Crust becoming major differentiator for pizza consumers

Americans continue to choose pepperoni as their favorite pizza topping, but what may be surprising to some is that more consumers are basing their decisions on the crust. According to a new report from Dataessential, the crust has become a...

Old Chicago opens two new locations

Old Chicago Pizza & Taproom has announced the opening of two new restaurants this week, one in Hixson, Tennessee, and the other in Jacksonville, North Carolina.  The Hixson location is the company's first in the Chattanooga market. To celebrate the opening, $1 from every Chicago 7 and Meat Me sale after 3 p.m.

Uncle Maddio's new IT strategy includes loyalty, ordering and security

Uncle Maddio's Pizza Joint will launch a new IT strategy in Q1 aimed at improving customer engagement and franchisee satisfaction.

ChowNow adds Apple Pay platform

Company claims to be the first online ordering system to offer the new payment technology.

NCR Silver POS integrates LevelUp's payment platform

The NCR Silver POS system for small businesses has been integrated with LevelUp's mobile payment and payment platform. According to an announcement from the companies, the integration was made to provide small businesses – primarily fast casual restaurants – with...

Researchers use text-mining software to predict success, failure of DC restaurants

The computer-assisted text analysis was more accurate at predicting restaurants' demise than ratings alone (although it is most powerful when used in combination with numerical ratings).

NRA webinar on menu labeling regulations available for playback

The regulations affect entities with at least 20 locations nationwide operating under the same name. Attorneys discussed the law’s complexities and answered operator questions during the webinar.

Consumer demand for convenience shifting restaurant priorities

As restaurant brands increasingly jockey for more consumer visits, it's more important than ever for operators to keep a strong pulse on what their customers are looking for when they dine out. According to new research from The NPD Group,...

Report shows holiday season revenue decline at restaurants

Thanx Inc. has released new data today showing that over the last several years restaurant revenue declined 22 to 45 percent during the post-Thanksgiving holiday period.

Project Pie selects real estate firm to secure new market sites

Project Pie has announced a partnership with commercial real estate firm Newmark Grubb Knight Frank to help franchisees introduce the fast casual pizza concept in new markets. "This partnership with Newmark Grubb Knight Frank will elevate Project Pie to the...

Blaze Pizza debuts in North Carolina

Blaze Fast Fire'd Pizza will open its first North Carolina location Thursday in Morrisville's Park West Village. To celebrate, the restaurant is offering free pizzas Friday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

zpizza woos meat lovers with new menu launch

zpizza has added the zCarnivore to its menu, featuring four types of meat - all-natural pepperoni, fennel sausage, smoked ham and bacon – and topped with hand-torn oregano. The zCarnivore pizza is available through February. "The zCarnivore is a craveable taste that's a meat lover's dream," Founder Sid Fanarof said in a news release.

Pie Five plans entry in the Bluegrass State

Pie Five Pizza Co. has awarded up to 10 franchise units to restaurateur Mark Mehrizi to expand the brand in Kentucky.

Consumers name California drought as top food story of '14

The Great Western Drought topped all food-related stories for American consumers in 2014. According to the Hunter Public Relations' 12th annual Food News Study, conducted in partnership with Libran Research & Consulting, the shrinking bee population and the war on...

Demand for food transparency growing

New research from Technomic finds that most consumers want transparency from restaurant brands about their menu choices. Additionally, two in five consumers cite a rising concern over food additives.

SafetyChain providing ROI calculation to promote food safety platform

SafetyChain Software announced it is offering a complimentary Return on Investment calculator report for food and beverage companies looking to build a business case to implement food safety and quality assurance automation solutions in 2015. According to a news release,...

MOD Pizza signs franchise agreement for South Carolina

On the heels of its franchise agreement announcement with TEAM Schostak Family Restaurants to grow in Michigan, Seattle-based MOD Pizza also plans to add South Carolina to its portfolio. The company has partnered with Rich Connolly to develop a presence...

IPO, private equity activity were hot for restaurants in 2014

With 288 deals and $95.2 billion raised, 2014 will end with record activity in the US IPO markets, according to the EY Global IPO Trends: 2014 Q4 report released this week. EY Global said 2013 revived the IPO market in...

Gluten-free options now available at 9 percent of restaurants

New research from Food Genius finds a growing number of healthier menu options and more concepts touting a health-halo menu.

CiCi's Pizza hires Sonic exec as CFO

CiCi's Pizza has named Jim Lebs as its new chief financial officer Jim Lebs. According to a news release, Lebs has 20 years of experience and most recently served as VP – Supply Chain for Sonic Drive-In. He also served...

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