Uno Chicago Grill squeezed by debt

Wall Street Journal: Uno Restaurant Holdings Corp., the parent of the 200-unit Uno Chicago Grill chain, will skip a bond payment on Friday as it tries to negotiate financial breathing room. Uno's same-store sales were down 7.7 percent in the first quarter of 2008.

Commodities update – Week of May 27, 2008

CHICAGO — Block cheese prices on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange took a sharp jump last week, averaging $2.21 per pound, up 16 cents from an average of $2.05 per pound the previous week. Block cheese closed at $2.12 per pound Monday, climbing to a closing price of $2.13 per pound Tuesday.

Domino's appoints new CFO

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Domino's Pizza has appointed Wendy A.

Uno names new CFO

BOSTON — Uno Restaurant Holdings Corp., the parent company of Uno Chicago Grill, has named Louie Psallidas senior vice president and chief financial officer. Psallidas will be responsible for all aspects of the company's financial operations, including transactions related to enhancing capitalization and long-term company growth.

Commodities update - March 24, 2008

CHICAGO — Although block cheese prices on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange trended lower during the shortened trading week ended March 20, prices showed signs of a rebound later in the week. Prices averaged $1.77 per pound for the week, down five cents from an average of $1.82 the previous week.

Noble Roman's hires financial advisor

INDIANAPOLIS — Noble Roman's Inc., franchisor of Noble Roman's Pizza and Tuscano's Italian Style Subs restaurants, is evaluating strategies to enhance shareholder value and has retained Roth Capital Partners as its exclusive financial advisor, the company announced. The company will...

Pizzeria workers close restaurant over pay

The Daily News (Longview, Wash.): Employees at Figaro's Pizza restaurant closed the restaurant early Friday because their paychecks didn't clear the bank. One employee said he's had trouble cashing five out of his last six paychecks because the pizzeria's account was overdrawn.

N.Y. pizzeria on the market for $2.5 mil

The Business Review (Albany, N.Y.): Marino's Pizza Ltd, a 28-year-old Saratoga Springs, N.Y., restaurant, has been placed on the market for $2.5 million. The pizza and sandwich business is on a 0.21 acre lot and has a three-bedroom and studio apartment that generate $1,650 a month in income.

Philly pizzerias raise prices to cope

Philadelphia Inquirer: The owner of Apollo's Family Pizzeria in Bensalem, Pa., was forced to raise prices to keep up with rising commodities prices. Other pizzerias in the city have followed suit.

Electronics Line unveils upgraded Remote Store Manager

BOULDER, Colo. — Electronics Line USA has announced the launch of an upgraded Remote Store Manager, powered by the ETV 5 Flex Recorder. The ETV 5 is a combined network video recorder/digital video recorder designed for multiple-location business owners.

Garcia's back on track after bankruptcy

The News-Gazette (Champaign, Ill.): At its peak, Garcia's Pizza operated 18 locations, but hard times led to a Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing in 1998. After reorganizing, the chain is set to begin expanding once again.

CEC Entertainment to Webcast earnings report

IRVING, Texas - CEC Entertainment Inc., parent company of pizza chain Chuck E. Cheese, plans to host a conference call with investors Feb.

Commodities update - Feb. 11, 2008

CHICAGO — Block cheese prices on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange continued to rise last week, averaging $1.93 per pound for the week ended Feb. 8, up 4 percent from an average of $1.74 per pound the previous week.

Boston Pizza net up nearly 20 percent

VANCOUVER, British Columbia — Same-store sales at Boston Pizza International Inc. increased 3.3 percent for the fourth quarter ended Dec.

California Pizza Kitchen steps up stock buyback

LOS ANGELES — California Pizza Kitchen Inc. has entered into an agreement with Bank of America to repurchase $46.3 million of its common stock in an accelerated stock repurchase program.

Laws to decrease Ariz. restaurant openings

The Arizona Republic: The Southeast Valley won't have as many restaurant openings this year as it has in the past two years, according to the Arizona Restaurant & Hospitality Association. The association's president and CEO said the number will decline statewide because of the recent minimum-wage increase and the Legal Arizona Workers Act.

California Pizza Kitchen revises '08 estimates

LOS ANGELES — Revenues at California Pizza Kitchen Inc. increased 12 percent to $162.9 million for the fourth quarter ended Dec.

Domino's to present at investors conference

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Domino's Pizza Inc.

Burke acquisition boosts Hormel

Post-Bulletin (Rochester, Minn.): Earnings at food company Hormel were up 12 percent compared to the previous year, the company announced. The August acquisition of pizza toppings maker Burke Corp.

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