Uncle Maddio's continues Florida expansion

Uncle Maddio's Pizza is expanding operations in the Pensacola, Florida area, according to a company press release. New franchisees Jeremy and Wendy Jordan have signed a two-store agreement with the first location to open in 2017. "The create-your-own pizza movement...

Jersey shore pizza chain adds pay-at-the-table from Ingenico

Ingenico Group and Datacap Systems, an integrated payments middleware provider, have announced the installation of its pay-at-the-table product at Uncle Oogie's, a New Jersey and Philadelphia-based chain of pizzerias. Using Ingenico's smart terminals, Datacap's point-of-sale partner, PDQ Signature Systems, was...

Technomic report says customers blame restaurants for third-party delivery service failures

Technomic Inc. found that 76 percent of consumers polled hold restaurants responsible for all errors on online portals and delivery services.

RSR reveals digital gift card winners

Retail Systems Research has published the report, "Digital Gift Cards In 2016: Where Omni-Channel Strategy Meets Customer Expectations." "Consumers are increasingly engaging with retailers through digital channels first, creating a demand for the retailer to be where the customer is,"...

Paytronix announces winner of loyaltees award

Paytronix Systems announced the first winner of its 2016 Paytronix Loyaltees Awards — Pizza Ranch. The award is an annual program designed to spotlight Paytronix customers who use Paytronix technology with outstanding results, according to a news release. A 194-unit...

Blaze Pizza announces Virginia and California locations

Blaze Pizza announced in a company press release the openings of locations in Midlothian, Virginia and Lodi, California in coming days. The Lodi location opens Aug.

Stellar Loyalty, Splick.it/Onosys unveil collaboration

Stellar Loyalty and Splick-it/Onosys have announced a partnership to provide a pre-integrated solution for a next generation restaurant experience. "We recognize the frustration and challenges that restaurants face trying to free up budget from system maintenance to effectively invest in...

Uncle Maddio's expands franchising in Knoxville

Uncle Maddio's Pizza signed a second franchise agreement with Ken Heatley and his son, Ryan, according to a company press release. The pair will operate three new Uncle Maddio's units in the Knoxville. "Our first Knoxville restaurant has been so...

Blaze Pizza "Disney-fies" new location

Blaze Pizza opened its new flagship location at Walt Disney World Resort in Disney Springs. According to a company press release, the unit debuts in an architecturally innovative structure specially designed for the restaurant.

Can coasters address consumer disengagement in restaurants?

In hopes of counteracting phone distractions in restaurants, Heckler Design has created coasters made to hold customer phones, according to a company press release. "Restaurateurs and chefs have a love/hate relationship with phone use in the restaurant," Dean Heckler, founder...

Fired Pie announces additional Arizona locations

Fired Pie recently opened its 16th location in Chandler and 17th in Glendale — both in Arizona, according to a news release. The restaurant has a total of 15 units in the Phoenix area and two in Tucson. "As we continue to grow, so does our team," said co-founder Doug Doyle.

NRA: Restaurateurs want technology without headaches

Only 12 percent of restaurant operators consider themselves to be cutting-edge in implementing technology, according to a recent study conducted by the National Restaurant Association and sponsored by American Express. “Research demonstrates the integral role technology can play in helping...

Little Caesars thinks inside the box

Little Caesars is bringing back an old favorite in its Box Set, according to a news release.

Rapid Fired Pizza slices up second Cincinnati location

The Queen City of Cincinnati, Ohio is getting yet another Rapid Fired pizza late this summer, according to a company press release. The Montgomery Road location is in an area anticipated to draw large crowds, so this restaurant is nearly...

Firenza begins targeted expansion

Firenza Pizza signed a development agreement for five new units in North Carolina, according to a company press release. The locations will be developed over the next four years and the first will open this year in Charlotte.

Uno's pizza loses some girth

Uno Pizzeria & Grill calls its new Chicago thin-crust pizza its biggest new product launch since Deep Dish Pizza was brought on to the scene in 1943, according to a news release. "Chicago thin crust is a game-changer for Uno's...

Malawi's bring Pizza with a Purpose to Virginia

The Church Restaurant Group will open the first Malawi's Pizza franchise on the eastern seaboard this fall, according to a news release. The first of five Virginia locations will open then in Fredericksburg and begin — like the other three...

Mr. Gatti's opens first location since 2015

Gatti's Pizza opened its first new restaurant since the chain was purchased in 2015 by Sovrano, LLC. The new location is on East Belt Line Road in Richardson, Texas and offers table-side service and outdoor seating. "There is a strong...

Hot Italian hosts annual design, film, and food festival

Hot Italian pizza bar, a Californian concept, is partnering with Niello Fiat in hosting the seventh annual Moderno Italiano Festival being held Aug. 12 -14. Events will be held at all three locations: Midtown Sacramento, Davis and Public Market Emeryville,...

Smoothie system sales down, the NPD Group finds

Dollar sales of smoothie makers declined during the first part of 2016, a press release said. According to the NPD Group, a global information company, dollar sales of these systems declined 10 percent.

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