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...

California Pizza Kitchen opens second India unit

California Pizza Kitchen Inc. has opened its second restaurant in India, operated by CPK franchise partner JSMGGC India Pvt.

Mellow Mushroom set for two openings

Georgia-based Mellow Mushroom is set to open two new locations in Ohio and Arizona. On March 14, a Mellow Mushroom unit will open in Dublin, Ohio, a suburb of Columbus. Jon, Jan, Colby, Luke and Jessica Zacharich will operate the...

Famous Famiglia tapped as Six Flags pizza partner

New York City’s Famous Famiglia has been chosen by Six Flags Entertainment Corporation to be the theme park’s “Official Pizza.” The three-year deal, which begins this month, includes all of Six Flags’ U.S.-based parks, encompassing more than 45 food locations...

I Love Pizza opens Miami Beach location

I Love Pizza, a pizzeria and coffee-bar fusion concept serving authentic New York style pizza and Calima Coffee, Australia’s Colombian blend, has opened its doors in Miami Beach under the direction of executive chef Michael Gilligan. In addition to its...

Domino’s UK eyes nontraditional locations

After a huge 2010 that featured a nearly-20-percent sales lift, Domino’s Pizza UK and Ireland is embarking upon a nontraditional expansion path. According to the Financial Times, the company has inked a deal with Moto Hospitality, which operates service stations...

Gatti’s Pizza returns to El Paso

Foodservice Management Systems (FMS) opened a new GattiTown this week in El Paso, Texas. This marks the return of Gatti’s Pizza to the market for the first time in three years. The 45,000-square-foot El Paso GattiTown includes an all-you-care-to-eat buffet,...

Canada's Boston Pizza reports record earnings

Richmond, British Columbia-based Boston Pizza Royalties Income Fund and Boston Pizza International Inc. each reported financial results for the fourth quarter period, Oct.

Gatti's Pizza plans more entertainment centers

Austin, Texas-based Gatti's Pizza has announced growth plans that include four new units in two new states. The restaurants will be operated by Food Service Management Systems Inc.

Grimaldi’s Manhattan location ready for debut

Grimaldi’s Pizzeria, which has been a coal-fired, brick-oven classic for more than 100 years, is finally set to open a location in Manhattan. The chain exists in Arizona, Florida, Nevada, Texas and throughout the New York and New Jersey markets,...

Top That! Pizza inks multi-state deal

In a push to enter the small fast casual pizza segment, Lori Walderich -- chief creative officer at IdeaStudio -- and her husband Jeff recently founded Top That! Pizza, which taps into the create-your-own concept made famous by chains such...

When in Rome: Mellow Mushroom ready for newest opening

Mellow Mushroom Pizza Bakers will open its newest restaurant Jan. 17 in Rome, Ga., about an hour from where the company got its start. Founded by three Georgia college students, the first Mellow Mushroom opened its doors in Atlanta in 1974.

Pizza Hut makes huge NOLA investment

Pizza Hut Inc. will invest $10 million in New Orleans and Baton Rouge, La., within the next 18 months.

Straw Hat Pizza spreads through the Golden State

Straw Hat Pizza will open several new units in California in the first quarter of 2011. The locations, all franchised, will be developed in Alameda, Chatsworth, Livermore, Sacramento, San Jose, San Pablo and Vallejo. The Alameda Straw Hat Pizza will...

Yum! Brands reports its social responsibility efforts

Yum! Brands, parent company of KFC, Taco Bell, A&W, Long John Silver’s and Pizza Hut, released its social responsibility report Wednesday, titled “Serving the World.” The report outlines the work Yum! has done globally in the areas of environmental, social...

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