San Fran meal delivery service now takes Bitcoin

San Francisco-based SpoonRocket, an on-demand meal delivery startup, has announced that it now accepts Bitcoin as a form of payment.

Peter Piper Pizza picks a pizza publicity campaign

Scottsdale, Arizona-based Peter Piper Pizza has launched an integrated advertising campaign as part of its rebranding initiative.

CiCi's VP joins Orange Leaf as president

Geoff Goodman, who most recently served as VP of Brand Excellence for CiCi's Pizza, will oversee operations, product development, brand management and franchise development for Orange Leaf.

Heartland to offer Merchant Breach Warranty

If the encryption fails on a Heartland Secure machine, Heartland will reimburse the merchant for the amount of compliance fines, fees and/or assessments the merchant must pay to the card brands, issuing banks and acquiring banks.

CiCi's promotes two execs

Appointments include a new COO and new VP of brand excellence.

NRA board elects Jack Crawford as chair

Crawford, president and CEO of Ground Round Independent Owners Cooperative (IOC), has been a member of the NRA board of directors since 2003.

Domino's Pizza sponsors small business podcast

Domino's Pizza will continue to sponsor "Small Talk with Mark S. Lee," which focuses on small-business development.

MenuTrinfo hosting menu labeling webinar for pizza operators

On the heels of the FDA's final menu labeling regulations, issued last month, MenuTrinfo is hosting a free webinar with information on how these rules will impact the pizza segment. The webinar, titled "Any Way You Slice It: Pizza and Menu Labeling," is set for Jan. 7 at 12 p.m.

Franchisee trades in Papa John's business for fast casual Mexican concept

A Kansas-based 10-unit Papa John's franchisee, Terry Newman, has sold his Papa John's Wichita holdings business to focus on a new, yet-to-be-named Chipotle-like Mexican concept. According to Wichita Business First, he will open the new business in the Wichita market first.  St.

NTN Buzztime names new chief financial officer

Allen Wolff, among other responsibilities, will assume the principal accounting duties and report directly to CEO Ram Krishnan.

NLRB issues complaints against McDonald's as joint employer

The joint-employer model is expected to have a significant impact on franchised restaurant businesses.

Minimum wage employees in 21 states to get a raise in the New Year

Twenty-one states are positioned to raise their minimum wages on Jan. 1. According to a news release from the Employment Policies Institute, other cities and states are expected to follow in 2015. The following states, their current minimum wage and Jan.

OrderUp adds AOL veteran to executive team

Baltimore-based OrderUp has hired former AOL SVP of Corporate Development Michael Smith as its new VP of Corporate and Business Development. The move will support OrderUp's growth. According to a news release, OrderUp's order and delivery volume has recently increased...

Key themes for '15: Food quality, customization, customer-facing technology

Fitch Ratings released its 2015 Outlook for the US Restaurant industry, predicting an improvement in sales trends, the easing of commodities pressures and growing cash flow. However, the potential for event risk will remain in the New Year, according to...

Agreement enables Paytronix Rewards, NCR Aloha POS integration

The new Cloud Connect integration will enable Paytronix to integrate, maintain and deploy its solution across NCR’s install base of more than 100,000 restaurant locations.

Project Pie selects real estate firm to secure new market sites

Project Pie has announced a partnership with commercial real estate firm Newmark Grubb Knight Frank to help franchisees introduce the fast casual pizza concept in new markets. "This partnership with Newmark Grubb Knight Frank will elevate Project Pie to the...

CiCi's Pizza hires Sonic exec as CFO

CiCi's Pizza has named Jim Lebs as its new chief financial officer Jim Lebs. According to a news release, Lebs has 20 years of experience and most recently served as VP – Supply Chain for Sonic Drive-In. He also served...

Project Pie adds McAlister's exec to franchising development team

Project Pie has named former McAlister’s Deli executive Peter Wright as its vice president of Franchise Development. Wright joins the leadership team tasked with driving franchise growth and sales for the pizza brand. According to a news release, Wright brings more than 15 years of foodservice experience to Project Pie.

Connie's Pizza offering free delivery in exchange for toy donation

Connie's Pizza has partnered with Toys For Tots and will offer free delivery to customers who donate to the organization through Dec. 24. "Most places put a big box by their entrance and hope people come in with toys to donate.

Akerman law firm forms National Restaurant Industry Group

The new group includes nearly 30 lawyers and regulatory professionals with broad experience representing restaurant industry clients in major U.S. and international markets.

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