The Promise Land

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Are you ready to attract investors? Chef Anthony Carron holds ambitious visions for 800 Degrees Pizza, the Naples-inspired fast-casual concept he launched in 2011. With already more than a dozen units in operation, Carron believes his California-based concept can become a big-time player in the ever-swelling fast-casual pizza space. To get there, though, Carron knewMore »

Hiring: Second Chances


Those with less-than-ideal resumes can still bring much to the table Even those employers that don’t conduct formal background checks sometimes ask applicants to disclose criminal convictions on their application. Pizzerias are no exception. Even so, President Barack Obama has taken steps to “ban the box” (the criminal history section) on applications for some federalMore »

The Carrot Approach


Six steps to a sound management incentive program Since its founding in 1987, Orlando-based Flippers Pizzeria has grown into a 14-unit enterprise, operating nine of its own locations in addition to five franchised units. A key part of that growth, according to Flippers vice president of operations Ben Richardson: a management incentive program that encouragesMore »

Curbing Copycats

New Jersey-based Emma’s Brick Oven Pizza has trademarked several of its menu items.

How to best protect your recipes and trade secrets The headlines alone are enough to seize the attention of pizzeria operators who have toiled to define and distinguish their concept. “Pizzeria owner sues competitor, saying he stole family recipes,” reads one from The News-Herald in Cleveland. “Pizza War: Colony Grill owners cry foul over imitators’More »

Hiring the right consultant for your pizzeria

Big Dave Ostrander

Finding sound advice Pizzeria operators invest their bodies and souls into their restaurants; but, whether they’re newbies or veterans in the pizzeria business, there are times when finding trustworthy outside help and advice is warranted. For Mike Monteleone, owner of two Barone’s Pizzeria locations in the Los Angeles area, opening a fast-casual pizzeria on topMore »

First Steps to Selling a Pizzeria


You have options to cash out of the business without a succession plan Pizzeria operators looking to get out by selling their restaurants have several routes they can take — although ultimately, the path chosen depends on how financially successful the business is. Dennis Lombardi, president of Insight Dynamics, LLC, a Columbus, Ohio-based restaurant consultingMore »

Post-Hire Drug Testing


What’s your employee sobriety responsibility? Employee drug testing is a hot button for many pizza restaurant operators. Most of the concern revolves around post-hire drug testing; pre-hire screening is typically more straightforward. Although laws vary by state — even by municipality — usually all operators must do to avoid discrimination charges is to make pre-hireMore »