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...

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...

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...

Mod puts former Red Robin exec in top culinary role

Mod Pizza has hired a former Red Robin Gourmet Burgers & Brews executive to lead its culinary team. Robin Hamm will serve as vice president of culinary for Mod, a news release said.  The 16-year menu innovation veteran will lead the brand's global culinary strategy.

Domino's makes big changes to international, marketing leadership

Domino's Pizza has promoted U.S. CMO Joe Jordan to executive vice president of international.

30-day comment period ticks away on proposed tip-pooling rule change

The 30-day comment period is ticking away on a proposed FLSA rule change that would allow employers to pool their minimum wage employees' tips. The Department of Labor proposal was published Dec.

Snagajob survey uncovers growing discontent among hourly workers

The hourly workforce recruiting site Snagajob released its State of the Hourly Worker report this week. The report finds that nearly 6 in 10 members of the U.S.

Restaurant biz down, but not as bad as it looks

Ever since Hurricanes Harvey and Irma roared through most of the nation's southern regions, analysts and others have been itching for numbers on the storms' overall impact on the restaurant business. And with third-quarter results showing a year-over-year drop of...

HR people say predictive analytics work, they just don't have them

The predictive analytics firm OutMatch recently surveyed HR professionals about the value of using predictive analytics in hiring employees and then helping them do better work. The company found that individuals charged with hiring and development at companies think predictive data can be extremely helpful.

Restaurant cooks among top winners in September wage growth

Restaurant cooks among top winners in September wage growth

The latest annual year-over-year wage growth report is out for September, showing continued snail's pace growth in wages overall, but also indicating that restaurant cooks and baristas — two prime industry positions — are experiencing much higher wage growth than...

Irate readers to Pizza Hut: Don't suspend ... Commend that gun-wielding employee

Irate readers to Pizza Hut: Don't suspend ... Commend that gun-wielding employee

News of the suspension without pay of a Springfield, Missouri, Pizza Hut employee and felon, who said he had a "good old-fashioned gunfight" with an alleged intruder is sweeping the nation's media outlets today. The story is eliciting irate responses...

19 chains, 475 people enrolled for 1st NRA apprenticeship

Shakey's Pizza and Firehouse Subs are among the brands that have committed to registering nearly 500 restaurant and hotel apprentices in the Hospitality Sector Registered Apprenticeship program organized by the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation. The first-of-its-kind program was jointly...

Longtime Chipotle exec named Fresh Brothers COO

Longtime Chipotle exec named Fresh Brothers COO

Fresh Brothers has added a couple of well-known industry vets to its leadership team. Former Chipotle Mexican Grill director of operations and Darden Specialty Restaurant Group president Houman Iskandani has joined Fresh Brothers as its COO, while the former Yard...

Yum China appoints CFO

Yum China announced today that the company is naming Interim CFO and Treasurer Jacky Lo to the top financial post permanently, beginning Sept. 1.  "We're delighted that Jacky Lo will take on the permanent position of Chief Financial Officer," Yum China CEO Micky Pant, said in a press release.

The New Economy: It's all about restaurants

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.

New tool helps small restaurant brands handle big turnover problem

Snagajob, the mammoth hourly worker recruiting service and website, has introduced a new tool that helps smaller restaurant business owners recruit, schedule and communicate through a single system that streamlines everything into one platform. A news release said the tool...

Denver-based Mici names former Smashburger SVP as CEO

Mici Handcrafted Italian, a family owned four-unit,fast casual chain based in Denver, Colorado, has named Smashburger's former SVP of non-traditional development as its CEO. Elliot Schiffer, who developed 21 high-revenue Smashburger locations in airports, casinos and college campuses, ran Smashburger's...

NRA urges Supreme Court to reverse Labor Dept's 'anti tip-pooling' policy

NRA urges Supreme Court to reverse Labor Dept's 'anti tip-pooling' policy

The NRA has taken another step toward fighting The Labor Department's regulation barring tip pools that include kitchen staff. The organization's Restaurant Law Center filed a supplemental brief Wednesday with the U.S.

Former Dunkin' Donuts, Starbucks and Panera leader moves to Mod

Mod Pizza has named veteran restaurant leader and nine-year Mod advisory board member Paul Twohig to the new role of chief operating officer, a news release said. Former Mod Senior Vice President of Operations Chris Schultz moves to the role...

Popeyes leader moves to GPS Hospitality

Burger King and Popeyes franchisee firm, GPS Hospitality, has hired former Popeyes Financial Strategy and Analytics Vice President Chris Phillips as vice president of business development and strategic planning. A news release said that Phillips will work with GPS Hospitality...

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