New Gatti's Pizza restaurant design: Sometimes separation is a good thing

The new ownership behind Gatti's Pizza broke ground on the longtime brand's first franchise location in seven years this week, this one on East Central Texas Expressway in Killeen, Texas. Since Sovrano LLC purchased the brand a two years ago,...

RemcoSPC introduces pizza ovens for food trucks and trailers

Remco Specialty Products Co. has introduced the Millennium 2000 CT2 and Daytona V4 carousel brick ovens for food trucks and trailers. The ovens are UL and NSF listed and are approved for direct venting, meaning that no hood is required,...

The New Economy: It's all about restaurants

In Cleveland and New York City, more than a third of the new jobs added since 2015 are food and drink service industry positions, while the entire state of Florida is on fire with new restaurant jobs, according to federal labor statistics. In fact, the skyrocketing number of new positions spinning out of the food service industry — now the No.

Gluten-free trend strong with 625 new products in 2 months

The gluten-free product and service certification concern Gluten Intolerance Group has put its official stamp of approval on at least 625 products in North America this summer, which the organization said it sees as a good indicator of the strength...

Beverage Trends report: Customers ready to spend on drinks

The report surveyed hundreds of restaurant operators and consumers to find that sales in 2016 for most beverage categories from smoothies and juices to coffee and alcohol were up over 2015.

New way to 'try on' best new bottom line-building restaurant tech

POS device provider ParTech has partnered with cloud-based API software developer Omnivore to bridge the gap between restaurants and the tech developers and suppliers who cater to the industry. A news release said that through the partnership, PAR's cloud-based Brink...

Pizza in Chile? Little Caesars says, 'Yes!'

Little Caesars is putting their pizza in Chile, where consumers are increasingly demanding "takeaway" brands that offer value per serving. The Detroit-based brand opened its first South American restaurant on June 15, in Santiago, which a news release said is...

Curry Up Now celebrates grand opening of Alameda, California location

Curry Up Now — a Bay area family of restaurants, food trucks and bars — opens its sixth brick-and-mortar location, this one in a former Tava Kitcen in Alameda on Friday, June 23. To celebrate the grand opening that day, the first 100 guests at 11:30 a.m.

1000 Degrees goes 'Roman' for a new crust

Though 1000 Degrees Pizza has always touted its signature Neapolitan crust, the brand has apparently been foolin' around on the side with "The Roman" and is now introducing the new thicker, rounder Roman crust, a news release said. The new...

Me-n-Ed's goes out for a beer ... or 26

Me-n-Ed's Pizzeria opened a new brew-centric brand this June called Me-n-Ed's On Tap in Bakersfield, California, complete with a self-pour tap system, featuring 26 taps of local craft beer and wine. Me-n-Ed's Pizzeria has successfully operated one Fresno location with...

Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza joins boycott wiping Anheuser-Busch products off NYC shelves

Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza has joined three dozen other New York brands in a boycott that is sweeping New York City store shelves clean of Anheuser-Busch brands. The action is being taken against beverage distributor Clare Rose and one of...

Cicis gets 'a li'l "crusty"' just in time for new CMO

Cicis is showing its customers a little summer love by featuring three stuffed crust pizzas to usher in the warmer days ahead, a news release said. Included in the trio is the return of that popular bacon-stuffed crust and a debut of its grilled cheese stuffed crust.

Arby's slides into pizza market

Pizza restaurateurs have just gotten yet another competitor in QSR brand, Arby's, which now offers pizza sliders, a news release said. The pizza rendition of the popular menu item joins seven other Arby's slider variations, including buffalo chicken, chicken and...

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.

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.

Meal kit chain expands in the Gulf Coast

Meal assembly kit company, Dream Dinners, is expanding in Alabama after signing a franchise deal to open a store in Daphne. The deal is the start of what the company said is its long-term goal of continued growth in the...

California Pizza Kitchen delivers all the hits on its summer discs

California Pizza Kitchen has created a slew of warm weathers offerings in line with current cultural trends to eat for a longer, healthier life. "Our new menu additions feature summer-fresh ingredients like strawberries and watermelon that we're using in playful...

Restaurant industry upbeat for 2017; big year for digital marketing

This year promises to be a lucrative one for the restaurant industry, according to the Toast Restaurant POS "Restaurant Success in 2017 Industry Report," which takes an inside look at restaurant owners' strategies for this year. Toast compiled data from...

Operators and vendors join forces to set supply chain best practices

Foodservice supply chain company, HAVI, has joined with the International Foodservice Manufacturers Association, food industry consultants at Kinetic12 and research company, Datassential to help develop what a news release said will be the first set of supply chain best practices...

Mergin' and movin' out in the pizza universe

Four pizza brands are planning additions to their worldwide restaurant system pies this spring, along with two other brands who are set to merge.

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