Franchisee trades in Papa John's business for fast casual Mexican concept

A Kansas-based 10-unit Papa John's franchisee, Terry Newman, has sold his Papa John's Wichita holdings business to focus on a new, yet-to-be-named Chipotle-like Mexican concept. According to Wichita Business First, he will open the new business in the Wichita market first.  St.

Russo's continues UAE expansion

Prime Hospitality has signed a franchise agreement with Russo’s Restaurants to open another Russo’s New York Pizzeria in the United Arab Emirates, and its second in Abu Dhabi. According to a news release, this will be Prime Hospitality’s fourth Russo’s...

Pieology Pizzeria adds gift card options

Pieology Pizzeria has announced that gift cards are now available for in-store purchase at all locations. The reloadable gift cards are available in any denomination. "We're excited to now offer Pieology gift cards, making it easier than ever to give...

Strong forecast predicted for UK's QSR segment

Technomic has revealed its inaugural market mapping of the United Kingdom, which includes market size and segmentation data, as well as expectations for the foodservice industry by segment for 2015. According to a news release, overall improvement in the marketplace...

RedBrick Pizza plans expansion throughout Kentucky

RedBrick Pizza is launching a campaign to add more than a dozen restaurants in Kentucky throughout the next three years. The company will host a VIP Taste & Tour franchise event from 6-9:30 p.m. at the Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham in Louisville on Jan.

Papa John's co-op names new media agency

The Louisville (Kentucky) Co-Op of Papa John’s International Inc., has selected Current360 as its media agency. The scope of work will include competitive research to identify opportunities, consulting services to leverage sponsorships and partnerships, and media planning, placement and tracking...

Restaurant startup game app launches

Players can build their own fine dining, family restaurants and fast food places in Restaurant Bigwig 2.0 for the iPad.

NTN Buzztime names new chief financial officer

Allen Wolff, among other responsibilities, will assume the principal accounting duties and report directly to CEO Ram Krishnan.

Convention chair named for 2015 National Restaurant Association Show

John C. Metz will serve as convention chair for the 2015 NRA's Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show and the 2015 Beverage Alcohol for Restaurants at the NRA Show.

NLRB issues complaints against McDonald's as joint employer

The joint-employer model is expected to have a significant impact on franchised restaurant businesses.

IFA launches labor resource site for franchisees

The International Franchise Association has unveiled a new resource website for franchisees. The Franchise Labor & Workforce Hub includes information for franchise business owners looking to learn more about current labor and workforce challenges facing employers as well as best...

National Restaurant Association Show rebrands wine, spirits and beer event

The International Wine, Spirts & Beer Event, a perennial feature of the National Restaurant Association Show in May, has been renamed as BAR, which stands for Beverage Alcohol for Restaurants. The BAR branding will debut at the NRA Show in...

Middleby adds Italian foodservice equipment company to roster

The Middleby Corporation has announced the acquisition of Desmon Food Service Equipment Company, based in Nusco, Italy. According to a news release, Desmon has annual revenues of approximately $15 million. The company produces blast chillers and refrigeration for commercial kitchens,...

Minimum wage employees in 21 states to get a raise in the New Year

Twenty-one states are positioned to raise their minimum wages on Jan. 1. According to a news release from the Employment Policies Institute, other cities and states are expected to follow in 2015. The following states, their current minimum wage and Jan.

bogopogo launches restaurant mobile coupon plan

bogopogo has launched its FRAMPLE (Free + Sample) plan, providing free mobile coupon access to all restaurants across the US and allowing them to promote their best restaurant deal. "This changes everything. Now every restaurant in America can communicate their...

Regents Pizzeria unveils bigger restaurant design, beer garden

Regents Pizzeria has opened a new 4,100-square-foot restaurant in the Southern California coastal town of La Jolla. The restaurant features a new design, outdoor beer garden with 32 rotating brews on draft, and 25 artisanal pizzas made with dough recipes...

Pie Five marks second DC area location

Pie Five Pizza will open its newest restaurant in Sterling, Virginia, on Friday. This will be the brand's second location in the Virginia/Washington, DC, market. Its first opened in Richmond, Virginia, in May. The Sterling restaurant is located in the Sugarland Plaza Shopping Center.

RedBrick Pizza extends presence to the Bluegrass State

RedBrick Pizza announced its first Kentucky restaurant will open this holiday season at Mall St. Matthews in Louisville.

OrderUp adds AOL veteran to executive team

Baltimore-based OrderUp has hired former AOL SVP of Corporate Development Michael Smith as its new VP of Corporate and Business Development. The move will support OrderUp's growth. According to a news release, OrderUp's order and delivery volume has recently increased...

Key themes for '15: Food quality, customization, customer-facing technology

Fitch Ratings released its 2015 Outlook for the US Restaurant industry, predicting an improvement in sales trends, the easing of commodities pressures and growing cash flow. However, the potential for event risk will remain in the New Year, according to...

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