DALLAS The Corner Bakery Cafe chain has granted franchise development rights to The Rose Group for 25 restaurants in the greater Philadelphia area. Rose Group, an Applebee's franchisee, agreed to build the bakery-cafes--Corner Bakery's first free-standing franchised units--over the next seven years. The franchise agreement is the first for Corner Bakery since the chain was acquired last year by Il Fornaio (America) Corp., Corte Madera, Calif.-based operator of the namesake casual ...

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