Flies twice as filthy as cockroaches, yet customers don't perceive threat

Restaurant patrons underestimate the health threats flies present, according to a new survey released by Orkin. Of the survey respondents, 61 percent would continue eating their meal after a fly touched and contaminated it, while just 3 percent of survey...

Tanjerine launches ordering, entertainment and payment tablet platform

TouchTunes subsidiary Tanjarine announced today the launch of its integrated tabletop ordering, entertainment and pay-at-the-table solution. "Restaurants are seeing significant benefits from tablet solutions, and large chains have begun deploying them across the country. Until now, there hasn't been a...

Marco’s Pizza plans Dallas-Fort Worth expansion

Marco’s Pizza, which added 109 units in 2013, is continuing its aggressive expansion with Dallas-Fort Worth as its latest target. Justin Tarrant and his business partner Mike Rogers, both area representatives, co-own the territory and oversee 10 Marco's locations in...

Papa John’s agrees to cover hepatitis A costs from corporate store

A North Carolina-based, company-owned Papa John’s location has been identified as the original source of a hepatitis A outbreak that happened in late March/early April. And, according to the Independent Tribune, Papa John’s International Inc.

Sbarro expands presence in Bolivia

Sbarro has announced its entry into Bolivia with a new store opening at the Ventura Mall in Santa Cruz, franchised by Sbarro Bolivia SRL. The group plans to open a total of 10 eateries in Bolivia throughout the next decade,...

Papa Murphy’s scores high for guests’ ‘intent to return’

Market Research firm Technomic has released new data examining restaurant guests’ intent to return and their reasons for doing so, which vary by generation, according to the research. The research reveals that more consumers report they will return in the...

Ice-O-Matic adds to Energy Star lineup

Ice-O-Matic, a manufacturer of ice machines, storage bins and dispensers, has announced a new addition to its lineup of Energy Star-rated machines. The ICEU226A joins the company’s selection of more than 30 machines to be awarded the Energy Star certification, meeting guidelines set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Project Pie ranked on top of Yelp’s emerging brands category

In a recent study by Yelp of emerging concepts, build-your-own pizza brand, Project Pie, was named No. 1.

ShopKeep adds new features to POS offerings

ShopKeep announced today the addition of new features added to its cloud-based point-of-sale software. The Check Management feature allows merchants to hold tabs open for customers throughout a shift and let them pay for their transaction when they are ready....

Sabert CEO wins 2014 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award for New Jersey region

Sabert Corporation announced today that Founder and CEO Albert Salama received the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2014 Award in the Excellence in Distribution and Manufacturing category in the New Jersey region. Salama was selected by an independent...

Zpizza brings back summer-inspired offerings

zpizza is bringing back two seasonal offerings to kickoff the summer season: Roasted Tomato Pesto Pizza and Strawberry Feta Salad. According to a news release, the Roasted Tomato Pesto Pizza features charred sweet tomatoes, organic pesto sauce and mozzarella topped...

Health insurance exchange launches for DC-area restaurants

Industree Exchange, a Washington, DC-based company, has launched to provide health insurance coverage specifically to local restaurants and bars. The Washington Post reports that the company’s objective is to provide affordable options for restaurants as they comply with the Affordable Care Act.

California Milk Advisory Board named as Kids LiveWell sponsor

The National Restaurant Association announced that the California Milk Advisory Board has become the first commodity board sponsor of the association’s Kids LiveWell program. “The new partnership between Kids LiveWell and the California Milk Advisory Board offers valuable and exciting...

Pie Five Pizza Co. plugs into the Music City

On Friday, Pie Five Pizza Co. will open the first of its 10 planned locations in Nashville, Tenn.

Agilysys expands restaurant solution to include loyalty, payment gateway

Agilysys Inc., a provider of IT and hospitality software and services, announced it has expanded its rGuest product offering to include solutions for online dining reservations, table management, loyalty and a Point-to-Point Encryption payment gateway. According to a news release,...

Domino’s launches promo to push iPad orders

Domino's Pizza is spotlighting its new iPad ordering app by giving guests who order through the feature the chance to win free pizza for a year. Those who use the iPad app now through Sept.

Uncle Maddio’s franchisee plans eight NC locations

Uncle Maddio’s franchisee Jerry Licari is opening his second of eight planned units in the Charlotte, N.C., area today in Huntersville’s NorthCross Shopping Center.  The grand opening celebration is scheduled for July 12, when Uncle Maddio’s will give away free pizza from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Pizza Hut, Ninja Turtles promo includes augmented reality, hidden menu

Pizza Hut has teamed up with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles to mark the return of the brand's Cheesy Bites. The summer-long promotion culminates with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' new movie, which debuts Aug.

C-store traffic gets a lift from foodservice offerings

Adding even more pressure to the increasingly competitive restaurant industry, convenience stores are getting a bump from consumers seeking out foodservice options. According to new research from The NPD Group, more consumers (a 2.4-percent increase) cited "food prepared on site"...

Restaurant industry adds 173K in first six months of 2014

Last week’s jobs report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics showed the national economy adding a net 288,000 jobs in June on a seasonally-adjusted basis. This marked the fifth consecutive month with gains of at least 200K. The positive report set off a ripple effect throughout the country, pushing the Dow Jones beyond 17,000 for the first time.

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