Blaze Pizza plans giveaway for South Dakota grand opening

Blaze Fast Fire'd Pizza will open its newest location July 31 in Rapid City, S.D., at the Rushmore Crossing Shopping Center. To celebrate, the company will give away free build-your-own pizzas Aug. 1 from 11 a.m.

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McDonald's ruling holds franchisors accountable for franchise employee allegations

The National Restaurant Association claims the decision will impede job creation and create 'big business.'

Domino's digital volume keeping prices down

The volume growth from digital has offset increases in the price of cheese and pork.

Pizza Hut hopes to surpass competition in digital space in 2015

Yum! execs called the U.S. performance 'disappointing' and said the brand is in turnaround mode.

Papa John’s franchisee: Trying to be everything to everyone is a bad strategy

Pierre Panos expects a ‘shakeout’ in the fast casual pizza subsegment.

Rethinking an IPO in a seller’s market

Going public means being prepared for much greater transparency and accountability in business operations.

The (half) year in review for the pizza segment

Digital ordering should make up more than half of sales for the bigger brands within the next year.

How Pie Five expanded using local marketing strategies

The brand examines sales and coupons to find out what works, and also leverages word-of-mouth messaging from loyal customers.

A look at Blaze Fast Fire'd Pizza

Blaze Pizza opened this week in Louisville, Ky., and hopes to be a national contender in the top-your-own pizza segment by appealing to Millennials and busy lunch patrons.

Blaze Pizza plans to become a national player by targeting Millennials

The new Louisville, Ky., location will be ‘overstaffed’ to ensure guests are taken care of ‘no matter what.’

Patxi's takes a cue from customers to mark 10 years

Pizza concepts have added variety and have stepped up their quality of ingredients, CEO says.

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Firecrust Neapolitan jumps into fast casual pizza space

Firecrust Neapolitan Pizzeria has opened its first restaurant in Dallas, and has begun construction on its second location in Plano, Texas. According to a news release, Firecrust is a fast casual Neapolitan pizza concept with its head office based in...

Russo’s plans 'significant' Houston expansion

Russo's Restaurants, parent company of Russo's New York Pizzeria and Russo's Coal-Fired Italian Kitchen, has announced plans to "significantly" expand the brands' footprint in Houston and surrounding areas. Russo's opened the company's first location in Conroe, Texas, this month. An...

Drive-thru-only pizzeria boasts brick oven for speed

A pizza concept in the Cleveland suburb of North Royalton, Ohio, features a drive-thru-only setup. Cleveland.com recently published a profile of My Pizzetta, which is owned by Sharon and Bob Rybank and has been open for about six months. The owners said it is the first exclusively drive-thru pizza place in the U.S.

Modern Apizza owner brings new concept to Sacramento

The Sacramento (Calif.) Convention Center, in conjunction with hospitality partner Classique Catering, a Centerplate company, has opened a new concept called Apizza. Classique Catering has tapped nationally-recognized pizza master Bill Pustari to create thin-crust pies featuring farm-to-fork ingredients.

Sbarro plans 80 Brazilian locations in next 10 years

Sbarro announced it will partner with B2Bold to open 80 eateries in Brazil throughout the next 10 years. This marks the second development agreement for Sbarro in Brazil.

Franchisors invited to meet with potential investors at Chicago event

Qualified franchise brands seeking to fuel their next level of growth have an opportunity to meet potential investors at the third annual Franchise Capital Exchange, to be held Aug. 25-27 at Hotel Sofitel in Chicago. A limited number of slots...

Uncle Maddio’s signs deal to develop in NC’s Triad market

Made to Order LLC has signed a deal to open three Uncle Maddio’s Pizza Joint locations in the Triad area of North Carolina. The restaurants will be operated by industry veteran and Made to Order part-owner Bronce McClain, with the...

Pizza Hut franchisee selects recycling management company

Quest Resource Management Group LLC has been selected by Pizza Hut’s largest franchisee, NPC International Inc., to manage its landfill diversion and municipal solid waste management programs. According to a news release, NPC International currently operates 1,261 Pizza Hut restaurants,...

Restaurant recruiting firm launches regional development franchising program

Patrice & Associates, a nationwide recruiting firm specializing in the restaurant industry, has introduced a regional development franchising program. According to a news release, as part of the new program, regional developers will acquire the rights to develop 25 Patrice & Associates franchises within a specified territory.

PizzaRev celebrates Utah openings

Away We Dough Inc. has hosted a grand opening celebration for Utah’s first PizzaRev location in West Valley.

Hungry Howie's continues Michigan expansion

Hungry Howie’s Pizza has opened its newest location in Monroe, Mich., continuing its expansion across its home state. According to a news release, the Monroe location will be husband and wife duo Patrick and Carole Shannon’s third Hungry Howie’s Pizza...

Villa Enterprises opens Food Hall by Villa at shopping outlet

Six of Villa Enterprises’ brands are now open at the Leesburg Corner Premium Outlets in Virginia, as part of the Food Hall by Villa. The concepts include Villa Italian Kitchen, Green Leaf’s, Bananas, South Philly Steaks & Fries, Far East...

Pie Five Pizza plans debut in the Deep South

Pie Five Pizza Co. has awarded 26 franchise units to Quality Restaurant Concepts LLC, headed by restaurateurs Fred Gustin and Kurt Guttshall.

New S.C. Mellow Mushroom boasts sci-fi theme

Mellow Mushroom will open its newest unit July 21 in Rock Hill, S.C., across from the Regal Manchester Cinema in Manchester Village. The new restaurant is owned by Chuck Watson, Brian Johnsey and Charles Ryan. "Rock Hill has a great mixture of growth and well preserved history," Watson said in a news release.

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...

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