Domino's UK CEO announces resignation

Domino’s UK CEO Lance Batchelor announced late last week that he will step down in 2014. According to Reuters, he was offered a new role at a private equity-backed company in a non-competing sector.

Uncle Maddio's inks agreement for North Georgia

With 13 Uncle Maddio's Pizza Joint locations currently operating in Metro Atlanta, the brand is now ready to expand into North Georgia. The company has signed a new development agreement with franchisee Briann Welborn to add three units in Forsyth...

NPC International closes on Wendy's acquisition

NPC International Inc. announced that it has completed the acquisition of 53 Wendy's restaurants for $30.4 million. NPC also agreed to acquire one additional restaurant currently under development by Wendy's, thereby increasing the number of restaurants to be acquired to 54.

NRA to hold inaugural Restaurant Finance Summit

The National Restaurant Association will host its inaugural Restaurant Finance Summit during NRA Show 2014 at Chicago's McCormick Place. The event will bring together restaurant financial executives and operators, Wall Street analysts, investment groups and lenders, and expert tax and...

800 Degrees Neapolitan Pizza planting flag in the Big Apple

Los Angeles-based 800 Degrees Neapolitan Pizzeria has raised financing to build its first New York City location and will be opening within the next year. According to a news release, 800 Degrees has identified several sites in Manhattan with an...

Congressional Dems, President call for higher wages as QSR strikes grow

Quick-service employees in more than 100 cities across the country have walked off their jobs today, as part of a protest that began before sunrise at many restaurant locations on the East Coast. Workers are specifically asking for an increase — to $15 an hour — in the federal minimum wage.

Lavu iPad POS launches pizza customization tools

Lavu Inc., makers of Lavu restaurant point of sale for iPad, has released a new product designed specifically to improve workflow and customer experience at pizzerias. According to a news release, the new Pizza Creator module features a graphical interface...

Nominations now open for The Fast Casual Top 100

The editors of are now accepting nominations for The 2014 Fast Casual Top 100. The annual publication is a mix of rankings compiled from industry nominations as well as a panel of industry experts. Categories include: The Top 50...

Employee training module utilizes tablets, apps, social media

Uptown Network announced its new training capability for the hospitality industry that the company said can reduce training expenses by more than 80 percent. The product extension integrates with Uptown Network's digital wine list and menu. The solution is currently...

Mobile ordering app targets small businesses

OrderSnapp announced that it has signed more than 150 restaurants as clients of its mobile ordering application, which the company boasts costs "less than a tank of gas." According to a news release, OrderSnapp offers customized mobile apps for both...

NRAEF celebrates financial support from Sodexo

The National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation announced that it received a $100,000 contribution from Sodexo Inc. in support of the foundation's ProStart program.

Fitch: Stable credit outlook for U.S. restaurants in 2014

The credit outlook for U.S. restaurants should be mostly stable in 2014, despite some weak industry fundamentals, according to a new report published by Fitch Ratings.

Avtec product specialist elected FCSI Allied Representative to The America's Board of Trustees

Eric Von Kaenel has been elected as FCSI's Allied Representative to The America's Board of Trustees, as recently announced by FCSI Chair Jim Petersen. Von Kaenel will serve two years in his new position beginning in January. Von Kaenel is...

Yum! Brands expects strong recovery in 2014

Yum! Brands Inc. reconfirmed its full-year 2013 EPS forecast of high-single to low double-digit decline versus the prior year, excluding special items.

Restaurant operators bullish about sales growth

Fueled by stronger same-store sales and traffic and a more optimistic outlook among restaurant operators, the National Restaurant Association's Restaurant Performance Index rose to a four-month high in October. The RPI — a monthly composite index that tracks the health of and outlook for the U.S.

Restaurant employee strikes expected in 100 cities this week

A year after Fast Food Forward held its first employee strike, workers in 100 cities are planning to walk off their jobs Dec. 5.

California Pizza Kitchen founders plan fast casual concept

California Pizza Kitchen founders Larry Flax and Rick Rosenfield announced today their plan to launch a new fast casual pizza concept as one of the initial portfolio investments of Flax and Rosenfield Capital Partners, their recently founded firm. The pair...

MSP airport recognized for best foodservice program

The Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP) has been recognized as having the Best Food and Beverage Program of any large airport in North America by Airports Council International. The award specifically recognizes MSP's Terminal 1-Lindbergh food and beverage program, which recently added 11 new restaurants on Concourse G.

Pizza Hut manager claims he was fired for refusing to open on Thanksgiving

A former Pizza Hut manager in Elkhart, Ind., alleges he was fired for refusing to open the store on Thanksgiving Day. According to WHAS 11, based out of Louisville, Ky., Tony Rohr claims he was told it was mandatory to...

Henny Penny appoints new CFO

Foodservice equipment designer and manufacturer Henny Penny Corporation announced the promotion of Carolyn Wall to the position of chief financial officer. Wall is a CPA and a CMA, and prior to joining Henny Penny spent 17 years with Ernst &...

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