Papa John's Poland opening puts chain in 45 nations, territories

Papa John's International said the chain has opened its first outlet in Poland. The downtown Warsaw location marks the chain's presence in 45 countries and territories around the globe, according to a company press release. PJ Western, which signed a...

800 Degrees Pizzeria puts former Focus Brands exec in CMO seat

Los Angeles-based 800 Degrees Pizzeria has named Thomas Bartsch as its chief marketing officer. Bartsch most recently served as CMO and global marketing vice president for an unidentified Focus Brands fast casual start-up, according to a company press release. He...

The Pizza Press presses toward 300 units by 2020

With 84 franchise units in its pocket, The Pizza Press is continuing its growth this year with plans for 50 openings, while awarding 25-30 more through strategic franchise partnerships. "It was important to us that 2017 was a year composed...

Papa John's CFO heads to same job at Jack in the Box

Just weeks after the departure of former CEO John Schnatter, Papa John's International said that CFO and CAO Lance Tucker is leaving to take the CFO job at Jack in the Box. The company said in a news release Tuesday...

Pizza Hut boards the value train

Promising a pretty thrifty meal on the cusp of the Super Bowl, Pizza Hut is latching on to the value trend by introducing a two-topping medium pizza for $5.99, a news release said. The chain said that accessing the deal...

Pizza Inn pins 60th birthday giveaways on loyalty, social media

Pizza Inn is celebrating its 60th birthday by hosting a year-long celebration with giveaways including a 1958 Ford Skyliner hardtop convertible for one of its loyalty club members. A news release said the chain is offering those who sign up...

Restaurateurs will see 'immense operational changes' in 2018

Operations platform, Fourth, sees what it calls "immense operational changes" happening across the restaurant industry as tech of all kinds is deployed globally as the necessity it has now become. That need stems from the growing pressure on restaurateurs to...

Blaze makes leadership changes

Blaze Fast-Fire'd Pizza today announced the addition of four key members to its leadership team in support of the company's goal to exceed $1 billion in systemwide sales worldwide by 2022. The company also announced new resources focused against international...

Domino's CEO leaves a chain reborn, flying high

Domino's CEO leaves a chain reborn, flying high

Domino's President and CEO J. Patrick Doyle will step down in June from the top spot at a chain he led from its "cardboard crust" and "ketchup" sauce days to pizza market leader and substantial force even in the entire...

Columbus, Ohio, the test market capital, to open 1st food hall

The restaurant test marketer's dream city of Columbus, Ohio will soon house the city's first-ever food hall in the 102-year-old Budd Dairy building in the Italian Village near downtown. This particular food hall — one of more than 100 either...

Pizza Hut/Toyota pair on self-driving car that might cook, too

Pizza Hut/Toyota pair on self-driving car that might cook, too

First it was Ford and Domino's pairing to further the interests of each in autonomous delivery vehicles, now comes Pizza Hut and Toyota, who this afternoon said they're working on an initiative that may soon change not only how pizza...

Russo's launches "on-the-go" brand

Russo's New York Pizzeria has launched a pizza and pasta-focused concept — Next Generation Pizza & Italian. Founder and CEO Anthony Russo said he designed the new concept for "on-the-go" diners and is ideal for malls and strip centers, a...

Labor Department rule would open large group health insurance to small restaurateurs

Labor Department rule would open large group health insurance to small restaurateurs

The U.S. Department of Labor this morning proposed a rule that it says will allow more small businesses to offer health insurance through what it is calling Small Business Health Plans or Association Health Plans. In a news release, the...

Pie Five launches cauliflower crust LTO

Cauliflower is certainly having its moment and Pie Five is seizing that moment with a new cauliflower crust available until Feb. 11, a news release said.  "Cauliflower is exploding in popularity due to its taste and amazing health benefits," Marketing Vice President Christina Coy said in a news release about the new offering.

Hungry Howie's stuffed crust LTO is 'heavy,' man

Hungry Howie’s Pizza has announced that it's now offering the "world’s first stuffed, flavored-crust pizza." The LTO, which will run through March 25, adds six ounces of mozzarella string cheese to the crust of every large pie. The new option...

Sbarro takes fast casual pizza plunge in Japan, adding 20 fast-food spots in Argentina

Sbarro, a U.S.-based fast food pizza brand, has made two significant international deals this year. One will bring 20 Sbarro restaurants to Argentina, and another calls for the opening of 15 locations of the brand's fast casual concept — Pizza...

Pizza Inn launches express concept early next year

The nearly 60-year-old Pizza Inn brand is launching a new Pizza Inn Express prototype — PIE — offering faster-than-ever service in a convenience- store format, a news release said. "Convenience stores are a $575 billion industry with 70 percent of...

Domino’s starts baby registry 9 months after wedding registry

Domino's is launching its own baby registry Wednesday, where parents-to-be can select pizza gifts before the sleepless nights begin. A news release said the chain's registry is powered by Gugu Guru. "There's nothing more exciting — and exhausting — than...

Vapiano gets a Scottish brogue

Vapiano gets a Scottish brogue

Vapiano has opened its fifth restaurant in the United Kingdom, this one in the Scottish capitol city of Edinburgh, according to Vapiano Executive Board Member and CEO Mario C. Bauer.  The new location stands right in the shadow of the World Heritage site of the Edinburgh Castle, off St.

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