Mafiaoza debuts sprawling Tennessee location

Mafiaoza's Pizzeria and Neighborhood Pub recently opened a site in Franklin, Tennessee, according to a news release. This is the brand's third site for partners Michael Dolan, Lars Kopperud and Brett Corrieri, and spans 10,000 square feet with a number of patios, including one on the roof and one for families overlooking the courtyard.

Little Caesars real winner of world's first texting tug-of-war

Free Little Caesars pizza was the reward for the world's first stadium-sized, rope-burn free tug-of-war game in Florida. And yet, the pizza chain itself may be the party walking away with the biggest prize from the stunt. It happened Dec.

Blaze shakes off artificial, unhealthy ingredients

Blaze Fast-Fire'd Pizza has launched an initiative to rid the chain's food of artificial ingredients with a promotion that offers free pizza to guests, who also pledge to join in the commitment to purer food production and consumption, according to...

FastCasual accepting nominations for Top 100 Movers & Shakers

FastCasual is taking nominations for its annual list of Top 100 Movers & Shakers, which honors the brands and executives leading the fast casual restaurant industry, said Cherryh Cansler, director of editorial for Networld Media Group, the parent company of...

Papa John's bakes up Beantown business

Papa John's has signed an agreement to drive growth in Boston, Massachusetts, with 1630 Pizza Company, which will open 25 units over the next five years, according to a news release. "We hope that this agreement, along with other recent...

Little Caesar's LTO feeds family for a fiver

Little Caesars comes out of the gate swinging in 2017, with two offerings giving customers cash back along with a little something sweet to start 2017. The Detroit-based QSR said in a news release that it is introducing a value-driven,...

Study: QSR and Fast Casual only restaurant segments to see traffic growth in '17

If there's a bright spot in the restaurant industry outlook for the year ahead, at least one data analysis and research company believes it will be in the limited-service restaurant category that includes QSR and fast casual, which NPD Group...

Pizza Hut pushes online ordering with half-off deal

As we enter the nation's official "I'm totally broke" week after the holiday hulabaloo, Pizza Hut is sending some relief with a half-off pie promotion aimed squarely at getting customers to order online. From now through next Tuesday, Jan.

Rapid Fired lands in northern Kentucky

The Greater Cincinnati suburb of Florence, Kentucky, is the latest city to see a Rapid Fired Pizza open — this one squarely in the middle of the city's shopping mecca of Mall Road of busy Interstate 75, according to a...

News items from around the restaurant scene this week

Lots of brands are making end-of-year moves that are making a difference in the lives of their customers and communities. Here are a handful of news morsels that crossed this site's desktop this week, along with an example of a...

Yum declares 1st dividend after split from China business

In its first dividend declaration since separation from its China business, Yum Brands Board of Directors declared a quarterly dividend of 30 cents per share of common stock, according to a news release. Distribution is set for Feb.

Bridg partners with Papa Murphy's for big results with lapsed customers

Papa Murphy's recently partnered with Bridg to create buzz and business with the chain's lapsed customers, according to a company press release. "While we had existing customer data, we partnered with Bridg to extract, analyze and leverage the information to...

Global Q3 restaurant traffic holds it own

The restaurant industry worldwide was stable for Q3 2016 and, in fact, performed better than the previous quarter despite numerous events around the globe that some feared would impact business, according to a news release from the monitoring organization, The...

New food hub connects the local vegetable stand to biggest restaurant brands

Restaurateurs hoping for a central, tech-connected marketplace linking small local farmers to the skyrocketing number of restaurants, whose customers are demanding them, are getting their wish via a partnership between Aggrigator and Alba Organics. The Aggrigator Farm to Shelf Marketplace...

Marco's to make its mark: Nearly 200 new sites by 2021

Marco's is making its move in a big way, announcing today that the chain will add nearly 200 new stores — mostly in the Midwest — within three to five years, according to a news release. The brand also was...

'OK, Google, talk to Domino's:' Google ordering begins

Domino's Pizza today launched ordering via Google Home, its fifth AnyWare ordering capability addition this year, a news release stated. "We're proud to once again be the first in our industry, even among the first in e-commerce, to offer ordering...

Vapiano franchising CEO named to exec board

Vapiano CEO Mario C. Bauer, will take a seat Jan 1, 2017, on the executive board for Vapiano SE, with responsibilities for developing new markets, new market entries and expanding the brand globally, according to a company press release.  "Mario C.

Study: Customer data is growing player in restaurant marketing

Research from Winterberry Group found that guest data plays a key role in the way restaurants handle challenges, including increased competition, declining guest loyalty, and gauging the overall effectiveness of marketing efforts, according to a news release from study co-sponsor,...

Pizza Hut intros voice ordering via Alexa

Pizza Hut is giving its customers the ultimate in passive pizza ordering via Alexa Voice Service on Amazon Echo, Amazon Tap, Echo Dot, Amazon Fire TV and Fire tablets, according to a news release. The capability means customers need only...

Blaze opens 3rd Massachusetts site

Blaze Fast Fire'd Pizza is opening its third Massachusetts location on Monday in Boston, according to a company news release.

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