Toppers adds IT leader to blaze trail into future

Toppers is taking a huge digital step for the brand's future with the recent hire of Tony Ellis as the chain's first vice president of information technology. His mission, according to a news release about the appointment, is to take...

Yum! increases profit prediction for year after solid Q2

Yum! Brands has increased its full-year core operating profit growth forecast to 14 percent from the previously predicted 12 percent, according to a company press release, which reported a solid Q2 that resulted in earnings per share of 81 cents...

Diners find review sites valuable for getting and giving feedback

Review sites are considered valuable by nearly all diners, according to a new Original Review study and nearly as many are willing to share feedback on their dining experience. The study polled  500 men and women ages 21 and older, and reports 95 percent of consumers use review sites before dining at a new restaurant.

Pizza Hut instant-chats customers

Pizza Hut, along with leading SaaS platform tech company, Conversable, said the chain has launched a new Pizza Hut social ordering platform or "chatbot" that allows the so-called "conversational ordering" from the brand's menu via Facebook Messenger and Twitter. "The...

Technavio names top 8 vendors in US

The top eight vendors in the U.S. food service industry for the next four years are, according to a study by Technavio, offering a lot of value for their clients amid a highly fragmented and therefore intensely competitive market.

Pie Five opens second location in St. Louis

Pie Five and franchisee, TF Pie Group, will open the chain's second St. Louis location on July 15 on Hanley Road in Richmond Heights, according to a company press release. The chain is donating half of all proceeds from a pre-opening Friends and Family event this week to St.

Sports fans would embrace mobile food, drink ordering at events

Ever found yourself hungry at a sporting event, run to the concession and then, due to long lines, jog back to your seat so you don't miss alot of action? You're not alone. Long wait lines are a prime reason...

Marco’s Pizza announces new CFO

Ohio-based Marco's Pizza announced the appointment of Buddy Solomon as Chief Financial Officer. Solomon enters his role as a veteran in the restaurant, media and technology industries, including past positions at Arby's, Cox Newspapers and Cox Auto Trader. "Reaching the...

Grubhub offers restaurateurs access to consumer ratings and reviews

Grubhub, the online food delivery service, announced the launch of its new faceted ratings and reviews system in a press release. The new system provides insights into three aspects of the take-out experience, including delivery time and order accuracy, as well as food quality.

Pie Five opens in Johnson City

Johnson City, Tennessee, is Pie Five's newest location, according to a company press release. The restaurant will open at 11 a.m., Friday at 2059 Hamilton Place Dr., near Academy Sports + Outdoors and Courtyard Inn. "We received such a warm...

Q1 Foodservice visits on the rise

Most of the global foodservice markets, including The Big Five European Countries, Australia, Canada, China, and Japan, ended the first quarter of 2016 with an increase in store visits and consumer spending, according to The NPD Group report. Traffic gains...

Fast casual industry still growing

The fast casual industry is growing at a steady rate and outranking its counterparts, according to a Technomic report. In year-over-year results, cumulative sales for the top 250 fast-casual chains were up 11.6 percent, a moderate decrease from the 13.5...

Domino's releases hot summer deal

Domino's is offering 50 percent off all menu-priced pizza orders placed online for one week, concluding Sunday,  according to a company press release. "Summer is a great time of the year for picnics, family gatherings and pool parties," Jenny Fouracre, Domino's spokesperson, said in the report.

PizzaRev brings back barbecue

PizzaRev's barbecue pulled-pork pizza has returned for the summer and will remain available through Sept. 30, according to a press release.

Kono adds management manpower ahead of rapid expansion plans

Kono USA, the company behind Kono Pizza, has expanded its management team to meet the challenges of growth for the chain in the years ahead, according to a news release. The company said it has opened several new locations and...

Fireside Pies teams with rapid delivery services in Dallas area

Twelve-year-old Fireside Pies is among the flock of restaurants making connections with delivery services like Uber and Amazon to deliver food in less than an hour to businesses and homes. A news release said that the brand's Texas location has...

DoorDash promises, delivers California service

DoorDash announced in a company press release its debut into specific regions of the Sacremento Valley, marking the door-to-door food delivery technology's 26th major city market across North America. According to the release, Sacramento consumers can order from hundreds of...

Free shift-scheduling tool set to expand client base

Sling bills itself as "the only free shift-scheduling tool for non-desk employees," and it's being used by huge employers like Subway and AMC Theatres, so its first-year progress report could be of interest across the restaurant industry. Since its 2015...

Rapid Fired Pizza shoots into two new Ohio locations

Rapid Fired Pizza has opened two locations in Ohio, one at 6252 Wilmington Pike, Dayton, and at 1200 N Bechtle Ave, Springfield. The company now has five locations open and six more opening soon.

Russo's heats up the Middle East

Chef Anthony Russo, founder and CEO of the two chef-driven concepts, Russo’s New York Pizzeria and Russo’s Coal-Fired Italian Kitchen, announced the brands have completed several large-scale international franchise achievements. The globally acclaimed chef and entrepreneur has finalized franchise agreements...

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