Blaze offering free pizza to celebrate Sarasota opening

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How did Apple Pay perform in its first quarter?

Eighty percent of Panera's mobile payments came from Apple Pay in Q1 2015. But 80 percent of how much?

What do 26,710 PB&J sandwiches look like? Thanks to Which Wich, we now know

The thousands of sandwiches made during a 'Spreading Party' held at the Sheraton Dallas on Dec. 15 were donated to Dallas-area non-profit organizations.

How restaurants are using gamification to increase engagement in loyalty apps

Restaurants are discovering the power of leveraging apps, loyalty programs and games to engage customers and drive traffic.

Building genuine customer engagement in an Instagram world

Instead of exhausting yourself trying to change customer behavior, take the necessary steps to minimize the distractions cell phones can present.

How to choose the best rewards for your loyalty program

It's important to set the minimum purchase amount at a reasonable level so customers don’t get frustrated that they are never earning punches and thus feel like it’s not worth trying.

Executive round table: Fast casual segment leaders make their 2015 predictions

Local marketing, local sourcing, mobile technologies and customer service initiatives are all expected to move to the front burner in the New Year.

Rearview 2014: Mobile helps brands reduce friction, stay connected

Mobile technology helped brands reduce friction and connect with customers in 2014.

Rearview 2014: Cause marketing moves from fundraising to partnerships

Cause marketing went to the next level in 2014, beyond raising awareness and funds for a cause to deep partnerships between restaurants and non-profits.

Rearview 2014: Millennials take the wheel

As more and more of their contemporaries move into leadership roles, millennials are moving from the passenger side to the driver's seat.

Rearview 2014: Fast Casual is kind of a Big Deal

The theme was clear in 2014, just as it's been for several years running: Fast casual restaurants are winning. Consumers are drawn to the segment's quality, ambiance and value.

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NEWS


Larkburger beefs up corporate staff

Wayne Humphrey has joined the Colorado-based better burger brand as chief operations officer, and Maloree Murphy as marketing coordinator.

Capriotti's launches 'Love Your Community' fundraiser

Guests will be encouraged to make a $1 donation to the Las Vegas Rescue Mission each time they visit a Capriotti's restaurant in the month of February.

Pancheros donates 5,000+ burritos for dance marathons

The marathons will benefit the Children's Miracle Network and the University of Iowa Children's Hospital.

Looking for 'coffee and conversation'? Starbucks wants to help

More than 3 million Match.com members list "coffee and conversation" as one of their interests, and Starbucks wants to make sure those conversations take place in one of its locations. Match members can now use the "Meet at Starbucks" feature...

Sick of winter? These menu items will warm you up

Two California concepts are bringing two different styles of heat to menus this week.

Fishbowl launches guest data analysis solution

Fishbowl's Guest Analytics solution analyzes POS, loyalty, email, social, online ordering, reservations and guest satisfaction data.

San Fran meal delivery service now takes Bitcoin

San Francisco-based SpoonRocket, an on-demand meal delivery startup, has announced that it now accepts Bitcoin as a form of payment.

Chipotle's latest 'Cultivating Thought' series will feature Augusten Burroughs, Aziz Ansari, Amy Tan and others

Chipotle Mexican Grill today announced the second installment of its "Cultivating Thought" author series with 10 new and original essays written to be featured on its cups and bags.

Panda Express celebrating Chinese New Year with special offers

Panda Express is marking Chinese New Year now through Feb. 19 with a variety of offers and tools.

JJ's Red Hots serving up 'The Brady Deflatey' and 'Beast Mode Mother Lode' in anticipation of Super Bowl

JJ's Red Hots will serve up the "Brady Deflatey" and the "Beast Mode Mother Lode" at its Charlotte, North Carolina restaurants from now until Sunday at 4 p.m.

National Frozen Yogurt Day is a thing, and froyo brands are celebrating with giveaways

Orange Leaf, Yogurtland and Menchies are among brands offering special deals for National Frozen Yogurt Day.

Americans will gobble up 1.25 billion chicken wings during the Super Bowl [infographic]

Most of those wings will be consumed in restaurants. The National Chicken Council estimates that of the wings eaten during the Super Bowl, 75 percent will come from food service outlets and 25 percent from retail grocery stores.

California Tortilla has a new burrito that tastes a lot like college

California Tortilla's new Ramen Burrito is on trend. Other menu updates across the fast casual industry: bd's Mongolian Grill adds local, seasonal produce to its market area; Pieology adds Alfredo Sauce and Whole Wheat Crust; new smoothies debut for Bananas and Jamba Juice; The Habit brings back Sesame Chicken and Almond Salad.

It's got a bite to it: Zoup! serves up Rattlesnake Stew

Zoup! is adding a new offering to its rotating menu of soups that may rattle some diners – Rattlesnake Stew.

Taziki’s earns REAL certification

The Mediterranean concept is the first national franchise to earn the certification for nutrition and sustainability.

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