Marco's names new president

Marco's Pizza has promoted former COO Tony Libardi to president as the pizza chain approaches the opening of its 1,000th store during its 40th anniversary year. Libardi will ramp up the company's focus on people, product and process to uphold...

California Pizza Kitchen names 40-year restaurant veteran to CEO spot

Jim Hyatt steps into the CEO position today at California Pizza Kitchen, following the recent retirement of former CEO G.J. Hart's. Hyatt is a veteran restaurant executive who has successfully led multiple national restaurant brands over the course of his...

Papa John's Poland opening puts chain in 45 nations, territories

Papa John's International said the chain has opened its first outlet in Poland. The downtown Warsaw location marks the chain's presence in 45 countries and territories around the globe, according to a company press release. PJ Western, which signed a...

800 Degrees Pizzeria puts former Focus Brands exec in CMO seat

Los Angeles-based 800 Degrees Pizzeria has named Thomas Bartsch as its chief marketing officer. Bartsch most recently served as CMO and global marketing vice president for an unidentified Focus Brands fast casual start-up, according to a company press release. He...

Former MOD pizza exec now Voodoo Doughnut CEO

Voodoo Doughnut has named restaurant veteran Chris Schultz as its CEO, hiring him away from MOD Pizza, where he served as senior vice president of operations, a news release said. At the pizza brand, Schultz helped grow the company from...

The Pizza Press presses toward 300 units by 2020

With 84 franchise units in its pocket, The Pizza Press is continuing its growth this year with plans for 50 openings, while awarding 25-30 more through strategic franchise partnerships. "It was important to us that 2017 was a year composed...

Papa John's CFO heads to same job at Jack in the Box

Just weeks after the departure of former CEO John Schnatter, Papa John's International said that CFO and CAO Lance Tucker is leaving to take the CFO job at Jack in the Box. The company said in a news release Tuesday...

Pizza Hut boards the value train

Promising a pretty thrifty meal on the cusp of the Super Bowl, Pizza Hut is latching on to the value trend by introducing a two-topping medium pizza for $5.99, a news release said. The chain said that accessing the deal...

Pizza Inn pins 60th birthday giveaways on loyalty, social media

Pizza Inn is celebrating its 60th birthday by hosting a year-long celebration with giveaways including a 1958 Ford Skyliner hardtop convertible for one of its loyalty club members. A news release said the chain is offering those who sign up...

RedBrick serving all-organic wheat dough

RedBrick Pizza Kitchen Cafe is offering an organic wheat dough option for its Neopolitan pizzas. The 100-percent USDA organic dough is infused with organic extra virgin olive oil and cold-proofed for more than 12 hours, a news release said.

Blaze Pizza opening NY, California and Illinois locations

Thursday is a big day for Blaze Fast Fire'd Pizza when the chain opens the doors to three units across the country.

Restaurateurs will see 'immense operational changes' in 2018

Operations platform, Fourth, sees what it calls "immense operational changes" happening across the restaurant industry as tech of all kinds is deployed globally as the necessity it has now become. That need stems from the growing pressure on restaurateurs to...

LevelUp launches broadcast service to drive restaurant discovery

LevelUp has launched a broadcast service to help restaurant brands reach consumers within a network of highly trafficked digital channels, including Facebook, Messenger, Yelp, Foursquare, Amazon Alexa, Chase Pay, Apple Pa and Android Pay. By leveraging Broadcast, restaurants are able...

Toast partners with SpeedETab to offer white label app

Restaurant technology providers Toast and SpeedETab have partnered to offer restauranteurs a white label app solution with order-ahead technology. "In our Toast Restaurant Technology in 2017 Report, we found that only 22 percent of restaurants offer a mobile pay or...

Diebold Nixdorf launching order-taking kiosks

Diebold Nixdorf has created the K-Two Kiosk, which provides order-taking capabilities at QSRs and fast casual restaurants. It also automates routine tasks and presents functionality that furthers store digitalization, according to a press release. The company will introduce the kiosk...

Blaze makes leadership changes

Blaze Fast-Fire'd Pizza today announced the addition of four key members to its leadership team in support of the company's goal to exceed $1 billion in systemwide sales worldwide by 2022. The company also announced new resources focused against international...

Domino's CEO leaves a chain reborn, flying high

Domino's CEO leaves a chain reborn, flying high

Domino's President and CEO J. Patrick Doyle will step down in June from the top spot at a chain he led from its "cardboard crust" and "ketchup" sauce days to pizza market leader and substantial force even in the entire...

Columbus, Ohio, the test market capital, to open 1st food hall

The restaurant test marketer's dream city of Columbus, Ohio will soon house the city's first-ever food hall in the 102-year-old Budd Dairy building in the Italian Village near downtown. This particular food hall — one of more than 100 either...

Domino's Australia gives vegans the pies they want

Domino's Australia is launching a range of vegan pizzas that use vegan mozzarella — including the vegan avocado veg, vegan spicy trio and vegan margherita — at all of the chain's 600-plus stores Down Under. Vegans do not eat or...

Pizza Hut/Toyota pair on self-driving car that might cook, too

Pizza Hut/Toyota pair on self-driving car that might cook, too

First it was Ford and Domino's pairing to further the interests of each in autonomous delivery vehicles, now comes Pizza Hut and Toyota, who this afternoon said they're working on an initiative that may soon change not only how pizza...

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