Introducing ... wait for it ... the 'Pizza-Kini'

The Independence Day weekend has the U.S. preoccupied with thoughts of cookouts, fireworks and now ... the Pizza-Kini. Thanks to QSR pizza brand, Villa Italian Kitchen, the July 4th could be overshadowed by July 5th, National Bikini Day, when the...

Restaurateur confusion grows as wage increase whirlwind blows through industry

Like similar measures that have already taken effect in New York and the Pacific Northwest, the one taking place in Southern California is hitting a lot of restaurateurs' bottom lines and causing more than a little confusion, sending some to seek expert help.

Nobly POS to demo mobile product with Star Micronics at Birmingham UK Coffee Festival

Star Micronics, a POS printer manufacturer, has joined forces with Nobly POS to provide an mPOS solution designed for coffee shops and mobile food and drink businesses. Nobly POS will demonstrate the solution at the Birmingham Coffee Festival, July 1-2,...

Marco's introduces tuition perk for employees

Marco's has added an employee perk that substantially boosts its attractiveness to potential employees, according to a news release. The pizza chain is launching an employee tuition assistance plan offering up to $5,250 toward a degree from Bellevue University. All...

Pizza in Chile? Little Caesars says, 'Yes!'

Little Caesars is putting their pizza in Chile, where consumers are increasingly demanding "takeaway" brands that offer value per serving. The Detroit-based brand opened its first South American restaurant on June 15, in Santiago, which a news release said is...

Blaze fires up Los Angeles County location

Blaze Fast Fire’d Pizza opened a Los Angeles County location Thursday in North Hollywood. The store will give away free pizzas today from 11 a.m.

Vapiano's Big Apple relaunch sets stage for major US expansion

The leaders at Vapiano made some Big Apple-size noise this week about their newly refurbished New York City restaurant, with "red carpet" appearances from Hollywood's finest and lots and lots of food. A news release said that Vapiano CEO Jochen...

Curry Up Now celebrates grand opening of Alameda, California location

Curry Up Now — a Bay area family of restaurants, food trucks and bars — opens its sixth brick-and-mortar location, this one in a former Tava Kitcen in Alameda on Friday, June 23. To celebrate the grand opening that day, the first 100 guests at 11:30 a.m.

1000 Degrees goes 'Roman' for a new crust

Though 1000 Degrees Pizza has always touted its signature Neapolitan crust, the brand has apparently been foolin' around on the side with "The Roman" and is now introducing the new thicker, rounder Roman crust, a news release said. The new...

Fast food customer satisfaction remains unchanged, but high

There weren't too many surprises for fast food operators in the latest American Customer Satisfaction Index, a national poll on the quality of an entire range of goods and services sold to Americans. Overall customer satisfaction remained at last year's...

Uncle Maddio's reports success with new multitasking POS

Uncle Maddio's is speaking up for the products of its new POS and employee-efficiency solutions provider, PAR Technology Corp., with the pizza chain's leadership extolling the benefits of the cloud-based Brink POS they've adopted at 50 locations, a news release...

Me-n-Ed's goes out for a beer ... or 26

Me-n-Ed's Pizzeria opened a new brew-centric brand this June called Me-n-Ed's On Tap in Bakersfield, California, complete with a self-pour tap system, featuring 26 taps of local craft beer and wine. Me-n-Ed's Pizzeria has successfully operated one Fresno location with...

Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza joins boycott wiping Anheuser-Busch products off NYC shelves

Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza has joined three dozen other New York brands in a boycott that is sweeping New York City store shelves clean of Anheuser-Busch brands. The action is being taken against beverage distributor Clare Rose and one of...

Former Dunkin', Starbucks, Yum exec named Papa Murphy's CEO

Weldon Spangler, a former leader with Dunkin' Brands, Starbucks and Yum, has been named CEO of Papa Murphy's, effective July 17, the company announced. Jean Birch, interim CEO, remains chair of the board of directors. Most recently, Spangler was Baskin-Robbins...

&pizza comes 'home' to the Big Apple

Washington, D.C.-based &pizza is opening in the Big Apple next Tuesday, June 20, a news release said — which, as it turns out — is a homecoming of sorts for the brand. The chain's current 21 locations in the nation's capital, as well as Baltimore and Philadelphia, all reflect the cities and neighborhoods they "live" in.

Cicis reaps rewards of four-year revitalization

Pizza buffet chain Cicis said its 2013 revitalization plan is working, as proven by 16 consecutive quarters of same-store sales growth through Q1 of 2017, a news release said. The plan endeavored to refine the brand's market positioning and improve...

Déjà vu: Another nutrition labeling delay from feds

Yet another nutrition labeling mandate has been delayed by the FDA. According to MarketWatch and other online sources, Tuesday, the U.S.

Oath pledges growth and good farm practices

Oath Craft Pizza said it's raised $7 million in a series B funding round led by Boston-based venture capital firm Breakaway Venture, bringing the total raised by the brand since its 2015 start to about $16 million, a news release...

Firenza doubles national footprint by year's end

Firenza Pizza is set to nearly double its size in the next six months, thanks to its April merger with Persona Wood Fired Pizzeria, a news release said. Eleven new locations will open over that time to join the current...

Blaze brings creativity to Warped Tour sponsorship

Blaze Fast-Fire'd Pizza is sponsoring this year's 41-stop traveling music festival, the 2017 Vans Warped Tour, a news release said. The brand has figured out some offbeat, interesting ways to get its name out in connection with the near cult-like...

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