Two more national chains make big hiring push

Earlier this week, it was Domino's in New York City announcing that it would hire 200 new people. Now, Pizza Hut has joined the effort, but this time for a much, much larger number — 11,000 positions open across the Yum Brand's system.

Study: Q4 2016 worst in 5 years for restaurant industry

New data released by market analysts at TDn2K shows that the traditional holiday month of December was anything but jolly for restaurant operators, who saw their worst quarter of sales in more than five years, according to the research company....

Study: Small businesses travel bumpy road to make payroll

Employment issues continue to create volatile financial hurdles for businesses with fewer than 500 employees, according to news release about a study published on small business employment growth and payroll expenses management from JPMorgan Chase Institute. Typically, small businesses reported...

Papa Murphy's franchises company-owned stores in select markets

Less than two weeks after take-and-bake brand, Papa Murphy’s, announced the appointment of board chair Jean Birch to Interim CEO after Ken Calwell's departure from the company, the brand is making moves to change its overall ownership mix by franchising...

Stevi B's puts lotsa pasta on pies

Lotsa pasta is on the menu at Stevi B's over the next few months when the chain's traditional pizza pies become pasta-fied as part of the brand's Pasta Palooza promotion through the end of March, according to a news release....

2 pizza brands expanding US footprints

Pieology Pizzeria is continuing the move south on the West Coast, while California-based MiDiCi — The Neopolitan Pizza Company, is expanding down the coast of the Eastern U.S. in Florida, according to news releases from both brands. Pieoloy opened a...

5 money-saving supply chain trends for 2017

Having a solid supply chain is imperative for restaurants looking to reduce food-safety issues and to keep costs low, said Consolidated Concepts President Bruce Reinstein. He believes the restaurants that pay attention to the following five trends will stay nimble in handling the operational challenges in foodservice over the next year.

Pizza Express UAE turns problem into profit with WiFi

After hearing customer complaints of spotty WiFi coverage in PizzaExpress UAE locations, the brand partnered with Purple and CDW to install a solution that not only pleases guests but also props up profits and promotion value for the chain through...

Blast & Brew seeks Phoenix-area franchisees

Fast casual pizza mecca, Phoenix, Arizona, is about to get a little something to wash down all those pies, as the beer and pizza brand, Blast & Brew, seeks to expand in the southwestern city, according to a news release....

US foodservice 2016 Q4 wage growth among best of all industries

PayScale Inc. said its latest numbers indicated that food service and restaurant wages grew by 3.6 percent over the past year, far outpacing the national average and making food service one of just three business sectors to experience what the company called "remarkable wage growth" in the final quarter of last year, according to a news  release.

Papa Murphy's names interim CEO

Papa Murphy’s Holdings has appointed its board chair, Jean Birch, to the position of interim chief executive officer, effective immediately. The leadership change follows the resignation of Ken Calwell as CEO and director in order to pursue other interests, according...

Mafiaoza debuts sprawling Tennessee location

Mafiaoza's Pizzeria and Neighborhood Pub recently opened a site in Franklin, Tennessee, according to a news release. This is the brand's third site for partners Michael Dolan, Lars Kopperud and Brett Corrieri, and spans 10,000 square feet with a number of patios, including one on the roof and one for families overlooking the courtyard.

Little Caesars real winner of world's first texting tug-of-war

Free Little Caesars pizza was the reward for the world's first stadium-sized, rope-burn free tug-of-war game in Florida. And yet, the pizza chain itself may be the party walking away with the biggest prize from the stunt. It happened Dec.

Blaze shakes off artificial, unhealthy ingredients

Blaze Fast-Fire'd Pizza has launched an initiative to rid the chain's food of artificial ingredients with a promotion that offers free pizza to guests, who also pledge to join in the commitment to purer food production and consumption, according to...

Papa John's bakes up Beantown business

Papa John's has signed an agreement to drive growth in Boston, Massachusetts, with 1630 Pizza Company, which will open 25 units over the next five years, according to a news release. "We hope that this agreement, along with other recent...

Little Caesar's LTO feeds family for a fiver

Little Caesars comes out of the gate swinging in 2017, with two offerings giving customers cash back along with a little something sweet to start 2017. The Detroit-based QSR said in a news release that it is introducing a value-driven,...

Study: QSR and Fast Casual only restaurant segments to see traffic growth in '17

If there's a bright spot in the restaurant industry outlook for the year ahead, at least one data analysis and research company believes it will be in the limited-service restaurant category that includes QSR and fast casual, which NPD Group...

Pizza Hut pushes online ordering with half-off deal

As we enter the nation's official "I'm totally broke" week after the holiday hulabaloo, Pizza Hut is sending some relief with a half-off pie promotion aimed squarely at getting customers to order online. From now through next Tuesday, Jan.

Rapid Fired lands in northern Kentucky

The Greater Cincinnati suburb of Florence, Kentucky, is the latest city to see a Rapid Fired Pizza open — this one squarely in the middle of the city's shopping mecca of Mall Road of busy Interstate 75, according to a...

News items from around the restaurant scene this week

Lots of brands are making end-of-year moves that are making a difference in the lives of their customers and communities. Here are a handful of news morsels that crossed this site's desktop this week, along with an example of a...

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