider of commercial cooking equipment, recently welcomed Alex Ricciuti as the newest addition to the ever-expanding combi oven team. She will lead their field sales efforts as Chef and Combi Business Development Manager – traveling across the country to promote Vulcan’s growing combi oven offering with a special focus on driving end-user interest and dealer support with new combi oven specific selling programs. Vulcan is part of ITW Food Equipment Group (NYSE: ITW). For more information, visit

Grumpy’s Restaurant has plans to open in Neptune Beach late in the Summer. The location at 200 Third St. will be franchised and operated by Tracy and Michael Yarbrough. There are other Grumpys. Their logo is “Home of the Bad Mood Dude.”

Centerline™ by Hobart has announced an addition to its line of dishmachines.  With the new Centerline door type commercial dishwasher, independent restaurants and midsize foodservice operations have a new option for dishwashing efficiency. An affordable line of kitchen equipment from the industry’s premier food equipment manufacturer, Centerline by Hobart offers dishwashing equipment for operations that demand quality and reliable performance at an affordable price. The new Centerline by Hobart door type commercial dishwasher is perfect for moderate daily use and features a simple, durable design to meet the demands of smaller operations and budgets. The dish machine can also fit your specific kitchen needs with a choice of either a high-temperature (CDH) or a chemical-sanitizing (CDL) model (CDL model includes easy-to-read chemical indicators and chemical pumps). The units can be configured for corner or pass-through operation.

 Savannah Seafood Shack, an award-winning, fast casual restaurant serving seafood dishes at affordable prices, is bringing its Lowcountry cuisine nationwide through a franchising partnership with Fransmart, the leading franchise development company for emerging brands. “Savannah Seafood Shack has the strongest unit economics I’ve seen in a fast casual restaurant in a decade,” said Dan Rowe, CEO of Fransmart. “Customers vote with their wallets, and they love this place.” Featured on the Cooking Channel, Food Network, Travel Channel and more, the popular restaurant is a Savannah institution that draws visitors from all over the world. Founder and CEO Christine Tsoi Cutlip, a first-generation Chinese American raised in Savannah, drew inspiration for Savannah Seafood Shack from the fresh seafood markets her family owned during her childhood.

ERC Tax Credit – Rebate Employee Retention Tax Credits If your company lost revenue because of COVID-19, you could get up to $26,000 per employee back from the U.S. government. TRN has created a partnership with a leading accounting firm to help restaurants get back on their feet, with help on ERCT Filings. To see if you qualify go to:

Fernando Marulanda (Chef Nando) brings a long and storied culinary career to the famed La Goulue in Palm Beach as the new executive chef of the popular French bistro. Most recently Chef Nando spent five years as executive chef of the flagship Charlie Palmer Steak in New York City. He’s worked with multi concepts while there and for Danny Meyer and other notable restaurants in New York including Tavern on the Green and Café des Artistes.

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