New tool helps small restaurant brands handle big turnover problem

Snagajob, the mammoth hourly worker recruiting service and website, has introduced a new tool that helps smaller restaurant business owners recruit, schedule and communicate through a single system that streamlines everything into one platform. A news release said the tool...

Gluten-free trend strong with 625 new products in 2 months

The gluten-free product and service certification concern Gluten Intolerance Group has put its official stamp of approval on at least 625 products in North America this summer, which the organization said it sees as a good indicator of the strength...

Denver-based Mici names former Smashburger SVP as CEO

Mici Handcrafted Italian, a family owned four-unit,fast casual chain based in Denver, Colorado, has named Smashburger's former SVP of non-traditional development as its CEO. Elliot Schiffer, who developed 21 high-revenue Smashburger locations in airports, casinos and college campuses, ran Smashburger's...

Partnership between 2 vendors leads to all-in-one mobile ordering and loyalty platform

Restaurants and retailers now have access to one solution that offers mobile and online ordering with loyalty capabilities thanks to a partnership between Como, a provider of customer engagement solutions, and Preoday, an online and mobile ordering technology company. The...

From sizzling South Beach to Canada's snowy climes, North America IS pizza

Miss a day and you miss a lot in the expanding pizza-fication of North America. Just this week, at least three chains announced new locations springing up everywhere from the chilly climes of Edmonton, Canada, to the broiling beaches of...

Donatos puts 3 more in Virginia

Donatos is expanding its footprint in Virginia with an agreement this week for three more locations there, this time in the Virginia Beach market, a news release said. The brand already has locations in Newport News and Vienna, Virginia. Ricky...

Beverage Trends report: Customers ready to spend on drinks

The report surveyed hundreds of restaurant operators and consumers to find that sales in 2016 for most beverage categories from smoothies and juices to coffee and alcohol were up over 2015.

Little Caesars Pizza Portal opens door to 'people-less' QSR experience

Little Caesars this week announced it's testing a new tech that basically melds mobile ordering, automatic pick-up and vending to create a new way for customers to order and retrieve food without any potentially time-sucking human interaction through its new...

Papa John's gluten-free crust goes national ... and back to prehistory

Sometimes you have to go way back to get ahead in today's restaurant business. That's exactly what Papa John's has done with its new gluten-free, wheatless crust, made from — among other things — one of the first plants to...

Webinar to dive into KFC and Pizza Hut mobile success stories

The restaurant world is heavy into mobile apps these days, but often too much cash is invested without considering what drives use and sales. Without forethought on those key aspects, money spent on mobile apps and digital ordering largely swirls...

NRA urges Supreme Court to reverse Labor Dept's 'anti tip-pooling' policy

The NRA has taken another step toward fighting The Labor Department's regulation barring tip pools that include kitchen staff. The organization's Restaurant Law Center filed a supplemental brief Wednesday with the U.S.

Yum Brands Q2 financials steady as company accelerates Pizza Hut improvement plans

Yum Brands Q2 financial results, for the term ending June 30, show the company's three brands all had worldwide system sales growth, including a 7 percent increase at KFC, 7 percent increase at Taco Bell and 2 percent increase at...

Blaze Pizza to debut 4th Boston location

Blaze Pizza will open its fourth Boston-area unit on Aug. 3, according to a press release.

Cottage Inn Pizza eyes aggressive franchise growth

Cottage Inn Pizza began 2017 with three franchise units in Michigan and one in North Carolina and plans to accelerate its franchising initiative during the final half of 2017, according to a press release. "This year has been an incredibly...

Pie Five Plano launching updated restaurant design

In an effort to spice up its offering, Pie Five debuted has debuted a new restaurant design in Plano, Texas, and released a 14-inch pizza, wine, wings and craft beer, according to a press release. "After doing a significant amount...

Pizza Hut announces online reward program

Pizza Hut has debuted a national online ordering loyalty program in, according to a press release. For every dollar spent online, Pizza Hut awards customers two points and free pizza in just one visit.

Oracle Hospitality debuts Data Science Cloud Services

Restaurant operators worldwide can now use Oracle Hospitality's Data Science Cloud Services to quickly analyze system-wide performance data and act on that information, according to a press release. "Margins are being squeezed in hospitality like never before," Mike Webster, senior...

Pizza proliferation: Bonci, Bavaro, Vapiano and Pie Five add locations

Four pizza brands are movin' out with new locations, including a down-sized "mini" pizzeria, one that fires pies in a wood oven and even a Rome-based brand that slices pies with scissors. That last concept is Bonci pizza, a concept...

Domino's makes using Alexa to order pizzas even easier

Domino's Pizza is expanding the Amazon Alexa ordering platform added last year to include customized ordering without customers needing to have a saved account or previous order history, a news release said. "Now it's as simple as asking Alexa to...

Micro chains hit major US growth spurt

Micro-chains — defined as chains with anywhere from three to 19 units — are in a major growth spurt, according to information research and analysis firm, NPD Group. The company said that although independent restaurants with two or fewer locations...

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