QSR Automations adds new features to software platform

QSR Automations has released version 2.5.111 of DineTime Host, a guest management software tool that provides waitlist management, reservations, a guestbook, and a variety of operational analytics. According to a news release, the updated version now offers users two new...

Auntie Anne’s franchisee develops pizza concept

Auntie Anne’s largest franchisee has created a new pizza concept called Rise Pies Handcrafted Pizzas. According to Brandenton.com, the concept will debut inside a mall in the Brandenton, Fla., market.

Carmela’s Pizzeria focused on Florida for expansion

Greenfield Farms Food announced that it has initiated a search for prospective franchisee candidates in the Florida region for its wholly-owned subsidiary, Carmela's Pizzeria. The company has targeted a list of existing pizza outlets in the area and its goal...

800 Degrees earns its VPN certification

800 Degrees Neapolitan Pizzeria was recently awarded with the title of “true Neapolitan pizza” by the Associazione Verace Pizza Napoletana for its Westwood, Calif., To-Go location. The Associazione Verace Pizza Napoletana is a non-profit organization founded in Naples, Italy in...

PizzaRev launches catering program

PizzaRev has launched a new catering program, and has appointed Bibiana Deaver as the new catering sales manager to build to channel. Deaver will lead PizzaRev’s 10 Los Angeles-area corporate stores’ catering programs, and will develop a blueprint for franchisees’...

Patxi’s Pizza names new culinary chief

Patxi’s Pizza has named a new chief culinary officer, as well as a new director of supply chain, to support the company’s growth. Peter Serantoni joins the brand as chief culinary officer with a career that spans more than 20...

Café Rio exec named as Pieology Pizzeria president

Pieology Pizzeria has named Bob Baker as its new president. Baker will join CEO and Founder Carl Chang in managing the growth of Pieology. The brand currently has 23 restaurants in California, Texas, Colorado and Oregon, with more locations planned...

Papa John’s adds Boeing executive to the board

Papa John’s International this week added Laurette Koellner to its board directors. Koellner most recently served as executive chairman of International Lease Finance Corporation, a subsidiary of American International Group Inc., from June 2012 until its May 2014 sale to...

Casey’s General Stores continues to gain traction in pizza delivery business

Casey’s General Stores reported its annual results, which included a same-store sales increase of 11.8 percent in its prepared food and fountain category, which features pizza delivery and sales. The company's annual goal was to increase same-store sales 9 percent...

Domino’s creates stabilizing device to avoid #deliveryfails

Domino’s Pizza in Brazil has created a “pizza stabilizing” device that is mounted on the back of delivery bikes to avoid the shifting of pizzas en route. According to AdWeek, the solution was created by the brand’s agency, Artplan. Domino’s...

UK franchisee crowned as Domino’s fastest pizza maker

Pali Grewal, a Domino’s Pizza franchise owner from the United Kingdom, has been crowned as the company’s 2014 World's Fastest Pizza Maker. According to a news release, Grewal made three large pizzas in 32.28 seconds.

Inclement weather boosts delivery food orders

The extreme weather in Q1 2014 yielded good and bad news for the U.S. restaurant industry — total visits dipped, but delivery got a boost. According to a new report from the NPD Group, traffic to restaurants declined by 1...

Marco’s finds footing in by-the-slice sales

Marco’s Pizza locations in Denver are capitalizing on their by-the-slice sales. The company said the Denver market is ripe for such sales, with heavy walk-in and on-the-go traffic. Other local concepts have been focusing on slice sales, the company said,...

Sbarro to get a fresh start in new Ohio home

Sbarro announced this week that it is moving its headquarters from Melville, N.Y., to Columbus, Ohio, as it emerges from bankruptcy protection. The pizza chain filed for Chapter 11 reorganization in March, its second such filing in three years.

Seattle passes $15 minimum wage; franchisees sue

Seattle’s City Council unanimously approved a minimum wage increase Monday, to $15 an hour. Mayor Ed Murray is expected to sign its passage today, which would give Seattle the highest minimum wage in the U.S. The pay scale will be...

Giordano’s expands food truck service to weddings

The Giordano’s Famous Stuffed Pizza food truck is now serving weddings. According to an email sent from the company, the truck can serve more than 400 pizzas per outing and is adding Chicago weddings to its summer roster. "A true Chicagoan would know that Giordano’s would be a major hit.

Restaurant traffic continues on a positive trajectory

Driven by improving same-store sales and customer traffic and a positive outlook among restaurant operators, the National Restaurant Association’s Restaurant Performance Index rose for the second consecutive month. The RPI stood at 101.7 in April, up 0.3 percent from March...

Papa John’s Founder: Delivery drivers make closer to $20 an hour than $10

John Schnatter, founder, chairman, CEO and president of Papa John’s, told Inc. last week that his company’s drivers make “way closer to 20 bucks an hour than 10.” He went on to say, “Regardless of what the minimum wage is, you really have the market wage.

LRS launches Table Tracker system to expedite orders

Long Range Systems has launched Table Tracker 3.0, a table location system that identifies where guests are sitting so restaurants can deliver food faster. According to a news release, the system also generates analytics on operations and service. “Gone are...

Papa Murphy’s releases first public quarterly results

Papa Murphy's Holdings Inc. announced financial results for its first quarter ended March 31, its first earnings report since going public earlier this month. Highlights for Q1 2014 compared to Q1 2013 include: Total revenues were $25.1 million compared to...

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