Senators introduce NLRB Reform Act on heels of McDonald's ruling

Senator Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senator Lamar Alexander have introduced the National Labor Relations Board Act on the heels of the NLRB's decision ruling that McDonald's is culpable for wage theft accusations raised by its franchisee employees. In response,...

Blaze Pizza adding two locations in LA market

Blaze Fast-Fire'd Pizza announced that it will open two more Los Angeles County locations, including Westfield's Topanga Mall and the University of Southern California.  These openings will put the concept at 11 locations in the Los Angeles area by early 2015.  The Canoga Park location is scheduled to open in October 2014.

Stevi B’s launches fall menu, promotions

Stevi B's Pizza Buffet is expanding its buffet options with a new dessert – the Caramel Apple Pizza. Available now through November, the Caramel Apple Dessert Pizza is filled with caramel, apple filling and cobbler crumbs. Additionally, the brand has...

Gatti’s Pizza offers $4.50 pricing to mark milestone anniversary

Gatti's Pizza is celebrating its 45th anniversary on Sept. 25 with a special one-day only promotion.

More restaurants adopting green practices

Research reveals that the majority of restaurants surveyed by the National Restaurant Association recycle, use compact fluorescent lighting and purchase recycled materials.

Pie Five Pizza hooks up with Uber, Texas State Fair for promotion

Pie Five Pizza has partnered with the State Fair of Texas, Coca-Cola and Uber to offer two VIP prize packages, each consisting of four general admission tickets to the fair. Winners will also receive food and ride coupons totaling $200...

Blaze Pizza announces a handful of new locations

Blaze Fast-Fire'd Pizza, today announced that it will soon be opening three new locations in the greater New York/New Jersey area. The company also announced it will open its 18th SoCal location Sept.

Total Merchant’s Groovv Register gets restaurant-specific upgrades

Total Merchant Services, a payments processing company, has released a restaurant version of Groovv Register designed to help independent restaurant owners. These enhancements include the ability to send orders to the kitchen printer, up to three levels of item modifiers...

Fund established to encourage pro athletes into franchising

The Playbook Solutions Group Franchise Income Fund has been formed to help professional athletes get into franchising. The fund was founded by Steve Levenson and NFL veteran Leonard Marshall is a partner. "The franchise industry is continuing to flourish and...

More consumers seeking out restaurants for beverage offerings

Specialty beverages – from coffees to teas to craft beers – have been on an upswing in the restaurant industry for the past few years and more consumers are now seeking them out. According to new research from Technomic, 21...

Beanstalk Data announces strategic partnership with Olo

The partnership brings together Beanstalk's SaaS platform and Olo's digital ordering.

US Foods rolls out fall products

US Foods is rolling out several new product lines for fall, plus a new game app for diners.

Mood Media integrating location-based marketing capabilities

Mood Media is integrating a digital signal into its media players that will allow its customers to deliver location-based marketing content.

NRA's Educational Foundation seeks neighbor, diversity nominations

The National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation announced today it has begun accepting nominations for its 2015 Restaurant Neighbor and Faces of Diversity American Dream awards. Applications and nomination forms are available online at NRAEF.org/Awards until Nov.

Peter Piper Pizza announces nationwide franchising initiative

Arizona-based Peter Piper Pizza has announced a franchising initiative aimed at expanding the brand nationally into new markets. According to a news release, Peter Piper currently has 143 restaurants throughout the Southwest and Mexico, and 111 are franchised and 32...

Blaze Pizza sets its sights on Tennessee

Blaze Fast-Fire'd Pizza today announced that it will make its debut in Tennessee in November with a new location in Knoxville. According to a news release, the 80-seat restaurant includes an outdoor patio and will be located at Town &...

Papa Murphy’s acquires nine Minneapolis stores for $3.4M

Papa Murphy's Holdings Inc. announced Friday it has acquired nine Papa Murphy's stores in Minneapolis for approximately $3.4 million. According to a news release, the company completed the acquisition of the locations from a single franchisee in mid-August, bringing the company-owned store count to 24 units in the Minneapolis market.

Fro-yo, burgers, pizza concepts' growth indicate high demand

According to Inc. Magazine's annual list of privately-held companies, fast casuals are still setting the pace for the restaurant industry.

Fresh Brothers Pizza part of LAX International's new lineup

The Los Angeles International Airport plans to open a handful of new restaurant concepts in one of its international terminals – Terminal 2. The OC Register reported the news this week and said the influx of eateries will double LAX's current offerings in that terminal. Airport officials announced some of the 12 concepts on Wednesday.

Quiznos, CiCi's, Cold Stone among franchise businesses with high default rates

The Wall Street Journal this week examined the 10 "worst franchise brands," based on SBA loan defaults. The list included three restaurant brands – Cold Stone Creamery, Quiznos and CiCi's Pizza. Topping the list was Planet Beach, with a 41.1 percent default rate.

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