IBM, food distributor partnership boosts delivery efficiency, safety

A new tech provider-food distributor partnership uses IoT to improve not only deliveries, but also overall restaurant operational efficiency. The results could mean even bigger changes ahead for restaurant delivery models, according to a press release. Two pilot projects between...

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,...

Former Tender Greens, Taco Bell VP fills CMO role at Blaze

Blaze Fast-Fire'd Pizza has hired a former Taco Bell and Tender Greens exec as its CMO. Shivram Vaideeswaran will be responsible for defining the brand voice, leading innovation and new product strategy, and amplifying the Blaze brand through the company's...

Study: Higher pay might equal lower restaurant hygiene

In the months leading up to wage increases in places like Oregon and elsewhere, we've heard incessant cries that higher wages would lead to higher menu prices and lower overall business. While the verdict on that is still out, at...

Mod Pizza appoints Dunkin' Donuts CFO to board, names brand's first CMO

Mod Pizza is adding two executives to its leadership team with Tracy Cioffi joining as the company's first chief marketing officer, and Kate Jaspon being named to Mod's board of directors. Cioffi, who as senior vice president for Sur La...

NPD: Limited-service restaurants staying afloat while full-service restaurants struggle

Customer visits to U.S. restaurants and foodservice outlets remained negative in the quarter ending in June resulting in six consecutive quarters of weak traffic performance, according to The NPD Group, a leading global information company. The average check at foodservice...

Rave Restaurant Group hoping to raise $5M with equity rights offering

Pizza Inn and Pie Five parent company, Rave Restaurant Group, has announced a $5 million registered rights offering for shares of its common stock.  Shareholders are being distributed one right for each share of common stock owned on Aug. 1, 2017 according to a company press release.

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...

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.

Oracle Hospitality debuts Data Science Cloud Services

Restaurant operators worldwide can now use Oracle Hospitality's Data Science Cloud Services to quickly analyze system-wide performance data and act on that information, according to a press release. "Margins are being squeezed in hospitality like never before," Mike Webster, senior...

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...

A sneak peek at Martina hits Instagram

Danny Meyer's new fast casual pizzeria concept, Martina, was teased in a July 19 live video on the restaurant's Instagram page, according to an Eater article. Chef Nick Anderer, also sister restaurant Marta's chef, walked Meyer and the viewer through...

MOD Pizza taps former Panera, Starbucks exec as COO

MOD Pizza has hired Paul Twohig to be its first COO and oversee MOD's 235-plus locations in the U.S. and the U.K., according to a press release. Twohig joined MOD's advisory board in 2008 and has over four decades of restaurant experience as senior VP at Starbucks, president of Dunkin' Donuts, and executive VP and COO of Panera Bread.

Toast and Paytronix announce integration

Toast and Paytronix are integrating their respective technologies, allowing Toast users to utilize Paytronix loyalty and gift card solutions, according to a press release. "Integrating Toast with the Paytronix platform lets restaurants take advantage of our platform and all the...

Locali chooses Fransmart to accelerate franchising

Locali is partnering Fransmart to take its franchised natural food concept, with an organic-based deli menu, nationwide, according to a press release. "We want change the way people think about healthy eating," Locali Co-Founder Melissa Rosen said in the release....

Former NFL tight end opens OK City Pie Five unit

Billy Bajema, a former Oklahoma State and NFL tight end, is getting ready to open Pie Five's fifth Oklahoma location and its fourth in the Oklahoma City area, according to a press release. The unit is located in Edmond and...

Round Table Pizza finalizes holistic digital-ordering solution

Round Table Pizza has completed its analysis of a dozen digital-ordering providers and concluded that Onosys is the right fit for its 450 units, according to a press release. "After interviewing each of the online ordering companies, we realized that...

Utah gets Mod

Mod Pizza is debuting in Utah, then coming on strong with a total of five openings there by year's end, a news release said.  Location No. 1 in the state opens early this month on South Wildcat Way in Woods Cross.

Nobly POS to demo mobile product with Star Micronics at Birmingham UK Coffee Festival

Star Micronics, a POS printer manufacturer, has joined forces with Nobly POS to provide an mPOS solution designed for coffee shops and mobile food and drink businesses. Nobly POS will demonstrate the solution at the Birmingham Coffee Festival, July 1-2,...

Long Range Systems partners with VeriSolutions to improve restaurant operations

Long Range Systems, a global provider of on-site guest paging, tracking and restaurant intelligence tools, has announced a strategic partnership with VeriSolutions, a provider of restaurant automation, temperature monitoring solutions and more, to improve restaurants' operational efficiency. "LRS and VeriSolutions...

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