Growing income gap affecting restaurant industry traffic

The income gap between the wealthiest and poorest Americans is the widest its been in 100 years, according to the Pew Research Center. Those who identify as "middle class" has also never been lower. This macroeconomic trend is having a...

Restaurant chains falling short on healthy option promises

A new white paper from Technomic, titled "Better-for-You Chains: Consumer Ratings of Restaurants' Health Offerings," shows that a majority of consumers are unsatisfied with restaurant chain's availability of healthy options. A majority of consumers said it's important for brands, including...

NRA to participate in US Food Waste Challenge webinar

The webinar, sponsored by the US Department of Agriculture, will offer information on reducing food waste through food donation.

Pie Five plans 15 units in the Hoosier State

Pie Five Pizza Co. has awarded up to 15 franchise units for the state of Indiana to restaurateur Carl Dissette.

Blaze Pizza fires off more franchise agreements

Blaze Fast-Fire'd Pizza today announced that it will soon open four new locations in Orange County, California. Three new restaurants are expected to open by the end of this year, including in Brea, Santa Ana and Newport Beach. An additional location in Orange (Orange Circle) is scheduled to open in 2015.

Lavu iPad POS advances localized solutions for European restaurants

Lavu is aiming to strengthen its European reach by adding hardware integrations, support and partnerships.

Fresh To Order rolls out new loyalty, payment app

Fresh to Order will accept Apple Pay, Google Wallet starting in 2015.

Punchh launches mobile rewards app for Grillsmith Restaurants

The branded GrillSmith loyalty program allows guests to collect and redeem rewards.

McAlister's Deli signs development agreement to open 10 locations

Deal with Southern Deli Holdings will expand McAlister's presence throughout North Carolina, South Carolina, Missouri, Colorado and Wyoming.

Maui Wowi Hawaiian offers National Coffee Day discount for online orders

Maui Wowi Hawaiian is also bringing back Maui Mountain Roast and Pumpkin Pie Latte for a limited time.

Yogurtland brings back Pumpkin Pie froyo, introduces three new flavors

Yogurtland announced the return of Pumpkin Pie frozen yogurt and introduced three new flavors: Rocket Pop sorbet, Chocolate Pudding Pop frozen yogurt and Pink Lemonade sorbet. "We're excited to offer these new flavors and give our fans a delightful surprise...

Wild Wing Cafe opening in Pooler, Georgia

Wild Wing Cafe announced the opening of its newest location will be on Sept. 26.

Dickey's opens first Cheyenne, Wyoming unit

Dickey's announced the opening of its first restaurant in Cheyenne, Wyoming. The new unit will open on Sept.

Fatburger, Buffalo's Express add new SoCal location

Fatburger and Buffalo's Express have opened a co-branded location at 11984 Foothill Blvd., in Sylmar, California. "We are committed to expanding our presence throughout the Los Angeles area and anticipate that our latest location will be a welcome addition in this bustling area," CEO Andy Wiederhorn said in a company press release.

Dog Haus to open four new restaurants by end of 2014

The gourmet hot dog chain will open its first unit outside Southern California in Colorado in early 2015.

Square plans to add bitcoin, Apple Pay acceptance

Square CEO Jack Dorsey recently said the company's register service will eventually accept all forms of payment, including bitcoin and Apple Pay.

Garden Fresh Restaurant Corp. names two new senior executives

The senior executive additions are part of Garden Fresh's revitalization strategy for Souplantation and Sweet Tomatoes.

Five Guys in New Jersey and New York shaking things up

The brand's custom milkshake platform offers customers the chance to build their own by mixing flavor offerings – including bacon – into a vanilla base.

The Original Brooklyn Water Bagel Co. will offer a free coffee on Sept. 29

The Original Brooklyn Water Bagel Co. will offer a free hot or iced coffee to customers in celebration of National Coffee Day.

Jamba Juice launches cold-pressed juice line

Juices are preservative-free and processed without heat.

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