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2012 August: June Restaurant Performance Index Shows Improved Current Conditions But Softer Outlook

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, July 31, 2012 (Washington, DC) Bolstered by stronger same-store sales and customer traffic levels, the National Restaurant Association’s Restaurant Performance Index (RPI) stood above 100 for the eighth consecutive month in June. The RPI – a monthly composite index that tracks the health of and outlook for the U.S. restaurant industry –More »

2012 August: Hearth Bake Dishes

2012 August: Hearth Bake Dishes

Yes, they really do work, but they only work as part of a baking concept. You can’t just use the disk and have your pizzas come out of the oven looking like they were baked in a deck oven. To make the Hearth Bake Disks work, you must make changes to your baking time, temperatureMore »

2012 August: Frequent Diners

2012 August: Frequent Diners

Here are some tips for setting up your own frequent-diner program: • Train your employees about the importance of your frequent diner program. Offer incentives to employees who sign up the most customers. Also train them to remind the customer to present any type of loyalty card during the transaction to ensure customers remember. •More »

2012 August: Ask Big Dave

2012 August: Ask Big Dave

I’m a young guy in the pizza biz and not really sure where to get the answer to this question. If someone walks in and orders, then pays, waits 15 minutes until the pizza is done and ready to go out the door … they then ask for a refund for no other reason thanMore »

2012 July: PIZZAREV launches in LA with new location in Studio City

LOS ANGELES, CA (July 26th, 2012) ­- PizzaRev a new Los Angeles-based fast-casual artisanal pizza concept from music industry moguls Irv Zuckerman and Rodney Eckerman, is on track to expand across Los Angeles County in the coming months. The duo quietly opened PizzaRev Northridge in early April as an incubator “test kitchen” for the brand,More »

2012 August: STAND OUT

2012 August: STAND OUT

Q: We are planning to open our first store soon and we want to do something that will help to set us apart from the local competition. A: There are a number of things that you can do to set yourself apart from the other pizzerias in your area, here are a few of them:More »

2012 August: Tart and Sweet

2012 August: Tart and Sweet

Balsamic vin­egar became the vinegar of choice for the gourmet cook in the United States in the early 1980s. Nevermind the fact that this marvelous vinegar has been around since 1046. According to Waverly Root (The Food of Italy), it was in 1046 that Bonifacio di Canossa presented a barrel of it to the EmperorMore »

2012 July: The Loop Pizza Grill introduces new Five-Cheese Pizza

The Loop Pizza Grill introduces new Five-Cheese Pizza (Jacksonville, Fl.) – Parmesan, mozzarella, goat, feta and bleu cheese, OH MY! On July 30th The Loop Pizza Grill will debut a new Five-Cheese Pizza. The thin crust pizza is topped with The Loop’s signature marinara sauce then covered with a mixture of Parmesan, mozzarella, goat cheese,More »

2012 July: Hunt Brothers Pizza

(Nashville, Tenn.) – As the summer road trip season heats up, Hunt Brothers® Pizza is asking consumers everywhere to donate $1 to Support U.S. Armed Forces as they stop in to fill up on gas and pizza at their local convenience store. Now through August 16, participating Hunt Brothers Pizza locations are offering ribbons forMore »