The Loop Pizza Grill to debut new prototype

Jacksonville, Fla.-based Loop Pizza Grill is planning to open a new unit in that city's St. Johns Town Center in the fall.

MOD Pizza plans two more locations

MOD Pizza has officially opened its sixth Seattle-area location at the newly renovated Seattle Center Armory/Center House. Additionally MOD announced that it will open two new stores by the end of summer, in downtown Redmond, Wash., and in Sammamish, Wash....

Mellow Mushroom expands in Phoenix

Mellow Mushroom Pizza Bakers will open its newest unit Monday in Phoenix's CityNorth, a 144-acre mixed-use community planned next to Desert Ridge. The restaurant will be located on the corner of High and 54th streets and will be owned by...

Spin! Neapolitan Pizza opening fifth location

Spin! Neapolitan Pizza will open its fifth Greater Kansas City, Mo., location May 28. The 3,500-square-foot restaurant will offer seating for 100, a bar and an outdoor patio that seats 48. Spin!'s newest restaurant will open in Lenexa, Kan. "This is a growing area and a great match for Spin!," said co-owner Edwin Brownell.

Flippers Pizzeria expands in Central Florida

Orlando, Fla.-based Flippers Pizzeria has announced a new location planned for The Villages of Central Florida. The Villages is approximately 55 miles from Orlando and will mark Flippers' 12th location in Central Florida. Owners/Founding Members Sean and Carolyn Pankalla are...

Yum! Brands eyes retail stores to facilitate China growth

As part of its expansion strategy in China, Yum! Brands plans to open 150 KFC, Pizza Hut and Little Sheep outlets in Suning locations. Suning is one of the largest electrical appliance retailers in that country, according to the China Daily. The openings will take place within the next five years.

High-impact, positive growth energizes 2012 NRA Show

The 93rd annual National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show and 5th annual International Wine, Spirits & Beer Event posted strong growth in both attendee and exhibitor numbers. This year’s event attracted 61,000-plus registrants from all 50 states and 100-plus countries...

Pizza Patron opens new drive-thru outlet

JRT Partners has opened a new Pizza Patron on Grapefruit Boulevard in Coachella, Calif. In addition to the company's standard carry-out service, this restaurant also features a dining room, a drive-thru lane and Lincoln Fast-Bake ovens that cook custom-made pizzas in 3.5 minutes. The store is open from 11 a.m.

Mellow Mushroom adding two new units

Mellow Mushroom Pizza Bakers will open its newest restaurant in Greenville, N.C., on April 30. The restaurant is the second led by owners Reid Fogleman, David Bond, Jim Ward III, Steve Jones, Bob Greczyn and Burney Warren III, all graduates...

MOD Pizza announces sixth location

MOD Pizza has announced that it will open its sixth Seattle-area location at the newly renovated Seattle Center Armory/Center House on June 16. "As a Seattle based company, we are thrilled to be a part of the revitalization of the...

Straw Hat Pizza to debut in Georgia

California-based Straw Hat Pizza will open its first franchise in Georgia later this month, in the National Plaza shopping center in Augusta. Shailen Patel, partner, told the Augusta Chronicle that the new Straw Hat unit is a renovated, 2,600-square-foot space...

Mellow Mushroom grows in Texas

Mellow Mushroom Pizza Bakers will open its newest unit in Southlake, Texas, on April 16. This Mellow is located in the Gateway Shopping Center, within miles of the Dallas-Fort Worth Airport, and will be operated by Jim AuBuchon and Fred Buttrell. "Southlake is a family-oriented community, and Mellow has something to offer for all ages.

Pizza Hut aims to double Quebec presence

Pizza Hut plans to double its Quebec presence to 80 units in the next two to five years. According to the Montreal Gazette, the province has 40 Pizza Hut outlets. As the chain expands, it will look for franchisees to...

Incredible Pizza Company named top family entertainment

San Antonio's Incredible Pizza Company has been named as the top Family Entertainment Center in North America for Facility Food Operations by Tourist Attractions & Parks Magazine and Foundations Entertainment University. The 2012 Family Entertainment Center Awards were held March...

Flippers Pizzeria signs agreement to enter Tampa market

Orlando-based Flippers Pizzeria is expanding into the Tampa, Fla., market. Gerard Pickhardt, principal at Novita Tampa Bay LLC, is leading the brand's expansion. "The Tampa Bay market is perfect for this concept. We are excited about getting in on the ground floor with the Flippers franchise team.

Mellow Mushroom expands in Kentucky

Mellow Mushroom Pizza Bakers will open a new outlet in Bowling Green, Ky., on March 26. This will mark the brand's fourth location in the Bluegrass State, in addition to Louisville, Lexington and Wilder. The new location is owned by...

Noble Roman's to ramp up non-traditional unit growth, take-n-bake line

Noble Roman's Inc., the Indianapolis-based franchisor of Noble Roman's Pizza and Tuscano's Italian Style Subs, has announced results for the year 2011. Net income from continuing operations was $1.5 million, or $.08 per share basic and diluted, compared to a net income from the prior year of the same. For the year ended Dec.

Pizzeria Piccola now open in Milwaukee airport

SSP America, an operator of food and beverage brands in travel locations worldwide, has announced the opening of Pizzeria Piccola in General Mitchell International Airport (MKE) in Milwaukee, Wisc. The 1,479-square-foot restaurant has joined the two other Bartolotta Group concepts...

Pizza Patron targeting new markets for growth

Texas-based Pizza Patron announced that it is rebooting its franchising push in 2012 and targeting strategic new markets, while also adding more stores in existing ones. The company's goal is to open 50 new stores within the next two years,...

Marco's Pizza receives co-branding investment from Family Video

Toledo, Ohio-based Marco's Pizza has partnered with Family Video for a co-branding opportunity that will expand the Marco's footprint throughout the country. According to the Chicago Tribune, Family Video, which is privately held, plans to invest $100 million to open...

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