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2012 November: Hacked

Amid Chicago’s pizza-loving populace, Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria stands tall. A frequent stop for Windy City inhabitants as well as visitors seeking Chicago’s famed deep-dish pizza, Malnati’s runs 34 stores across the Chicago area, most offering a mix of dine-in, carryout and delivery. With such volume, Malnati’s touches thousands of pieces of consumer data each day,More »

Marketing Theme Nights

Marketing Theme Nights

Everyone loves your pizza, but sometimes people need another reason to visit on a weeknight. Some operators find that theme nights are a good way to attract customers on a slow night, create buzz about the restaurant, and most importantly, build relationships with people who become repeat customers. Chris Ransom, owner and manager of GrandMore »

Incentives and rewards encourage employee retention

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Inside the Chicago-based corporate office of Home Run Inn, a wall features dozens of photographs of employees who have been with the 90-year-old company for more than two decades. For Home Run Inn president Dan Costello, the images not only celebrate loyal employees, but also remind corporate staff that employees — from GMs to busboysMore »

First five steps to franchising

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As the story goes, John Schnatter parlayed the sale of his beloved 1971 Chevy Camaro into a pizzeria empire and one of the world’s most well known franchised businesses. While lots of dreamy-eyed operators envision becoming the next Schnatter, the path to franchising bliss isn’t as satisfying for every restaurant entrepreneur. For every Papa John,More »

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Introducing the all new PizzaToday.com The Look! A new easy-to-navigate layout that makes finding information faster than ever. Galleries! We have loaded up the new site with image galleries from our award-winning photo team. Tasty! An enhanced recipe section with hundreds of proven and delicious recipes from all over the world. Fresh Takes! The PizzaMore »

Why Employees Quit

Photo by Rick Daugherty

Money is why we work and you may think that it’s the reason employees leave their jobs. But while compensation is a factor, it’s simply one reason that workers move on, and is an easy problem to fix. We’ve found five other significant reasons why employees chose to not stick around to make and serveMore »

Are you ready for Super Bowl Sunday?

Denise Greer

Super Bowl Sunday is just over a week away. Is your pizzeria ready for one of its biggest days of the year? Now is the time to be sure that your operation is geared and ready for the big night. Double-check the following key ares: Take a look at last year’s sales figures for SuperMore »

Why should a pizzeria launch a smart phone mobile app?

WHY SHOULD A PIZZERIA LAUNCH A SMART PHONE MOBILE APP?

In both distance and mindset, Grand Forks, North Dakota, is far from the dreamy-eyed, tech-charged ways of Silicon Valley. This reality does not escape Tyler Kuenzel. “There’s a lag in technology in North Dakota and it takes a while for something to move to adoption,” says Kuenzel, co-owner of Deek’s Pizza, an 18-year-old concept withMore »

Out In The Open

2012 March: Out In The Open

Nick Sarillo, owner of Nick’s Pizza and Pub, takes home $120,000 a year, and he doesn’t care who knows it, including –– and perhaps most importantly –– the 200 full and part-time staffers who work for him. Sarillo, who operates pizzerias in Elgin and Crystal Lake, Illinois, has an open books policy, which means heMore »

For your review: Insurance policy coverage

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Insurance policies should be reviewed annually to assure adequate coverage. Although pizza restaurant operators should notify their insurance agents whenever a change has been made that increases the value of the business or its exposure to liability, an annual insurance review offers the opportunity to really take stock, ensuring there’s sufficient protection that would enable theMore »