Wetzel's Pretzels (co-founded by Rick Wetzel) operates and franchises about 190 mall-based pretzel stands in more than 25 US states and five other countries (Canada, Lebanon, Mexico, the Philippines, and South Korea). The chain of snack outlets offers fresh-baked pretzels that are available in a variety of flavors, including garlic, cinnamon, and cheese. Wetzel's Pretzels was founded in 1994 and is owned by private equity firm Levine Leichtman Capital Partners.
Lady of America Franchise Corporation company franchises about 300 fitness clubs in 45 states across the US and about ten foreign countries. Lady of America offers members a workout alternative to the co-ed gym at its Lady of America and LOA Fitness for Women full-service gyms, or the smaller Ladies Workout Express, which is designed to get its members in and out in less than 30 minutes. The company allows men at its Workout Express and Health Clubs of America locations. Lady of America was founded in 1984 by Roger Wittenberns; it began franchising in 1989.
Maybe for this company the restaurant business is like a box of chocolates. Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. Restaurants operates and franchises about 30 themed eateries under the name Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. Restaurant & Market. Inspired by the 1994 film Forrest Gump, the casual dining restaurants offer a menu of seafood appetizers, entrees, and sandwiches. The chain has about 20 restaurants in 10 states along with another dozen international locations; most Bubba Gump units are found at tourist destinations such as the Mall of America and the Universal Orlando theme park. Former CEO Scott Barnett created the chain after striking a licensing deal with Paramount Pictures in 1996.
This company is far from being a pint-sized player in the UK pub industry. Mitchells & Butlers (M&B) is one of that country's largest restaurant and pub operators with nearly 2,000 establishments. Its estate of public houses include such popular branded and managed chains as Ember Inns, Nicholson's, and O'Neill's. M&B also operates a bevey of local community pubs throughout the country, as well as music clubs (Babylon, Reflex), cosmopolitan bars, and restaurants. In addition to food and drinks, the company's Innkeeper's Lodge pub chain features about 750 hotel rooms.
GameAccount has a booming business on account of the games people play. GameAccount Global Limited operates a network of Web sites, the GameAccount Network, which plays host to people who pay to play against each other in such skill-based games as backgammon, gin rummy, and poker. Players from more than 130 countries (with the exception of the US) participate in games on the network, which operates in 14 languages and 25 currencies. GameAccount takes a commission from the money players ante up; it also licenses its gaming software to other sites, such as Sportingbet and Gala Coral Group. GameAccount was founded in 2001 by David McDowell and Kevin O'Neal with backing from the Smurfit family of Smurfit Kappa Group fame.
Dolphins Enterprises owns and operates the Miami Dolphins professional football team, which has won two Super Bowl championships (its last coming at the end of the 1973 season) and lays claim to the only undefeated season by a National Football League team (in 1972). The franchise has not lacked for opportunities, with five conference titles and numerous playoff appearances. Its roster has included such Hall of Fame players as Larry Csonka, Bob Griese, and Dan Marino. The franchise was founded in 1965 by lawyer Joe Robbie as a member of the American Football Legaue. It joined the NFL ranks when the two leagues merged in 1970. Billionaire Stephen Ross acquired control of the team from Wayne Huizenga in 2009.
Monical Pizza operates and franchises more than 60 pizza parlors in the Midwest under the name Monical's Pizza. The chain's menu features Monical's signature thin crust pizza, which is available with a variety of toppings. Monical's Pizza also serves pasta dishes, sandwiches, and starters. Most of the pizzerias are located in central Illinois; the chain has a handful of locations in Indiana and Wisconsin. An investment group led by chairman Harry Bond has controlled the business since 1982. Monical Pizza namesake Ralph Monical started the pizza chain in 1959.
These chefs are busy boiling seafood. Chefs International operates about a dozen casual dining restaurants in New Jersey and Florida mostly doing business under the Lobster Shanty name, such as Point Pleasant Lobster Shanty, Toms River Lobster Shanty, and its flagship Jack Baker's Lobster Shanty. Other locations include Jack Baker's Wharfside & Patio Bar and The Sunset Ballroom event and banquet hall. The restaurants serve a variety of seafood dishes in a casual setting. Jack Baker, a New Jersey fisherman, opened his first Jack Baker's Lobster Shanty in 1979. Chairman Robert Lombardi and his family control the company.
The Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) is the organizing body for women's golf, overseeing development and promotion of the game and its star players. It operates the LPGA Tour consisting of about 30 events a year. In addition to its high-profile golf tournaments, the organization runs the LPGA Teaching & Club Professional Division, which is the golf education and development subsidiary for its 1,200 members. The LPGA was founded in 1950, making it one of the oldest women's sports organizations in the world.
Lac du Flambeau is a premiere place for those seeking an exciting cultural and hands-on historical. experience. Ojibwe culture is alive and well-respected in this community which has much to offer in the ways of both nightlife and outdoor living. Come to Lac du Flambeau to have a quiet walk in the woods, an exciting game of blackjack at the casino or an authentic cultural experience at the local Ojibwe museum. This is one of the unique places in the world where the balance of natural resources and modern development co-exist to protect future generations. The rich history and culture of the Lac du Flambeau reservation brings the past alive into the present. Many years ago, the ancient Ojibwe came from the Big Salt Water in the East. Their migration was prophesied to end where they found food that grew on water. This food they found was wild rice, which continues to be a staple in the Ojibwe diet. Fish were also abundant and were harvested by the light of a flaming torch; thus the name Lake of the Torches. The Ojibwe name for this region was Waswagoning, meaning "A place where they spear fish by torch light". During the summer months, visitors to the reservation can experience what it was like in the old days at Waswagoning Village.
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