Restaurant incubator ready for new chef class

Smallman Galley, which bills itself as "the nation's first restaurant incubator," has announced that it is accepting applications through the end of the month for its second class of restaurateur-chefs. The Pittsburgh-based restaurant testing-ground and bar program opened this time...

New face in global food service leadership recruitment

Global foodservice executive search firm, Kincannon & Reed, has hired Lisa Johnson to handle recruitment and succession assignments for leadership in food service and a number of related business sectors. Johnson will work to find and recruit general managers, presidents...

Former Papa John's exec now Pizza Factory COO

Jim Thornton has been named the new COO of Pizza Factory and will lead the chain's corporate franchise team to grow the brand in new markets, support existing franchisees and find new ways to keep educating employees to help the...

Mod Pizza franchisee names operations VP in Florida

Mod Pizza Florida Franchisee BBX Capital has named restaurant veteran, Brick Kerge, as its vice president of operations in the Sunshine State. BBX Capital has created a special division to develop up to 50 MOD locations in central and southern...

Former Panera executive assumes Pieology COO role

Pieology Pizzeria announced that industry veteran and former Panera Bread executive, Clay Sanger, is joining the company as chief operating officer. The 30-year veteran of the restaurant industry will oversee both company and franchise operations, including franchise development, real estate,...

Changing of the guard at Papa Murphy's

Papa Murphy’s Holdings Inc appointed its current director, Jean M. Birch, to board chair as of the end of this month.

Pizza Hut hires former Wal-Mart tech officer for e-commerce post

Pizza Hut has created a chief customer officer position and appointed Helen Vaid as the first person to fill the role, according to a news release.

Bone marrow, server training among US Foods offerings

US Foods is taking a pro-active approach to gaining restaurant buy-in for its fall line-up of food service products, not only offering a server training program to clients, but also some pretty on-trend foods, including everything from bone marrow and...

Hungry Howie's hires former Mooyah exec

Hungry Howie’s has found a new franchise recruitment director in Ardag Tachian, the former vice president of development for Mooyah Burgers, Fries and Shakes. Tachian, who will lead Hungry Howie’s efforts to recruit and onboard new franchisees, has 20 years...

Former NRA exec moves to Specialty Food Association

The not-for-profit Specialty Food Association has hired a new president away from his previous role as chief innovation and member advancement officer with the National Restaurant Association, according to a company press release.  Phillip M.

Chinese labor market stabilizes -- restaurant sector is key

The labor market in China appears to finally be stabilizing and one of the leading industries driving that turnaround is the food-service sector. That news comes this week from a joint study by Chinese career platform, Zhaopin Limited, and the China Institute for Employment Research at Renmin University.

Toppers adds IT leader to blaze trail into future

Toppers is taking a huge digital step for the brand's future with the recent hire of Tony Ellis as the chain's first vice president of information technology. His mission, according to a news release about the appointment, is to take...

Kono adds management manpower ahead of rapid expansion plans

Kono USA, the company behind Kono Pizza, has expanded its management team to meet the challenges of growth for the chain in the years ahead, according to a news release. The company said it has opened several new locations and...

OT regs? ACA compliance? New workforce company thinks it has answers

The benefits of the gig economy have been countered to some degree by ACA compliance requirements and new overtime regulations set to start in December. Now a California-based company says it has the answers to help everyone thrive.

Fired Pie brings on CFO, board member

Fired Pie, the Arizona-based pizza concept, has hired Abby Anderson as chief financial officer. Anderson joins the team with an extensive history of financial management positions with companies, including Athletes Performance Inc, Oreganos Pizza Bistro Inc, and P.F.

Yum! Brands names new strategy and investor relations chief

Yum! Brands Inc has hired Keith Siegner, 41, as its vice president of investor relations and corporate strategy. He assumes the role in early July and reports to CFO David Gibbs, according to a news release.

Council of State Restaurant Associations names first full-time leader; Seeks NRA alignment

The Council of State Restaurant Associations (CSRA) named its first full-time leader this month as part of what it said is a major strategic initiative to align with the National Restaurant Association to serve the industry. Anuja Miner has assumed...

Pie Five names former Starbucks exec to operations post

  Pie Five Pizza Co. has hired a former Starbucks executive, Wendy Moats, as its new senior vice president of operations.

Marco’s Pizza puts emphasis on veterans

Marco's Pizza is going the extra mile to make franchises opportunities for the nation's veterans. Executives at the pizza restaurant said they have had great success with the military veterans who've already come into the fold as franchise operators, so they're going a step further. This month, they announced the appointment of U.S.

Marco's Pizza launches Marco's University online education, training program

Marco's Pizza has launched Marco's University Online, an online training and education platform that encourages Marco's team members to pursue formal education and provides them with discounted tuition.

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