Old Chicago looking for franchisees

Old Chicago Pizza & Taproom is looking for franchisees in Illinois, Indiana and Ohio to help grow the brand's presence in those areas, according to a press release. "The growing demand for a unique dining experience and customized selection of...

Vapiano opens 5th Hungarian location

Pizza- and pasta-focused chain Vapiano opened its fifth Hungarian location this week in Gyor. It is the first Hungarian location outside the capital city of Budapest, according to a new release, and is operated by Peter Sari and Ralf Dux...

Free pizza for Visa Checkout users at Papa John's

NFL sponsors, Papa John’s and Visa, have announced a partnership that makes Visa Checkout available for Papa John’s purchases. The brands are kicking off the partnership by offering customers a free large single-topping pizza with their next purchase when they...

New face in global food service leadership recruitment

Global foodservice executive search firm, Kincannon & Reed, has hired Lisa Johnson to handle recruitment and succession assignments for leadership in food service and a number of related business sectors. Johnson will work to find and recruit general managers, presidents...

Pieology cooks up location in LA

The Citadel Outlets in Los Angeles is now home for Pieology Pizzeria's newest location, operated and owned by MR Pie Guys, according to a press release. The move is part of the brand's expansion in Southern California, and puts the restaurant right in the middle of a major L.A.

Donatos reformulates ingredients

Donatos Pizza has officially rid its pizzas, salads and subs of artificial flavors and colors, MSG and high-fructose syrup, according to a press release. "Donatos has been committed to serving customers with great-tasting food since opening our very first shop in 1963," said Donatos Pizza President and CEO Tom Krouse.

Former Papa John's exec now Pizza Factory COO

Jim Thornton has been named the new COO of Pizza Factory and will lead the chain's corporate franchise team to grow the brand in new markets, support existing franchisees and find new ways to keep educating employees to help the...

Pieology opens 4th Michigan restaurant

Pieology has opened its fourth Michigan location, this one in West Bloomfield Township.

Brandmuscle publishes 3rd edition of 'The State of Local Marketing Report'

The third edition of The State of Local Marketing Report published several surprising findings and gave a blueprint for success to national and global brands looking to interact with local entities, according to a press release. The report consolidated more...

Hungry Howie's franchisee opens 11 unit in Tar Heel State

Hungry Howie's Pizza opens its newest location to the public Wednesday in Gastonia, North Carolina, on Robinwood Road. Aside from offering opening-day pizza deals, the location is donating part of sales on Wednesday and Thursday to the Gaston County Family...

Technomic downgrades restaurant growth projections

The company said its May results released for the two-year period were overly optimistic and that declining traffic across food service has prompted the company to modify its restaurant industry growth projections through 2017.

1000 Degree Neapolitan Pizza heats up CO

Denver will soon be warmed by 1000 Degrees Neapolitan Pizza's newest location, coming Dec. 1, according to a press release.

Kono spreads out to conquer PB&J's

The people who brought you pizza in a cone, Kono USA , are spreading out into that all-American spread of choice, peanut butter. In a news release, Kono said it will now offer PB&J cones starting Dec.

Papa John's and Pepsi partner for Super Bowl promo

Papa John's and Pepsi have partnered on a Halftime of a Lifetime promotion that kicks off Nov. 28 and gives fans a chance to get a front-row seat to the halftime show at the upcoming Super Bowl.

Pizza Hut LTO gives thanks for the 'season of eves'

As pizza restaurateurs well know, this Thanksgiving eve is proving to be a very busy day for the business with all those cooks struggling over turkey resorting to "dialing it in" for dinner tonight. Pizza Hut is capitalizing on that...

Bridg releases enhanced CRM

Bridg announced a new customer relationship management solution, which combines disparate customer data silos, according to a release. Bridg Enhanced CRM compiles POS, email, online ordering, loyalty and other venues to produce a high-view of a restaurant's customers. The technology's...

Pizza Hut's 'A Day of Giving' benefits local first responders and shelters

Tis the season of giving, and Pizza Hut locations in West Virginia, Ohio and Kentucky are bestowing a total of 1,750 pizzas to local emergency responders, including fire and police departments, as well as hospitals and shelters, according to a...

Study predicts 5-year restaurant industry growth, but also new competition

There is some fairly positive news this Thanksgiving week in the latest IBIS report on the chain restaurant industry nationally. The study indicated that chain restaurants have experienced steady growth over the last five years.

Study: Restaurant traffic slow on Black Friday

Although many retailers look to Black Friday as the most successful shopping day of the holiday success, restaurants should not be among them, according to research from Revel Systems. Based on data collected from order totals during past Black Fridays...

Study: Americans love meal kits

Technomic today released research showing that the U.S. is the largest market for the global meal kit industry, which has grown to a multi-billion dollar sector in just the last few years.

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