Uncle Maddio's new IT strategy includes loyalty, ordering and security

Uncle Maddio's Pizza Joint will launch a new IT strategy in Q1 aimed at improving customer engagement and franchisee satisfaction.

Chipotle will discuss Q4, FY 2014 results on Feb. 3

Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. has announced that it will host a conference call to discuss fourth quarter and full year 2014 financial results on Feb.

Schlotzsky's opens first Russian location

The new restaurant debuted in Kamergerskiy, a historical area in Moscow, on Nov. 10.

Restaurant startup game app launches

Players can build their own fine dining, family restaurants and fast food places in Restaurant Bigwig 2.0 for the iPad.

NTN Buzztime names new chief financial officer

Allen Wolff, among other responsibilities, will assume the principal accounting duties and report directly to CEO Ram Krishnan.

Convention chair named for 2015 National Restaurant Association Show

John C. Metz will serve as convention chair for the 2015 NRA's Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show and the 2015 Beverage Alcohol for Restaurants at the NRA Show.

NLRB issues complaints against McDonald's as joint employer

The joint-employer model is expected to have a significant impact on franchised restaurant businesses.

IFA launches labor resource site for franchisees

The International Franchise Association has unveiled a new resource website for franchisees. The Franchise Labor & Workforce Hub includes information for franchise business owners looking to learn more about current labor and workforce challenges facing employers as well as best...

National Restaurant Association Show rebrands wine, spirits and beer event

The International Wine, Spirts & Beer Event, a perennial feature of the National Restaurant Association Show in May, has been renamed as BAR, which stands for Beverage Alcohol for Restaurants. The BAR branding will debut at the NRA Show in...

Middleby adds Italian foodservice equipment company to roster

The Middleby Corporation has announced the acquisition of Desmon Food Service Equipment Company, based in Nusco, Italy. According to a news release, Desmon has annual revenues of approximately $15 million. The company produces blast chillers and refrigeration for commercial kitchens,...

DFW airport adds new restaurants

Dallas/Ft. Worth International Airport now offers Banh Shop and Genghis Grill.

Juice It Up! plants flag in Oregon

The Area Development Agreement with Juice 55 LLC includes three franchise locations in the Portland area, with the first scheduled to open in Hillsboro in early 2015.

Marriott launches food and beverage incubator

Mariott is inviting entrepreneurs, chefs, bartenders and artisans to visit canvas-startup.com and pitch a food or drink concept for a select group of Marriott hotels.

Mission Burrito rebrands as 'Überrito'

The name change is the first step in a three-step process that will include revamping the décor in four existing Houston-area units and developing new markets.

Cowboy Chicken adds Razzleberry Tea

Cowboy Chicken's new Razzleberry Tea is available at all Cowboy Chicken locations for a limited time and is freshly brewed from tea leaves infused with raspberries and blackberries.

BURGERFI matching gift card purchases with gift to American Red Cross

BURGERFI will make a dollar-for-dollar matching donation to the American Red Cross for every gift card purchased through Dec. 31.

Minimum wage employees in 21 states to get a raise in the New Year

Twenty-one states are positioned to raise their minimum wages on Jan. 1. According to a news release from the Employment Policies Institute, other cities and states are expected to follow in 2015. The following states, their current minimum wage and Jan.

Jimmy John's, Chipotle rank high for millennial loyalty

According to new research from YouGov, Jimmy John’s, Chipotle, Chick-Fil-A and Whataburger, have the highest current millennial customer loyalty among all major limited-service brands from throughout the past six months. According to a news release, the research looked at purchase...

bogopogo launches restaurant mobile coupon plan

bogopogo has launched its FRAMPLE (Free + Sample) plan, providing free mobile coupon access to all restaurants across the US and allowing them to promote their best restaurant deal. "This changes everything. Now every restaurant in America can communicate their...

Pie Five marks second DC area location

Pie Five Pizza will open its newest restaurant in Sterling, Virginia, on Friday. This will be the brand's second location in the Virginia/Washington, DC, market. Its first opened in Richmond, Virginia, in May. The Sterling restaurant is located in the Sugarland Plaza Shopping Center.

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