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...

Interactive Customer Experience Summit coming to Chicago in June

The conference will focus on technologies such as digital signage, self-service kiosks, mobile and tablets, as well as emerging technologies like beacons, virtual assistants and augmented reality.

Applebee's franchisee bringing MOD Pizza to Michigan

TEAM Schostak Family Restaurants, a Michigan-based restaurant group with a portfolio of casual and QSR brands, has announced plans to open 25 MOD Pizza locations throughout the state during the next five years. Its first two leases have been signed...

Pizza Hut's Oman system honored for Big Data actions

Pizza Hut Oman has been awarded the "Most Innovative Industry Application of Big Data" at The Customer Festival Awards, held recently in Dubai. According to a news release, the winners were selected by an independent panel of judges from brands...

Little Caesars expanding headquarters in Downtown Detroit

Twenty-five years after moving its headquarters from the suburbs to Detroit's Fox Office Center, Little Caesars announced it is building a new 205,000-square-foot Global Resource Center, expanding its world headquarters campus in Detroit to more than twice its current size....

Blaze Pizza marks two grand openings in Sacramento

Blaze Fast Fire'd Pizza today will open two new Sacramento, California, area locations in Gold River's Town Centre and the Highland Reserve Shopping Center in Roseville.  To celebrate the grand openings, both restaurants will offer free pizzas Dec. 13 from 11 a.m.

LevelUp introduces gift cards

LevelUp has announced the introduction of gift cards into its mobile payment ecosystem. LevelUp's gift cards are seamelessly integrated with the company's existing platform and available at its 14,000 merchants and nearly 2 million users. With the introduction, LevelUp merchants...

NRA: Better kids' meals top trends list

Some of the restaurant industry's hottest trends involve children's items, according to the NRA's 2015 What's Hot culinary forecast.

Foodservice supply association predicts 4.1% growth in 2015

MAFSI representatives are forecasting growth of 4.1 percent for 2015 over 2014, inline with the growth forecast for GDP.

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