A sneak peek at Martina hits Instagram

Danny Meyer's new fast casual pizzeria concept, Martina, was teased in a July 19 live video on the restaurant's Instagram page, according to an Eater article. Chef Nick Anderer, also sister restaurant Marta's chef, walked Meyer and the viewer through...

MOD Pizza taps former Panera, Starbucks exec as COO

MOD Pizza has hired Paul Twohig to be its first COO and oversee MOD's 235-plus locations in the U.S. and the U.K., according to a press release. Twohig joined MOD's advisory board in 2008 and has over four decades of restaurant experience as senior VP at Starbucks, president of Dunkin' Donuts, and executive VP and COO of Panera Bread.

Toast and Paytronix announce integration

Toast and Paytronix are integrating their respective technologies, allowing Toast users to utilize Paytronix loyalty and gift card solutions, according to a press release. "Integrating Toast with the Paytronix platform lets restaurants take advantage of our platform and all the...

Former Dunkin' Donuts, Starbucks and Panera leader moves to Mod

Mod Pizza has named veteran restaurant leader and nine-year Mod advisory board member Paul Twohig to the new role of chief operating officer, a news release said. Former Mod Senior Vice President of Operations Chris Schultz moves to the role...

Pizza Hut changes its 'DNA' ahead of adding 14,000 new drivers

Pizza Hut wants to add a few ... well, actually 14,000 ...

Locali chooses Fransmart to accelerate franchising

Locali is partnering Fransmart to take its franchised natural food concept, with an organic-based deli menu, nationwide, according to a press release. "We want change the way people think about healthy eating," Locali Co-Founder Melissa Rosen said in the release....

Former NFL tight end opens OK City Pie Five unit

Billy Bajema, a former Oklahoma State and NFL tight end, is getting ready to open Pie Five's fifth Oklahoma location and its fourth in the Oklahoma City area, according to a press release. The unit is located in Edmond and...

Popeyes leader moves to GPS Hospitality

Burger King and Popeyes franchisee firm, GPS Hospitality, has hired former Popeyes Financial Strategy and Analytics Vice President Chris Phillips as vice president of business development and strategic planning. A news release said that Phillips will work with GPS Hospitality...

Restaurant ownership groups take NYC to court over menu labeling

Four restaurant ownership groups filed suit today in the New York state court system to halt New York City’s efforts to enforce menu labeling requirements, claiming that restaurants, convenience stores and related businesses need more time to comply with the...

Meatballs Etc begins franchising

Meatballs Etc. has launched a franchise program under Squisito Franchise Enterprises, beginning its expansion on the Eastern seaboard, according to a press release. "The Meatballs,Etc.

Blaze moves beyond US with biggest deal ever, announces minority owner

After officially becoming the fastest-growing brand in U.S. history earlier this week, Blaze Fast-Fire'd Pizza today said it's moving beyond North American borders for the first time, building 100 restaurants in 11 Middle Eastern and northern Africa countries, starting next year.

Going UP in a 'Blaze'of glory: Chain now fastest starting in history

Blaze Pizza is fastest-starting chain ever, according to Technomic. That's what stories in both Forbes and Quartz are reporting this week, after the chain — which also won this year's Fast Casual Top 100 Movers & Shakers — opened its...

Round Table Pizza finalizes holistic digital-ordering solution

Round Table Pizza has completed its analysis of a dozen digital-ordering providers and concluded that Onosys is the right fit for its 450 units, according to a press release. "After interviewing each of the online ordering companies, we realized that...

Everything's bigger in ... China?

China's restaurant industry is    one of the nation's main economic growth drivers, according to a report released by Meituan-Dianping, a foodservice-focused e-commerce platform. The industry expanded 11.3 percent last year to reach 3.5 trillion yuan (more than $514.6 billion USD), a news release said.

Papa John's 1st US chain with Facebook ordering

Papa John's announced a new "start order" button for its Facebook page fans, allowing all those social media mavens the luxury of ordering a pie without missing a moment of online gossip and cute cat pictures.

Study on independent brands: Only the strong survive, but they also thrive

Staying independent is a pretty rough game for U.S. restaurateurs.

It's good to be Yum China: Q2 operating profit up 64%

Yum China continues to be embraced with open arms in China, reporting a 3 percent spike in Q2 same-store sales and mobile payments exceeding 40 percent of total company sales during that period, a news release said. The company reported that its operating profit grew 64 percent, thanks to  its loyal customers.

Japanese mega-retailer proves 'grocery-ification' of eating out goes beyond US

Call it the grocery-ification of the restaurant business, and it is happening and not just in the U.S. According to Reuters, in fact, the largest Japanese retailer by sales, supermarket operator, Aeon Retail, last week reported a "better-than-expected quarterly profit,"...

Utah gets Mod

Mod Pizza is debuting in Utah, then coming on strong with a total of five openings there by year's end, a news release said.  Location No. 1 in the state opens early this month on South Wildcat Way in Woods Cross.

Pizza buffet chain 'throws another pie on the grill'

Summer is barbecue season, and Stevi B's is taking that popular predilection to its pizza with a new promotion built around the cooking al fresco, a news release said. Offerings include barbecue pulled pork pizza, barbecue baked pasta and peach...

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