The perfect pitch: 3 restaurant concepts


Entrepreneurs from Burgers n’ Fries Forever, Sweet Lorraine’s Fabulous Mac n’ Cheez and Pincho Factory pitched concepts to a panel of distinguished investors and consultants who provided professional advice.


Are you following the 12 dos and don'ts of restaurant financing?

Although there is no secret recipe for raising funds to open a business, there are some practices that should always be followed and even more to avoid.

Are you following the 12 dos and don'ts of restaurant financing?

Although there is no secret recipe for raising funds to open a business, there are some practices that should always be followed and even more to avoid.

How one independent pizzeria survived growing pains

Getting noticed is a challenge, you have to offer something truly great and differentiate yourself in several ways, says CEO of Louisville-based Loui Loui's.

Independent pizzerias leverage local ingredients, marketing to compete with big chains

For independent operators, it's important to understand futures and have a good relationship with distributors and manufacturers to best manage food costs.

Sysco/US Foods merger: The small independent restaurant just got smaller

The best thing small restaurants can do is band together with a GPO, providing more transparency and security in pricing.

PizzaMarketplace launches Top 100 Movers & Shakers

The inaugural Top 100 Movers & Shakers features a ranking of the top concepts, leaders and trends in the $38 billion pizza segment.

Could your restaurant survive a 15% decrease in business?

The question we field more than any other when talking to small merchants is, “Who is making me become PCI compliant?” The answer is too complicated to simply point at one entity and say, “It’s this guy, right here.” In...

Pizza Executive Summit: These photos say it all

Take a photo tour of some of Chicago's most popular pizza restaurants.

Commentary: Food trucks lead the way in culinary innovation

Independent food truck operators don't have to deal with corporate bureaucracy, but still get a full entrepreneurial experience.

Innovation in the name of charity

What do the Love Kitchen, Panera Bread, and Cafe 180 all have in common? They provide affordable food to those who can’t regularly pay full price for a meal. A week ago, the Oprah Winfrey show came on the overhead...

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Domino's Pizza sponsors small business podcast

Domino's Pizza will continue to sponsor "Small Talk with Mark S. Lee," which focuses on small-business development.

NRA, SBA encouraging shoppers to #DineSmall on Nov. 29

The partnership will encourage shoppers to patronize local restaurants while shopping on Small Business Saturday.

California pizzeria marks 30th birthday with daily promos

Santa Rosa, Calif.-based La Vera Pizza is marketing its 30th anniversary with special offers every day throughout October. The family owned and operated restaurant first opened in 1983. The promotion began Oct.

Moose's Tooth Pub and Pizzeria selects Revention POS

Anchorage, Ala.-based Moose's Tooth Pub and Pizzeria, one of the highest-grossing single-unit independent pizzerias in the nation, recently selected Revention POS as the preferred point of sale system. "When your business does that much volume, you can't afford to make...

New Orleans pizzeria experiments with Facebook ads

Prior to Facebook's $100 billion-plus IPO, New Orleans' Pizza Delicious tried out the social media site's ad buying effectiveness. NPR covered the shop's success with Facebook advertising earlier this week, and reported that owners Michael Friedman and Greg Augarten are...

NRA, Share Our Strength partner to triple No Kid Hungry campaign funds

The National Restaurant Association has announced that it is committing to work together with Share Our Strength to triple the funds raised for Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign through 2013, raising an incremental $5 million to end childhood...

Fried pizza concept coming to NYC

La Montanara by Forcella is scheduled to open March 28 in the Lower East Side neighborhood of New York City. According to Eater NY, it will be the first concept in the city where all of the pizzas are fried....

Pizza segment makes up 9.5% of foodservice market

The away-from-home pizza segment represents $46 billion in retail sales per year across the United States, making up 9.5 percent of the U.S. commercial foodservice market, according to data from research firm CHD Expert. CHD Expert predicts the staggering pizza...

SpeedLine POS announces new partnerships

Pizza and delivery point of sale developer SpeedLine Solutions Inc. has announced new partnerships with Sorbis in New York and Hospitality Management Systems in Kansas City, Mo. Sorbis, a 12-year veteran hospitality point of sale dealer, will represent SpeedLine POS in New York and New Jersey. "We are pleased to add SpeedLine to our repertoire.

Traveling wood-fired pizza kitchen concept rolls out

Amooré Pizza, a new traveling wood-fired pizza kitchen concept, is making its debut in Franklin, Tenn., where it will be featured at the Taste of Williamson Fundraiser for the local United Way. Amooré Pizza travels to parties, businesses or homes,...

New Dallas pizza concept allows guests to bring beer, wine

A New York-style pizzeria has opened in the Preston Hollow area of Dallas that allows customers to bring their own beer and wine. Mimi's Pizzeria officially opened Jan.

Santa Clara's Pizz'a partners with Meals on Wheels

Santa Clara, Calif.-based Pizz'a Chicago will donate 10 percent of its sales Oct. 4 to the Bay Area Meals on Wheels organization. "We hope that everyone can come this Oct.

Report: Customers tend to patronize independent restaurants over chains

Battling with low-operator and consumer confidence, rising food costs and a lack of corporate support, independent restaurants can be hit hard in these poor economic times. However, recent Mintel research reveals that indies may have some advantages over their competition,...

NYC staple Pizza by Certé becomes green certified

New York's Pizza by Certé has been designated a 3 Star Certified Green Restaurant by the Green Restaurant Association, a national nonprofit specializing in helping restaurants become more sustainable. Receiving 206.35 points on the GRA's certification scale and having implemented...

Nick’s New Haven-Style Pizzeria & Bar sets July opening

Nick's New Haven-Style Pizzeria & Bar is slated to open in early July in Boca Raton, Fla., featuring classic apizza made famous in New Haven, Conn. New Haven-style apizza is a version of Neapolitan pizza characterized by its thin crust,...

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