Consumer demand for convenience shifting restaurant priorities

As restaurant brands increasingly jockey for more consumer visits, it's more important than ever for operators to keep a strong pulse on what their customers are looking for when they dine out. According to new research from The NPD Group,...

Blaze Pizza debuts in North Carolina

Blaze Fast Fire'd Pizza will open its first North Carolina location Thursday in Morrisville's Park West Village. To celebrate, the restaurant is offering free pizzas Friday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

zpizza woos meat lovers with new menu launch

zpizza has added the zCarnivore to its menu, featuring four types of meat - all-natural pepperoni, fennel sausage, smoked ham and bacon – and topped with hand-torn oregano. The zCarnivore pizza is available through February. "The zCarnivore is a craveable taste that's a meat lover's dream," Founder Sid Fanarof said in a news release.

Demand for food transparency growing

New research from Technomic finds that most consumers want transparency from restaurant brands about their menu choices. Additionally, two in five consumers cite a rising concern over food additives.

Interactive Customer Experience Summit coming to Chicago in June

The conference will focus on technologies such as digital signage, self-service kiosks, mobile and tablets, as well as emerging technologies like beacons, virtual assistants and augmented reality.

Pizza Hut's Oman system honored for Big Data actions

Pizza Hut Oman has been awarded the "Most Innovative Industry Application of Big Data" at The Customer Festival Awards, held recently in Dubai. According to a news release, the winners were selected by an independent panel of judges from brands...

Blaze Pizza marks two grand openings in Sacramento

Blaze Fast Fire'd Pizza today will open two new Sacramento, California, area locations in Gold River's Town Centre and the Highland Reserve Shopping Center in Roseville.  To celebrate the grand openings, both restaurants will offer free pizzas Dec. 13 from 11 a.m.

California Pizza Kitchen unveils new design, menu in Florida

California Pizza Kitchen's newly reimagined menu is now available at its Wellington and Naples, Florida, locations. Both locations also feature the brand's updated restaurant design, featuring open kitchens that allow customers to watch chefs prep and toss pizzas. Restaurant redesign...

Papa John's hits 50% digital sales milestone, adds Google Wallet

Pizza chain will now begin accepting Google Wallet Instant Buy as a payment method for delivery and carry-out orders placed through the Android app.

Old Chicago Pizza debuts in Dallas

Old Chicago Pizza & Taproom has opened its first location in Dallas at 5319 Mockingbird Station, Suite 100. To celebrate, the location has partnered with local charity, CitySquare, and will donate $1 from every Chicago 7 and Meat Me specialty pizza order after 3 p.m.

Uncle Maddio's first Texas location opening this week

Uncle Maddio's Pizza Joint will open its first Texas location Dec. 13 in Austin.

Chuck E. Cheese's testing menu for parents

Chuck E. Cheese’s is testing a new menu in its San Antonio and Irving, Texas, restaurants that is geared toward parents. "Kids are at the heart of everything we do at Chuck E.

Pie Five adds three metro markets to portfolio

Pie Five Pizza Co. has announced its expansion into three metropolitan markets, including Chicago, Minneapolis and Houston. The first Houston-area restaurant, located in Spring, Texas, will open on Dec.

Baskin-Robbins, DQ, Taco Bell among creative finalists for the year

Ace Metrix has announced its 2014 Brand of the Year Watch List, its finalists of brands with the top-performing creative. Winners will be announced Jan.

Connie's Pizza offering free delivery in exchange for toy donation

Connie's Pizza has partnered with Toys For Tots and will offer free delivery to customers who donate to the organization through Dec. 24. "Most places put a big box by their entrance and hope people come in with toys to donate.

Russo's to open coal-fired pizza brand in San Antonio

Russo's Restaurants signed a franchise agreement with a San Antonio developer to open a Russo's Coal-Fired Italian Kitchen in the area.

PizzaRev launches nutritional portal

PizzaRev has launched a new, comprehensive nutrition portal including complete allergen information and nutrition calculator. The portal was built by Nutritionix, an open database of nutritional information. "Our nutrition platform is designed to quickly provide guests the information they need...

Villa Enterprises raises $68K for local charities

Villa Enterprises Management announced it raised $68,358 during its 13th annual golf outing and dinner held recently in Scotch Plains, New Jersey.

Tillster teams up with mobile marketing provider

Tillster Inc. announced today it will now integrate mobile marketing provider Kahuna Inc.'s product suite into its core list of product offerings (ordering, loyalty, couponing, payment). According to a news release, Kahuna invented the world's first Customer Engagement Engine.

Villa Italian Kitchen hosts Facebook holiday promotion

Villa Italian Kitchen is hosting a Holiday Wish & Win Sweepstakes for fans on Facebook with a chance to win $3,000. The brand's Facebook page also includes its holiday quiz for fans to see "What Their Holiday Wish Says About...

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