Pizza Inn opens quick-service concept

Pizza Inn, based in The Colony, Texas, has opened a new concept in Fort Worth that offers smaller, cheaper and faster pizzas. Pie five pizza co.

NYC pizzeria Two Boots expands to Baltimore

Two Boots is opening its newest location at The Fitzgerald, a mixed-use apartment community in Baltimore's Mount Vernon neighborhood, and will celebrate with a grand opening party June 1. "I came to Baltimore in the early 80's to work on...

Pizza Patrón opens QSP model in Houston

Pizza Patrón's Quick Service Pizza concept is now available in Houston. The freestanding unit opened last week and brings the total number of Pizza Patróns in the market to 12. Pizza Patrón's QSP model features a standard QSR drive-thru lane...

SPIN! Neapolitan Pizza plans fifth location

SPIN! Neapolitan Pizza plans to open its fifth Kansas City area location in the Prairie Creek Shops in Lenexa, Kan. The unit is currently in development and includes 3,500 square feet that will provide seating for 100 customers, as well...

Flippers Pizzeria unveils customer enhancement plans

Central Florida-based Flippers Pizzeria unveiled plans to enhance the customer dine-in experience, including restaurant upgrades and iPhone and mobile ordering components. "We really care about the comfort of our customers when they dine at our restaurants," said Ben Richardson, vice...

New Pizza Inn unit sets sales record

Pizza Inn Inc.'s new Rocky Mount, N.C., location set a record for the biggest opening in company history with a sales increase of more than 60 percent in the first two weeks. The Rocky Mount unit also is the largest...

Mellow Mushroom hits Gatlinburg

Mellow Mushroom Pizza Bakers will open a new unit in Gatlinburg, Tenn., on May 2. The restaurant is located in the Ole Smoky Moonshine Holler, at the intersection of Parkway and Airport Road. Darby Campbell, Ed Campbell Jr., Ed Campbell...

Pizza Fusion transitions to LED Source lighting

Florida-based Pizza Fusion has tapped LED Source, a franchised supplier, to provide LED lighting for a selection of their restaurants. The impetus behind the transition came from the launch of Pizza Fusion’s new prototype store in December 2010. “We've always...

Top That! Breaks ground on first franchise

Top That! Pizza has broken ground on its first franchise location in Broken Arrow, Okla. The new store will be operated by franchisees Russell Leonard and Teresa Starling and is slated to open in mid-June. "We had been looking for a restaurant franchise for a year and a half.

Shakey’s Pizza returns to Utah

After more than a decade of absence from Utah, Shakey's Pizza is making its return to the market. A new unit will open at the Meadows Shopping Center in American Fork, Utah, on April 27. The new restaurant marks the...

Mellow Mushroom opening Anderson, S.C. unit

Mellow Mushroom Pizza Bakers will open its doors in Anderson, S.C., on April 18 under the ownership of Ferrante, Danielle and Mark Johnson. The Anderson unit will include Mellow Mushroom's signature menu with a wide variety of pizzas, hoagies, salads,...

California Pizza Kitchen opens airport unit in Mexico

California Pizza Kitchen Inc. has opened its first airport location in Mexico.

NEXTEP adds iPad Ordering to portfolio

Troy, Mich.-based NEXTEP Systems, a provider of customer self-order technology, has added iPad Ordering to its automated ordering portfolio. NEXTEP iPad Ordering provides restaurants, deli operators and other high-volume venues two new cost effective options: Self Order iPad kiosks and...

Pizza Inn opens new Alabama unit

Pizza Inn Inc. has opened a new delivery/carryout location in Saraland, Ala., marking the fourth location for multi-unit franchise owner Flash Market Convenience stores. Located in a large travel center, the Saraland Pizza Inn features a full menu, including traditional...

GE Capital: Expect slow, steady restaurant industry gains

GE Capital, Franchise Finance held its Restaurant Leadership Conference last week. The conference included results from the 21st edition of the Chain Restaurant Industry Review.

Pizza Inn opens new North Carolina store

Pizza Inn has opened its doors in Pikeville, N.C. The new unit, owned by franchisee Tom Vail, will include Pizza Inn's specialty breakfast pizzas and other signatures. Vail, a native of Goldsboro, N.C., spent most of his career as a...

NRA: Restaurant capital spending outlook at a 40-month high

The National Restaurant Association's Restaurant Performance Index (RPI) indicated continued improvement in February, with higher sales and traffic levels, as well as the capital spending outlook at a 40-month high. Additionally, operators' outlook for staffing growth rose to the highest...

Greenopia ranks top green restaurant chains

Greenopia, which researches eco-friendly retailers, services and organizations, has recently named its most sustainable restaurant chains. Companies were ranked based on Greenopia’s green leaf system, with criteria based on green building design, supply chain, recycling/take-back programs and sustainability reporting. Those...

Nick’s Apizza taps new AOR in front of opening

Nick’s Apizza (pronounced a-beets), founded by Nick Laudano and Anthony Giovanniello, has tapped The Gab Group as its agency of record as the New Haven-style brick oven pizzeria/bar readies to open in Boca Raton, Fla. Opening day is set for...

East of Chicago plans Midwest expansion

Lima, Ohio-based East of Chicago Pizza has announced expansion plans in markets throughout Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky. Specifically, the company will increase its presence in Cleveland, Akron and Canton, Ohio, where it already has a footprint. Additionally, East of Chicago...

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