Mr. Gatti's opens first location since 2015

Gatti's Pizza opened its first new restaurant since the chain was purchased in 2015 by Sovrano, LLC. The new location is on East Belt Line Road in Richardson, Texas and offers table-side service and outdoor seating. "There is a strong...

Pieology pizzeria rolls into new territory

Pieology Pizzeria has opened its first Arkansas location in Fayetteville at 1777 Martin Luther King Blvd. The location is owned and operated by the Kingdom Pies LLC franchise group.

&Pizza signs lease deal with MSC Retail

MSC Retail announced a lease agreement with &Pizza, according to a company press release. The unit will occupy 2,375 square feet of a 50,000-square-foot facility operated by Midwood Investment and Development.

Papa John chickens out

Papa John's said its has, as promised in December, transitioned to the use of vegetarian-raised, antibiotic-free poultry as of July 1, "We've taken a lot of steps to bring our customers transparency around our ingredients," said Papa John's Chief Ingredient...

Uncle Maddio's expands in Charlotte area

Uncle Maddio's Pizza expanded in the Charlotte, North Carolina area, a company press release announced. The brand announced the opening of its third restaurant to be on July 22 at 345 S.

NRF backs another idea for diluting overtime rules

Legislation that would slow the enactment of some of the provisions of the overtime rules set to take effect in December received loud and instantaneous applause from the National Retail Federation. The Overtime Reform and Enhancement Act was introduced in...

Free shift-scheduling tool set to expand client base

Sling bills itself as "the only free shift-scheduling tool for non-desk employees," and it's being used by huge employers like Subway and AMC Theatres, so its first-year progress report could be of interest across the restaurant industry. Since its 2015...

Old Chicago expands footprint in Texas market

Old Chicago Pizza & Taproom is targeting Texas for corporate growth and franchise expansion with the opening of three new locations this month,, and looking for franchisee prospects to further the brand's presence in the state. "This is an opportune...

Survey finds the food and beverage industry in poor shape

Inefficiency and carelessness are plaguing the food industry, according to a survey of more than 200 independent restaurants and chains by collaborators Oracle Hospitality and Technomic. The survey focused on how individual businesses manage labor and inventory — and the...

Who you gonna call? Papa John's!

It seems Papa John’s and the Ghostbusters franchise share some history. "The original ‘Ghostbusters’ film debuted in 1984, the same year I opened the first-ever Papa John's location," said John Schnatter, founder, chairman and CEO of Papa John's. To capitalize...

Infographic: What's Domino's doing so right in India?

When you enter a market as diverse, populated and even chaotic as India, it pays to do your research. At least that's what a relatively new player in that country's coupon industry found out. Coupon Hippo Social Media Outreach and...

800 Degrees Pizza heats up with new partnership

Murfey Ventures is now investing in 800 Degrees Pizza. This new partnership is allowing 800 Degrees to expand in area and corporate development as well as international licensing. Scott Berkowitz, a real estate and hotel franchise expert is now operating...

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.

mPOS increases faster than expected, opens market to new vendors

Restaurateurs still pondering a move to smartphone- and tablet-based POS systems might be interested in the latest Juniper Research study: It predicts that within five years, retail transactions via mPOS systems will represent 20 percent of all transactions. This is...

Stevi B's partners with Six Flags for 20th birthday party

Stevi B’s is partnering with Six Flags Entertainment Corporation to celebrate the restaurant’s 20th Birthday BBQ Bash on Aug. 5. "Our 20th birthday marks an incredible milestone for Stevi B's, and we’re excited to celebrate with our customers who have...

Kahala Brands merges with major Canadian quick-service franchisor

Kahala Brands Ltd, parent company of 18 brands, including Blimpie, Cold Stone Creamery and Johnnie's New York Pizzeria, announced it has signed an agreement to merge with MTY Food Group, a franchisor and operator of 40 concept restaurant brands headquartered...

Yum! offers $4.6 billion of new debt in anticipation of split from China business

At the close of business Wednesday, Yum! Brands Inc announced that it was offering $4.6 billion of new debt to optimize its capital structure ahead of a planned separation of its China business. The financing is another milestone in the...

Survey: Consumers leveraging smartphones to make dining decisions, find deals

Consumers are continuing to use their digital devices to help make dining decisions, including searching for nearby locations and deals, according to a survey, "The Evolution of Dining in the Digital Age," published this week by RetailMeNot. It found that...

Restaurant, oh restaurant, how do I pay thee? Study counts the increasing number of ways

Restaurateurs who offer the most-preferred ways to pay at their establishments are getting the edge in attracting business. That's one of the primary findings of the Second Annual Blackhawk Network Shopper Study. The firm — which produces gift cards and...

Revention launches digital guest management solution

Revention has launched an ordering module designed to help pizza joints and other full-service restaurants manage operations, according to a company press release. The guest management solution provides real-time kitchen preparation times, tracks table turns and order statuses and monitors to-go orders, said Laura J.

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