IndUS Business Journal:

Beautiful Brands International has had a busy start to 2009 adding four new franchise concepts to its portfolio: The Crusty Croissant, Greenz – Salads for Z’ Adventurous, Dixie Cream Donuts and Kyro Pizza.

The Crusty Croissant was first opened in Tulsa, Okla., in March 2008. The restaurant features croissants, crepes, chicken, turkey, quiches and pork tenderloin, along with shrimp and spinach pasta dishes. Also on the menu are salads and fruit, coffees, teas and a pastry case filled with desserts.

“We’re thrilled to be adding another high-quality concept to the Beautiful Brands International portfolio of brands,” David Rutkauskas, Beautiful Brands International founder, president and chief executive officer, said in a statement about the deal with The Crusty Croissant. “It’s not everyday you discover a business model of this caliber with such enormous national appeal and franchising potential. We believe it’s a great opportunity to utilize our time tested business systems to turn the success this brand has enjoyed locally into a winning formula nationwide.” More.