Franchising and growth: Expanding into non-traditional spaces


When entering into non-traditional restaurant formats like food courts, universities & airports, re-developing a concept to fit these new operational structures is no easy task, although it can be done and with great success


The perfect pitch: 3 restaurant concepts

Entrepreneurs from Burgers n’ Fries Forever, Sweet Lorraine’s Fabulous Mac n’ Cheez and Pincho Factory pitched concepts to a panel of distinguished investors and consultants who provided professional advice.

FCES15: Why design is key to customer engagement

Design is a key aspect for the customer experience and plays directly into the "corporate soul" and building a relationship with customers.

How outdoor seating can increase your revenues by 30%

What is it about outdoor seating that has such a large effect on your customer base? There are many factors involved, most of which revolve around comfort.

Hungry Howie’s on ‘re-igniting’ brand image

Change is constant. That's true in the pizza business as it is anywhere. Hungry Howie's Pizza saw the need to change to remain competitive and did so by re-igniting their brand.

Secrets to successful restaurant site selection

Tour prospective sites in order from worst to best, which will allow you to become more confident, ask better questions and be more in control of the leasing process.

Four reasons digital screens are more than menu boards

Engaging digital signage can be a key differentiator in the customer experience by educating guests about menu items, driving craving, reducing perceived wait times, and more.

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.

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Franco’s Best Pizza expands to sit-down restaurant

Franco’s Best Pizza in Lawrenceville, Georgia, announced it has expanded its location to offer dine-in service.

Cicis unveils new logo, brand positioning, prototype design

Cicis is going "Beyond Pizza" with a refreshed brand identity. The chain unveiled its new branding along with its newly identified core brand positioning of "Feeding Individuality.'

Regents Pizzeria unveils bigger restaurant design, beer garden

Regents Pizzeria has opened a new 4,100-square-foot restaurant in the Southern California coastal town of La Jolla. The restaurant features a new design, outdoor beer garden with 32 rotating brews on draft, and 25 artisanal pizzas made with dough recipes...

RedBrick Pizza extends presence to the Bluegrass State

RedBrick Pizza announced its first Kentucky restaurant will open this holiday season at Mall St. Matthews in Louisville.

Little Caesars expanding headquarters in Downtown Detroit

Twenty-five years after moving its headquarters from the suburbs to Detroit's Fox Office Center, Little Caesars announced it is building a new 205,000-square-foot Global Resource Center, expanding its world headquarters campus in Detroit to more than twice its current size....

California Pizza Kitchen unveils new design, menu in Florida

California Pizza Kitchen's newly reimagined menu is now available at its Wellington and Naples, Florida, locations. Both locations also feature the brand's updated restaurant design, featuring open kitchens that allow customers to watch chefs prep and toss pizzas. Restaurant redesign...

Mellow Mushroom plants flag in Columbus suburb

Mellow Mushroom Pizza Bakers is now open in the Columbus, Ohio, suburb of New Albany, at 260 Market St. Suite A.

RedBrick Pizza plans Missouri entry

RedBrick Pizza plans to make its debut in Missouri this month with a new location at Joplin's Northpark Mall. The food court location will feature the brand's new "Classic Italian" design, showcasing an open-flame brick oven, wood paneling and Italian...

Carmela's Pizzeria plans drive-thru location

Carmela's Pizzeria parent company, Greenfield Farms Food Inc., has announced the completion of plans for a new drive-thru location. The drive-thru concept will be located in West Manchester, Ohio, and is scheduled to open in January. According to a news...

Pitfire Artisan Pizza founder plans expansion, snack and coffee concept

Paul Hibler, founder of Pitfire Artisan Pizza and the American Gonzo Food Corporation restaurants, has announced that Pitfire's eighth location will open in Pasadena, California, in early December. Also in Pasadena, Hibler will introduce Superba Snacks & Coffee in February...

New Mellow Mushroom opens near Va. Tech

Mellow Mushroom Pizza Bakers is now open in Blacksburg, Virginia, at 207 South Main Street. This Mellow's design features Southwestern Virginian historical elements combined with modern flair and is owned by Jeff and Leslie Knapp, who met at nearby Virginia...

‘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...

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.

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