Grimaldi's Pizzeria slaps trademark infringement suit against former employee

New York staple Grimaldi's Pizzeria has issued a trademark infringement lawsuit against a Chinese business. According to the New York Daily News, Grimaldi's JMC Restaurant Holdings, which owns the Grimaldi Pizzeria trademark, is accusing a former employee of planning to...

C-stores continue to elevate foodservice offerings in market share fight

The National Association of Convenience Stores' annual show concluded last week in Las Vegas with some sessions covering the continued elevation of foodservice offerings in the segment, threatening market share from traditional limited-service concepts. C-stores are pressured to evolve amid...

Papa John’s franchisee sued for $2M by alleged wage theft

A five-unit Papa John’s franchisee has been sued by the New York State attorney general for $2 million. According to Reuters, the AG has accused the franchisee, New Majority Holdings LLG, and owner Ronald Johnson, of wage theft practices, claiming...

Chuck E. Cheese's acquires 147-unit Peter Piper Pizza

Chuck E. Cheese’s parent company CEC Entertainment Inc.

Project Pie heads to the United Kingdom

California-based Project Pie will add 60 locations in the United Kingdom and Ireland following a new master agreement with The Canavan Co. UK Ltd., in partnership with former Hakkasan CEO Niall Howard. According to a news release, the group will...

Boston Pizza unveils new urban store design in Vancouver

Boston Pizza International Inc. has opened its 61st location in British Columbia at 808 Beatty St.

Russo’s Restaurants hitting growth goals at $1.1M AUVs

Russo's Restaurants, which includes Russo's New York Pizzeria and Russo's Coal-Fired Italian Kitchen, announced plans to continue expanding worldwide after surpassing the 40-unit mark in the US. The restaurant has also announced an 8-percent increase in systemwide revenue. This year, Russo's opened its first Hawaii location in Ewa Beach.

Midsized business owners cite government regulations as top concern

A new study by research group ADP Research Institute reveals a gap in confidence for midsized businesses when it comes to the US economy. The study found that while only 15 percent of midsized businesses are confident that the US...

Restaurant Finance Monitor’s finance and development conference headed to Vegas

The Restaurant Finance Monitor's annual Restaurant Finance & Development Conference will be held Nov.

SpeedLine launches LiveMaps feature for delivery software

Profitable delivery is the focus of a new software release this week from SpeedLine Solutions. "The drive is often the biggest variable in the profitability of restaurant delivery," Marketing Manager Jennifer Wiebe said in a news release. "Until now, it's...

Long Range Systems adds new chief revenue officer

Long Range Systems has named Dan Murphy as chief revenue officer. In this role, Murphy will oversee the company's US-based sales team as well as develop the domestic dealer and reseller channels in key sales verticals. Murphy most recently served...

Pizzerias among 'strictest' restaurants for special requests

Urbanspoon has compiled a list of America's Strictest Restaurants, or 35 concepts where substitutions, additions or deletions are either frowned upon or not allowed. The list is peppered with pizza concepts, including Jackson's Pizza in Seattle, where chefs spend months...

Heartland Payment Systems hosting CEO roundtable at Fast Casual Exec Summit

A quartet of C-suite executives from the fast casual segment will participate in a roundtable Oct. 14 in Denver as part of the annual Fast Casual Executive Summit.

WorkPlace Impact adds restaurant brands to portfolio

WorkPlace Impact, a marketing company that targets consumers directly at work, has added restaurant clients to its portfolio. According to a news release, Subway and Buffalo Wild Wings are among several other chains that are now accessing WPI's permission-based network,...

Some LA area eateries adding 3% surcharge to cover insurance costs

The restaurant owners say the surcharge isn't meant to make a political point, but is simply a way to cover the cost of healthcare for employees while negotiating razor-thin profit margins.

Henny Penny announces leadership and structural changes

Henny Penny has announced several leadership changes and an organizational restructuring.

Expert urges operators to plan 2015 purchasing now

A purchasing forecast should clearly define the components that drive commodity prices, including geopolitical events, weather, planted acres of farmland, crop yields and changes in the import/export market, among other factors.

Pizza Studio names former Panera exec as COO

Pizza Studio announced that William "Hank" Simpson has been named as its chief operating officer. He will be tasked with increasing the number of Pizza Studio locations across the US. Simpson formerly served as SVP and chief franchise officer of Panera. He began at Panera in 2002 as director of Retail Operations and Joint Venture Partner.

Restaurant traffic, sales post solid gains in August

Driven by stronger same-store sales and customer traffic levels and a more optimistic outlook among restaurant operators, the National Restaurant Association's Restaurant Performance Index posted a solid gain in August. The RPI – a monthly composite index that tracks the health of and outlook for the U.S.

Chuck E. Cheese's selects new CFO

CEC Entertainment, which operates 577 Chuck E. Cheese's stores, has appointed Temple Weiss as chief financial officer, effective immediately. The announcement follows a search process conducted by the board of directors to identify a CFO, which included a review of both internal and external candidates.

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