CiCi's Pizza debuts airport prototype

For the first time in its 28-year history, CiCi's Pizza is expanding into airports after introducing several new restaurant prototypes designed exclusively for airports. The initiative to expand in airports marks a milestone for CiCi's whose nontraditional growth plans also...

Patxi's Pizza debuts in San Jose

Partners Francisco "Patxi" Azpiroz and William Freeman have announced the opening of their ninth Bay Area Patxi's Pizza location, their first in San Jose. Patxi's Pizza opens today at 11 a.m. in the new resort-style mixed-use apartment complex at Crescent...

Mellow Mushroom plants flag in Richmond, Va.

Mellow Mushroom Pizza Bakers will open in the Carytown area of Richmond, Va., on May 20. The newest unit is owned by Scott Douglas. "Living in Richmond and being a part of the wonderful community, I knew that Carytown was the perfect fit for Mellow.

Noble Roman's expanding through take-and-bake channel

Indianapolis-based Noble Roman's Inc. has announced results for the quarterly period ended March 31, which included a 15.5 percent jump in revenue.

Pizza Fusion plans airport expansion

Pizza Fusion has announced a strategic alliance with MERA Corporation, a foodservice contract management company, to expand the chain into airports throughout the United States. At Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) International Airport, MERA is in the final stages of bidding for...

Sbarro prepares to step outside the mall food court

Sbarro is ready to launch a new fast casual concept in Columbus, Ohio, that will bring the brand into somewhat unchartered waters — beyond the mall food court. According to Columbus Business First, CEO David Karam said there are plans...

Missouri Rosati's expands restaurant space and menu offerings

Rosati's of Springfield, Mo., has opened a new location that features more seating and has expanded its menu offerings to include beer and wine. Prior to moving to its new location at South Kimbrough Street in Springfield, Rosati's offered limited...

Pizza Hut franchisee accelerates smaller model growth

NPC International Inc., the world's largest Pizza Hut franchisee with 1,227 units, has reported a profit of $15 million for 2012, $10.3 million higher than its 2011 results. The company earned a profit of $0.6 million for Q4, compared to...

Mellow Mushroom marks two new openings

Mellow Mushroom Pizza Bakers is set to open in Historic Downtown Decatur, Ala., on March 4. The new location is owned by husband-and-wife team Mark and Diane Holman. "Downtown Decatur has a great vibe, and Mellow Mushroom will be the...

Redesigned Loop Pizza Grill opening on Duke's campus

The Loop Pizza Grill is one of the few restaurants chosen to open in the Bryan Center on the campus of Duke University in Durham, N.C. The Loop has had a presence on campus since 1999. The new, remodeled Loop is expected to open in August in the Bryan Center, with construction beginning in May.

Fast casual pizza concept Project Pie set to expand in seven markets

Project Pie founder and CEO James Markham has announced plans to expand his fast casual pizza concept into multiple new markets within the next year, starting with an opening in San Diego in early February. Locations are also planned for...

Noble Roman's signs deals for more take-n-bake models

Noble Roman's Inc. has announced further expansion of its take-n-bake (TNB) concept. On Jan.

Mellow Mushroom expands presence in Louisiana

Mellow Mushroom Pizza Bakers will open in Metairie, La., on Jan. 21, at 3131 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Suite 20, in the Forum Shopping Center. The location will be operated by Christopher Todd Moffatt, Leon L.

Mellow Mushroom plants flag in San Antonio

Mellow Mushroom Pizza Bakers has made its debut in San Antonio, Texas, at 115 North Loop 1604 East, in the Stone Oak area. The owners of this location are Ali and Setareh Danesh. "After living in Middle Tennessee for years,...

Noble Roman's expands its take-n-bake model

Noble Roman's Inc., the Indianapolis-based franchisor of Noble Roman's Pizza and Tuscano's Italian Style Subs, opened its second standalone take-n-bake franchise in the Beach Grove section of the greater Indianapolis metro area. This stand-alone take-n-bake (TNB) franchise, dubbed "Noble Roman's...

Pizzeria UNO location installs shade sculptures

Shade Systems announced that it has supplied its Tornado shade sculptures to the newly renovated Pizzeria UNO located near the Disney World entrance in Orlando, Fla. Pizzeria UNO was looking for a way of providing shade for its patrons in...

Franchise Association adds real estate matchmaking portal

The International Franchise Association (IFA) and the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) have launched a new online matchmaking portal designed to streamline franchise companies seeking real estate and landlords and brokers looking for retailers to fill open space. The...

California Pizza Kitchen unveils reimaged brand prototype

California Pizza Kitchen (CPK) opened its new flagship restaurant at Sawgrass Mills in Sunrise, Fla., this week. The opening showcased the brand's new store prototype and branding efforts, including the repositioning of its iconic pizza hearth and new beverage offerings. According to CPK CEO G.J.

Patxi's Pizza makes its Colorado debut

San Francisco-based Patxi's Pizza made its Colorado debut earlier this week with a new location in Denver's Cherry Hills at Kent Place. Partners Francisco "Patxi" Azpiroz and William Freeman announced the brand's addition to the Denver market. "With seven successful...

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