Top That! Breaks ground on first franchise

Top That! Breaks ground on first franchise

Top That! Pizza has broken ground on its first franchise location in Broken Arrow, Okla. The new store will be operated by franchisees Russell Leonard and Teresa Starling and is slated to open in mid-June. "We had been looking for a restaurant franchise for a year and a half.

Mellow Mushroom opening Anderson, S.C. unit

Mellow Mushroom Pizza Bakers will open its doors in Anderson, S.C., on April 18 under the ownership of Ferrante, Danielle and Mark Johnson. The Anderson unit will include Mellow Mushroom's signature menu with a wide variety of pizzas, hoagies, salads,...

Shakey’s Pizza returns to Utah

After more than a decade of absence from Utah, Shakey's Pizza is making its return to the market. A new unit will open at the Meadows Shopping Center in American Fork, Utah, on April 27. The new restaurant marks the...

California Pizza Kitchen opens airport unit in Mexico

California Pizza Kitchen Inc. has opened its first airport location in Mexico.

NEXTEP adds iPad Ordering to portfolio

Troy, Mich.-based NEXTEP Systems, a provider of customer self-order technology, has added iPad Ordering to its automated ordering portfolio. NEXTEP iPad Ordering provides restaurants, deli operators and other high-volume venues two new cost effective options: Self Order iPad kiosks and...

Pizza Inn opens new Alabama unit

Pizza Inn Inc. has opened a new delivery/carryout location in Saraland, Ala., marking the fourth location for multi-unit franchise owner Flash Market Convenience stores. Located in a large travel center, the Saraland Pizza Inn features a full menu, including traditional...

GE Capital: Expect slow, steady restaurant industry gains

GE Capital, Franchise Finance held its Restaurant Leadership Conference last week. The conference included results from the 21st edition of the Chain Restaurant Industry Review.

Pizza Inn opens new North Carolina store

Pizza Inn has opened its doors in Pikeville, N.C. The new unit, owned by franchisee Tom Vail, will include Pizza Inn's specialty breakfast pizzas and other signatures. Vail, a native of Goldsboro, N.C., spent most of his career as a...

NRA: Restaurant capital spending outlook at a 40-month high

The National Restaurant Association's Restaurant Performance Index (RPI) indicated continued improvement in February, with higher sales and traffic levels, as well as the capital spending outlook at a 40-month high. Additionally, operators' outlook for staffing growth rose to the highest...

Greenopia ranks top green restaurant chains

Greenopia, which researches eco-friendly retailers, services and organizations, has recently named its most sustainable restaurant chains. Companies were ranked based on Greenopia’s green leaf system, with criteria based on green building design, supply chain, recycling/take-back programs and sustainability reporting. Those...

Nick’s Apizza taps new AOR in front of opening

Nick’s Apizza (pronounced a-beets), founded by Nick Laudano and Anthony Giovanniello, has tapped The Gab Group as its agency of record as the New Haven-style brick oven pizzeria/bar readies to open in Boca Raton, Fla. Opening day is set for...

East of Chicago plans Midwest expansion

Lima, Ohio-based East of Chicago Pizza has announced expansion plans in markets throughout Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky. Specifically, the company will increase its presence in Cleveland, Akron and Canton, Ohio, where it already has a footprint. Additionally, East of Chicago...

California Pizza Kitchen opens second India unit

California Pizza Kitchen Inc. has opened its second restaurant in India, operated by CPK franchise partner JSMGGC India Pvt.

Mellow Mushroom set for two openings

Georgia-based Mellow Mushroom is set to open two new locations in Ohio and Arizona. On March 14, a Mellow Mushroom unit will open in Dublin, Ohio, a suburb of Columbus. Jon, Jan, Colby, Luke and Jessica Zacharich will operate the...

Famous Famiglia tapped as Six Flags pizza partner

New York City’s Famous Famiglia has been chosen by Six Flags Entertainment Corporation to be the theme park’s “Official Pizza.” The three-year deal, which begins this month, includes all of Six Flags’ U.S.-based parks, encompassing more than 45 food locations...

I Love Pizza opens Miami Beach location

I Love Pizza, a pizzeria and coffee-bar fusion concept serving authentic New York style pizza and Calima Coffee, Australia’s Colombian blend, has opened its doors in Miami Beach under the direction of executive chef Michael Gilligan. In addition to its...

Domino’s UK eyes nontraditional locations

After a huge 2010 that featured a nearly-20-percent sales lift, Domino’s Pizza UK and Ireland is embarking upon a nontraditional expansion path. According to the Financial Times, the company has inked a deal with Moto Hospitality, which operates service stations...

Gatti’s Pizza returns to El Paso

Foodservice Management Systems (FMS) opened a new GattiTown this week in El Paso, Texas. This marks the return of Gatti’s Pizza to the market for the first time in three years. The 45,000-square-foot El Paso GattiTown includes an all-you-care-to-eat buffet,...

Canada's Boston Pizza reports record earnings

Richmond, British Columbia-based Boston Pizza Royalties Income Fund and Boston Pizza International Inc. each reported financial results for the fourth quarter period, Oct.

Gatti's Pizza plans more entertainment centers

Austin, Texas-based Gatti's Pizza has announced growth plans that include four new units in two new states. The restaurants will be operated by Food Service Management Systems Inc.

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