Rock & Roll Hall of Fame chair takes seat at Yum Brands board

Former Sherwin-Williams Company Executive Chairman Christopher M. Connor is taking a seat at Yum Brands' Board of Directors' table, according to a news release.

An open-roof pizzeria design in Toronto?

Boston Pizza and retractable roof specialist, OpenAire, worked together to open a new Toronto location that not only represents the chain's new design direction, but also brings life to an historic 1873 building on Yonge Street where the chain turned...

Menu labeling: Big Apple again achieves what feds cannot

As the song says, "making it" in New York has long been seen as the route to also making it "anywhere." But that rule does not apparently apply to menu labeling regulations, which start being enforced in the Big Apple...

Study: Fear of future invades restaurant leadership offices

Fear is invading the offices of restaurant brand leadership across the industry, according to a recent study from L.E.K. Consulting.

Harris poll: Boomers bypass pizza, millennials crave coffee and QSR

Despite restaurant traffic data showing a decline in April QSR traffic, Harris Poll released data today saying that millennials prefer quick-service restaurants over all other restaurant segments. The 29th annual EquiTrend Study found some pretty interesting information about restaurant visit...

Marco's adds Best Pizza Franchise designation to awards

Marco's Pizza is having its day. A Harris poll announced Tuesday that the brand made its Top 5 list for brand equity, and now the chain has been designated "Best of the Best" pizza franchise in Entrepreneur magazine's rankings, a news release said.

Grubhub integrates with Breadcrumb, Oracle’s Micros and Toast

Grubhub has announced its integration with point of sale systems Breadcrumb, Oracle's Micros and Toast. Foodservice establishments using these systems can now manage all orders, both in-house and takeout, from one device. The integration will also allow restaurants to more...

Limited-service traffic down in April, fine dining traffic up

New data analyses from customer data company, TDn2K, suggests that the trend of top wage earners getting richer and the bottom levels pinching pennies, continues unabated. It reported that fine dining and other higher-cost restaurant categories saw increases, while the...

MicroSale’ sales reporting POS for restaurants going live

MicroSale, a restaurant point-of-sale system developed and maintained by former restaurant operators, will introduce its "ReportingAnywhere" cloud-based POS system the middle of next month. The package includes a website for drill-down, detailed reports and a simplified real-time app that will...

Blaze promotes Mizes to top spot

Blaze Pizza has promoted Jim Mizes to the brand's president and CEO, from his former position there as president and COO. He now assumes global responsibility for the brand and its growth, according to a company press release. "He combines...

Epson to demonstrate online ordering, line busting and food freshness

Epson, a POS technology provider, will demonstrate online ordering, line busting and food freshness solutions with partners at the National Restaurant Show in Chicago, May 20-23, the company announced. Zivelo will demonstrate its free-standing self-service consumer kiosk with Epson's TM-T88V...

From burgers to pizza, it's all about the 'hot'

Two QSR brands are putting diners' hot and growing penchant for heat and spice front and center on their permanent menus with fiery offerings. For sister brands, Carl's Jr. and Hardees, the latest offering is a shared menu item that doubles up on everything from the beef in the burgers to the heat in the peppers.

Pieology taps former Smashburger, Panera exec as president

Pieology today announced that it's hired the now former top man at Smashburger, Michael J. Nolan,  as its president, a news release said.

Urban Bricks cements Carolinas deal

Urban Bricks Pizza has cemented a franchise agreement for three restaurants in the Carolinas as part of the brand's expansion to six other states and Canada, a news release said. . International franchised networking organization, Business Network International General Counsel...

Pizza Inn, Pie Five revenues drop in Q3

Rave Restaurant Group, parent company of Pie Five and Pizza Inn, reported today that its total consolidated revenue decreased 7.7 percent to $14.1 million compared to $15.3 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2016. CEO Scott Crane is hoping...

Elo teams with Star Micronics to bolster POS

Star Micronics, a provider of point of sale and proof of transaction technology, has partnered with Elo, a supplier of touchscreen solutions, to provide a new hardware bundle for point of sale, according to a press release. This solution combines...

Rosati's pizza chain co-founder dies at 88

One of three brothers to found Rosati's has died. Alfred Rosati, 88, who helped launch the chain's first locations in the Chicago suburbs in 1964, died April 27,207,  according to the Daily Herald.  The chain's first Chicago-area location grew to a national system, beginning in the 1970s.

Cottage Inn Pizza gets set to grow in NC

Cottage Inn Pizza is opening the doors of aGreensboro, North Carolina, location today with plans for five more sites in the area in the next four years, a news release said. Over the next 10 years, the Greensboro franchisee, Steve...

Hungry Howie's bites into NC and Utah

Hungry Howie’s Pizza is expanding into North Carolina and Utah, a news release said. The pizza franchise signed a five-store agreement in North Carolina and a three-store agreement in Utah. Franchisee Eric Fairbanks inked an area development deal to put stores in Gaston, Iredell and Mecklenburg counties in North Carolina.

New study: Fast food is star of the industry

Quick-service restaurants and take-out food will be the stars of the U.S. restaurant market for the next five years, according to the latest analysis of the nation's restaurant industry from Research and Markets, which shows that these two areas are...

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