Noble Roman's signs 37 take-n-bake franchise agreements

Noble Roman's Inc., the Indianapolis-based franchisor of Noble Roman's Pizza and Tuscano's Italian Style Subs, announced an initiative to reduce future dilution and simplify the company's capital structure. In addition, the company announced that it had restructured its current bank...

CiCi's Pizza plans equity partnership with franchisees

CiCi's Pizza will present information about its "equity partnership" program during the Restaurant Finance & Development Conference in Las Vegas Nov. 4-6. The company's recently launched 2013 Franchisee Partner Investment program features incentives for potential franchisees to help stimulate new restaurant development.

Papa John's issues quarterly dividend

Papa John's International Inc.'s board of directors has declared a quarterly dividend of 25 cents per common share, payable Nov. 22, to shareholders of record at the close of business on Nov.

Greenfield Farms' acquisition of Carmela's Pizzeria complete

Colorado-based Greenfield Farms Food Inc. announced today that is has closed the acquisition transaction with Carmela's Pizzeria. This closing completes the acquisition of 100 percent of the equity interests of Carmela's in a newly created, wholly owned operating subsidiary of...

GE Capital expands financing to foodservice equipment industry

GE Capital's Commercial Distribution Finance business announced it will expand financing capabilities and coverage to the commercial foodservice and refrigeration industries across the U.S. and Canada.

Restaurant cash advance loan company launches

A new company, RestaurantCashAdvanceLoans.com, has launched with an objective of making credit availability faster and easier for restaurant operators. According to a press release, the company works with clients regardless of business size and offers loan decisions in 48 hours....

Yum! Brands' quarterly dividend increased by 10 percent

Yum! Brands Inc.'s board of directors has approved a 10-percent increase in the company's quarterly dividend. The quarterly cash dividend will increase from $0.335 to $0.37 per share and will be effective with the dividend payment to be distributed on Nov.

Lou Malnati's leverages Chase's 'Main Street' financing program

This week, Chase launched Mission Main Street, a multimedia advertising and lending campaign that focuses on success stories from a business owner's perspective. Nominated by bankers for their unique stories, nine out of more than 4 million businesses served by...

Unique Pizza and Subs converts 96% of debt

Unique Pizza and Subs Corporation, a Delaware Corporation, has announced it has come to an agreement to convert 96 percent of all its debt into restricted, controlled stock. With this agreement, $4,933,050 worth of debt will be converted into restricted...

Private equity firm invests in Your Pie pizza franchise

Your Pie and Georgia Oak Partners have entered into a partnership in which Georgia Oak will invest substantial growth equity into the emerging pizza franchise brand. Georgia Oak's capital infusion will be used to support Your Pie's infrastructure growth and...

Praesidian Capital invests $17.4M in John's Incredible Pizza Company

Praesidian Capital, a provider of debt capital for small and mid-sized businesses, has invested $17.4 million of first lien debt to recapitalize John's Incredible Pizza Company Inc. Praesidian's investment represents 58 percent of the total $30 million deal, the balance...

Is Papa Murphy's ready to go public?

Take-and-bake chain Papa Murphy's may soon be part of the stock market. Sources told Reuters this week that the Washington-based company is "close to selecting banks" for an IPO that could come by the end of this year. Papa Murphy's has been owned by Lee Equity Partners since 2010.

Number of restaurant operators seeking capital jumps 40% since 2012

Thirty-nine percent more restaurant owners have sought capital for their businesses this year compared to last year, according to a new analysis from Capital Access Network (CAN), a provider of alternative financial products for restaurants and other Main Street businesses....

Restaurant chains capitalize on increase in SBA lending

A new report released at the start of the International Franchise Expo in New York City shows that U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) lending to franchising increased more than 60 percent over the previous year. The report, co-authored by the...

Greenfield Farms' acquisition of Carmela's Pizzeria set for June

Greenfield Farms Food Inc. announced the closing schedule of the previously announced acquisition of Carmela's Pizzeria for June 5.

CiCi's Pizza creates program to help franchise financing

CiCi's Pizza has created an "equity partnership" with its franchisees through the launch of its 2013 Franchisee Partner Investment program. As part of the program, CiCi's created a special fund to help with franchise financing and stimulate new restaurant development....

Papa John's selects preferred lender for franchisees

Balboa Capital, a provider of franchise financing in the U.S., announced it has been named as a preferred lender for Papa John's current and prospective franchisees nationwide. Balboa Capital will provide tailored financing solutions for furniture, fixtures and equipment (FF&E),...

SKINNYPIZZA deal solidifies Manhattan presence

Long Island, N.Y.-based SKINNYPIZZA has signed an exclusive deal with Mogull Realty for multiunit expansion into Manhattan. SKINNYPIZZA is a concept that features thin and crispy pizza using no preservatives or additives. Kim Mogull, founder and CEO of Mogull Realty,...

PizzaRev gets an investment boost from Buffalo Wild Wings

PizzaRev, an artisan pizza concept based in Los Angeles, today announced that Buffalo Wild Wings has taken a minority position in its new concept. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. "The PizzaRev team is thrilled to have Buffalo Wild...

PeopleMatter receives $19M in capital funding

PeopleMatter announced it has closed a $19-million growth round of capital led by Scale Venture Partners, based in California. According to PeopleMatter CEO and president Nate DaPore, this additional capital will be used to accelerate the company's growth in sales,...

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