NRA names new VP of member strategy

The National Restaurant Association has named Thomas Wojno as its new vice president of member value and strategy. In his new role, Wojno will focus on growing and improving the NRA's national membership outreach, supporting state restaurant associations in their...

US Foods, Sysco merger hits FTC speed bump

US Foods announced that it received a request from the Federal Trade Commission for additional information and documentary materials in connection with its pending merger with Sysco Corporation. The request was issued under notification requirements of the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements...

Position-specific assessments added to WykeWyre hiring tool

WyckWyre and Criteria Corp have announced the integration of Criteria Corp's HireSelect assessments into WyckWyre's food and hospitality online hiring systems. The implementation will seamlessly integrate personality, aptitude and skill assessment test screening into WyckWyre's application process, according to a...

Dubai pizzeria pushes UAE into the Bitcoin space

A pizza concept in Dubai claims to be the first restaurant in the United Arab Emirates to accept bitcoins as a payment option. According to The National, The Pizza Guys started accepting the virtual currency earlier this month. Owners Rami...

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...

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