Toolkit published to help operators reduce food waste

The Food Waste Reduction Alliance has published the Best Practices and Emerging Solutions Toolkit to help foodservice businesses reduce food waste. The FWRA is a cross-sector industry initiative led by the Food Marketing Institute, the Grocery Manufacturers Association and the...

Restaurant industry posts solid sales gain in March

The National Restaurant Association announced that industry sales figures were up solidly in March, after a soft winter. Chief Economist Bruce Grindy said in a news release that eating and drinking sales totaled $47.3 billion on a seasonally-adjusted basis in...

Canadian Restaurant Investment Summit schedule solidified

The fifth annual Canadian Restaurant Investment Summit, produced by GE Capital, will be held in Toronto on May 6-7. According to a news release, it will feature operators, executives, franchisees, investors, lenders and suppliers. One of the sessions features Cara's...

Papa John's awards franchisees of the year

Papa John's International announced its Franchisees of the Year during its recent annual operators conference in Orlando, Fla. They include: 351 Dough LLC, Arkanas: Domestic Franchisee of the Year (1-3 restaurants): Timothy A. Redden, franchisee; PJ Operations North, North Dakota...

Free webinar teaches restaurant operators how to cash in on tax credits

The free webinar, "Cash in on Hiring Tax Credits: How to get $1,200 back for 1 out of every 5 new hires," hosted this week by FastCasual.com and PeopleMatter, is now available for download. The hour-long webinar taught restaurant operators...

Pizza Hut makes its debut in Iraq

Yum! Brands Inc. today announced the opening of the first Pizza Hut in Iraq with franchise partner, Al Kout Food Company. The opening reflects the company's expansion in emerging markets, according to a company news release. "We're pleased to be...

CiCi's Pizza closes Central Ohio restaurants

CiCi's Pizza has reportedly closed its Columbus, Ohio-area restaurants, operated under franchisee M&M Pizza. According to Columbus Business First, four restaurants have been affected by the decision, located in the Columbus suburbs of Hilliard, Gahanna, Westerville and Dublin. A sign...

Franchisees sue Papa Murphy's over excessive marketing fees

More than 20 franchisees within the Papa Murphy's system are suing the parent company, claiming they were misled about demand for the brand in their region, and alleging that the company's fees are "excessive." According to Forbes, the franchisees who are suing collectively own more than 60 stores.

Restaurant Neighbor and Faces of Diversity award winners named

The National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation announced its 2014 Restaurant Neighbor and Faces of Diversity American Dream award winners, who will be recognized at a gala on April 29 during the NRA's Public Affairs Conference in Washington, D.C. According to...

Access to capital increases for small businesses

A new report from Pepperdine Private Capital Access Index shows that access to capital for businesses of all sizes increased in the first quarter and is at its highest since the inception of the report in Q2 2012. According to...

Uncle Maddio's introduces money-back guarantee program

Uncle Maddio's Pizza Joint has introduced a new "Served with Love Guarantee." As part of this new initiative, if a customer isn't completely satisfied with an Uncle Maddio's experience, the brand will build a new pizza or offer a refund,...

Senate committee approves key tax provisions for the restaurant industry

The Senate Finance Committee Thursday approved a tax extenders package that includes three key provisions for the restaurant industry. The provisions are the 15-year depreciation schedule on restaurant building improvements and new construction, retail improvements, and leasehold improvements; the enhanced...

Congress votes to bring 'full-time' definition back to 40 hours

The U.S. House of Representatives voted today in favor of H.R.

Granbury, pcAmerica offering expanded online, mobile ordering options

Restaurant technology providers pcAmerica and Granbury Solutions have expanded their partnership to provide restaurants with more online and mobile ordering solutions. The deal allows restaurants utilizing pcAmerica point-of-sale software to accept web and mobile orders via Granbury's LetsGet online ordering...

Hungry Howie's launches $5 lunch menu

Hungry Howie's Pizza has launched a new Ready to Go Lunch menu, with all items priced at $5. According to a news release, the menu includes: The new Pepperoni and Cheese Howie Roll Chicken Howie Roll Steak Howie Roll Two slices of Deep Dish Pizza and a 20-oz. Pepsi.

Sbarro's Pizza Cucinova concept opens second location

Pizza Cucinova, a new concept from parent company Sbarro LLC, has opened its second location and will celebrate with a free pizza day on April 9. The new location is located on Olentangy River Road in Columbus, Ohio.

Blaze Fast-Fire'd Pizza sets its sight on New York

Blaze Fast-Fire'd Pizza today announced that it will soon enter New York with three locations set to open throughout the next nine months. The company's first New York location will be in West Babylon.

February restaurant sales up despite challenging weather

Although challenging weather conditions in many parts of the country continued to impact customer traffic in February, the National Restaurant Association's Restaurant Performance Index remained above 100 for the 12th consecutive month. According to a news release, the RPI —...

Pizza Patron: Si, se puede! to La Ch!#gona

Pizza Patrón has come under heavy fire for the name of its latest LTO pizza, La Ch!#gona. Despite public outcry from critics, resistance from some franchise partners and media censorship of its radio ads, the company is proceeding with the...

NRA: Tipped employees among highest-paid in restaurants

In response to President Obama's call for a higher minimum wage for tipped employees, the National Restaurant Association said "tipped employees are among the highest-paid in the establishment." A White House report released Wednesday asked Congress to raise this specific...

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