Brand new way for brands to engage on-the-go

Brands seeking new efficiencies and novel approaches to mobile subscriber engagement are taking note of Google's introduction of its Rich Communication Services Early Access Program. The service, which Google debuted as a kick-off to Mobile World Congress, allows users to...

New fast casual brand debuts as Pie Five conquers new territory

A new fast casual pizza brand is debuting in Iowa, while another fast casual pizza brand — Pie Five — is adding its first Tulsa restaurant next week. The new player in the pizza marketplace is Smokin' Oak Wood-Fired Pizza....

Papa John's enhances digital ordering with PayPal, Papa Track

Papa John's International has enhanced its digital ordering process by adding PayPal as a payments option and introducing Papa Track. This tracker is designed to allow customers to examine the pizza-making process from the oven to delivery, according to a...

Rave names VP of real estate

Rave Restaurant Group, the parent company of Pizza Inn and Pie Five Pizza Co, has hired Judy Messenger as its VP of real estate. Messenger is responsible for making strategic real estate decisions that foster growth and transformation of the brand, in addition to expanding market presence, according to a company press release.

Russo's expanding in US, Middle East

Russo's Restaurants, the chef-driven parent company of the fast casual concept, Russo's New York Pizzeria and Russo's Coal-Fired Italian Kitchen, is expanding throughout the U.S. and Middle East over the next 10 years, according to a company press release. "Russo's...

Smokin' Oak Wood-Fired Pizza opens Iowa location

Smokin' Oak Wood-Fired Pizza has opened a location in Ames, Iowa and continues to expand around the country. "We have expert partners in every aspect of franchising, including operations, training, site selection and marketing," said Matt Mongoven, CEO, Fourth Avenue...

Cici's hires former Yum Brands exec

Cicis has hired Jini Foust as COO, and he will be in charge of overseeing corporate and franchise operations and training, according to a press release. "My love for restaurants started in high school when I took my first job...

Caviar now available for curbside pickup

Meal ordering platform, Caviar, has added curbside pickup for those wishing to order ahead, skip the line and quickly retrieve their favorite restaurant offerings, according to a news release. Caviar provides service to 3,000 restaurants across the U.S., but its...

Old Chicago accelerates growth plans

Old Chicago Pizza & Taproom reported record system-wide revenue in 2016, marking an 11 percent increase from 2015, according to a press release. Additionally, the company accelerated its national expansion efforts with the signing of four franchise development agreements that...

Study: Americans still love In-n-Out, Chik-fil-A , Chipotle, Firehouse, Marco's Pizza

Chipotle, Chick-fil-A, Marco's Pizza, Firehouse Subs and In-n-Out still top the list of Americans' favorite fast food chains, according to a consumer study conducted by Market Force that ranked America's favorite chains in five popular food categories: burgers, Mexican, pizza,...

Blaze targets $1B in sales by 2022

System-wide sales at Blaze Fast-Fire'd Pizza were up 83 percent to $185 million in 2016 over 2015, according to a company press release. The build-your-own pizza chain also projected system-wide sales this year — its fifth full year in business...

Pieology dares customers to get into 'the thick of it'

Pieology says the April debut of its new "PieRise" thick-crust not only works great as a delivery or takeout option but is also the first of its kind in the DIY pizza market, according to a news release. "We've been...

Chowly integrates online ordering, POS systems

Chowly is partnering with MICROS Retail Systems to integrate all third-party online ordering systems into POS systems for MICROS clients, according to a press release. "We take great pride in being able to resolve such a growing pain point for...

A day without women in the restaurant industry?

Women contribute largely to the restaurant industry, according to the Departmentment of Labor, which reported that in 2015, the foodservice industry as a whole was made up of 54.5 percent women. The majority of positions held by women include line...

800 Degrees names CEO

800 Degrees Pizza has named Tommy Lee as its chief executive officer. Lee most recently served as the CEO of Rockfish Seafood Grill based in Dallas, Texas, from 2010 to 2016, managing the brand's 15 locations. He's also held several...

Manitowoc Foodservice rebranded as Welbilt

Manitowoc Foodservice Inc. announced today that it has completed its name change to Welbilt Inc.

Free webinar; 5 must-knows before switching to cloud-based POS

You know the saying, "I wish I knew then what I know now?" There is a reason the saying is so popular and it’s usually because the right questions weren’t asked in the beginning. Implementing crucial technology, such as a...

Mod Pizza conquers 2016

Mod Pizza spent 2016 growing. The chain announced this week that it added 100 locations system-wide and achieved same-store sales growth of 5.3 percent, bringing its combined 2-year same-store sales growth to over 18 percent. System-wide sales reached $152 million...

In-N-Out, Mellow Mushroom, Chipotle top list of allergy-friendly chains

The food allergy site, AllergyEats, has dubbed its Top 10 shining star restaurants when it comes to giving customers with food intolerances what they want and need. The Top 10 list is solely focused on how well a chain "accommodated...

Ovens helping 2 pizza chains break new ground

Pizza brands are spanning the country with new locations in coming weeks, including Anthony's Coal-Fired Pizza in Chicago and Pie Five near the nation's Capitol, according to separate news releases. In both cases, the brand's ovens helped cut a path...

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