Hungry Howie’s grows Michigan footprint

Hungry Howie's Pizza continues its home state expansion in Michigan with a new location in the Detroit suburb of Novi. According to a news release, to commemorate its newest location, Hungry Howie's Pizza will make donations to both the Novi Parks and the Paralyzed Veterans of America.

Fast casual concept Pizza Manifesto debuts in Kansas City market

Pizza Manifesto, a Neapolitan pizza concept, has opened its doors in Waldo, in the Kansas City, Mo., market, at 505 75th St. The concept offers a fast casual layout that brings customers along the counter where they can choose their toppings and watch as their pizzas are created, according to a news release.

PizzaRev marks grand opening with Humane Society fundraiser

Pasadena, California’s new PizzaRev, located at 3455 Foothill Blvd., hosted a grand opening week that included a “Pizzas for a Purpose” benefit, which raised $5,400 for the Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA. “There is a great energy around our Pasadena...

Pizza Patrón opens first corporate-owned store

After 28 years in business, Pizza Patrón has opened its first corporate-owned store. It is located at 1456 Beltline Rd.

Chuck E. Cheese’s brings virtual reality technology to restaurants

Chuck E. Cheese's is adding Oculus Rift technology to its Ticket Blaster game for birthday party packages.

Domino’s increases focus on carryout business

From May 26 through June 1, Domino's Pizza is encouraging customers to use its carryout business by offering a weeklong $5.99 carryout special for large two-topping pizzas. "With the increase in customers thinking of Domino's when they want carryout, we...

Mellow Mushroom teams up with Sports Authority for promo

Mellow Mushroom Pizza Bakers has teamed up with Sports Authority to host a 90-second shopping spree contest. The promotion is being held in conjunction with the AJC Peachtree Road Race on June 8 in Mellow’s hometown of Atlanta. According to...

Al’s Beef and Nancy’s Pizza sign Mike Ditka as spokesperson

Chicago Bears legendary coach, player and current TV commentator Mike Ditka has been named as the new spokesperson for Chicago Franchise Systems Inc., parent company of Al’s Beef and Nancy’s Pizza restaurants. According to a news release, Ditka will support...

LevelUp, Zuppler partner to bridge gap in online ordering and mobile payments

In an effort to bridge the gap between online ordering and mobile payments, Conshohocken, Pa.-based Zuppler and Boston’s LevelUp have teamed up to provide next-generation mobile apps for restaurants. According to a news release, online ordering provider Zuppler and mobile...

Paytronix upgrades mobile features for restaurant platform

Paytronix Systems Inc. has added enhancements to the mobile and messaging aspects of its loyalty platform, geared toward the restaurant and retail industries. The system is now compatible with the latest iOS7 and Android 1 platforms.

Pie Five Pizza marks its debut in Virginia

On Friday, the Pie Five Pizza chain will open the doors to its newest restaurant, its first in Virginia, just outside of Richmond in Glen Allen. According to a news release, the new restaurant marks the first of eight units...

Majority of franchisees now believe social media effectiveness outweighs traditional ads

Franchise restaurant operators consider social media reviews and search engine rankings more important than traditional advertising and promotions and more than two-thirds (69 percent) are confident in their ability to manage their online activities, according to survey results announced this...

Pizza Hut adds field marketing partner

InnerWorkings Inc., a marketing supply chain company, announced that it signed a new multi-year agreement with Pizza Hut.

Domino’s Pizza launches online group ordering tool

Domino’s Pizza has launched a new online tool to make it easier for groups to place large orders. According to a news release, the Group Ordering Tool on calculates an estimate of the number of pizzas needed to feed...

Blake Shelton takes the spotlight for Pizza Hut’s new BBQ pizzas

Pizza Hut has launched a new line of BBQ pizzas that were inspired by Grammy-nominated country musician Blake Shelton. The line includes Blake’s Smokehouse BBQ, Hawaiian BBQ and Honey BBQ Chicken. According to a news release, each pizza is now available for $11.

Restaurant industry’s No Kid Hungry campaign returns in September

September marks the return of Share Our Strength’s Dine Out For No Kid Hungry campaign, a restaurant-based cause-marketing program that raises money to fight childhood hunger. According to a news release, there are 16 million kids in the U.S. who struggle daily with hunger.

Pizza Fusion marks Earth Day with Arbor Day commitment

As part of its annual Earth Day campaign, Pizza Fusion will make a donation to the Arbor Day Foundation to help plant 1,000 trees. Each year, Pizza Fusion supports a different environmental non-profit as part of its Earth Day initiative. This year, the pizza chain pledged to plant one tree for every pizza sold on Earth Day.

Boston Pizza partners with children's organization

Boston Pizza Foundation Future Prospects has announced a commitment of $1 million throughout the next five years to the Rick Hansen Foundation. According to a news release, funding from BPF Future Prospects supports the Rick Hansen School Program, a national...

Restaurant concepts roll out the red carpet for Mom

With Mother's Day around the corner — May 11 for those who still need to come up with a gift idea — restaurant concepts are bracing for a busy day. Last year, the National Restaurant Association estimated that 80 million Americans dined out for the occasion. Plenty of brands are enticing consumers to stop by with Mom this weekend.

Marriott exec to share insights on hotel chain's fast casual concept

Lon Southerland, senior director, global food and beverage for Marriott International, will keynote the ninth annual Fast Casual Executive Summit, Oct. 12-14 in Denver. During his keynote, Southerland will describe how and why he chose to break from the standard...

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