AllergyEats conference planned for October in NYC

The 2014 AllergyEats Food Allergy Conference is set for Oct. 21 beginning at 8 a.m.

Restaurant recruiting firm launches regional development franchising program

Patrice & Associates, a nationwide recruiting firm specializing in the restaurant industry, has introduced a regional development franchising program. According to a news release, as part of the new program, regional developers will acquire the rights to develop 25 Patrice & Associates franchises within a specified territory.

PizzaRev celebrates Utah openings

Away We Dough Inc. has hosted a grand opening celebration for Utah’s first PizzaRev location in West Valley.

Hungry Howie's continues Michigan expansion

Hungry Howie’s Pizza has opened its newest location in Monroe, Mich., continuing its expansion across its home state. According to a news release, the Monroe location will be husband and wife duo Patrick and Carole Shannon’s third Hungry Howie’s Pizza...

DaVinci Gourmet intros new smoothie mixes for foodservice operators

DaVinci Gourmet has introduced new smoothies made without artificial sweeteners, colors or preservatives. According to a news release, the smoothies include two servings of fruit per 8-ounce finished drink and are geared toward the foodservice industry. "With healthy eating on...

Villa Enterprises opens Food Hall by Villa at shopping outlet

Six of Villa Enterprises’ brands are now open at the Leesburg Corner Premium Outlets in Virginia, as part of the Food Hall by Villa. The concepts include Villa Italian Kitchen, Green Leaf’s, Bananas, South Philly Steaks & Fries, Far East...

Pie Five Pizza plans debut in the Deep South

Pie Five Pizza Co. has awarded 26 franchise units to Quality Restaurant Concepts LLC, headed by restaurateurs Fred Gustin and Kurt Guttshall.

New S.C. Mellow Mushroom boasts sci-fi theme

Mellow Mushroom will open its newest unit July 21 in Rock Hill, S.C., across from the Regal Manchester Cinema in Manchester Village. The new restaurant is owned by Chuck Watson, Brian Johnsey and Charles Ryan. "Rock Hill has a great mixture of growth and well preserved history," Watson said in a news release.

Papa Murphy’s partnership supports Seattle area pediatric patients

Papa Murphy’s has partnered with CBS EcoMedia through its WellnessAd program to fund 24 Starlight Tablets for eight Seattle-area hospitals. According to a news release, Papa Murphy’s support to the Starlight Children’s Foundation will benefit an estimated 12,000 pediatric patients...

HipLogiq announces integration partnership with MailChimp

HipLogiq announced today a new partnership that will allow customers to integrate customer contact data gathered using its SocialCentiv tool directly into MailChimp. SocialCentiv users can listen on social media for customers seeking their product or service, reply and extend...

Pizza Patrón on pace for strongest sales year ever

Pizza Patrón announced today that first and second quarter total sales in 2014 exceeded expectations and are up 5.6 percent versus the same six-month period in the prior year. According to a news release, this number was achieved with 14...

Dinova enhances mobile app to help business travelers find preferred restaurants

Dinova LLC recently announced the launch of a mobile application for Android and iPhone smartphones that will help business travelers locate Dinova network restaurants. Dinova's nationwide network includes more than 10,000 independent and chain restaurants. Dinova's corporate clients, which include...

CiCi’s Pizza testing create-your-own prototype

CiCi’s Pizza is the latest pizza chain to test a create-your-own concept, jumping on board a growing subsegment driven by fledgling fast casual concepts throughout the country. CiCi’s will showcase this new prototype at a reopening celebration at its restaurant in The Colony, Texas, on July 19 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Tyson’s tender offer for Hillshire set at $63 per share

Tyson Foods has commenced a cash tender offer for all outstanding shares of common stock of The Hillshire Brands Company at a price of $63.00 per share. The tender offer is being made pursuant to the previously announced merger agreement dated July 1, among the two companies. The tender offer period will expire at midnight Aug.

New RapiDough Pizza concept allows guests to order via iPad kiosks

The RapiDOUGH Pizza concept has opened in Providence Town Center in Collegeville, Pa., featuring pizzas, calzones and salads. The offerings are made with locally-sourced ingredients and house-made cheeses, according to a news release. RapiDOUGH Pizza was created by restaurateurs and...

Multiunit franchisee growth outpacing restaurant industry growth

According to new data from the Restaurant Finance Monitor’s annual "Monitor 200" ranking, the 200 largest restaurant franchisees in the country saw their total revenues grow by 9 percent in 2013. This growth "easily" outpaced the overall restaurant industry’s growth,...

Cardfree, Xpient form omnichannel partnership for restaurant customers

Cardfree, a mobile commerce provider, has announced its partnership with Xpient Solutions, a POS and technology provider used by 17 top QSR brands. According to a news release, the companies will offer omnichannel, end-to-end services for restaurants, including CRM, loyalty,...

John's Incredible Pizza Company launches kids’ tour

John's Incredible Pizza Company is hosting a kids’ tour in July and August that will feature the band Paradise performing its single, Glitter, as seen on The X Factor. According to a news release, the tour includes dancing, pizza, games, rides and other attractions.

Spin! Neapolitan Pizza plans Dallas presence

Kansas City, Mo.-based Spin! Neapolitan Pizza plans to open three company-owned locations in the Dallas area -- its first company-owned restaurants outside its home market -- between November 2014 and May 2015. According to a news release, the concept will...

Chuck E. Cheese’s selects Topgolf exec as new CEO

CEC Entertainment, parent company of Chuck E. Cheese's, has named Thomas Leverton as its new CEO, effective July 23. Leverton succeeds Michael H.

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