NRA implores Congress: 'Keep debit-swipe fee controls in place'

NRA implores Congress: 'Keep debit-swipe fee controls in place'

The National Restaurant Association has joined forces with dozens of other restaurant groups to launch a campaign against repealing debit swipe-fee protections under the Durbin Amendment, which passed in 2010 as part of the Dodd-Frank Act. The issue is coming...

Marco's blazes new trails across Big Sky country

Big Sky country is the setting for a new stage off growth for Marco's pizza, which is staging a town hall meeting to kick things off. The brand said in a news release that on the evening of March 30,...

Brand new way for brands to engage on-the-go

Brands seeking new efficiencies and novel approaches to mobile subscriber engagement are taking note of Google's introduction of its Rich Communication Services Early Access Program. The service, which Google debuted as a kick-off to Mobile World Congress, allows users to...

Papa John's enhances digital ordering with PayPal, Papa Track

Papa John's International has enhanced its digital ordering process by adding PayPal as a payments option and introducing Papa Track. This tracker is designed to allow customers to examine the pizza-making process from the oven to delivery, according to a...

Smokin' Oak Wood-Fired Pizza opens Iowa location

Smokin' Oak Wood-Fired Pizza has opened a location in Ames, Iowa and continues to expand around the country. "We have expert partners in every aspect of franchising, including operations, training, site selection and marketing," said Matt Mongoven, CEO, Fourth Avenue...

Cici's hires former Yum Brands exec

Cicis has hired Jini Foust as COO, and he will be in charge of overseeing corporate and franchise operations and training, according to a press release. "My love for restaurants started in high school when I took my first job...

Old Chicago accelerates growth plans

Old Chicago Pizza & Taproom reported record system-wide revenue in 2016, marking an 11 percent increase from 2015, according to a press release. Additionally, the company accelerated its national expansion efforts with the signing of four franchise development agreements that...

Pieology dares customers to get into 'the thick of it'

Pieology says the April debut of its new "PieRise" thick-crust not only works great as a delivery or takeout option but is also the first of its kind in the DIY pizza market, according to a news release. "We've been...

Chowly integrates online ordering, POS systems

Chowly is partnering with MICROS Retail Systems to integrate all third-party online ordering systems into POS systems for MICROS clients, according to a press release. "We take great pride in being able to resolve such a growing pain point for...

Amazon expands food delivery service

Washington, D.C. Amazon Prime members can now get deliveries from 150 restaurants, including Osteria Morini, Bolt Burgers, Pizza Mart and Maketto, according to a press release. "Who doesn't love being a Prime member and all the benefits that come with it?" Jesse Hiney, general manager of Osteria Morini DC, said in the release.

King-Casey, Envirosell release MenuBoard Pro

King-Casey and Envirosell, two restaurant and retail consultant firms, collaborated to create MenuBoard Pro, according to a press release. "The beauty of this data-driven solution is that it is based on methodologies that our firms have proven in the field...

Speedline Solutions debuts new menu management tool

Speedline Solutions is debuting a menu management system to help chains create and release a consistent menu for all locations as well as ConnectService, which streamlines online orders and allows ordering when the POS software is not running, according to...

New restaurant rating system focuses on economic impact

Food industry veteran Sara Brito and entrepreneur Jeff Hermanson have collaborated to create a new rating system for all restaurants based on economic impact within communities, ingredient transparency and sustainable business practices, according to a press release. The system, Good...

Yum asks, 'Why shouldn't the chicken cross the road?'

Yum asks, 'Why shouldn't the chicken cross the road?'

Yum is taking its chicken show on the road, according to a conference call with the Louisville-based company's CEO Greg Creed Thursday, who said the company is adding delivery to its KFC brand. Though Creed did not provide a potential...

Pizza Inn puts new 'Punchh' in loyalty

Pizza Inn worked with mobile engagement platform, Punchh, to partially launch the chain's app-based loyalty program that gives diners points for purchases and ordering capability. According to a news release, 41 Pizza Inn locations are using the new Pizza Inn...

Donatos debuts iOS app

It only takes three taps to reorder from Donatos Pizza via its new mobile iOS app, now available on all Apple devices, according to a press release. "As consumers continue to shift toward mobile devices for online ordering, we want to make sure our ordering capabilities meet them where they are," Donatos CEO Tom Krouse said in the release.

3 pizza brands expand

Two pizza brands are putting down roots in new territory this month, while a third brand signed a new franchisee in the Deep South, according to separate news releases. Pieology is heading for the Sunshine State with its newest site,...

New England Chuck E.Cheese's dials it down to delight kids with autism

New England Chuck E.Cheese's dials it down to delight kids with autism

Chuck E. Cheese's locations in New York, New England and New Jersey are launching Sensory Sensitive Sundays in conjunction with the Center for Autism and Related Disorders, known as CARD.

MOD Pizza welcomes 9th franchising partner

Southern Pie has joined MOD Pizza's team as its ninth franchise partner, according to a press release. Robbie Hill and Kimberly Hill Hayden, Southern Pie executives, plan to open MOD units later this year.   "We are pleased to have Southern Pie, LLC join our group of talented and passionate multi-unit operators.

Pie Five LTO makes lower-cal pizza possible

Pie Five is offering a 600-calorie pizza LTO starting today, according to a news release. The new Low Five menu item features a 7-inch pie with a side salad, as well as options for other additional toppings, though those add...

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