Study: Wanderlust is stealing restaurant dollars

Consumers' love of travel is slicing into the food service sector's pie, potentially creating a defining moment for the restaurant industry.

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.

5 pizza brands explore new territories

Pizza's worldwide appeal needs no further proof than the weekly parade of pizza restaurant opening announcements. In fact, at least five established brands have announced expansions over the last week or so, beginning with Grimaldi's plan to open five sites...

Blaze Pizza 'Keepin It Real' in 2017

Blaze Pizza won't have any artificial additives in its menu items as part of its "Keepin' It Real" initiative, which also encourages guests to commit to keeping it real this year, thus unlocking a free Blaze pizza promotion, according to...

Pupatella expands with four Virginia locations

Franchisee Zeeshan Kaba has signed a deal with Pupatella, a Neapolitan pizza concept, to open four locations in Richmond, Virginia, according to a press release. "We're excited to welcome Zeeshan and his team into the Pupatella family," Enzo Algarme, Pupatella's...

Pizza Press presses forward, 150 new sites by late 2018

Five years after its inception, Pizza Press is having a growth spurt, announcing this week plans to open nearly 150 restaurants worldwide over the next two years. The goal, according to a company press release, is to have 300 restaurants...

NRA to Congress: 'Press go on health act but fix it later'

National Restaurant Association Policy and Government Affairs EVP Cicely Simpson today told Speaker of the House and U.S. Rep.

Toppers names franchise development manager

Toppers Pizza has named Alanna Del Rios as its franchise development manager, according to the company. She is a previous top sales performer at both the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and a  direct mail company, Valassis.

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,...

Blaze lights up Coachella Valley

Palm Springs, California, is getting a Blaze Fast-Fire'd Pizza this Friday in Coachella Valley on North Palm Canyon Drive, according to a news release.  To celebrate, the restaurant is offering free pizzas from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

PizzaRev revs up support for the needy

PizzaRev's Pizzas for a Purpose fundraiser is coinciding with the the chain's latest opening in Coral Gables, Florida. The location, opening March 30 on Miracle Mile, asks guests to "pay-what-you-want" for their first custom-built, personal-sized pizza, with all proceeds going...

Yum China CEO shares rare inside look at company

Yum China CEO Micky Pant provided a rare glimpse inside the business of running a major fast food restaurant chain in China this week when he spoke at Peking University's Guanghua School of Management in Beijing, a news release said....

Pizza Ranch rounds up restaurant No. 200

Pizza Ranch has opened the barn doors on restaurant No. 200, this one in Sterling, Illinois, a news release said.

Papa John's opens 100th Russian store

Papa John's said in a news release that it now has 100 restaurants open in Russia, including 32 locations that opened last year, according to a news release. Store No.

Rapid Fired opens another Dayton-area restaurant

Ohio-based Rapid Fired Pizza is opening a location Monday in Englewood, Ohio, northwest of the Dayton area. The South Main Street location will kick things off with a 500-pizza giveaway on Tuesday, according to a news release. The fast casual...

Uncle Maddio's celebrating Virginia opening

Uncle Maddio's is opening its first Virginia location in Charlottesville by giving away free pizza on Saturday, according to a news release. The Lenox Avenue location will serve free 9-inch, three-topping pies from 11 a.m.

The Round Table adds seat in Pacific Northwest

Round Table Pizza is pulling out all the table leaves to expand the chain, adding three locations in the Pacific Northwest, according to a news release. The locations are in the suburbs of Portland, Oregon — Camas, Newberg and Bend....

Marco's attracts 2 industry franchise veterans for aggressive growth plan

Marco's Pizza has hired a couple industry vets to help grow its footprint. John Ramsay is now vice president of franchise development services, and Travis Edmonson has joined the team as vice president of franchise sales and development, according to a news release.

PizzaRev continues international expansion 'south of the border'

PizzaRev has opened its third international franchise location in Mexico in San Pedro Garza Garcia, Nuevo Leon. The development is led by Grupo Galeria, franchise partners who will open up to 20 PizzaRev locations throughout Mexico City and the states...

New fast casual brand debuts as Pie Five conquers new territory

A new fast casual pizza brand is debuting in Iowa, while another fast casual pizza brand — Pie Five — is adding its first Tulsa restaurant next week. The new player in the pizza marketplace is Smokin' Oak Wood-Fired Pizza....

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