3 ways Chipotle can avoid blowing its reputation

Chipotle's latest scandal is proof that bad things happen to great brands. And keep happening.

Innovative Upstarts Part 2 - Toppers: A cocky brand that dares to take on the big pizza guys

Scrappy anti-corporate brand, Toppers Pizza, is almost daily delivering a box full of attitude to the older more iconic pie-makers in this sector.

Innovative upstarts: In the sandwich category, Which Wich has it 'in the bag' (Part 1)

When Jeff Sinelli founded his Which Wich sandwich chain, it was probably destined to have something a little offbeat about it after his success with a relatively unusual concept in his former chain, Genghis Grill. That kind of innovation is where we started our questioning with Sinelli.

GE sells off restaurant assets of lending arm in massive 3-way deal

GE Capital U.S. is selling the bulk of its restaurant financing assets, which are worth about $1.4 billion.

Friday's Brexit left most pizza stocks relatively unchanged

The week that ended with the market-shaking news of Brexit, seems to have left pizza stocks relatively unchanged, though wheat commodity prices dropped sharply on the week.

The start-up and the old-timer: A tale of 2 pizza chains

Longtime pizza chain, Hungry Howie's and relative newcomer, MidiCi, take very different approaches to the category but still have something very fundamental in common.

National Retail Federation asks U.S. House to put OT regulation 'on pause'

The House Small Business Committee this week got an earful from the National Retail Federation on the Federal overtime regulations set to become effective Dec. 1. The NRF said the regulation will not only freeze hiring but will also lead to lay-offs and demotions.

Americans have lots of new-found love for fast food, but still smitten with full-service

Americans are feeling the love a little more these days for fast food, according to this year's customer satisfaction survey and index for the food service industry. But, as a nation, our true love is still heading out to a full-service restaurant for a meal.

Harris Poll forewarns of potential upheaval due to upcoming OT regulation

Americans have a hard time putting work away. In a new Harris Poll, most said it's at least partly because they have too much to do to in an eight-hour day.

International franchise expansion requires hefty work upfront

Domestic franchisors, whether running one location or 100 in the U.S., face a challenging journey in the quest to go international.

Snapchat campaigns capture a lot of dough for Virginia pizza chain

Ever thought of using that perpetual teenage social media favorite, Snapchat, in your social media marketing? Virginia-based Firenza certainly did, and the results have been very gratifying.

Pizza commodities: Costlier to create, but cheaper to deliver

Key ingredients used in pizza creation were all priced higher on the markets last week, though the cost of delivery was cheaper thanks to falling gasoline prices. Pizza stocks were mixed.

How to get 'free' money out of your landlord

When it comes to opening a location in a shopping center, obtaining a lease with a prime location and reasonable lease terms can be difficult for many small restaurant concepts. Michael Walters, president of Falcon Realty Advisors' Restaurant and Entertainment Group, reveals a couple secrets that could help.

A whole lot of movement going on in the pizza marketplace

Lots of action going on in pizza franchises this week. Here's a quick look at three that crossed our desks this morning.

Commodity prices make this a great summer for LTOs and menu variety

Favorable commodity prices gives restaurants a chance to exercise their menu creativity with new offerings and LTOs.

Are your restaurants in compliance? Major changes take effect Friday for business first aid kits

The regulations change this Friday on the bare minimum number and type of medical supplies that all U.S. workplaces must have under the law.

Yelp-foodjunky.com partnership gives restaurateurs a front seat at the corporate catering table

A new tech partnership pairing Yelp with foodjunky.com could offer a nice inroad to new source of business for restaurants nationwide.

Persona Pizza Chef wins big again with house-made desserts

Persona Pizza may be small now as a chain, but its chef and co-founder has big plans and even bigger passion for his product.

Tough market last week for pizza operators

Commodity prices were up and pizza stock prices fell last week in trading at the major markets nationally.

Why your loyalty program is failing and how to fix it (Part 3)

By harnessing the power of smart loyalty and letting customers control their own experience, brands can create a superior consumer journey.

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