New research shows steep decline in lunch traffic

More harrowing news today on the possible decline in business across food service, but this time the research revolves specifically around the lunch day-part and it's not good. According to global information firm, NPD Group, the sales of lunch across...

California Pizza Kitchen kicks some life into cauliflower this fall

Spicy cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, bacon and wild mushrooms are warming up the fall menu at California Pizza Kitchen. The restaurant is adding three new seasonal specials and two new permanent menu items that will make vegetarians everywhere sprout a big...

Seattle E. coli outbreak spreads to 4 states, original restaurant not only source

At least 10 people in four states have been sickened by a Shiga toxin-producing strain of E. Coli 0157, according to multiple news reports, including the Seattle Times.

Pieology rolls out dough at new central California location

Pieology Pizzeria is opening its newest location in central California, in Goleta, at 7000 Hollister Avenue, Suite 101. The Goleta location is the fifth owned and operated by Cotti Foods.

BBX Capital to open 50 Mod Pizza units

BBX Capital has joined Mod Pizza as a franchisee with the goal of developing 50 or more locations throughout central and southern Florida over the next seven years, according to a company press release. With this agreement, MOD now has...

(Not-so) Little Caesars upsized headquarters under construction;

Little Caesars this week broke ground on what will be its $150 million world headquarters in downtown Detroit. This is the first new headquarters construction in Detroit in more than 10 years, according to a news release about the building, which will double the size of the chain's current headquarters.

Papa John's franchisee to open 60 more Mexico locations

Papa John's is expanding in Mexico and will build 60 restaurants there over the next eight years, thanks to a development agreement signed with Orquest Foods. That company recently bought 26 Papa John's outlets in Mexico City, the chain's first...

Two franchisees to open 35 Toppers Pizza locations

Toppers Pizza has signed on two new franchisees and longtime "pizza people," who collectively are planning to open 35 locations in Colorado,Wyoming, Virginia and Maryland. Joining the chain is Todd Geatches, formerly of Oliver’s, Papa John’s and Taco John’s, who...

Leadership partners with investment firm to acquire Cicis

Cicis pizza buffet has new owners. The Arlon Group, a food and agriculture investment firm, has partnered with the chain's current management team to acquire the pizza franchise, a press release announced. CEO Darin Harris will remain at the helm of the newly acquired company.

Amazon restaurant service arrives in London

A week after going live with Prime Restaurants in Houston, Amazon is offering the service in London for Prime customers. The eateries participating include a Michelin-starred restaurant and Strada, according to the London Telegraph, The London service works without additional...

Something's fishy: 1 in 5 seafood samples fraudulently labeled

A new worldwide study of the global seafood supply chain finds it's rife with fraud.

Pie Five opens 2 new stores

Pie Five Pizza opens two new East Coast state locations this Thursday, including one in The Shops at Willow Lawn in Richmond, Virginia, and one on Campbell Blvd. in White Marsh, outside Baltimore, Maryland. Each of the locations will celebrate its opening with a community fundraiser.

Stevi B's partners with Dr Pepper, promotes Feastgate LTO

Fast casual pizza buffet Stevi B’s is partnering with Dr Pepper for an SEC Championship Game giveaway as part of its fall Feastgate LTO menu promotion, according to a press release. The menu features pizza, pasta and pockets at Stevi B’s through Oct.

Yum China sold for $460M

Yum Brands is selling the Chinese arm of its company, Yum China, for $460 million. They buyers are a China-based global private equity firm, Primavera Capital Group and Ant Financial Services Group, an online and mobile financial services provider, according...

Free webinar: How to Create Loyal Guest Behavior

Restaurant chains across the country are continuing to build and execute loyalty programs that provide immediate and sustainable results. Loyal customers have the power to revive stagnant brands and help industry leaders remain competitive, which is particularly important in an uncertain economic climate.

PizzaRev fires up second Ohio location

PizzaRev opened its second Ohio location in Gahanna, outside Columbus. The brand's first location went straight into the heart of the state's capitol city onto the campus of Ohio State University in April 2016, according to a company press release....

Toast, Chowly debut POS integration for third-party ordering

Toast and Chowly are partnering to integrate third-party online ordering systems into POS software, according to a news release. As most restaurateurs already know, third-party online ordering has created some manpower problems, since orders typically come in via fax or other means that necessitate order re-entry into the resetaurant's POS system.

Hungry Howie's hires former Mooyah exec

Hungry Howie’s has found a new franchise recruitment director in Ardag Tachian, the former vice president of development for Mooyah Burgers, Fries and Shakes. Tachian, who will lead Hungry Howie’s efforts to recruit and onboard new franchisees, has 20 years...

Houston residents get one-hour Prime Restaurants delivery

Houston-area Amazon Prime members can now get food delivered in an hour from a large assortment of restaurants in the Texas city. Houston subscribers to the service can use the Prime Now website to view participating restaurants and menus, as...

Olo, Conversable team up on new order, social messaging solution

Olo and Conversable are teaming up to bring a new option in social ordering and messaging to the restaurant industry. Customers can place orders using messenger applications like Facebook Messenger, Twitter and Kik, and a link to a secure payment...

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