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...

NetWaiter adds Google Connect

Restaurants can share their menus, hours, delivery details and other information thanks to the new Google Connect feature through NetWaiter that allows menus and other specific diner-interest information to be searchable, a news release said. The offering allows restaurant clients...

New England brand becomes 1st US pizza chain with animal welfare designation

A growing New England pizza brand has become the nation's first pizza chain to receive a rigorous animal welfare product designation for several of its offerings, signaling the trend toward sustainable, conscientious menus is reaching well into the pizza marketplace...

'Order in': Grubhub acquires Foodler

Grubhub said today it is acquiring one of North America's biggest independent online food-ordering services, Foodler, in an all-cash transaction, a news release said. The agreement extends Grubhub's New England leadership, while adding more than $80 million of 2017 annualized...

Malawi's opens 5th location in Virginia

Malawi's Pizza is opening its first eastern seaboard location today in Fredericksburg, Virginia, a news release said. The chain has five locations but only sells franchises as development agreements.

Long Range Systems partners with VeriSolutions to improve restaurant operations

Long Range Systems, a global provider of on-site guest paging, tracking and restaurant intelligence tools, has announced a strategic partnership with VeriSolutions, a provider of restaurant automation, temperature monitoring solutions and more, to improve restaurants' operational efficiency. "LRS and VeriSolutions...

Cicis gets 'a li'l "crusty"' just in time for new CMO

Cicis is showing its customers a little summer love by featuring three stuffed crust pizzas to usher in the warmer days ahead, a news release said. Included in the trio is the return of that popular bacon-stuffed crust and a debut of its grilled cheese stuffed crust.

Papa John's tabs Wendy's Brandon Rhoten for global marketing

Papa John's has named Wendy's advertising and media leader Brandon Rhoten as its global chief marketing officer, reporting to President and COO Steve Richie. Rhoten most recently served as Wendy's advertising, media and digital/social vice president where he is credited...

Domino's Pizza announces recapitalization plan

Domino's Pizza, Inc. announced certain of its subsidiaries plan a recapitalization, including the refinancing of a portion of its outstanding securitization debt with a new series of securitized debt.

Pizza Hut slices half off for golf championship

Pizza Hut is offering an online deal in honor of the NCAA Division I Men's Golf Championship on May 31. For that Wednesday only, customers can get half off all menu-priced by using the promo code "TEEOFF," according to a...

Live webinar shows operators how to help diners 'see right through you' in the transparency age

Today's diners will not settle for anything akin to "mystery meat" or other food that smacks of artificial ingredients. They expect simplified ingredients and transparency when it comes to what they are eating. But delivering that is not as easy...

Blaze Pizza launches summer 'untern' program

In the dining room of one of Blaze Fast-Fire'd Pizza’s nearly 200 restaurants, emblazoned are the words "Unfollow the Rules." The statement is emblematic of the company's independent spirit, said Co-founder Elise Wetzel, so should come as no surprise that...

Arby's slides into pizza market

Pizza restaurateurs have just gotten yet another competitor in QSR brand, Arby's, which now offers pizza sliders, a news release said. The pizza rendition of the popular menu item joins seven other Arby's slider variations, including buffalo chicken, chicken and...

Restaurants and other retailers win one over banks on swipe fees

The U.S. House of Representatives has dropped wording that would have repealed the controversial Durbin Amendment of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Financial Reform and Consumer Protection Act, voted into law in 2010 under the Obama administration. The amendment imposed caps...

Does your brand 'deliver' on delivery?

Delivery is today's "little darling" of the restaurant industry, as was just repeatedly proven in numerous presentations at this year's National Restaurant Association show in Chicago ending Tuesday. According to experts at the conference, as well as numerous studies of...

Are you following these steps to find high-quality workers?

A veteran restaurant industry leader on why restaurant strategy today focuses on finding and keeping creative workers over and above just about everything else.

Papa John's latest hybrid model - Bacon Cheddarburger Pizza

Papa John's has come up with a solution for the group that can't decide whether they want burgers or pizza, in the chain's new Bacon Cheddarburger Pizza, a news release said. The concoction includes beef, bacon, dill pickles, Roma tomatoes, mozzarella and Wisconsin cheddar, topped with  burger sauce.

PizzaRev partners with accelerator to fuel growth

PizzaRev has a new majority investor — Cleveland Avenue — a Chicago-based accelerator firm. "This is more than an investment, this is a partnership," said Don Thompson, founder and CEO of Cleveland Avenue, in a press release on the investment....

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