Vapiano's Big Apple relaunch sets stage for major US expansion

The leaders at Vapiano made some Big Apple-size noise this week about their newly refurbished New York City restaurant, with "red carpet" appearances from Hollywood's finest and lots and lots of food. A news release said that Vapiano CEO Jochen...

Curry Up Now celebrates grand opening of Alameda, California location

Curry Up Now — a Bay area family of restaurants, food trucks and bars — opens its sixth brick-and-mortar location, this one in a former Tava Kitcen in Alameda on Friday, June 23. To celebrate the grand opening that day, the first 100 guests at 11:30 a.m.

1000 Degrees goes 'Roman' for a new crust

Though 1000 Degrees Pizza has always touted its signature Neapolitan crust, the brand has apparently been foolin' around on the side with "The Roman" and is now introducing the new thicker, rounder Roman crust, a news release said. The new...

Fast food customer satisfaction remains unchanged, but high

There weren't too many surprises for fast food operators in the latest American Customer Satisfaction Index, a national poll on the quality of an entire range of goods and services sold to Americans. Overall customer satisfaction remained at last year's...

Uncle Maddio's reports success with new multitasking POS

Uncle Maddio's is speaking up for the products of its new POS and employee-efficiency solutions provider, PAR Technology Corp., with the pizza chain's leadership extolling the benefits of the cloud-based Brink POS they've adopted at 50 locations, a news release...

Me-n-Ed's goes out for a beer ... or 26

Me-n-Ed's Pizzeria opened a new brew-centric brand this June called Me-n-Ed's On Tap in Bakersfield, California, complete with a self-pour tap system, featuring 26 taps of local craft beer and wine. Me-n-Ed's Pizzeria has successfully operated one Fresno location with...

Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza joins boycott wiping Anheuser-Busch products off NYC shelves

Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza has joined three dozen other New York brands in a boycott that is sweeping New York City store shelves clean of Anheuser-Busch brands. The action is being taken against beverage distributor Clare Rose and one of...

Former Dunkin', Starbucks, Yum exec named Papa Murphy's CEO

Weldon Spangler, a former leader with Dunkin' Brands, Starbucks and Yum, has been named CEO of Papa Murphy's, effective July 17, the company announced. Jean Birch, interim CEO, remains chair of the board of directors. Most recently, Spangler was Baskin-Robbins...

&pizza comes 'home' to the Big Apple

Washington, D.C.-based &pizza is opening in the Big Apple next Tuesday, June 20, a news release said — which, as it turns out — is a homecoming of sorts for the brand. The chain's current 21 locations in the nation's capital, as well as Baltimore and Philadelphia, all reflect the cities and neighborhoods they "live" in.

Cicis reaps rewards of four-year revitalization

Pizza buffet chain Cicis said its 2013 revitalization plan is working, as proven by 16 consecutive quarters of same-store sales growth through Q1 of 2017, a news release said. The plan endeavored to refine the brand's market positioning and improve...

Déjà vu: Another nutrition labeling delay from feds

Yet another nutrition labeling mandate has been delayed by the FDA. According to MarketWatch and other online sources, Tuesday, the U.S.

Oath pledges growth and good farm practices

Oath Craft Pizza said it's raised $7 million in a series B funding round led by Boston-based venture capital firm Breakaway Venture, bringing the total raised by the brand since its 2015 start to about $16 million, a news release...

Firenza doubles national footprint by year's end

Firenza Pizza is set to nearly double its size in the next six months, thanks to its April merger with Persona Wood Fired Pizzeria, a news release said. Eleven new locations will open over that time to join the current...

Blaze brings creativity to Warped Tour sponsorship

Blaze Fast-Fire'd Pizza is sponsoring this year's 41-stop traveling music festival, the 2017 Vans Warped Tour, a news release said. The brand has figured out some offbeat, interesting ways to get its name out in connection with the near cult-like...

NetWaiter adds Google Connect

Restaurants can share their menus, hours, delivery details and other information thanks to the new Google Connect feature through NetWaiter that allows menus and other specific diner-interest information to be searchable, a news release said. The offering allows restaurant clients...

New England brand becomes 1st US pizza chain with animal welfare designation

A growing New England pizza brand has become the nation's first pizza chain to receive a rigorous animal welfare product designation for several of its offerings, signaling the trend toward sustainable, conscientious menus is reaching well into the pizza marketplace...

'Order in': Grubhub acquires Foodler

Grubhub said today it is acquiring one of North America's biggest independent online food-ordering services, Foodler, in an all-cash transaction, a news release said. The agreement extends Grubhub's New England leadership, while adding more than $80 million of 2017 annualized...

Malawi's opens 5th location in Virginia

Malawi's Pizza is opening its first eastern seaboard location today in Fredericksburg, Virginia, a news release said. The chain has five locations but only sells franchises as development agreements.

Long Range Systems partners with VeriSolutions to improve restaurant operations

Long Range Systems, a global provider of on-site guest paging, tracking and restaurant intelligence tools, has announced a strategic partnership with VeriSolutions, a provider of restaurant automation, temperature monitoring solutions and more, to improve restaurants' operational efficiency. "LRS and VeriSolutions...

Cicis gets 'a li'l "crusty"' just in time for new CMO

Cicis is showing its customers a little summer love by featuring three stuffed crust pizzas to usher in the warmer days ahead, a news release said. Included in the trio is the return of that popular bacon-stuffed crust and a debut of its grilled cheese stuffed crust.

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