Middleby acquires Automatic Bar Controls

The Middleby Corporation today announced the acquisition of Automatic Bar Controls Inc., a manufacturer of beverage dispensing systems for the foodservice industry. According to a news release, the equipment solutions of Wunder-Bar include products used by leading restaurant chains, convenience...

MOD Pizza continues California expansion

MOD Pizza continues its California expansion with the opening of its Irvine store this week. MOD Irvine is located in Westpark Plaza at 3965 Alton Parkway. "We have been thrilled with the response to our first California store, which opened last month in Valencia.

NRA unveils new office, entertaining space

The National Restaurant Association has dedicated its new Trinchero outdoor terrace, part of its new office and entertaining space in Washington, D.C. The NRA's newly designed office space is located at 2055 L Street, N.W. and features an entertaining area...

Russo's plans 'significant' domestic and international expansion

Russo's Restaurants, parent company of Russo's New York Pizzeria and Russo's Coal-Fired Italian Kitchen, has announced plans to significantly expand domestically and internationally in 2014. According to a company news release, Russo's plans to open an additional 12 to 15...

Carmela's Pizzeria national franchising plans unveiled

Greenfield Farms Food Inc. announced details from its planned national franchisee program for its Carmela's Pizzeria concept.

Chipotle launches fast casual pizza concept

While many new top-your-own concepts expand throughout the country touting themselves as the "Chipotle of pizza," there is now an actual "Chipotle of pizza." Chipotle Mexican Grill announced that it has partnered with restaurateurs Bobby Stuckey and Lachlan Mackinnon-Patterson to...

Union leaders urge dialogue over Sysco, US Foods merger

James P. Hoffa, general president of union organization International Brotherhood of Teamsters, has issued a statement regarding last week's announcement of Sysco's $3.5B acquisition of US Foods. "Sysco and US Foods should sit down now with stakeholders — including labor...

Michigan pizzeria rewards employees with entire day's worth of sales

The 50-plus employees at Klavon's Pizzeria and Pub in Jackson, Mich., earned their holiday bonuses through a record-setting day of sales on Dec. 10.

Henny Penny acquires Wood Stone Corp.

Henny Penny, a provider of foodservice equipment solutions, announced Monday that it will acquire Wood Stone Corporation, a manufacturer of stone hearth cooking equipment. Their combined reach will strengthen each brand and expand the global footprint and opportunity for market...

New officers added to NRA's supply chain executive group

The National Restaurant Association announced the appointment of two new officers to its Supply Chain Management Executive Study Group. David D. Cox, president of ARCOP Inc.

ROC United releases diners guide for ethical eating

To launch its third National Diners Guide for ethical eating, ROC United hosted a panel discussion this week, featuring restaurant owners from around the country dedicated to providing living wages and improved working conditions for their employees. "Our Diners Guide...

Domino's employees back to work after wage complaint termination

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced Thursday that 25 Domino's Pizza employees who were fired after wage complaints have been reinstated, newyork.cbslocal.com reported. According to a news release from the attorney general's office, an agreement was made between Schneiderman...

Subway set to debut pizza concept

A Subway franchisee in Nebraska plans to open a Subway Pizza Express in the University of Nebraska Union in the first quarter. According to the Daily Nebraskan, this will be the first pizza restaurant in the Subway system. Barton Development, owned by Steve Barton, is the franchisee.

SpenDifference seeks responses for menu tracking survey

The supply chain support provider SpenDifference is soliciting responses from restaurant chain executives for its menu price tracking survey. All participants will be entered to win one of 10 $100 Amazon gift cards and will receive a complimentary copy of...

Fired Pie opens fourth unit in six months

Scottsdale, Ariz.-based Fired Pie held a grand opening celebration this week for its fourth opening in North Scottsdale, just west of the 101 Freeway on Raintree and Northsight. The new location is the concept's fourth since making its debut six...

Pizza Hut delivery drivers sue franchisee for shorting pay

NPC International, Pizza Hut's largest franchisee, has been sued by a group of Missouri pizza delivery drivers. According to the Kansas City Business Journal, the drivers allege that the franchisee has not paid federal minimum wage. In Missouri, the minimum wage for tipped employees and delivery drivers while they're on the road is $3.68.

Pie Five signs deal to open 38 units in D.C. market

Pie Five Pizza Co. has awarded 38 franchise units to ALC Hospitality, a restaurant management company owned by Alyse Cohen, who will bring the concept to Northern Virginia, Southern Maryland and the District of Columbia. "There's no doubt that the...

Papa John's India franchisee hands over control to Avan Projects

Papa John's announced that Avan Projects Pvt. Ltd., has purchased a majority interest in OM Pizza & Eats, the brand's franchisee in India.

Casey's food sales up 12 percent driven by pizza delivery

Casey's General Stores continues to gain market share in the pizza delivery space. The c-store chain this week reported that second quarter total inside sales were up 15.5 percent compared to the same quarter a year ago. According to Chairman and CEO Robert J.

Pizza operators plan for higher cheese prices if farm bill deal isn't reached

With the new farm bill still on the table less than a week before the Congressional Christmas break, some pizza operators are wondering how much cheese prices could rise if a deal isn't reached before the New Year. WNCT, a...

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