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...

Amazon expands food delivery service

Washington, D.C. Amazon Prime members can now get deliveries from 150 restaurants, including Osteria Morini, Bolt Burgers, Pizza Mart and Maketto, according to a press release. "Who doesn't love being a Prime member and all the benefits that come with it?" Jesse Hiney, general manager of Osteria Morini DC, said in the release.

2016 results in, Domino's asks, ''What downturn?''

What's the potential value of acknowledging your mistakes and doing the hard work to solve them? Domino's can tell you. Or, better yet, the market can show you, in the form of the pizza delivery chain's soaring value, including a...

Yum boosts leave time for corporate moms who give birth

A major player in the quick-service and pizza industries, Yum Brands, is expanding its parental leave and other flexible work policies as part of a new initiative to put employees first, according to a news release. The new leave policy...

Toppers takes on hunger

Toppers Pizza is going all in to fight hunger with an event from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Restaurant numbers drop as diners stay home

A series of restaurant industry polls and data analyses indicated significant change is underway in the restaurant industry, much of it not particularly good. NPD Group dropped a substantial news bomb this week when it said that the number of...

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