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.

Domino's UK names interim CEO

David Wild has been elevated to interim CEO of Domino's UK from his current position of senior non-executive director. The appointment is effective immediately. According to RTT News, the current CEO, Lance Batchelor, will help with the transition until he...

Papa John's issues quarterly dividend

Papa John's International Inc. announced that the board of directors has declared a quarterly dividend of $0.125 per common share, payable Feb.

Mill Hardware acquired by foodservice supply company

Diversified Foodservice Supply Inc. has acquired Mill Hardware & Food Service Inc.

Survey finds food cost increases will beef up menu prices

A recent survey from SpenDifference found that American chain restaurants plan to increase menu prices as part of a move to offset higher food costs. Last year, 83 percent of the chains surveyed increased prices somewhat, while this year 92...

NRA names new officers, board members

The National Restaurant Association and the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation announced today the election of officers to its board of directors and board of trustees, respectively. The officers began their 1-year terms Jan.

Venga, Ctuit partner for operational IT

Venga, a data-driven guest management software provider for restaurants, and Ctuit, a provider of business intelligence software, announced a partnership that the companies said will offer clients a holistic view of their businesses. Ctuit's RADAR system integrates with clients' point-of-sale... launches online credit card processing marketplace for merchants

Get Low Fees LLC this week announced the launch of its new website, Intended to help business owners lower their credit card processing rates and fees, delivers a bidding portal that brings together a pool of the biggest...

Papa Murphy's appoints Outback Steakhouse exec as CFO

Papa Murphy's International has named Mark Hutchens as its new chief financial officer, effective immediately. According to a news release, Hutchens brings nearly 25 years of financial leadership experience, with an extensive history in the restaurant and retail sector. Most...

Brixx Wood Fired Pizza brings in new director of training

Doug Sanderson has joined Charlotte, N.C.-based Brixx Wood Fired Pizza as director of training. Sanderson previously worked with Texas Steakhouse & Saloon, a chain of 17 locations, as vice president of training and HR/operations.

Pizza Patrón signs first ground lease, debuts new prototype

Pizza Patrón announced that is has signed its first ever ground lease. The company is estimating a 60-day construction process before it unveils the new freestanding prototype.

Syrus Restaurant Information Services hires first COO

Syrus Restaurant Information Services, a provider of restaurant technologies and analytics, has hired Brian Graham as its first chief operating officer. According to a news release, Syrus has experienced rapid growth throughout the last two years with national restaurant brands...

Super Bowl Sunday generates 80% increase in sales at Domino's

Domino's Pizza is planning to deliver more than 11 million pizza slices and 3 million chicken wings on Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 2.

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...

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