San Diego City Council passes minimum wage hike

On Monday, the San Diego City Council approved an ordinance that would raise the minimum wage to $11.50 an hour by January 2017, according to a report from Reuters. It's not a done deal. Mayor Kevin Faulconer, who has threatened to veto the bill, has 10 business days to act.

Drive-thru-only pizzeria boasts brick oven for speed

A pizza concept in the Cleveland suburb of North Royalton, Ohio, features a drive-thru-only setup. Cleveland.com recently published a profile of My Pizzetta, which is owned by Sharon and Bob Rybank and has been open for about six months. The owners said it is the first exclusively drive-thru pizza place in the U.S.

NAACP passes resolution in favor of $15 minimum wage

On Tuesday, the NAACP unanimously passed a resolution supporting a $15 minimum wage. Partial text of the resolution is below. WHEREAS, the promotion of economic justice for all is a cornerstone of the NAACP’s mission, and the organization has steadfastly...

Pizza Patrón on pace for strongest sales year ever

Pizza Patrón announced today that first and second quarter total sales in 2014 exceeded expectations and are up 5.6 percent versus the same six-month period in the prior year. According to a news release, this number was achieved with 14...

CiCi’s Pizza testing create-your-own prototype

CiCi’s Pizza is the latest pizza chain to test a create-your-own concept, jumping on board a growing subsegment driven by fledgling fast casual concepts throughout the country. CiCi’s will showcase this new prototype at a reopening celebration at its restaurant in The Colony, Texas, on July 19 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Multiunit franchisee growth outpacing restaurant industry growth

According to new data from the Restaurant Finance Monitor’s annual "Monitor 200" ranking, the 200 largest restaurant franchisees in the country saw their total revenues grow by 9 percent in 2013. This growth "easily" outpaced the overall restaurant industry’s growth,...

Chuck E. Cheese’s selects Topgolf exec as new CEO

CEC Entertainment, parent company of Chuck E. Cheese's, has named Thomas Leverton as its new CEO, effective July 23. Leverton succeeds Michael H.

Marco’s Pizza brings Burger King operations veteran on board

Marco’s Pizza has named Tony Libardi as executive vice president of Operations. According to a news release, prior to joining Marco’s Pizza, Libardi spent 10 years running a $1 billion division for Burger King as the VP of Company Operations...

HMSHost creates technology simulation lab for dining concepts

HMSHost has introduced imagineIT, an airport terminal simulation lab that allows the company to explore new technology solutions for its airport-based dining concepts. The lab is located in Washington, D.C. According to a news release, HMSHost’s imagineIT allows employees and...

Food Network brings back Great Food Truck Race

The Great Food Truck Race is back on the Food Network for a fifth season, with a new cast of food truck hopefuls on a road trip from Southern California to Key West, Fla. The seven-episode series, hosted by Celebrity Chef Tyler Florence, premieres Aug.

Project Pie adds to executive team to support growth

Project Pie has named two new executives to its leadership team, including Brian Watkins as director of Operations, and Steve Brigandi, as chief administrative officer and general counsel. According to a news release, Watkins has worked more than 25 years...

Pizza Inn honors top franchise owners

Pizza Inn recognized its top franchise owners at its recently held National Franchise Convention in Savannah, Ga. “Our annual conventions are a time of learning and fellowship for our franchise owners; each year is an opportunity for them to grow...

Chicago Mayor pushes for $13 minimum wage

Earlier this week, a task force appointed by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel released a recommendation that the city’s minimum wage be raised to $13 an hour by the year 2018. According to the Chicago Tribune, state lawmakers are expected to...

Papa John’s agrees to cover hepatitis A costs from corporate store

A North Carolina-based, company-owned Papa John’s location has been identified as the original source of a hepatitis A outbreak that happened in late March/early April. And, according to the Independent Tribune, Papa John’s International Inc.

Health insurance exchange launches for DC-area restaurants

Industree Exchange, a Washington, DC-based company, has launched to provide health insurance coverage specifically to local restaurants and bars. The Washington Post reports that the company’s objective is to provide affordable options for restaurants as they comply with the Affordable Care Act.

Cardiff finalizes acquisition of Romeo’s NY Pizza

Florida-based Cardiff International Inc. announced last week the finalization of its acquisition of Romeo’s NY Pizza. "We are pleased to add them to our growing portfolio. We're excited to have acquired Romeo's NY Pizza, a family owned business, with great...

Foodservice operators predict spike in sales in 2014

WeiserMazars LLP, an accounting, tax and advisory services firm, has published its second annual U.S. Food & Beverage Industry Study, which found that respondents anticipate growth in sales, profit and employment in 2014. According to a news release, the study is based on a survey from company representatives in the food and beverage industry.

NRA appoints new VP of state association relations

The National Restaurant Association has named Brendan Flanagan as vice president of State Restaurant Association Relations. In his new role, Flanagan will lead and manage enterprise-wide relations with the State Restaurant Associations, according to a news release.

Daytona Speedway paves the way for permanent QSR presence

The Daytona International Speedway in Florida is in the middle of a $400 million, multi-year redevelopment project called DAYTONA Rising. As part of the overhaul, eight "white box" spaces have been created specifically for casual dining and quick-service restaurant brands....

Fizzled out: NYC's soda ban overruled by final appeals court

The proposed ban on large soda drinks in New York City, first introduced in 2012, has officially been overruled. New York State’s Court of Appeals refused to reinstate the ban Thursday, saying the city's health department "exceeded its scope of...

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