Uncle Maddio's responds to Florida mass slaying with food for the "helpers"

While many of the wounded victims of Sunday's Orlando club shooting rampage struggle for their lives in Florida hospitals, people around the state and across the world are turning out in droves to support them and the families of those...

Bavaro's opens third location in Florida

Bavaro's is opening its third Florida location, this time in St. Petersburg at 945 Central Ave. The newest Neapolitan-style pizza restaurant is 1700 square feet with indoor and outdoor seating for 80 customers. Pizzas will be cooked in an Italian-imported...

Garbanzo Mediterranean fresh falafel giveaway kicking off

In celebration of International Falafel Day, Garbanzo is giving away complimentary falafel to guests starting June 12. They are serving cream cheese, jalapeno, and sweet potato paired with a homemade sauce as part of a three-week celebration aimed at 'freeing...

PizzaRev opens 2nd Colorado location with fundraiser

PizzaRev opened its second Colorado location in Lafayette last week by hosting a fundraiser to benefit the local Sister Carmen Community Center. The center provides human services for the needy in East  Boulder County.

Council of State Restaurant Associations names first full-time leader; Seeks NRA alignment

The Council of State Restaurant Associations (CSRA) named its first full-time leader this month as part of what it said is a major strategic initiative to align with the National Restaurant Association to serve the industry. Anuja Miner has assumed...

Blaze, Cicis and Pieology announce new locations

Blaze Pizza has opened its first Pittsburgh location and is celebrating with an offer to customers to make free pizzas for themselves this Friday at the new Monroeville location on William Penn Highway. Meanwhile, down south in sunny Clearwater, Florida,...

Retail group applauds lawmaker opposition to overtime rule

The National Retail Federation is applauding the lawmakers taking a stand against the proposed federal overtime rule advocated by the federal Department of Labor. So far, 44 senators are publicly against the DOL proposal. "Retailers are happy to see that...

Pieology Pizzeria expands into Maryland

Pieology Pizzeria is opening a new franchise and its first in Gaithersburg, Maryland, at 15780 Shady Grove Road, according to a company press release. "We chose Pieology because of the company's dedication to ensuring a positive guest experience, along with their strategic, sustainable growth model, said Franchisee Manny Bramao.

Papa John's plants roots in northeastern France

Papa John's is moving into France this spring, opening its first restaurant in Kingersheim, France in May under the ownership of franchisee Hassan Bouanaka. It's the first of 30 the franchisee hopes to open in France in the next decade. "I am excited to bring Papa John's pizza to France," said Bouanaka, in a company release.

Study: Brand loyalty programs fastest route to a millennial's heart

Loyalty programs are proving valuable with consumers and are paying off in more ways than one. That's the feedback from Bond Brand Loyalty and its sixth annual loyalty report. The report was conducted in collaboration with Visa and is the largest of its kind, according to a news release. The report obtained responses from roughly 12,000 U.S.

Blaze moves into mile-high city

Blaze Fast Fire'd Pizza will open its first Colorado location in the greater Denver area Thursday, June 9. The restaurant will offer free build-your-own pizzas on Friday to celebrate, from 11 a.m.

McDonald's remains No. 1 in brand value study

The latest brand value ratings are in from the BrandZ annual study and the top three spots are McDonald’s, followed by Starbucks and then, Subway in the No. 3 spot.

Wingstop launches dynamic social ordering platform

Wingstop debuted a multi-channel social ordering platform this week, stating it is the first of its kind and offers order-placing via Twitter and Facebook Messenger. A company news release calls the technology a dual-platform conversational tool that allows customers to order and customize choices with flavor options and sides selections.

Pie Five names former Starbucks exec to operations post

  Pie Five Pizza Co. has hired a former Starbucks executive, Wendy Moats, as its new senior vice president of operations.

Study: Corporations need to more closely monitor employees' dining expenses

Corporations might soon be tightening limits on money spent for business-related dining and catering if the findings of a new research study by Dinova LLC and The BTN Group garner much attention from upper management in the U.S. The study...

mPOS increases faster than expected, opens market to new vendors

Restaurateurs still pondering a move to smartphone- and tablet-based POS systems might be interested in the latest Juniper Research study: It predicts that within five years, retail transactions via mPOS systems will represent 20 percent of all transactions. This is...

Stevi B's partners with Six Flags for 20th birthday party

Stevi B’s is partnering with Six Flags Entertainment Corporation to celebrate the restaurant’s 20th Birthday BBQ Bash on Aug. 5. "Our 20th birthday marks an incredible milestone for Stevi B's, and we’re excited to celebrate with our customers who have...

PizzaRev moves into Tennessee with rapid plans for growth

PizzaRev opened its first Tennessee location this week — one of four scheduled to open in the state this year around Memphis. The Tennessee expansion is led by Southern Restaurant Holdings, which owns and operates eight Steak n' Shake restaurants in Georgia, Mississippi and Tennessee.

Yum! announces pricing of notes offering

Yum! Brands Inc announced that certain subsidiaries operating KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell restaurants have agreed to issue and sell $1.05 billion aggregate principal amount of 5 percent senior notes, due in 2024, and $1.05 billion aggregate principal amount...

Pieology opening 8 locations in Southeastern US

Pieology Pizzeria announced that franchise group Segovia Aslan Enterprises will open eight locations by the end of this year in Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina.

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