Restaurants dominate Franchise 500 list

Forty-three QSRs made Entrepreneur's Franchise 500 rankings for 2015, along with 40 fast casual and 14 pizza concepts.

Red Book Connect announces new bilingual version

Red Book Connect's Manager's Red Book, Kitchen Red Book and Room Attendant Book are now all available in Spanish and English.

NRA announces BAR event

The National Restaurant Association is expanding its beverage and alcohol program at the spring NRA show.

Preferred Restaurant Brands adds two Papa John's locations

Preferred Restaurant Brands opened its third and fourth Papa John's location last weekend, in Roseville and Fresno, California. "We are excited to be continuing our expansion of Papa John's presence in Northern California and opening our first location in Fresno,"...

MenuTrinfo hosting menu labeling webinar for pizza operators

On the heels of the FDA's final menu labeling regulations, issued last month, MenuTrinfo is hosting a free webinar with information on how these rules will impact the pizza segment. The webinar, titled "Any Way You Slice It: Pizza and Menu Labeling," is set for Jan. 7 at 12 p.m.

Mobivity adds former Papa John's exec to management team

Mobivity Holdings Corp., a provider of smart receipt marketing solutions and mobile marketing technologies, has appointed Donna Mitchell as its SVP of Strategic Accounts. According to a news release, Mitchell will help lead revenue creation for Mobivity with a focus...

Middleby adds Australian equipment manufacturer to roster

The Middleby Corporation plans to acquire Goldstein Eswood, a commercial equipment manufacturer based in New South Wales, Australia. According to a news release, Goldstein Eswood has annual revenues of approximately $25 million USD. Goldstein manufactures ranges, ovens, griddles, fryers and...

Papa Murphy's aims for 25 Louisville stores

Papa Murphy's is eyeing expansion in Papa John's hometown of Louisville, Kentucky. According to Louisville Business First, Louisville franchisee Jerry Best and business partner Jerry Tyler can see 25 more locations in the city.

California Pizza Kitchen culinarian dishes on 2015 trends

Brian Sullivan, SVP of Culinary Innovation at California Pizza Kitchen, has released his top trends to watch for in 2015. They include: Flavored salt. Sullivan predicts salt infused with flavors such as citrus, Sriracha, Jack Daniels, coffee, chile and more, used for garnishes, cocktail rims and gifts. Fried eggs.

Franchisee trades in Papa John's business for fast casual Mexican concept

A Kansas-based 10-unit Papa John's franchisee, Terry Newman, has sold his Papa John's Wichita holdings business to focus on a new, yet-to-be-named Chipotle-like Mexican concept. According to Wichita Business First, he will open the new business in the Wichita market first.  St.

Russo's continues UAE expansion

Prime Hospitality has signed a franchise agreement with Russo’s Restaurants to open another Russo’s New York Pizzeria in the United Arab Emirates, and its second in Abu Dhabi. According to a news release, this will be Prime Hospitality’s fourth Russo’s...

Pieology Pizzeria adds gift card options

Pieology Pizzeria has announced that gift cards are now available for in-store purchase at all locations. The reloadable gift cards are available in any denomination. "We're excited to now offer Pieology gift cards, making it easier than ever to give...

Strong forecast predicted for UK's QSR segment

Technomic has revealed its inaugural market mapping of the United Kingdom, which includes market size and segmentation data, as well as expectations for the foodservice industry by segment for 2015. According to a news release, overall improvement in the marketplace...

RedBrick Pizza plans expansion throughout Kentucky

RedBrick Pizza is launching a campaign to add more than a dozen restaurants in Kentucky throughout the next three years. The company will host a VIP Taste & Tour franchise event from 6-9:30 p.m. at the Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham in Louisville on Jan.

Papa John's co-op names new media agency

The Louisville (Kentucky) Co-Op of Papa John’s International Inc., has selected Current360 as its media agency. The scope of work will include competitive research to identify opportunities, consulting services to leverage sponsorships and partnerships, and media planning, placement and tracking...

Restaurant startup game app launches

Players can build their own fine dining, family restaurants and fast food places in Restaurant Bigwig 2.0 for the iPad.

NTN Buzztime names new chief financial officer

Allen Wolff, among other responsibilities, will assume the principal accounting duties and report directly to CEO Ram Krishnan.

Convention chair named for 2015 National Restaurant Association Show

John C. Metz will serve as convention chair for the 2015 NRA's Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show and the 2015 Beverage Alcohol for Restaurants at the NRA Show.

NLRB issues complaints against McDonald's as joint employer

The joint-employer model is expected to have a significant impact on franchised restaurant businesses.

IFA launches labor resource site for franchisees

The International Franchise Association has unveiled a new resource website for franchisees. The Franchise Labor & Workforce Hub includes information for franchise business owners looking to learn more about current labor and workforce challenges facing employers as well as best...

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