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...

Cardiff announces planned pizza chain acquisition

Cardiff International has entered into a letter of intent agreement to acquire an undisclosed, but “profitable, well-managed, proven, turnkey” pizza chain with five locations throughout the Atlanta market. According to a news release, the agreement is expected to be signed within the next 10 days.

Pizza Patrón opens first corporate-owned store

After 28 years in business, Pizza Patrón has opened its first corporate-owned store. It is located at 1456 Beltline Rd.

NRA announces third annual Operator Innovation Award winners

The National Restaurant Association has announced the winners of the third annual Operator Innovation Awards, selected by an independent panel of judges in the following categories: Health & Nutrition, Marketing, Menu Development, Sustainability, and Technology. In addition to winning the...

Restaurant chains ready to pull the trigger on menu price hikes

The majority of America’s chain restaurants held the line on price hikes the first part of the year but plan to start raising them, according to a new survey from SpenDifference, a restaurant supply chain co-op. The survey included nearly...

Schnatter takes over again as Papa John’s president

With the departure of Tony Thompson announced earlier this week, the Papa John’s president void will be filled by Founder John Schnatter, who also serves as CEO and chairman. According to the Louisville Courier-Journal, this is the third time Schnatter...

Pie Five weekly sales per store up 17% year over year

Pizza Inn Holdings this week announced results for 3Q, which included a weekly sales-per-store increase of 16.9 percent at company-owned Pie Five restaurants. "The performance of the Pie Five concept was very strong in the third quarter," president and CEO...

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