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...

Pizza Inn honors top franchise owners

Pizza Inn recognized its top franchise owners at its recently held National Franchise Convention in Savannah, Ga. “Our annual conventions are a time of learning and fellowship for our franchise owners; each year is an opportunity for them to grow...

Chicago Mayor pushes for $13 minimum wage

Earlier this week, a task force appointed by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel released a recommendation that the city’s minimum wage be raised to $13 an hour by the year 2018. According to the Chicago Tribune, state lawmakers are expected to...

Papa John’s agrees to cover hepatitis A costs from corporate store

A North Carolina-based, company-owned Papa John’s location has been identified as the original source of a hepatitis A outbreak that happened in late March/early April. And, according to the Independent Tribune, Papa John’s International Inc.

Health insurance exchange launches for DC-area restaurants

Industree Exchange, a Washington, DC-based company, has launched to provide health insurance coverage specifically to local restaurants and bars. The Washington Post reports that the company’s objective is to provide affordable options for restaurants as they comply with the Affordable Care Act.

Cardiff finalizes acquisition of Romeo’s NY Pizza

Florida-based Cardiff International Inc. announced last week the finalization of its acquisition of Romeo’s NY Pizza. "We are pleased to add them to our growing portfolio. We're excited to have acquired Romeo's NY Pizza, a family owned business, with great...

Foodservice operators predict spike in sales in 2014

WeiserMazars LLP, an accounting, tax and advisory services firm, has published its second annual U.S. Food & Beverage Industry Study, which found that respondents anticipate growth in sales, profit and employment in 2014. According to a news release, the study is based on a survey from company representatives in the food and beverage industry.

NRA appoints new VP of state association relations

The National Restaurant Association has named Brendan Flanagan as vice president of State Restaurant Association Relations. In his new role, Flanagan will lead and manage enterprise-wide relations with the State Restaurant Associations, according to a news release.

Daytona Speedway paves the way for permanent QSR presence

The Daytona International Speedway in Florida is in the middle of a $400 million, multi-year redevelopment project called DAYTONA Rising. As part of the overhaul, eight "white box" spaces have been created specifically for casual dining and quick-service restaurant brands....

Fizzled out: NYC's soda ban overruled by final appeals court

The proposed ban on large soda drinks in New York City, first introduced in 2012, has officially been overruled. New York State’s Court of Appeals refused to reinstate the ban Thursday, saying the city's health department "exceeded its scope of...

Pizza operators share small business stories with Congress

Members of The American Pizza Community met with lawmakers in Washington D.C. last week for their third-annual fly-in. Franchisees from Domino’s Pizza, Godfather’s, Little Caesars, Papa John’s, Pizza Hut and more met with more than 70 congressional offices, according to...

Round Table develops fast casual pizza concept

Round Table Pizza recently opened a new fast casual pizza concept, called Fresh Pixx, located in Dublin, Calif.’s Fallon Gateway Shopping Center. According to a company release, Fresh Pixx offers "fast and flavorful individual pizzas and entrée salads." Guests create...

CiCi's Pizza adds operations, franchise development execs

CiCi's Pizza has hired two new vice presidents in an effort to improve operational systems and help grow the chain, according to a company announcement. Steven Jones has been named VP of operation services and training. He is a 25-year...

Russian pizza company introduces drone delivery

DoDo Pizza, located in Syktyvkarsk in the Komi republic of Russia, has introduced pizza delivery via drones. According to the IB Times, the service launched last weekend and took a half hour delivering a pizza to a customer in the...

Pizzeria Toro ready for grand reopening after fire

Pizzeria Toro, located at Five Points in Durham, N.C., is ready for its grand reopening in July following a fire in November. Co-owner Jay Owens said the support from the community during its recovery has been “humbling.” Gray Brooks and...

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...

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