CiCi’s Pizza testing create-your-own prototype

CiCi’s Pizza is the latest pizza chain to test a create-your-own concept, jumping on board a growing subsegment driven by fledgling fast casual concepts throughout the country. CiCi’s will showcase this new prototype at a reopening celebration at its restaurant in The Colony, Texas, on July 19 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

New RapiDough Pizza concept allows guests to order via iPad kiosks

The RapiDOUGH Pizza concept has opened in Providence Town Center in Collegeville, Pa., featuring pizzas, calzones and salads. The offerings are made with locally-sourced ingredients and house-made cheeses, according to a news release. RapiDOUGH Pizza was created by restaurateurs and...

John's Incredible Pizza Company launches kids’ tour

John's Incredible Pizza Company is hosting a kids’ tour in July and August that will feature the band Paradise performing its single, Glitter, as seen on The X Factor. According to a news release, the tour includes dancing, pizza, games, rides and other attractions.

Buzztime reaches five million player registrations, adds new game options

Buzztime announced today it has reached five million player registrations on the company’s digital gaming platform, a gain of approximately 70 percent over the past year. Buzztime is also announced the integration of Buzztime LIVE gaming events with its BEOND...

Papa Murphy’s scores high for guests’ ‘intent to return’

Market Research firm Technomic has released new data examining restaurant guests’ intent to return and their reasons for doing so, which vary by generation, according to the research. The research reveals that more consumers report they will return in the...

Project Pie ranked on top of Yelp’s emerging brands category

In a recent study by Yelp of emerging concepts, build-your-own pizza brand, Project Pie, was named No. 1.

TouchBistro adds Pay at Table service in PayPal app

TouchBistro today announced that it has integrated the Pay at Table service in the PayPal app with its TouchBistro mobile point-of-sale solution for tableside ordering. Customers at any participating TouchBistro location in North America can now use the PayPal app...

Domino’s launches ‘surprise and delight’ social media campaign

Domino’s has teamed up with Detroit-based Quickly for its new Fan Perks giveaway via social media. According to a news release, the chain is inviting fans to register for the giveaway for the chance to be surprised. Dennis Maloney, Domino’s...

Mindshare, Empathica team up to offer customer experience data platform

Mindshare Technologies, which acquired Empathica in September 2013, announced that the two companies have united under a new corporate entity and mission: InMoment. According to a news release, InMoment provides a cloud-based customer experience optimization platform, called the Experience Hub,...

Pizza Hut named kid-friendliest chain in Canada

Technomic's 2014 Canadian Consumers' Choice Award winners have been announced and include Arby’s, Pizza Hut and Starbucks.

LRS introduces survey app to address real-time service issues

Long Range Systems has launched Check Point Surveys, a tablet survey application that helps businesses collect on-site customer feedback. “Managers can’t afford to find out about a negative guest experience by reading a rant on Facebook or Yelp,” CEO Skip...

Canadian diners want quality, convenience and ambiance

New research from Technomic’s Canadian Consumer Brand Metrics program reveals that Canadians attribute positive dining experiences to five main attributes — quality, service, convenience, value and ambiance.The "Setting the Stage: Consumer Assessments of Décor, Music and Atmosphere at Leading Canadian...

Diners' top complaints include slow service, no menu substitutions

Restaurant discovery app Urbanspoon has compiled a list of diners’ top complaints from its user reviews.

NoWait receives $10M in funding to expand mobile app

NoWait announced that it has raised $10 million led by Drive Capital, a $250 million Ohio-based fund focused on Midwestern companies. NoWait helps restaurants replace traditional pen-and-paper and buzzers with its full front-of-house, iPad-based system. Guests use NoWait's recently launched...

Chuck E. Cheese’s brings virtual reality technology to restaurants

Chuck E. Cheese's is adding Oculus Rift technology to its Ticket Blaster game for birthday party packages.

The Pizza Bite Button created for independent concepts

Digital marketing solutions firm LLC has launched The Bite Button, a one-touch food ordering application designed specifically for smaller or independent restaurants. According to a news release, the Pizza Bite Button is a magnetic refrigerator button that when pushed...

Top family-friendly restaurants' list peppered with pizzerias revealed its annual list of top 50 family-friendly restaurants this week, which included a number of pizza concepts, including: Anna's Pizzeria – Apex, N.C. Graziano's Pizza – Daytona Beach, Fla. Starz Pizzeria – Fort Myers, Fla. Brothers Pizza –...

Fans will soon be able to order Pizza Hut via Hulu

Pizza Hut will soon feature an ad on the streaming website Hulu that will allow fans to order a meal without leaving the site. According to CNN, the service will connect Pizza Hut's online ordering system to Hulu's interactive advertising...

Papa John's UK launches initiative to capture guest feedback

Papa John's UK has partnered with a customer engagement technology provider, Rant & Rave, to improve its customer experience. The program rolled out across the UK system this week and invites customers to share feedback at the point of delivery via text message. Recipients will be able to score their overall experience and provide more details.

Florida's Red Zone Pizza plans Jet Ski delivery during event

Boca Raton, Fla.-based Red Zone Pizza plans to deliver pizzas via Jet Ski to those attending Boca Bash April 27 starting at 10 a.m. According to a news release, this is the first time Red Zone has used this method...

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