Burrito chain brings loyalty program to Google Wallet

Currito's presence in Google Wallet comes just one month after Google announced plans to pre-install Google Wallet on all Android phones.

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This gay-marriage thing isn't going away: what your restaurant needs to consider when taking a stance

With increasing support for and legalization of gay marriage among the majority of Americans, particularly millennials, it's worth considering how engaging in controversial issues like this one will impact your restaurant.

Pizza Hut executive discusses importance of mobile customer engagement

Baron Concors, Chief Digital Officer at Pizza Hut, discusses why it's important to think mobile first.

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.

Starbucks suspends 'Race Together' campaign amid criticism

Hoping to encourage a dialogue around race-related issues, the Seattle-based coffee giant devised the now partially dismantled "Race Together" campaign where baristas write the slogan on Starbucks coffee cups, and engage select customers in a conversation on race.

Which Wich bag art chronicles passions, life of Atlanta-area artist

Shawn Elledge loves bacon, his wife and his newborn son, and he lets it show on his Which Wich bag art.

Fazoli's hits refresh with menu overhaul and elevated service

With guest frequency below where he wants it to be, Fazoli's CEO Carl Howard asked his customers what it would take to get them in the door more often. The result is a revamped menu and service that looks more like casual dining than fast casual.

Small businesses don’t 'like' the new Facebook

Facebook finally adopted the publishing model of the old school media: If you want to publicize your business, you have to pay. Small business owners and restaurateurs will have to quickly re-evaluate their marketing plans for 2015.

6 must-do strategies attracting millennial diners

Want a piece of millennials $1.7 trillion in spending power? Here are six ways you can grab it.

Getting back to your marketing roots

Although mobile and social media marketing have been hot industry topics for the past few years, you can’t have a strong digital showing without first developing a solid marketing campaign. At the 2014 Fast Casual Executive Summit, this panel dissected a variety of campaigns to see why some work and why some don’t.

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.

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MOOYAH expands to Arlington, intros 'Millionaire Sweepstakes'

Dallas area fast casual MOOYAH Burgers, Fries & Shakes announced the opening of its 25th DFW area MOOYAH location and its first Arlington location.

Schlotzsky's to make tax day 'Lotz Better' with free sandwich

The brand's "Tax Day Bites" social media campaign will encourage guests to take a photo inside the restaurant with their free sandwich and upload it to Facebook, Twitter and/or Instagram, using the hashtag #TaxDayBites.

Starbucks invests in higher education, charitable initiatives

Starbucks will fund higher education for employees through Arizona State University's online degree program and donate to charities in the U.S. and Africa.

California Tortilla to offer 'tax relief' with free chips and queso on April 15

The offer is available nationwide.

Dickey’s Barbecue Pit rolls out Easter Feast

Dickey’s Barbecue Pit launched their twist on the traditional Easter Feast this month.

California Pizza Kitchen Turns 30

​California Pizza Kitchen will celebrate its 30th anniversary on March 27.

Jersey Mike's donating 100% percent of sales to local charities on March 25th

Jersey Mikes, a fast casual sub shop, is gearing up for its "Day of Giving" promotion, which deems 100% of sales at participating Jersey Mike's Subs nationwide be donated to more than 120 local charities.

Marco's celebrates National Spinach Day by fighting hunger

On Thursday, March 26, Marco’s Pizza is celebrating National Spinach Day by offering customers a free medium Grilled Chicken Florentine pizza for bringing a can of spinach to the store.

California Tortilla is celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with free green chips and queso

With any purchase on Tuesday, March 17, at all California Tortilla locations nationwide, the fast casual Mexican restaurant will be giving away a side of green chips and queso.

Capriotti's Sandwich Shop offers Instagram giveaway

Capriotti's Sandwich Shop is starting off the month of March by giving away $100 gift cards to ten individuals.

Phoenix Marketing Associates selected by Sanfratello's Pizza for PR and Marketing

Chicago’s South Side pizzeria, Sanfratello’s Pizza, retains Phoenix Marketing Associates as agency of record in Arizona.

Mama Fu’s Asian House rolls out branded fleet of delivery vehicles

Mama Fu’s Asian House, an Austin based restaurant concept offering dishes inspired by the cuisines of Vietnam, Korea, China, Japan, and Thailand, has rolled out 33 new branded delivery vehicles.

Your Pie celebrates math with $3.14 discounts

Your Pie announced the brand’s 7th annual celebration of Pi(e) Day on March 14th.

Noodles & Company appoints Gretchen Paules as VP of Field Marketing

Noodles & Company serving noodle and pasta dishes from around the world, today announced that Gretchen Paules has joined its team as Vice President, Field Marketing, where she will oversee all field marketing support, including franchise marketing.

On the Menu: Chasing the chill with spicy new options

With most of the country in a deep freeze for the last two weeks – and little relief in sight – spicy foods are a welcome sight on menus. A couple brands are bringing the heat this week with new menu items.

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