Foodservice Equipment Reports

Jake’s Inks Middle East Expansion Deal

Jake’s Wayback Burgers has grown to 72 stores in 22 states since its debut in Newark, Del., in 1991. Now it will have a presence in 28 countries in the Middle East and Africa. The Cheshire, Conn., chain has entered the international arena through an agreement with Topaz Mena LLC, a Saudi Arabian firm that will oversee the opening of 60-plus units in its home region. Beginning next spring, Topaz will open its own locations in Dubai and Saudi Arabia and sell sub-master franchises to the other area countries. Yasser Ibrahim, a veteran of growing franchise concepts in the region, including KFC, Pizza Hut and Burger King, has been named CEO.