3 restaurants selected to 'pitch' concepts at Fast Casual Executive Summit

Following a worldwide contest, three restaurants have been chosen to present concepts before a panel of investors and a live audience at the Fast Casual Executive Summit on Oct. 20 in Miami.

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Uncle Maddio's execs: Fast casual pizza still burning up growth

Uncle Maddio's director of operations, Scott Goodrich, and CEO Matt Andrew discuss how hot the fast casual pizza industry is and what's helped the brand succeed in such a competitive market.

Building brands: Pie Five's CEO shares strategies

Pie Five's parent company, Rave Restaurant Group, is looking to build and expand the concepts under the brand.

Millennials blazing trends trail as franchisees

Millennials are crazy about fast casuals, healthy menu options and the independence restaurant technology affords, but are they a generation likely to be interested in owning a restaurant?

Extra! Extra! How the odd pairing of newspapers and pizza built a successful brand for Pizza Press

Extra! Extra! Read all about it! Read about how two seemingly unrelated concepts - pizza and newspapers - have merged together to create a brand experience at Pizza Press that feels timeless, yet modern.

Persona slated to open 3 locations in southeast

Persona Wood Fired Pizzeria has inked a development agreement for three restaurants in the Southeastern United States, including South Carolina, North Carolina and Georgia.

Your Pie looking for national growth in the midst of fast casual pizza boom

With 22 units open, Your Pie is hoping to break out of the Southeast and go nationwide.

From Guinness record setter to Oscars night: How Big Mama's is turning fame into fortune

How does a company capitalize on its fame and turn old news into something lasting and sustainable?

The importance of educating your team about catering

Only through a commitment to education will we have the ability to help others meet a proper standard that can help catering and restaurant leaders adapt to the market changes.

How Crushed Red is making waves in the sea of fast casual pizza

A few simple factors brought together, such as price, environment, and quality can help a fast casual pizza platform keep its head above water.

Papa John's franchisee leverages remote management technology to run the business from afar

Jaime Pickett franchises Papa John's units in Boston from her home in Virginia, entrusting and empowering her team to work together when she's not there.

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NEWS


Pie Five creating 'Pie-topia' in Kansas City

Kansas City will boast another Pie Five Pizza location come Aug. 7, when the chain opens its fifth Kansas City-area location at Glenwood Commons, on the corner of 91st and Metcalf, in Overland Park, Kansas.

Toppers Pizza reports sales increases

Toppers Pizza reported this week that company systemwide sales were up 17.2 percent during the chain’s seventh period — June 15 to July 12

Groupon launches ‘Groupon To Go’

The Internet coupon service will expand into the takeout and delivery markets

Franchise industry group leader fires back on labor proposals

Proposed labor rules could destroy the industry, claims International Franchise Association chief.

Pie Five to open 25 locations in three states

Pie Five Pizza announced that HCW Development will open units in Missouri, New Mexico and Arizona.

Pieology expands into Koreatown

Pieology's Koreatown location in Los Angeles had opened with more locations still to come in the area.

Fast casual pizza expands across country

Residents of New York, California and Indiana will soon see fast casual pizza expand throughout their state with several openings expected through October.

Pizza Factory unveils newly transformed Nevada store

Nevada-based Pizza Factory Minden is celebrating the grand opening of its newly transformed restaurant on Aug. 1.

Bake425˚ opens 6th Chicagoland unit

The company's flagship store opened in Chicago's Highland Park last fall, followed soon after by grand openings in Winnetka, Evanston, Lake Forest and Glencoe. An additional store is planned in Hinsdale later this year.

Uncle Maddio's launching 5 Pennsylvania units

Atlanta-based fast-casual pizza brand Uncle Maddio's Pizza Joint is expanding to two new locations this week, on pace to open a new unit every 10 days and meet its goal of 300 restaurants in five years.

Zpizza launches Jr. chef certification, kits

Pizza kits are available for Jr. Chef parties for kids hosted at zpizza restaurants or in-home, which allows kids an opportunity to earn their Jr. Chef certification.

Blaze reaches 80-unit milestone

The chain has a pipeline of more than 400 restaurants set to open in 42 states, Washington, D.C. and Canada by 2020.

Domino's domestic sales up 13 percent from 2014

The international division also posted strong results with same store sales growth of 6.7 percent, marking the 86th consecutive quarter of international same store sales growth.

Taco Bell Q2 growth beats out Pizza Hut, KFC

Yum! Brands reported Q2 results ended June 13, which showed a 3-percent growth in worldwide system sales.

Merger allows PF Hospitality to franchise Pizza Fusion

The merger allows PF Hospitality Group to franchise Pizza Fusion restaurants specializing in organic fare free of artificial additives, such as preservatives, growth hormones, pesticides, nitrates and trans fats.

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