Independent restaurants experience slowed traffic

The strength and marketing clout of major and small restaurant chains kept total restaurant industry traffic flat instead of declining in the April/May/June quarter, while visits to independent restaurants declined by 2 percent, according to new research from The NPD Group.

Pie Five Pizza launches Meatball Ricotta Pie

Pie Five Pizza has introduced its latest limited-time offer – the Meatball Ricotta Pie, featuring a smoked provolone and mozzarella blend, organic marinara sauce, ricotta cheese, Italian-style meatballs and red and green peppers.

Blaze Pizza adds nine franchise groups

Blaze Fast Fire'd Pizza announced that its 40th restaurant is set to open next month in San Diego. The company also announced it has signed nine new area development agreements that will add 67 franchise restaurants to its pipeline.

Zaxby's offers free music downloads for movie partnership

Zaxby's will offer a free song download each week now through Sept. 28 as part of its promotional partnership with the movie 'The Identical.'

Starbucks trucks being tested on campuses

Starbucks is rolling out coffee trucks at three college campuses this fall: Arizona State University, James Madison University and Coastal Carolina.

Starbucks launches 'Branded Solutions' in MENA region

Starbucks has announced the launch of its ‘Branded Solutions’ program in its Middle East and North Africa region.

Smoothie King recognizes Franchisee of the Year

Smoothie King Franchises recognized David and Dawn Cotrone and their son David Cotrone, its Franchisee of the Year during its annual conference in New Orleans.

Sharky's named 'Best Mexican Cuisine' for 5th time

The Los Angeles Daily News recently named Sharky's Woodfired Mexican Grill "Best Mexican Cuisine" for the fifth consecutive year.

Port City Java plans grand opening for first cafe in Jacksonville, N.C.

Port City Java opened its newest café at 102 Marine Blvd. in Jacksonville, N.C.

Peet's Coffee & Tea expands in Chicago

Peet's Coffee & Tea announced the opening of 16 new stores in a phased rollout across the market this fall.

Ed Hardy co-founder opens Juice It Up! franchise

Juice It Up! has opened its newest location in at 1120 Hermosa Ave. in Hermosa Beach, Calif.

Farmer Boys launches Children's Hospital fundraising campaign

Farmer Boys will raise money for the Loma Linda University Children's Hospital-LLUCH throughout the month of September.

Einstein Bros. rolls out fall menu

Einstein Bros. is bringing back its pumpkin bagel and other fall menu items.

Big Smoke Burger opens second U.S. location in New York City

Big Smoke Burger recently opened its second U.S. location on 7th Avenue in New York City.

Front Burner Brands adds general counsel

Front Burner Brands, Inc. has hired Bud Culp to fill its newly-created General Counsel role.

Restaurant Performance Index declines in July

The National Restaurant Association's Restaurant Performance Index (RPI) registered a modest decline in July.

Chicken Salad Chick establishes foundation to fight cancer, end hunger

Chicken Salad Chick launched a new foundation aimed at funding the work of the American Cancer Society and ending hunger in America.

Chicken Salad Chick releases additional markets for development

Chicken Salad Chick has released additional markets across the South for franchise development.

Zoe's Kitchen reports 7.5% comp increase YTD

Zoë's Kitchen, Inc. reported increased comps of 7.5 percent for Q2 2014, with a total 6.5 percent increase year to date.

Tyson Foods, Hillshire complete merger, announce leadership

Tyson Foods, Inc. has completed its merger with The Hillshire Brands Company.

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