Pei Wei brings vice president of IT on board

Pei Wei, a pan-Asian fast casual restaurant, has hired Chris Andrews as vice president of information technology. Before joining Pei Wei, he was vice president of infrastructure and corporate development for The Freeman Company, according to a release. Andrews will...

Velvet Taco has new mobile app

Velvet Taco has a new mobile app that lets diners order at the chain's restaurants in Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth and Houston, Texas, and at a fifth location in Chicago, a news release said. The chain partnered with Olo on...

New way to 'try on' best new bottom line-building restaurant tech

POS device provider ParTech has partnered with cloud-based API software developer Omnivore to bridge the gap between restaurants and the tech developers and suppliers who cater to the industry. A news release said that through the partnership, PAR's cloud-based Brink...

Teriyaki Madness grew 58% this year

Teriyaki Madness saw significant growth, 58 percent, in the first two quarters of 2017, according to a press release. "We are growing strategically and aggressively right to plan," CEO Michael Haith said in the release. "It is clear that there...

Firehouse Subs beats the heat with H20 for Heroes fundraiser

Firehouse Subs will host its sixth annual H20 for Heroes fundraiser on August 5. The event was first created by Phoenix-area franchisees Jerry and Windy Griffin, according to a press release.

Urban Table to debut Italian dinner menu

Bread & Butter Concepts brand Urban Table is prepping a new Italian-inspired dinner menu to debut August 1, right before its sixth anniversary, according to a press release. "I am very excited to roll out this new Italian-influenced dinner menu...

East Coast Wings + Grill celebrates National Chicken Wing Day with freebie

The 40th anniversary of National Chicken Wing Day is right around the corner (July 29), and North Carolina-based East Coast Wings + Grill will give guests a voucher for five free wings to celebrate, according to a press release. "Chicken...

The Flame Broiler adds another Cali location

The Flame Broiler is continuing its California expansion with the recent opening a new unit in the Highland Park area of Los Angeles, according to a press release. "The Flame Broiler is the perfect addition to our Highland Park neighborhood,"...

Dickey's opens 2 locations, helps wounded police officer through foundation

Dickey's Barbecue Pit has added two locations, one in Colorado Springs and the other in Goodyear, Arizona, according to a press release. Both locations featured a week of festivities, promotions and fundraising for the concept's charity, Barbecue, Boots & Badges....

Amsterdam Falafelshop debuts in Florida

Amsterdam Falafelshop has launched its first Florida location, opening a unit in South Beach, according to a press release. "I chose to open an Amsterdam Falafelshop for the freshness of its vegetables, salads and sauces," franchise owner Ajay Patel, said...

A sneak peek at Martina hits Instagram

Danny Meyer's new fast casual pizzeria concept, Martina, was teased in a July 19 live video on the restaurant's Instagram page, according to an Eater article. Chef Nick Anderer, also sister restaurant Marta's chef, walked Meyer and the viewer through...

Wayback Burgers reports significant half-year growth

Wayback Burgers enjoyed significant growth during the first half of 2017, according to a press release. "Few industries are as competitive as the burger business, so it's difficult to earn, and even harder to maintain, a great reputation and true...

The Habit Burger Grill opens 2 Cali locations

The Habit Burger Grill has pened one unit in Antioch and another in Inglewood, California according to a press release. Both locations featured various promotions and giveaways, and the Inglewood restaurant is the first with a double drive-thru. The Inglewood unit held a fundraiser on July 16 for the K9 Kismet Rescue.

Grabbagreen debuts cutting-edge farm site equipment

Grabbagreen is piloting the latest equipment in the restaurant industry, a hydroponic indoor mini farm system, at its location in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, according to a press release. Manufactured by VH Hypodronics, and designed by CXT, the farm system allows...

Potbelly Sandwich Shop prepping new locations

Potbelly Sandwich shop is prepping the debut of two locations, one in Columbia, Missouri and the other in Little Rock, Arkansas, according to a press release. Columbia native and Potbelly veteran Evan Thomas will open the first unit in Forum...

MOD Pizza taps former Panera, Starbucks exec as COO

MOD Pizza has hired Paul Twohig to be its first COO and oversee MOD's 235-plus locations in the U.S. and the U.K., according to a press release. Twohig joined MOD's advisory board in 2008 and has over four decades of restaurant experience as senior VP at Starbucks, president of Dunkin' Donuts, and executive VP and COO of Panera Bread.

Toast and Paytronix announce integration

Toast and Paytronix are integrating their respective technologies, allowing Toast users to utilize Paytronix loyalty and gift card solutions, according to a press release. "Integrating Toast with the Paytronix platform lets restaurants take advantage of our platform and all the...

Tropical Smoothie Cafe to open 1st Delaware unit

Tropical Smoothie Café's first location in Delaware will host a two-day grand opening celebration at the Wilmington store on July 21 and 22, according to a press release. The first 50 guests will receive free smoothies for a year, and...

Chipotle and RZA compose flavorful instrument mixer

Chipotle and hip-hop legend RZA have partnered to create SAVOR.WAVS, a sound mixer inspired by Chipotle's ingredients, according to a press release. "SAVOR.WAVS supports our commitment to using only real ingredients in our food -- without any colors, flavors or...

Chipotle class action suits allege brand misled public, investors about food safety measures

One class action suit was filed, another is waiting for class certification and a third is in the wings, all alleging that Chipotle and its leadership led food safety officials, investors and the public at large to believe its food safety initiatives were adequate when they were not.

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