New tool pages customers, tracks wait times and grows to fit chain size

Tracking how long customers are waiting for orders or deliveries just got a boost from paging, tracking and guest intelligence tool provider, Long Range Systems. The company's new Guest Sessions addition to its free iOS application lets users start new orders and page customers when orders are ready.

mPOS increases faster than expected, opens market to new vendors

Restaurateurs still pondering a move to smartphone- and tablet-based POS systems might be interested in the latest Juniper Research study: It predicts that within five years, retail transactions via mPOS systems will represent 20 percent of all transactions. This is...

A new competitor for food delivery and drive-thru? The Munchery takes a big bite into new service areas

Meal delivery service, The Munchery, is expanding in a big way, extending its serviceable market area by more than 700 percent, according to a news release. In fact, this expansion moves the service into the entire West Coast, as well...

SCA launches drive-thru napkin dispenser in North America

SCA, the producer of the Tork brand of away-from-home professional hygiene products, announced the launch of the Tork Xpressnap Drive Thru Napkin Dispenser.

Drive-thru-only pizzeria boasts brick oven for speed

A pizza concept in the Cleveland suburb of North Royalton, Ohio, features a drive-thru-only setup. recently published a profile of My Pizzetta, which is owned by Sharon and Bob Rybank and has been open for about six months. The owners said it is the first exclusively drive-thru pizza place in the U.S.

Quail Digital upgrades headset system

Quail Digital, a wireless headset communication specialist, has extended the bandwidth on its Q Pro 5 drive-thru system. The system now operates on the new CATiQ dect 6 standard, which increases bandwidth from 8KHz to 16KHz, according to a company...

Pizza Patron debuts double drive-thru model

Pizza Patron celebrated the opening of its seventh store in San Antonio on Monday. The store, on South Flores Street, is the company's newly developed double drive-thru model, the first of its kind in the chain. The concept was designed...

Technomic: Takeout adds revenue without compromising dine-in traffic

Nearly 60 percent of consumers recently surveyed by Technomic said they purchase takeout once a week or more. These takeout sales don't seem to be cannibalizing dine-in traffic, but rather adding revenue for restaurants.

Snapfinger develops mobile app for virtual drive-thru experience

Snapfinger, a remote web and mobile ordering and pre-payment services company, announced the creation of the Extended Drive-Thru (EDT) remote ordering application. This patent-pending application features a mobile pre-order function that will essentially extend a restaurant's drive-thru by allowing customers...

Pizza Patrón opens QSP model in Houston

Pizza Patrón's Quick Service Pizza concept is now available in Houston. The freestanding unit opened last week and brings the total number of Pizza Patróns in the market to 12. Pizza Patrón's QSP model features a standard QSR drive-thru lane...

MobileBytes launches White Label program for restaurants

Phoenix-based technology firm, MobileBytes LLC is trying to make it easier and more affordable for restaurants to reach their customer base with the launch of its White Label program. The technology offers restaurants a branded, customized app with extensive marketing...

Papa John’s plans 40-unit growth in Russia

A St. Petersburg, Russia-area developer of Papa John’s pizza, WorldWide Papa’s, plans to expand the brand in the region by 40 units in three years. According to the St.

Pizza Patrón honors franchisees

Pizza Patrón hosted its 2011 National Franchise Convention in Fort Worth, Texas in late January. At the event, franchisees Rick and Monica Sparkman were named Patrón of the Year. The Sparkmans have been with Pizza Patrón for seven years and are multi-unit operators with four stores and one under construction in Houston.

Mid-Atlantic to showcase new products, services

BALTIMORE — The Mid-Atlantic Food, Beverage and Lodging Expo, slated to take place Sept. 17-18, 2008, at the Baltimore Convention Center, will offer a variety of new products and services exclusive to the hospitality industry. The 2008 show floor will...

The NRA show Top 10

United States Sen. Fred Thompson is set to Keynote the 2007 National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show, May 19-22, at McCormick Place in Chicago.

Ci-Ci's Pizza to have carry-out venue

St. Petersburg Times: Cici's Pizza franchise owner Georgio Bertrand will open a CiCi's to-go restaurant in St.

Franchise concept features fast-food pizza

HILLSBORO, Ore. — Three veterans of the Oregon pizza trade have introduced Motopizza, a fast-food pizza concept featuring a drive-through format that serves up a fresh, large pizza for $5 within 30 seconds.    The initial Motopizza prototype opened Feb.

PAR Tech intros iSIVA Delivery software

NEW HARTFORD, N.Y. — PAR Technology Corp.

Donatos Pizza opens new concept store in Indianapolis

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Donatos Pizza opened its newest Indianapolis location Aug. 22, a store design representing a completely new look for the company.

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