Your Success Depends on How You Manage Average Employees

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By Eric Chester The crater-like potholes dotting the main thoroughfare near my office were wreaking havoc on my car’s alignment. I wasn’t the only unhappy camper. The city was inundated with complaints from angry neighbors and shopkeepers who demanded repairs. Finally, a road crew was sent to fill the gaping cavities and restore drivability toMore »

Pizza chain geography

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Source: AggData Want to know where the highest concentrations of popular pizza chains are? AggData has created a map to show where the nearest pizza chains are. The map indexes Chuck E. Cheese’s, CiCi’s, Domino’s, Godfather’s, Little Caesar’s, Papa John’s, Papa Murphy’s, Pizza Hut and Sbarro. AggData has also broken down the maps by eachMore »

Gluten-free Goes Mainstream

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CPK launches new gluten-free pizza menu. In an effort to appeal to the more than 3 million Americans who suffer from celiac disease and other gluten sensitivities, California Pizza Kitchen has become the latest big-chain company to add gluten-free items to their menu. Pizza, in fact, including the company’s Original BBQ Chicken, Pepperoni, Mushroom PepperoniMore »

Another restaurant owner meltdown on Facebook

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Over the weekend, a Troy, New York, restaurant owner took to Facebook to air frustrations over a neighboring club’s party cancellation, leaving a crowd of 500 gathered, forcing the shutdown of 4th Street and closure of the restaurant. The restaurant owner’s posts continued to escalate with profanity and calls to shutdown the neighboring club. HeMore »

A Communal Table: The Trendy seating movement can maximize square footage

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The idea of sitting at a table with complete strangers terrifies some, while energizing others. A table that seats eight to 16 may be considered communal-, gathering- or family-style, and it is a restaurant design concept that is building steam. Datassential, a research company that monitors restaurant industry trends, identified communal dining as No. 5More »

Extra Virgin Oven grows from farmers market pizza cart to million-dollar operation in Charleston, South Carolina

Extra Virgin Oven (EVO), Charleston, SC

While working at a local, upscale Charleston, South Carolina restaurant, friends Ricky Hacker and Matt McIntosh had a vision. “We kicked around the idea of a wood-fired pizzeria and realized that we didn’t have the money to open a restaurant,” Hacker says. The partners pulled funds together to operate a mobile, wood-fired pizza cart. InMore »

Steel City Pizza Company brings a bit of the Keystone state to the Low Country

Steel City Pizza Co. Co-owners Mark Gray and Adam Carb

Adam Carb, Mark Gray and Tony Arcuri take great pride in their hometown of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania — so much so that their pizzeria concept is centered on their adoration of its blue-collar roots and its neighborhood pizzerias. Backed by an investment group, the partners opened Steel City Pizza Company in the Mt. Pleasant area ofMore »

Pizza Today on the Road: Steel City Pizza Co., Charleston, SC

Pizza Today on the Road: Steel City Pizza Co., Charleston, SC (VIDEO)

Pizza Today drops in on Steel City Pizza Company in North Charleston, South Carolina. The two-unit pizzeria’s concept pays homage to Adam Carb, Mark Gray and Tony Arcuri’s hometown of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Watch as Mark Gray lets us in on Steel City: