Senate committee approves key tax provisions for the restaurant industry

The Senate Finance Committee Thursday approved a tax extenders package that includes three key provisions for the restaurant industry. The provisions are the 15-year depreciation schedule on restaurant building improvements and new construction, retail improvements, and leasehold improvements; the enhanced...

Congress votes to bring 'full-time' definition back to 40 hours

The U.S. House of Representatives voted today in favor of H.R.

Granbury, pcAmerica offering expanded online, mobile ordering options

Restaurant technology providers pcAmerica and Granbury Solutions have expanded their partnership to provide restaurants with more online and mobile ordering solutions. The deal allows restaurants utilizing pcAmerica point-of-sale software to accept web and mobile orders via Granbury's LetsGet online ordering...

Hungry Howie's launches $5 lunch menu

Hungry Howie's Pizza has launched a new Ready to Go Lunch menu, with all items priced at $5. According to a news release, the menu includes: The new Pepperoni and Cheese Howie Roll Chicken Howie Roll Steak Howie Roll Two slices of Deep Dish Pizza and a 20-oz. Pepsi.

Sbarro's Pizza Cucinova concept opens second location

Pizza Cucinova, a new concept from parent company Sbarro LLC, has opened its second location and will celebrate with a free pizza day on April 9. The new location is located on Olentangy River Road in Columbus, Ohio.

Blaze Fast-Fire'd Pizza sets its sight on New York

Blaze Fast-Fire'd Pizza today announced that it will soon enter New York with three locations set to open throughout the next nine months. The company's first New York location will be in West Babylon.

February restaurant sales up despite challenging weather

Although challenging weather conditions in many parts of the country continued to impact customer traffic in February, the National Restaurant Association's Restaurant Performance Index remained above 100 for the 12th consecutive month. According to a news release, the RPI —...

Pizza Patron: Si, se puede! to La Ch!#gona

Pizza Patrón has come under heavy fire for the name of its latest LTO pizza, La Ch!#gona. Despite public outcry from critics, resistance from some franchise partners and media censorship of its radio ads, the company is proceeding with the...

NRA: Tipped employees among highest-paid in restaurants

In response to President Obama's call for a higher minimum wage for tipped employees, the National Restaurant Association said "tipped employees are among the highest-paid in the establishment." A White House report released Wednesday asked Congress to raise this specific...

NY Domino's franchisees settle wage theft suit

A group of New York Domino's franchisees will pay $448,000 to settle a wage theft suit brought forth by delivery workers who claimed they were paid below the tipped minimum wage, were not paid for overtime hours, and were not...

Blaze Fast-Fire'd Pizza spreading to Louisville

Los Angeles-based Blaze Fast-Fire'd Pizza today announced it is expanding to Louisville, Ky., with a scheduled opening this spring. The new 2,300-square-foot restaurant will be located in Louisville's Shelbyville Road Plaza near Trader Joe's and Nordstrom Rack, according to a...

Villa Enterprises takes over food court ops at Virginia outlets

Villa Enterprises announced it is assuming the management, operations and brand placement in the food court at Leesburg Corner Premium Outlets in Leesburg, Va. Under the new deal, Villa Enterprises will oversee a two-phased renovation project with completion scheduled for...

Dunkin', Church's Chicken, McDonald's execs honored by WFF

The Women's Foodservice Forum has named five people to its second annual Women Making Their Mark list, sponsored by Brinker International. The list, according to a news release, recognizes up-and-coming leaders who have demonstrated professional accomplishments. The 2014 Women Making...

Gatti's Pizza testing new employee incentive software

Gatti's Pizza has partnered with YouEarnedIt, an employee recognition software provider, to retain its best employees and encourage a positive company culture, according to a news release. Last month, Gatti's Pizza partnered with its Round Rock franchise partner, Gatti's Management...

Pizza Inn adds new executives to support growth

Pizza Inn Holdings Inc. has announced several additions to its leadership team as its Pizza Inn and Pie Five Pizza concepts continue their expansion. According to a news release, Chris Smith has been promoted to senior vice president of Operations for Pie Five Pizza.

Uncle Maddio's adds former Five Guys exec to operations team

Uncle Maddio's Pizza Joint has named Scott Goodrich as vice president of field operations and support. According to a news release, Goodrich previously served as regional director of franchise operations at Five Guys Burgers and Fries. He was one of...

WFF's Fritzi Woods receives two posthumous honors

Fritzi Woods, the late president and CEO of the Women's Foodservice Forum, has received two special honors at the 2014 Annual Leadership and Development Conference. The annual Trailblazer Award has been officially renamed to the "Fritzi Pikes Woods Trailblazer Award."...

21-cent debit card swipe fee cap upheld

A federal appeals court has today handed down a ruling in a back-and-forth drama that grew out of the 2010 Dodd-Frank Consumer Protection and Wall Street Reform Act. The ruling finds in favor of the Federal Reserve's 2011 compromise, in which a 21-cent limit was put on debit swipe fees.

Chuck E. Cheese's CEO retiring in June

CEC Entertainment Inc., parent company of Chuck E. Cheese's, today announced that Michael H.

Pi Pizzeria employees to make $10.10 an hour

Chris Summers, cofounder of Pi Pizzeria restaurants in St. Louis, announced Wednesday that he will begin paying his employees $10.10. According to Fox 2 Now, Summers was joined by St.

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