Donatos Pizza plans launch in tri state area

Donatos Pizza is expanding to at least three new locations in the tri-state area of Illinois, Indiana and Kentucky. The Ohio-based concept, originally founded by Jim Grote, was purchased by McDonald's in 1999, and then repurchased by Jim and daughter Jane, in 2003. "We are extremely excited to bring Donatos to the Owensboro market.

Blaze Pizza "Disney-fies" new location

Blaze Pizza opened its new flagship location at Walt Disney World Resort in Disney Springs. According to a company press release, the unit debuts in an architecturally innovative structure specially designed for the restaurant.

Can coasters address consumer disengagement in restaurants?

In hopes of counteracting phone distractions in restaurants, Heckler Design has created coasters made to hold customer phones, according to a company press release. "Restaurateurs and chefs have a love/hate relationship with phone use in the restaurant," Dean Heckler, founder...

Fired Pie announces additional Arizona locations

Fired Pie recently opened its 16th location in Chandler and 17th in Glendale — both in Arizona, according to a news release. The restaurant has a total of 15 units in the Phoenix area and two in Tucson. "As we continue to grow, so does our team," said co-founder Doug Doyle.

Pie Five Pizza leaps into jaguar country

Pie Five Pizza Co. is opening its second Alabama location at 7450 Airport Blvd.

Mr. Gatti's opens first location since 2015

Gatti's Pizza opened its first new restaurant since the chain was purchased in 2015 by Sovrano, LLC. The new location is on East Belt Line Road in Richardson, Texas and offers table-side service and outdoor seating. "There is a strong...

Pieology pizzeria rolls into new territory

Pieology Pizzeria has opened its first Arkansas location in Fayetteville at 1777 Martin Luther King Blvd. The location is owned and operated by the Kingdom Pies LLC franchise group.

&Pizza signs lease deal with MSC Retail

MSC Retail announced a lease agreement with &Pizza, according to a company press release. The unit will occupy 2,375 square feet of a 50,000-square-foot facility operated by Midwood Investment and Development.

Papa John chickens out

Papa John's said its has, as promised in December, transitioned to the use of vegetarian-raised, antibiotic-free poultry as of July 1, "We've taken a lot of steps to bring our customers transparency around our ingredients," said Papa John's Chief Ingredient...

Uncle Maddio's expands in Charlotte area

Uncle Maddio's Pizza expanded in the Charlotte, North Carolina area, a company press release announced. The brand announced the opening of its third restaurant to be on July 22 at 345 S.

NRF backs another idea for diluting overtime rules

Legislation that would slow the enactment of some of the provisions of the overtime rules set to take effect in December received loud and instantaneous applause from the National Retail Federation. The Overtime Reform and Enhancement Act was introduced in...

Free shift-scheduling tool set to expand client base

Sling bills itself as "the only free shift-scheduling tool for non-desk employees," and it's being used by huge employers like Subway and AMC Theatres, so its first-year progress report could be of interest across the restaurant industry. Since its 2015...

Old Chicago expands footprint in Texas market

Old Chicago Pizza & Taproom is targeting Texas for corporate growth and franchise expansion with the opening of three new locations this month,, and looking for franchisee prospects to further the brand's presence in the state. "This is an opportune...

Survey finds the food and beverage industry in poor shape

Inefficiency and carelessness are plaguing the food industry, according to a survey of more than 200 independent restaurants and chains by collaborators Oracle Hospitality and Technomic. The survey focused on how individual businesses manage labor and inventory — and the...

Who you gonna call? Papa John's!

It seems Papa John’s and the Ghostbusters franchise share some history. "The original ‘Ghostbusters’ film debuted in 1984, the same year I opened the first-ever Papa John's location," said John Schnatter, founder, chairman and CEO of Papa John's. To capitalize...

Infographic: What's Domino's doing so right in India?

When you enter a market as diverse, populated and even chaotic as India, it pays to do your research. At least that's what a relatively new player in that country's coupon industry found out. Coupon Hippo Social Media Outreach and...

800 Degrees Pizza heats up with new partnership

Murfey Ventures is now investing in 800 Degrees Pizza. This new partnership is allowing 800 Degrees to expand in area and corporate development as well as international licensing. Scott Berkowitz, a real estate and hotel franchise expert is now operating...

Yum! Brands names new strategy and investor relations chief

Yum! Brands Inc has hired Keith Siegner, 41, as its vice president of investor relations and corporate strategy. He assumes the role in early July and reports to CFO David Gibbs, according to a news release.

mPOS increases faster than expected, opens market to new vendors

Restaurateurs still pondering a move to smartphone- and tablet-based POS systems might be interested in the latest Juniper Research study: It predicts that within five years, retail transactions via mPOS systems will represent 20 percent of all transactions. This is...

Stevi B's partners with Six Flags for 20th birthday party

Stevi B’s is partnering with Six Flags Entertainment Corporation to celebrate the restaurant’s 20th Birthday BBQ Bash on Aug. 5. "Our 20th birthday marks an incredible milestone for Stevi B's, and we’re excited to celebrate with our customers who have...

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