Getlowfees.com launches online credit card processing marketplace for merchants

Get Low Fees LLC this week announced the launch of its new website, getlowfees.com. Intended to help business owners lower their credit card processing rates and fees, getlowfees.com delivers a bidding portal that brings together a pool of the biggest...

Papa Murphy's appoints Outback Steakhouse exec as CFO

Papa Murphy's International has named Mark Hutchens as its new chief financial officer, effective immediately. According to a news release, Hutchens brings nearly 25 years of financial leadership experience, with an extensive history in the restaurant and retail sector. Most...

Brixx Wood Fired Pizza brings in new director of training

Doug Sanderson has joined Charlotte, N.C.-based Brixx Wood Fired Pizza as director of training. Sanderson previously worked with Texas Steakhouse & Saloon, a chain of 17 locations, as vice president of training and HR/operations.

Pizza Patrón signs first ground lease, debuts new prototype

Pizza Patrón announced that is has signed its first ever ground lease. The company is estimating a 60-day construction process before it unveils the new freestanding prototype.

Syrus Restaurant Information Services hires first COO

Syrus Restaurant Information Services, a provider of restaurant technologies and analytics, has hired Brian Graham as its first chief operating officer. According to a news release, Syrus has experienced rapid growth throughout the last two years with national restaurant brands...

Super Bowl Sunday generates 80% increase in sales at Domino's

Domino's Pizza is planning to deliver more than 11 million pizza slices and 3 million chicken wings on Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 2.

After closing 20% of stores, Pizza Patron sets sales record

Pizza Patrón announced that despite closing nearly 20 percent of its stores in 2013, it achieved the highest overall yearly sales in the company's history. Pizza Patrón opened seven new restaurants and closed 20 locations in multiple markets in 2013....

SeafoodGrabber creates social networking for buyers and sellers

The B2B networking site SeafoodGrabber has launched in Boston, offering a marketplace that accumulates and organizes prices from wholesale seafood suppliers and then displays unique pricing to each buyer, according to a company news release. SeafoodGrabber streamlines how unique pricing...

Chuck E. Cheese's sells to private equity firm

CEC Entertainment, parent company of the Chuck E. Cheese's chain, announced a merger agreement with Apollo Global Management, in which the private equity firm will acquire CEC for approximately $1.3 billion, including the assumption of debt. Apollo's $54 per share,...

NRA's chief innovation officer elected to Meals on Wheels board

The National Restaurant Association announced that Phil Kafarakis, chief Innovation & member advancement officer, has been elected to the Meals On Wheels Association board of directors. "Phil's extensive experience in the food industry enables him to bring a unique and...

MOD Pizza adds three former Starbucks execs to leadership team

Seattle-based MOD Pizza has added three executives to the leadership team who will support operations and store development as the company accelerates its growth into new markets. According to a news release, MOD is currently operating 14 locations in Washington,...

PizzaRev adds four franchisee groups to roster

California-based PizzaRev announced it has signed new agreements with four franchisee groups covering territory in five states. According to a news release, the deals will bring new units to San Diego County and Orange County, Calif., Utah, Nebraska, North Dakota...

Mazzio's names new CEO

Tulsa, Okla.-based Mazzio's LLC, owner and operator of the Mazzio's Italian Eatery and Oliveto Italian Bistro brands, has named Sheri Miksa as its new president and CEO effective immediately. Miksa has more than 25 years experience in the restaurant, foodservice...

Pieology Pizzeria debuts in Colorado

Colorado Pie LLC today announced the grand opening of its first Pieology Pizzeria Colorado location. The new restaurant is located in Lakewood, near Colorado Mills mall, and marks the California-based concept's debut in the Centennial State. Colorado Pie is owned...

Rizzo's Fine Pizza debuts full-service restaurant after 55 years in business

Family owned and operated Rizzo's Fine Pizza Co., established in 1959 in Astoria, Queens, N.Y., has opened its first full-service dine-in restaurant on the Lower East Side of the city. The full-service concept will include the brand's signature thin crust...

Pie Five plants flag in Florida

The first of 25 planned Florida locations of Pie Five Pizza is set to open Jan. 13 at the Gateway Center in Port Orange, under the leadership of local restaurateur L.

Is a sale looming for Chuck E. Cheese's?

Will the rock-and-roll Chuck E. mouse soon be owned by a private equity firm? According to Reuters, potentially. The publication reported earlier this week that the Irving, Texas-based entertainment pizza chain is exploring a sale and has been working with Goldman Sachs to explore its options.

Pizza Patrón suspends franchising program indefinitely

After 10 years of franchising, Pizza Patrón announced today that it is suspending its franchise program indefinitely. The company will continue development with some of its existing franchise partners, but will concentrate its growth focus on building company-owned stores, according...

Papa John's launches new development incentive program

Papa John's has announced a package of incentives as part of its 2014 Development Incentive Program. According to a news release, franchisees signing development agreements in the U.S.

NRA names Metro Pizza founder 2014 convention chair

Sam Facchini, co-founder and co-owner of Metro Pizza, has been named by the National Restaurant Association as its convention chair for the 2014 National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show and the 2014 International Wine, Spirits & Beer Event, according to...

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