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...

CIC Partners adds Pizza Hut Co-op exec as operating partner

CIC Partners, a middle market private equity firm, has added Sam Khoury to its team as an operating partner in residence. CIC Partners said in a news release that Khoury's addition deepens the firm's strengths investing in the food and restaurant industries. Khoury previously served as VP, Pizza Hut National Purchasing Co-op Inc.

Pizza Hut U.S. names new president

Yum! Brands Inc. has appointed David Gibbs, 50, as president of its Pizza Hut business in the U.S., effective immediately.

Chuck E. Cheese's announces four new openings

Chuck E. Cheese's announced it opened four new restaurants across the country on Dec.

United Fresh launches new quarterly report, webinar series

United Fresh Produce Association has launched "Fresh Insights for Foodservice," a new quarterly report showcasing the latest trends in fresh produce use in foodservice and restaurants, according to a news release. The concept was initiated by United's Retail-Foodservice Board as...

zpizza introduces Take N Bake line

In celebration of National Pizza Week, Jan. 8 from 3 p.m.

Flippin' Pizza enters Middle East market

San Diego-based Flippin' Pizza has signed a master franchise agreement for more than 25 locations across various countries in the Middle East. The brand's franchise partner, Magnolia Middle East Group, has already opened the doors of its first UAE branch...

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