‘Artisan fast’ pizza and salad concept plans franchise expansion

St. Louis-based Crushed Red Urban Bake and Chop Shop, which recently introduced its "Artisan Fast” concept to franchisees, will open six new restaurants within the next four and a half years in the Denver and Boulder, Colorado, areas, through a...

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Tiny stores make me happy: Tracking revenue per square foot

Leading restaurant brands are growing their top line with off-premise sales while shrinking real estate costs – resulting in better revenue per square foot and profitability.

Toppers Pizza's remodeling, digital efforts help brand stay relevant in 'fast casual environment'

The company expects its mobile site to launch by the end of this year and is investing 'seven figures' into additional digital initiatives.

Identifying best practices for restaurant site selection

Getting boots on the ground to narrow down an ideal location is important.

Good, better, best: Counter tops

For all it endures, a counter has to be tough, but durability often comes at a cost.

A look at Blaze Fast Fire'd Pizza

Blaze Pizza opened this week in Louisville, Ky., and hopes to be a national contender in the top-your-own pizza segment by appealing to Millennials and busy lunch patrons.

Blaze Pizza plans to become a national player by targeting Millennials

The new Louisville, Ky., location will be ‘overstaffed’ to ensure guests are taken care of ‘no matter what.’

The whys and hows of restaurant/stadium partnerships

Set up properly, all parties can benefit when established sports and foodservice brands team up.

Modular construction and ROI

In my last post, we talked about a few of the advantages of integrating modular construction into building projects for retailers, foodservice operators and others. In essence, any company that may have a need to set up inside a larger...

Why the restaurant and retail industries should consider modular construction

The construction method makes sense for hotels, shopping malls, airports, hospitals, dorms and more.

Competition, consumers driving the open-kitchen trend

Showing customers your ingredients and preparation processes provides a better connection with them, experts say.

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NEWS


Mellow Mushroom gets bigger in Texas

Mellow Mushroom Pizza Bakers is now open in Flower Mound, Texas, at 2450 Cross Timbers Road. This Mellow incorporates external and patio features into the interior design and is under the ownership of Monte Jensen, Martha Jensen and Luis Gonzalez....

RedBrick Pizza plans debut in four states

RedBrick Pizza announced plans expand by more than 50 locations in four states throughout the next three years. The first five locations showcasing the chain's signature open-flame brick oven as well as two new restaurant designs are scheduled to open...

Boston Pizza unveils new urban store design in Vancouver

Boston Pizza International Inc. has opened its 61st location in British Columbia at 808 Beatty St.

Villa Italian Kitchen acquires 34 mall locations

Villa Enterprises announced it has opened 34 Villa Italian Kitchen restaurants in regional malls throughout the US. The units were acquired in April from Chicago-based General Growth Properties, Inc.

Mellow Mushroom opens new Georgia location

Mellow Mushroom's newest restaurant has opened in Valdosta, Georgia, at 1526 Baytree Road, under the ownership of Bo Chambliss and Bill Stembler. "We are thrilled to bring the unique Mellow Mushroom brand back to the Valdosta community. From the students...

Mellow Mushroom opens North Myrtle Beach location

Mellow Mushroom Pizza Bakers opened a new location in North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, this week under the ownership of Matt and Alexandra Duke. This location features an "under the sea" design them, with boats converted into a hostess stand...

Domino’s showcases new store design with carryout promotion

Domino's Pizza will offer a weeklong promotion for customers placing a carryout order. The promotion will be held from Sept.

800 Degrees plants flag in Pasadena

800 Degrees Neapolitan Pizza will open its first Pasadena, California, location on Friday at 2 E. Colorado Ave.

Fresh Brothers Pizza part of LAX International's new lineup

The Los Angeles International Airport plans to open a handful of new restaurant concepts in one of its international terminals – Terminal 2. The OC Register reported the news this week and said the influx of eateries will double LAX's current offerings in that terminal. Airport officials announced some of the 12 concepts on Wednesday.

Villa Italian Kitchen debuts at Colorado shopping center

Villa Enterprises' Villa Italian Kitchen concept has opened at the Colorado Mills Shopping Center in Lakewood, Colorado. "Our new Villa at Colorado Mills will give shoppers a taste of New York," Adam Torine, SVP of Development, said in a news...

New S.C. Mellow Mushroom boasts sci-fi theme

Mellow Mushroom will open its newest unit July 21 in Rock Hill, S.C., across from the Regal Manchester Cinema in Manchester Village. The new restaurant is owned by Chuck Watson, Brian Johnsey and Charles Ryan. "Rock Hill has a great mixture of growth and well preserved history," Watson said in 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....

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...

Pizza Patrón names brokerage firm to help with site selection

The Weitzman Group, a retail real estate brokerage firm in Texas, has been selected by Pizza Patrón to be an exclusive partner in site location and tenant representation. According to a company news release, Weitzman, led by Alberto Rocha, will...

MOD Pizza plants seed in Northern California

Seattle-based MOD Pizza announced it will be expanding to Silicon Valley. The first store, located in the newly developed Village Oaks Shopping Center in San Jose, Calif., will open in late July with two additional locations opening in late fall....

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