Villa Italian Kitchen signs deal for 40 mall-based units

Villa Enterprises announced today that it has signed a deal with Chicago-based General Growth Properties Inc. to open 40 Villa Italian Kitchen restaurants in regional malls throughout the U.S. "We've been aggressively expanding the footprint of our Villa Italian Kitchen...

SPIN! Pizza sets its sights on Central Missouri campus

SPIN! Neapolitan Pizza plans to open a location in the new mixed-use student housing/retail project on the University of Central Missouri campus, in Warrensburg, Mo. Expected to open in August 2015, the 116 W. South St.

Villa Enterprises takes over food court ops at Virginia outlets

Villa Enterprises announced it is assuming the management, operations and brand placement in the food court at Leesburg Corner Premium Outlets in Leesburg, Va. Under the new deal, Villa Enterprises will oversee a two-phased renovation project with completion scheduled for...

Research shows strong connection between restaurant ambiance and consumer appeal

New research from Technomic's Consumer Brand Metrics tool outlines how restaurant ambiance can affect consumers' value perceptions. The white paper titled "Setting the Stage: Consumer Assessments of Decor, Music and Atmosphere at Leading Restaurant Chains," finds that although ambiance can...

Mellow Mushroom grows its presence in Florida

Mellow Mushroom Pizza Bakers will open its newest opening in Clearwater, Fla., on March 3 at 2630 Gulf to Bay Blvd., directly across from the Clearwater Mall. According to a company news release, the owner of the new location is Rob Johnson. "The Clearwater area is a great fit for Mellow Mushroom.

Mellow Mushroom expanding in Florida

Mellow Mushroom Bakers will open in the Shoppes of Avondale in Jacksonville, Fla., on Feb. 10 at 3611 St.

Pizza Inn adds six Express locations in January

Six new Pizza Inn Express restaurants opened in January across three states. Flash Market Inc. added to its roster of Pizza Inn franchises in Alabama, Arkansas and Tennessee by opening four new Pizza Inn Express locations last month alone, according to a news release.

Pizza Patrón signs first ground lease, debuts new prototype

Pizza Patrón announced that is has signed its first ever ground lease. The company is estimating a 60-day construction process before it unveils the new freestanding prototype.

Pizza Studio debuts in Mall of America

Lloyd Sugarman, the largest Johnny Rockets' franchisee, will open his first Pizza Studio location at the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minn., on Jan. 20. According to a news release, the Mall of America location is the first to open...

Giordano's announces plans to expand Chicago footprint

Giordano's Famous Stuffed Pizza — a Chicago-based concept founded in 1974 — has announced its 41st brick and mortar location at 1340 S. Michigan Ave.

Rizzo's Fine Pizza debuts full-service restaurant after 55 years in business

Family owned and operated Rizzo's Fine Pizza Co., established in 1959 in Astoria, Queens, N.Y., has opened its first full-service dine-in restaurant on the Lower East Side of the city. The full-service concept will include the brand's signature thin crust...

Utah pizzeria opens with help of restaurant furniture distributor

Commercial furniture distributor Restaurant recently teamed up with Bull's Head Pizzeria and Grille for its grand opening in Logan, Utah. The restaurant is located across the street from Romney Stadium and adjacent to Utah State University. Its menu includes...

NPC International closes on Wendy's acquisition

NPC International Inc. announced that it has completed the acquisition of 53 Wendy's restaurants for $30.4 million. NPC also agreed to acquire one additional restaurant currently under development by Wendy's, thereby increasing the number of restaurants to be acquired to 54.

Boston Pizza marks milestone opening with new store design

Boston Pizza International opened its 100th location in Alberta today, marking the 352nd Boston Pizza in Canada. The store is the first in Canada built from the ground up using Boston Pizza's contemporary, new design concept.

Papa Murphy's marks 1,400-unit milestone

Papa Murphy's this week announced its 1,400th location opening and first CREATE store in the Phoenix market. Since introducing the CREATE store concept in September, Papa Murphy's has opened two of the new store design locations in Austin, Texas. The...

Mellow Mushroom adds to Phoenix presence

Mellow Mushroom Pizza Bakers has opened a location in the Ahwatukee area of Phoenix under the ownership of Jay and Diana Beskind. "As soon as we opened the Mellow Mushroom in Happy Valley and continued to expand our presence in...

Domino's Pizza expands pizza theater store design

Baton Rouge Domino's Pizza, owned and operated by RPM Pizza, has debuted the brand's new retail store "pizza theater" design at the Harding Boulevard location in Metairie, La. Domino's will celebrate with a grand opening event that includes free Handmade...

SPIN! Neapolitan Pizza expands in hometown

SPIN! Neapolitan Pizza has opened a sixth location in its Kansas City, Mo., home market. The new 4,000-square-foot restaurant, located at 8224 Mission Road in Prairie Village's Corinth Square Shopping Center, seats 110 guests inside and 48 on a heated...

Falbo Bros. Pizzeria plants flag in Iowa's River Music Experience location

The River Music Experience in Davenport, Iowa, will be home to a new Falbo Bros. Pizzeria. Falbo Bros.

Humble Pie part of Phoenix airport's food additions

SSP America, an operator of food and beverage brands in travel locations, has announced the completion of its first stage of developments at Phoenix Sky Harbor's Terminal 4. Six local brands were added as part of SSP America's 10-year, $800...

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