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2012 March: Commentary

2012 March: Commentary

The good folks at International Pizza Expo are making a push to acquire more Twitter followers and Facebook fans. We all know social media is a hot commodity and, really, who in this industry doesn’t want to know what’s going on at the world’s top pizza show? Speaking of hot commodities, is any gift moreMore »

2012 March: Affinity For Artichokes

2012 March: Affinity For Artichokes

When G. Terrill Brazelton, head chef at Slice Stone Pizza and Brew in Birmingham, Alabama, developed his pizza menu, including artichokes was a no-brainer. After all, Brazelton grew up eating steamed artichokes from his parent’s California garden. Today, he places artichoke hearts on the “Very Veggie” pizza alongside spinach, mushrooms, Kalamata olives, onions, jalapeños, garlicMore »

2012 March: Deal Breakers

2012 March: Deal Breakers

While the recession is coming to an end, many operators are still struggling. The good news? Your landlord is feeling the squeeze, too. According to the National Association of Realtors, retail vacancy rates nationwide were at 12.6 percent in the fourth quarter of 2011, and retail rents actually declined during the year. With empty spaceMore »

2012 March: Ask Big Dave

2012 March: Ask Big Dave

I haven’t updated my menu in a couple of years except for price adjustments. Is it worth it to pay a professional company to do this for me? Austin Rodigero Phoenix, Arizona I’m rarely stopped dead in my tracks. A few years ago, however, I did a double-take as I passed an exhibitor’s booth atMore »

2012 February: Optimizing Partnerships

2012 February: Optimizing Partnerships

Bob Wilson and Kevin Hershock’s relationship spans some 30 years. Each calls the other a dear friend. The two talk regularly, sharing laughs, life’s turns, and Detroit Lions season tickets. For the last 10 years, the two have also shared something else: five Hungry Howie’s stores in Western Michigan, a relationship both term “perfect.” ThoughMore »

2012 February: Turn Around

2012 February: Turn Around

If your sales are increasing, give yourself a big pat on the back. If your sales are flat, and you are barely breaking even, welcome to the new normal. If you are afraid of what the future has in stock for your store, the clock is ticking. The longer the restaurant runs unprofitably, the lessMore »

2012 February: Il Pizzaiolo: Mangia Italiana

2012 February: Il Pizzaiolo: Mangia Italiana

When Tony and Dana Constantino were looking to increase family cash flow so their kids could attend top-flight schools in Omaha in 2003, they did what any reasonable person would do in that situation: they started a food truck business. All joking aside, the Constantinos either didn’t know or didn’t care that food truck operationsMore »

2012 February: Your Show Is Here!

2012 February: Your Show Is Here!

When the curtain closed on International Pizza Expo last year, plans were already underway for the 2012 show –– and the turn of the calendar ushered in some changes for the annual event. International Pizza Expo 2012 will feature more operator speakers, exhibitors and competitions than ever before, and with good cause. An ailing economy,More »

2012 February: Hold The Meat

2012 February: Hold The Meat

While there are varying degrees of vegetarianism, let’s use the simplest terms. A vegetarian does not eat meat, fish or poultry. Veganism is where it gets a little more complicated. Vegans also abstain from meat, fish and poultry, with the addition of not consuming any animal products or by-products. They will not eat dairy, usuallyMore »