Webinar on beacons, geofencing now available

The free webinar Using Beacon Technology and Geofencing In Your Restaurant sponsored by Splick.it and hosted by FastCasual.com earlier this week is now available for playback.

National Restaurant Association joins fight against Seattle wage increase

The National Restaurant Association announced in a press release that it is joining the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, as well as the American Hotel & Lodging Association and Asian American Hotel Owners Association, in an effort to stop the city of Seattle from raising the minimum wage.

Syrus introduces restaurant management mobile app

Syrus Restaurant Information Services has introduced a restaurant management mobile app, available on the iOS platform. The app provides restaurant operators with historical and real-time information on store performance, such as sales, labor, voids and LTOs. "Mobility is at the...

University of Houston to offer PhD in Hospitality Administration

The University of Houston's Conrad N. Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management plans to begin offering a Ph.D.

Franchising association seeks to halt Seattle’s minimum wage increase

The International Franchise Association has asked the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington to issue a preliminary injunction preventing the City of Seattle from raising its minimum wage. The IFA says the city's recently enacted law to...

Papa John’s increases shareholder dividend by 12%

Papa John's International today announced that its board has approved a 12 percent increase in the quarterly dividend payable on PZZA's common stock. According to a news release, this results in a quarterly dividend rate of $0.14 per share, or...

Restaurant traffic slips in June, same-store sales continue to rise

The National Restaurant Association’s monthly Restaurant Performance Index reported a moderate decline in June, driven largely by softer traffic. The RPI was 101.3 in June, down from a level of 102.1 in May and the first decline in four months.

NoshList adds new reservations feature for restaurants, retailers

NoshList has added reservations and scheduling features to its app, to help businesses further manage their daily wait lists. The Reservations feature has been added to the company's iPad, Android and web platforms. It can be used to make reservations...

WFF launches campaign to advance women leaders

The Women's Foodservice Forum has launched the WFF 100K Strong Commitment Campaign, an industry-wide "call to action” to support the advancement of women leaders. "Women are significantly under-represented in C-suite and executive teams and we are asking the foodservice industry...

San Diego City Council passes minimum wage hike

On Monday, the San Diego City Council approved an ordinance that would raise the minimum wage to $11.50 an hour by January 2017, according to a report from Reuters. It's not a done deal. Mayor Kevin Faulconer, who has threatened to veto the bill, has 10 business days to act.

Drive-thru-only pizzeria boasts brick oven for speed

A pizza concept in the Cleveland suburb of North Royalton, Ohio, features a drive-thru-only setup. Cleveland.com recently published a profile of My Pizzetta, which is owned by Sharon and Bob Rybank and has been open for about six months. The owners said it is the first exclusively drive-thru pizza place in the U.S.

NAACP passes resolution in favor of $15 minimum wage

On Tuesday, the NAACP unanimously passed a resolution supporting a $15 minimum wage. Partial text of the resolution is below. WHEREAS, the promotion of economic justice for all is a cornerstone of the NAACP’s mission, and the organization has steadfastly...

Pizza Patrón on pace for strongest sales year ever

Pizza Patrón announced today that first and second quarter total sales in 2014 exceeded expectations and are up 5.6 percent versus the same six-month period in the prior year. According to a news release, this number was achieved with 14...

CiCi’s Pizza testing create-your-own prototype

CiCi’s Pizza is the latest pizza chain to test a create-your-own concept, jumping on board a growing subsegment driven by fledgling fast casual concepts throughout the country. CiCi’s will showcase this new prototype at a reopening celebration at its restaurant in The Colony, Texas, on July 19 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Multiunit franchisee growth outpacing restaurant industry growth

According to new data from the Restaurant Finance Monitor’s annual "Monitor 200" ranking, the 200 largest restaurant franchisees in the country saw their total revenues grow by 9 percent in 2013. This growth "easily" outpaced the overall restaurant industry’s growth,...

Chuck E. Cheese’s selects Topgolf exec as new CEO

CEC Entertainment, parent company of Chuck E. Cheese's, has named Thomas Leverton as its new CEO, effective July 23. Leverton succeeds Michael H.

Marco’s Pizza brings Burger King operations veteran on board

Marco’s Pizza has named Tony Libardi as executive vice president of Operations. According to a news release, prior to joining Marco’s Pizza, Libardi spent 10 years running a $1 billion division for Burger King as the VP of Company Operations...

HMSHost creates technology simulation lab for dining concepts

HMSHost has introduced imagineIT, an airport terminal simulation lab that allows the company to explore new technology solutions for its airport-based dining concepts. The lab is located in Washington, D.C. According to a news release, HMSHost’s imagineIT allows employees and...

Food Network brings back Great Food Truck Race

The Great Food Truck Race is back on the Food Network for a fifth season, with a new cast of food truck hopefuls on a road trip from Southern California to Key West, Fla. The seven-episode series, hosted by Celebrity Chef Tyler Florence, premieres Aug.

Project Pie adds to executive team to support growth

Project Pie has named two new executives to its leadership team, including Brian Watkins as director of Operations, and Steve Brigandi, as chief administrative officer and general counsel. According to a news release, Watkins has worked more than 25 years...

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