From burgers to pizza, it's all about the 'hot'

Two QSR brands are putting diners' hot and growing penchant for heat and spice front and center on their permanent menus with fiery offerings. For sister brands, Carl's Jr. and Hardees, the latest offering is a shared menu item that doubles up on everything from the beef in the burgers to the heat in the peppers.

Pieology taps former Smashburger, Panera exec as president

Pieology today announced that it's hired the now former top man at Smashburger, Michael J. Nolan,  as its president, a news release said.

Urban Bricks cements Carolinas deal

Urban Bricks Pizza has cemented a franchise agreement for three restaurants in the Carolinas as part of the brand's expansion to six other states and Canada, a news release said. . International franchised networking organization, Business Network International General Counsel...

Pizza Inn, Pie Five revenues drop in Q3

Rave Restaurant Group, parent company of Pie Five and Pizza Inn, reported today that its total consolidated revenue decreased 7.7 percent to $14.1 million compared to $15.3 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2016. CEO Scott Crane is hoping...

Elo teams with Star Micronics to bolster POS

Star Micronics, a provider of point of sale and proof of transaction technology, has partnered with Elo, a supplier of touchscreen solutions, to provide a new hardware bundle for point of sale, according to a press release. This solution combines...

Rosati's pizza chain co-founder dies at 88

One of three brothers to found Rosati's has died. Alfred Rosati, 88, who helped launch the chain's first locations in the Chicago suburbs in 1964, died April 27,207,  according to the Daily Herald.  The chain's first Chicago-area location grew to a national system, beginning in the 1970s.

Cottage Inn Pizza gets set to grow in NC

Cottage Inn Pizza is opening the doors of aGreensboro, North Carolina, location today with plans for five more sites in the area in the next four years, a news release said. Over the next 10 years, the Greensboro franchisee, Steve...

Hungry Howie's bites into NC and Utah

Hungry Howie’s Pizza is expanding into North Carolina and Utah, a news release said. The pizza franchise signed a five-store agreement in North Carolina and a three-store agreement in Utah. Franchisee Eric Fairbanks inked an area development deal to put stores in Gaston, Iredell and Mecklenburg counties in North Carolina.

New study: Fast food is star of the industry

Quick-service restaurants and take-out food will be the stars of the U.S. restaurant market for the next five years, according to the latest analysis of the nation's restaurant industry from Research and Markets, which shows that these two areas are...

Papa is pleased: Papa John's digital sales hit 60%

Papa John's International reported Q1 2017 financials today that pleased the leadership team. About 60 percent of the brand's sales are now digitally based, a news release said. "We're pleased with our solid start to 2017, with good comparable sales...

Pizza Hut US drags down Yum Brands Q1

Yum Brands said today that despite a drag on growth and sales from its U.S. Pizza Hut arm, the Louisville-based restaurant company is performing very well, thanks to Taco Bell's same-store sales growth and operating profit success at KFC, according...

Modern Market loyalty app lets customers order, pay and earn rewards

Modern Market, a fast casual restaurant, has introduced a new loyalty app that lets customers order, pay and earn rewards. The app is available in the App Store and Google Play, according to a press release. "This app is another...

Hungry Howies has an appetite for Myrtle Beach

East Coast party-by-the-beach mecca, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, is home to a new Hungry Howie’s Pizza as of May 3. The chain will kick off the opening with a $6.99 deal for a large one-topping pizza, as well as donating...

1000 Degrees Neapolitan grows stores and crust options

From new locations to kinds of crust options, 1000 Degrees Neapolitan Pizza is turning it up a notch on growth and innovation. The chain plans to open 20 more locations by year's end, representing an 85 percent increase in unit...

Boston's rebrand all about sports and pizza

In a move that's intended to reposition Boston's Restaurant & Sports Bar more firmly in the pizza, pasta, burgers and wings category, the chain is rebranding. A new logo and tagline emphasizes the in-restaurant sports experience and aligns the brand...

The incredible 'multi-cultural' egg

Millennials are squarely in the cross hairs of a new American Egg Board push to instill a little Eastern ethnic cuisine into the organization's namesake product for America's first meal of the day. In fact, a news release stated U.S.

FDA delays: 1 more year to menu labeling enforcement

It's official: Menu labeling enforcement waits another year.

Webinar: Are you getting the biggest bang for your franchise marketing buck?

As restaurateurs, you not only sell to diners every day, but also simultaneously to future franchisees who may either be among those diners, in the local community, or just out there on the web or elsewhere, looking for great businesses...

Papa Murphy's tests the delivery waters via Amazon Prime

Seven Papa Murphy outlets in Oregon are testing delivery of the chain's take-and-bake products with Amazon Prime members in Portland and Seattle, according to a news release. "Our product is uniquely suited for delivery because, unlike a cooked pizza, it...

Restaurant AI study gathers guest experience data

SYNQ3 Restaurant Solutions recently announced the results of a test of AI automated speech recognition technology, VIA Analytics. The test monitored restaurant calls to P.F.

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