Strong’s Brick Oven Pizzeria, Newport, KY: Coming on Strong

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In this industry, there are two kinds of operators –– those with experience who enter the industry tentatively and those who jump in with both feet first. Christian and Mindy Strong fall into the former category. The two worked for a large regional chain in the Cincinnati area before striking out on their own three yearsMore »

Fast + Casual

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The movement has legs, and here’s why   The race to find success in the fast casual pizza category has turned into an all-out sprint as large and small companies alike look to leave their marks on the rapidly developing segment. The model, proven so successful in other dining niches — namely sandwiches and MexicanMore »

2015 Distributor Directory

Your guide to the pizza industry’s leading distributors A A-Z Restaurant Equipment Co. 3804 Brickton Rd.. Princeton, MN 55371 Phone: 763-389-4345 Fax: 763-389-5787 E-mail: Web site: Established: 1974 Product lines: Bakers Pride, Blodgett, Lincoln Impinger, Somerset, Colburne, ACME, etc. Service area: 11 Pizza-related business %: 30% Online ordering offered: yes Pizza-related items sold:More »

Battling Burnout

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Keeping kitchen staff interested should be a top concern   Burnout on the cook or make lines can spell disaster for pizzerias, especially if undetected. Bored, fatigued or indifferent cooks can get sloppy and careless, endangering product consistency and quality. Burned-out employees become unreliable, arriving late or not bothering to show up at all, resultingMore »

Sound Check: Live Entertainment

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Sleeping at the base of the snow-capped Wallowa Mountains on the Historic Oregon Trail is Baker City, a picturesque town of 10,000 people. But on Friday nights in summer, this hamlet wakes up to music on the outdoor patio at Paizano’s Pizza. Two-and-a-half years ago, owner Kina Allen invested $30,000 of her business profits intoMore »