Chuck E. Cheese's sale to private firm finalized

An affiliate of Apollo Global Management LLC and Chuck E. Cheese's parent company, CEC Entertainment Inc., announced on Friday the completion of the investment company's acquisition of the 577-unit pizza and entertainment chain. According to a news release, the acquisition was effected through a tender offer followed by a merger.

Technomic, IRI create joint data analysis venture

Information Resources Inc. and Technomic announced a joint service offering aimed at providing a holistic view of the food industry. The new venture, Restaurant to Retail Insights, will offer customizable, cross-channel analysis, enable collaboration between manufacturers, retailers and restaurant operators,...

Marco's named a top franchisee, announces further expansion

Toledo, Ohio-based Marco's Pizza has been listed on the Franchise Business Review's ninth annual Top 200 Franchises list. To compile the list, Franchise Business Review, a nationwide market research firm, surveyed 26,000 franchisees with 350 brands, asking them to rank...

Getting customers to fall in love with your business

In celebration of Valentine's Day, Cintas Corporation, has compiled a list of the top techniques to make your customers love your business. Make a positive first impression. The minute a customer walks into your business, make sure someone is there to welcome them.

Casey's purchases Stop-n-Go locations

Casey's General Stores Inc. announced that it has signed an asset purchase agreement to acquire 24 Stop-n-Go locations.

American Pizza Community welcomes new members

The American Pizza Community announced that The Streets of New York and Pieology have joined the coalition as new members. Members of the APC include large and small pizza brands and franchisees from around the country as well as vendors...

Pizza Patrón rolls out employee incentive program

Pizza Patrón has introduced its first corporate-sponsored, systemwide employee incentive program to recognize and reward its employees. The program is called El Mero Mero, or "The best of the best." According to a news release, each month, one store winner...

Pizza Patrón adds Revel Systems POS platform

Pizza Patrón has selected Revel Systems, an iPad POS provider, as its POS solution for 100-plus store locations. According to a news release, with the implementation of Revel Systems iPad POS across the Pizza Patrón franchise, stores can tap into...

Obama administration extends health care compliance deadline for businesses

The Obama administration announced Monday that the deadline for mid-sized companies to comply with Obamacare regulations has been extended to 2016. CNN reported that the extension applies to companies with 50 to 99 full-time employees. They will now have another...

Uncle Maddio's plans Nebraska debut

Mike Simmonds and Shawn Simmonds will open Nebraska's first Uncle Maddio's Pizza Joint in Omaha, Neb., this fall, marking the chain's debut in that state. According to a news release, the Omaha unit will be the first of six as...

Red Book Connect launches restaurant management mobile app

Fatburger is one restaurant chain that has already implemented Red Book Connect's new mobile app, Digital Red Book, to help managers communicate with employees, according to a company press release. From the corporate office to location managers, Digital Red Book...

Webinar to explore hiring, employee theft

On Thursday, Feb. 20 at 2 p.m.

Boston Pizza Royalties Income Fund sets sales records

Boston Pizza Royalties Income Fund and Boston Pizza International Inc. reportetd financial results for the fourth quarter period and for the fiscal year, which included record systemwide sales of $241M for the quarter and $974.8M for the year. Additionally, according...

NRA and Fintech partner for alcoholic beverage purchasing efficiency

The National Restaurant Association and Fintech announced an alliance to build awareness and improve purchasing and payment efficiency of beverage alcohol. Through the alliance, NRA and Fintech will be implementing a system of electronic funds transfer payment for purchasing. Fintech...

Bizzare Foods' Andrew Zimmern to host event at NRA show

Andrew Zimmern, the host of Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern and Andrew Zimmern's Bizarre World on the Travel Channel, will serve as host and emcee for the fourth annual Restaurant Rock industry celebration during the 2014 National Restaurant Association Restaurant,...

Brixx Wood Fired Pizza to debut west of the Mississippi

Charlotte, N.C.-based Brixx Wood Fired Pizza has sold its first franchise west of the Mississippi River. Denver restaurateurs, Trey and Angela Woessner, have purchased the rights to open a new Brixx in Denver. According to a news release, the Woessners...

Multicultural alliance recognizes restaurant industry's Black CEOs

According to the Multicultural Foodservice & Hospitality Alliance, this year's Black History Month is more significant thanks to a milestone achievement in the foodservice community — six Black CEOs at the helm of major companies: Clarence Otis Jr., Darden Restaurants; Steven A. Davis, Bob Evans; Don Thompson, McDonald's; Aylwin B.

North Carolina Domino's franchisees offer medication delivery for residents

Domino's franchisees in Wilmington, N.C., are offering prescription medication delivery along with pizza delivery. According to KPHO, the added service is for residents who are stuck at home from the winter weather. Gene Galindo, director of Operations for Wilmington Domino's...

NRA chief lands spot on 'Most Powerful People in Food' list

The National Restaurant Association's President and CEO Dawn Sweeney has been named one of 2014's "Most Powerful People in Food" by The Daily Meal. Sweeney was recognized for her leadership in directing NRA's food safety, environmental sustainability, foodservice education and...

Restaurant operators report slightly softer sales, traffic in December

As a result of softer same-store sales and customer traffic levels, the National Restaurant Association's Restaurant Performance Index registered a moderate decline in December. The RPI — a monthly composite index that tracks the health of and outlook for the U.S.

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