Surf City Squeeze was started in the early 1980s by Kevin Blackwell and his wife Kathi. Later, in 1998/1999, Sports Group International, Inc. merged with Surf City Squeeze with Surf City Squeeze's management taking over full control of the company. Also in 1999, Sports Group International purchased Frullati Cafe & Bakery Chain, bringing the total number of its franchised locations to 200.
By 2000, Kevin Blackwell changed the name of his company from Sports Group International to Kahala Corp. Also in 2000, Kahala Corp. then developed the Rollerz brand.
From 2001 to 2006, Kahala Corp. purchased Ranch1 Grilled Chicken, Samarai Sam's Teriyaki Grill, Taco Time, Great Steak, Johnnie's New York Pizzeria, and Blimpie. Kahala also acquired the license to Wafflo.
In 2007, Kahala Corp and Cold Stone Creamery agreed to merge creating a combined company holding 13 diversified brands. The combined company generated more than $1.1 billion in system wide sales in partnership with 3,000-plus franchisees and more than 4,600 retail.
Blimpie (United States and Kuwait) Cereality (Texas, West Virginia, Minnesota and Ohio; formerly Illinois) Cold Stone Creamery (Bahrain, Canada (partnership with Tim Hortons), China, Denmark, Indonesia, Japan, Kuwait, Mexico, Nigeria, Oman, Qatar, South Korea, Taiwan, United Arab Emirates, United States, Philippines. Cold Stone Creamery is licensed but not yet open in Finland, Jordan, Norway, Saudi Arabia, Sweden and Vietnam.) Frullati Cafe & Bakery (Kuwait and United States) Great Steak (Canada, Mexico, Kuwait and United States) Johnnie?s New York Pizzeria (California, Florida, Oregon, Texas, and Washington) NRgize Lifestyle Cafe (United States) Ranch1 (Kuwait and United States) Rollerz (California, D.C., Illinois, Nevada and Texas) Samurai Sam's Teriyaki Grill (Kuwait and United States) Surf City Squeeze (Canada, Saudi Arabia, Curaçao/Netherlands Antilles and United States) Taco Time (Canada, Kuwait, Curaçao/Netherlands Antilles and United States) Wafflo (Washington, Texas and Arizona; Kuwait)