Pie Five creating 'Pie-topia' in Kansas City

Kansas City will boast another Pie Five Pizza location come Aug. 7, when the chain opens its fifth Kansas City-area location at Glenwood Commons, on the corner of 91st and Metcalf, in Overland Park, Kansas.

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Cali toasts new beverage concepts

DRNK coffee + tea and Qwench juice bar are Hollywood-born concepts that have opened in 11 locations.

The name game: Why one CEO rebranded his 'new' burger concept

Bo’s Steak & Grill closed its doors for several days and re-opened last month as Cole’s Backyard Grill.

Surf’s up: Coconut’s Fish Cafe franchising in LA

Hawaii’s Coconut’s Fish Cafe is surfing into Los Angeles, planning four locations for the market.

Fresh to Order CEO explains why expansion plans include some states, not others

Fresh to Order's CEO, Pierre Panos, shares details on the company's expansion plans that include corporate stores opening in Atlanta, Dallas and Knoxville as well as franchised units from Chicago to Florida.

Uncle Maddio's execs: Fast casual pizza still burning up growth

Uncle Maddio's director of operations, Scott Goodrich, and CEO Matt Andrew discuss how hot the fast casual pizza industry is and what's helped the brand succeed in such a competitive market.

Wok Box opens in Arlington

Wok Box Fresh Asian Kitchen, a Canadian-based fast casual chain, has opened its latest restaurant in Arlington, Texas.

Carin Stutz planning to take McAlister's nationwide

McAlister's CEO Carin Stutz discusses her plans for taking the brand across the nation.

Building brands: Pie Five's CEO shares strategies

Pie Five's parent company, Rave Restaurant Group, is looking to build and expand the concepts under the brand.

Extra! Extra! How the odd pairing of newspapers and pizza built a successful brand for Pizza Press

Extra! Extra! Read all about it! Read about how two seemingly unrelated concepts - pizza and newspapers - have merged together to create a brand experience at Pizza Press that feels timeless, yet modern.

Persona slated to open 3 locations in southeast

Persona Wood Fired Pizzeria has inked a development agreement for three restaurants in the Southeastern United States, including South Carolina, North Carolina and Georgia.

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NEWS


UFood Grill CEO recruiting vets to become franchisees

In an effort to help veterans become business owners, UFood Grill is offering veterans a 50 percent discount on its current franchise fee, according to a company press release.

Capriotti’s next step in nationwide expansion is Nebraska

The national sandwich brand is opening its first Nebraska location in partnership with franchisee Corey Tallman.

Groupon launches ‘Groupon To Go’

The Internet coupon service will expand into the takeout and delivery markets

Naf Naf Grill opening first Minneapolis location

The fast casual Middle Eastern style concept will open outside Chicago for the first time in company history.

Franchise industry group leader fires back on labor proposals

Proposed labor rules could destroy the industry, claims International Franchise Association chief.

Nothing cheesy about Sweet Lorraine’s Mac n’ Cheez! franchise agreement

Sweet Lorraine’s Fabulous Mac n’ Cheez! signed a franchising agreement for a fifth Michigan location.

Culimetrics, TCreative team up to launch Spoleto in US

Taking the step from a Brazilian QSR to an American fast casual Italian restaurant would have been very difficult, Spoleto reported in a recent press release, without the help of two business-consulting services, TCreative and Culimetrics.

Pieology expands into Koreatown

Pieology's Koreatown location in Los Angeles had opened with more locations still to come in the area.

Bruster's enters South Korea with 10-unit development deal

Site selection for two locations is underway in Seoul and Busan. The first Bruster's will open in late 2015 or early 2016.

Houston couple enhances franchise deal with Maui Wow

A Houston husband and wife team and longtime franchisees now have the rights to open Maui Wowi Hawaiian Coffees and Smoothies units throughout the entire state of Texas.

Fast casual pizza expands across country

Residents of New York, California and Indiana will soon see fast casual pizza expand throughout their state with several openings expected through October.

Go Roma unveils new prototype

The fast casual Italian restaurant hopes to draw in new and old customers with a new look.

Son of Rolling Stone to open BURGERFI in Europe

The fast casual chain has inked a deal with GROUND ROUND LIMITED to take the concept into the European market with its first location in central London.

Arizona’s Grabbagreen grabbing a piece of the Carolinas

Grabbagreen will expand its footprint into the eastern U.S. with a 34-store development agreement with Trindel Investments.

Danny Meyer invests in Tender Greens

Danny Meyer's Union Square Hospitality Group has invested in Tender Greens, a farm-to-fork concept with 22 locations across California.

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Uncle Maddio’s Pizza Joint, takes “fast casual” to the next level. We have created a new market for fast casual authentic homemade pizzas, gourmet salads and toasted Paninis – pioneering the trail for premium fast casual pizza. We are driving this new pizza trend by catering to customers’ expectations for great tasting, reasonably priced, and personalized pizza with high quality ingredients. Our made-to-order pizzas are available in a 9-inch individual, medium or large size, and topped with the freshest ingredients chosen by guests.