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....

HMSHost launches new by-the-slice pizza concept

HMSHost has developed a new pizza restaurant, called PZA, as part of its brand portfolio. According to a news release, the concept was developed with on-the-go travelers in mind and is set to open at airports and motorways in which...

Mellow Mushroom expands footprint in Georgia

Mellow Mushroom Pizza Bakers is now open in downtown Cartersville, Ga., at 285 S. Wall St.

Mellow Mushroom’s newest location includes ‘Disco Shroom’

Mellow Mushroom will open its newest location at 550 E. Interstate 30, Rockwall, Texas, on Monday.

Chuck E. Cheese's grand opening event benefits children's hospital

Chuck E. Cheese's will open its brand new 14,200-square-foot family restaurant and gaming facility at Shackleford Crossing in Little Rock, Ark., on May 5, with a fundraiser benefiting Arkansas Children's Hospital. According to the company, on grand opening day, the...

Domino's Pizza selects cloud-based software to manage restaurant construction

Domino's Pizza recently purchased Procore's cloud-based construction software to manage the construction of 10,000 new restaurants and remodel of more than 5,000 existing restaurants. According to a news release from Procore, the pizza chain currently has plans for 60 of...

Carmela's Pizzeria intros cobranded prototype with Hershey's Ice Cream

Greenfield Farms Food Inc., parent company of Carmela's Pizzeria, has entered into an agreement with Hershey's Creamery Inc. to sell Hershey's Ice Cream within its stores. According to a news release, Carmela's will offer Hershey products including toppings under the "Carmela's Treats" category.

Villa Italian Kitchen signs deal for 40 mall-based units

Villa Enterprises announced today that it has signed a deal with Chicago-based General Growth Properties Inc. to open 40 Villa Italian Kitchen restaurants in regional malls throughout the U.S. "We've been aggressively expanding the footprint of our Villa Italian Kitchen...

SPIN! Pizza sets its sights on Central Missouri campus

SPIN! Neapolitan Pizza plans to open a location in the new mixed-use student housing/retail project on the University of Central Missouri campus, in Warrensburg, Mo. Expected to open in August 2015, the 116 W. South St.

Villa Enterprises takes over food court ops at Virginia outlets

Villa Enterprises announced it is assuming the management, operations and brand placement in the food court at Leesburg Corner Premium Outlets in Leesburg, Va. Under the new deal, Villa Enterprises will oversee a two-phased renovation project with completion scheduled for...

Research shows strong connection between restaurant ambiance and consumer appeal

New research from Technomic's Consumer Brand Metrics tool outlines how restaurant ambiance can affect consumers' value perceptions. The white paper titled "Setting the Stage: Consumer Assessments of Decor, Music and Atmosphere at Leading Restaurant Chains," finds that although ambiance can...

Mellow Mushroom grows its presence in Florida

Mellow Mushroom Pizza Bakers will open its newest opening in Clearwater, Fla., on March 3 at 2630 Gulf to Bay Blvd., directly across from the Clearwater Mall. According to a company news release, the owner of the new location is Rob Johnson. "The Clearwater area is a great fit for Mellow Mushroom.

Mellow Mushroom expanding in Florida

Mellow Mushroom Bakers will open in the Shoppes of Avondale in Jacksonville, Fla., on Feb. 10 at 3611 St.

Pizza Inn adds six Express locations in January

Six new Pizza Inn Express restaurants opened in January across three states. Flash Market Inc. added to its roster of Pizza Inn franchises in Alabama, Arkansas and Tennessee by opening four new Pizza Inn Express locations last month alone, according to a news release.

Pizza Patrón signs first ground lease, debuts new prototype

Pizza Patrón announced that is has signed its first ever ground lease. The company is estimating a 60-day construction process before it unveils the new freestanding prototype.

Pizza Studio debuts in Mall of America

Lloyd Sugarman, the largest Johnny Rockets' franchisee, will open his first Pizza Studio location at the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minn., on Jan. 20. According to a news release, the Mall of America location is the first to open...

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