How restaurant chains can increase profits by improving energy and operational efficiency

By implementing device-level monitoring of energy consumption, chains gain unmatched visibility into the devices running their restaurants and can easily identify systems that are inefficient or improperly used.

Restaurateurs speak out against NLRB ruling

The National Labor Relations Board made it easier on Thursday for restaurant workers to unionize, and many restaurateurs are already worried about what the ruling means for their businesses.

State of the Union puts minimum wage, 30-hour work week, joint employer issues in the spotlight

It's been a busy week in Washington. From the State of the Union address to the Supreme Court to more on the minimum wage, here's a round-up of hot public policy topics for restaurants.

Pizza Inn Holdings Inc. hopes investors will RAVE about new name

Pizza Inn Holdings Inc., the parent company of Pie Five Pizza Co. and Pizza Inn, has announced that it is changing its name to RAVE Restaurant Group Inc., reflecting the company's transition to a multi-brand group.

What it takes to build long-term vision

Write down where you want to be in one year, three years or five years as a way to better understand where you are headed and how you are going to get there.

New guide caters to restaurateurs, retailers looking to boost income with ATMs

'How to Profit from ATMs: A Guide for Retailers and Restaurateurs' delivers 40 pages packed with essential information about the business of owning, operating and earning revenue from ATMs.

Domino's, Pizza Inn shares outshine competitors

Pizza shares generally rose this past week with Domino's Pizza and Pizza Inn outshining competitors at a $2.49 and 43 cent leap, respectively.

Why now is the right time to sell your restaurant

Restaurant transactions increased last year because of an uptick in the economic recovery and improved lending options.

Cat Cora: When starting a restaurant, 'test the waters and protect your idea'

To ensure your passion won't diminish for your business, it's important to stay innovative and keep things fresh.

Catering in a franchise ecosystem: Part 1

Every restaurant operator today has customers asking for catering services; saying no to customers is never an option for any growing venture.

How hiking is like running a business

We are conditioned to keep going forward, but a careful retreat or horizontal strategy sometimes is the best way to make faster uphill progress.

Despite doubling system in 5 years, Marco's Pizza CEO wants more

Jack Butorac wants the Toledo, Ohio-based chain to be the fourth largest pizza brand in the U.S.

Tips on keeping food purchasing costs down

Many of the reasons restaurant costs can flair are by overlooking simple procedures and tests.

A forgotten key strategy in avoiding menu price increases

Including loss prevention in your strategies to counter higher costs may give you a competitive advantage, and add 3 to 5 percent to the top line.

What is the No. 1 reason for food truck failures?

A business plan will force you to plan ahead, think about the competition, formulate a marketing strategy, define your management structure and plan your financing.

Is your catering experience scalable and predictable?

It's time to think of the off-premise sales opportunity as the fastest growing opportunity our restaurants have.

Linking social media to loyalty programs can even the playing field

How one small chain changed the anonymous Twitterverse into a ripe platform from which to harvest one-to-one digital customer relationships.

Why the pizza segment is positioned to win in the catering space

Delivery service has already created trust between the consumer and their favorite pizzeria because they know the food will arrive on time, every time.

U.S. restaurant industry outlook: Slow and steady improvement

CIT's managing director says financing continues to open up for restaurant companies.

New mover marketing programs establish customer loyalty

Even as digital efforts grow, many operators experiencing high response rates with targeted marketing packages.

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