Malaysia first location for 1000 Degrees Neapolitan international expansion

Fast casual chain 1000 Degrees Neapolitan Pizzeria Franchise announced its expansion to Kuala Lumpur, the federal capital and most populous city in Malaysia.

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

Extra! Extra! Read all about it! Read all 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.

Your Pie looking for national growth in the midst of fast casual pizza boom

With 22 units open, Your Pie is hoping to break out of the Southeast and go nationwide.

Are grocery and c-stores a threat or opportunity for fast casual restaurants?

While new offerings may put some grocery stores and c-stores in direct competition with fast casual brands, new partnerships also present new opportunities for fast casual brands to reach new audiences and new markets.

Potatopia is pushing potatoes to the center of the plate

With a goal of more than doubling Potatopia's unit count in 2015, Alan Dikker has his sights set on elevating the lowly spud.

Stutz ready to gear up growth for McAlister's

McAlister's Deli plans to add 30 new locations in 2015, and Carin Stutz, its new president, would like to step up the pace even more.

North Dakota oil boom spurs fast casual restaurant growth

Thanks at least in part to its energy sector, it makes sense for North Dakota to be on the radar for restaurant developers.

The importance of educating your team about catering

Only through a commitment to education will we have the ability to help others meet a proper standard that can help catering and restaurant leaders adapt to the market changes.

Is Panera 2.0 starting to pay off?

Panera will report on its Q4 and FY 2014 earnings on Feb. 12, and the question on everyone's mind is, "How's that 2.0 thing going?" We sat down with Panera's Blaine Hurst for some background and an update.

The top five fast casual stories for January 2015

The top stories in January centered on restaurants poised for breakout years through franchising and growth; the secrets to Starbucks' success and CEOs' takes on top trends for 2015.

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Blaze Pizza expands in San Francisco

Blaze Fast-Fire'd Pizza announced the grand opening of a new San Francisco restaurant at Stonestown Galleria on Saturday, March 28.

Tropical Smoothie targeting North Carolina for expansion

The sandwich and smoothie franchise expects to open 20 locations throughout Greater Charlotte within the next five years.

Coconut’s Fish Cafe celebrates opening of new Plano restaurant with Founder’s Party

Coconut’s Fish Café hosted a Founder’s Party for their second Dallas-Fort Worth location to welcome new customers.

Salsarita’s Fresh Cantina set to expand in 2015

Salsarita’s Fresh Cantina is looking to outpace results from its successful 2014 as the brand expands throughout the U.S.

Hot off the press: Pizza Press's 2nd opening

The Pizza Press, a fast-casual, build-your-own pizza restaurant, announced the grand opening celebration of its second location at 155 North Glassell in Old Towne Orange, California on Saturday, March 28th, starting at noon with pizza, drinks and prizes.

BURGERFI announces first international development agreement

BURGERFI has announced its first international development agreement. In a deal with EFIT SA DE CV, 40 restaurants are planned for Mexico City and the surrounding areas over the next five to seven years.

Uncle Maddio’s signs largest multi-unit deal to date

Uncle Maddio’s Pizza Joint announced today the signing of its largest franchise deal to date.

Veteran achieves dream of owning a restaurant with new Dickey's Barbecue Pit

On Friday, March 27, the US Air Force Veteran, Brian Patnett, will open Dickey's Barbecue Pit in Brandywine.

Pollo Campero announces 11.8% sales growth

Pollo Campero, the world's largest Latin chicken restaurant brand, announced an 11.8 percent same store sales growth at comparable United States stores for the period January-February of 2015.

McAlister's Deli targeting Phoenix for franchise growth

McAlister's Deli announced today it is targeting Phoenix for franchise growth.

Red Robin Burger Works continues Washington, DC expansion

Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, Inc. announced Monday that a second Washington, DC-area Red Robin Burger Works will open on March 23, 2015 at 1028 19th Street, NW in the Golden Triangle.

IFA to appeal Seattle minimum wage law on behalf of franchisees

The International Franchise Association announced today that it will appeal a recent decision in federal court that the organization claims allows the city of Seattle to discriminate against small franchised businesses as part of the city's 2014 minimum wage law.

Newk’s to open three restaurants in Baton Rouge by mid-May 2015

Newk’s Eatery is strengthening its Louisiana presence with the opening of two new locations in Baton Rouge.

Frisch's Restaurants, Inc. declares its 217th consecutive quarterly dividend

Frisch's Restaurants, Inc. announced today that its board of directors declared a $0.20 per share quarterly dividend.

Hurricane Grill and Wings signs to develop in Western Maryland

Hurricane Grill & Wings, an island-inspired fast casual restaurant franchise, announced today the signing of a new development in Western Maryland.

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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.