Making Gift Cards pay off

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Play your cards right, and they’ll be a gift to your holiday bottom line   Gone are the days when gift cards were considered poor presents; now it’s not uncommon to find that a pre-paid pass to a favorite store or restaurant is at the top of someone’s wish list. According to the National RetailMore »

2014 Top 100 Pizza Companies

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What’s happening with America’s largest pizza companies? Who added stores in 2014? Who pushed their sales to record highs? Who dropped off a bit? Last month, we published our list of the nation’s 100 most successful independent operations. Now, we present to you our yearly listing of America’s 100 largest pizza chains. Check out who’sMore »

Fralo’s Art of Pizza, San Antonio, TX — The Art of Pizza

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Texas couple bakes up success in San Antonio The art and craft of making pizza is something Frank and Lori Hakspiel take very seriously. That’s why they named their joint in San Antonio — now one of the city’s busiest and most-acclaimed restaurants — Fralo’s Art of Pizza when they opened in May 2004. WhileMore »

Ken’s Artisan Pizza, Portland Oregon — On Point

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Portland pizzeria perfects the art of artisan cuisine   Tucked away in a suburban Portland neighborhood, Ken’s Artisan Pizza is one of those places that you go to for the press but return because the buzz is genuine and well earned. These employees are some of the hardest working people in the industry –– and that’sMore »

Interact — November 2014

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The September “Take-over issue” release party   (Above) Brian Weavel, owner of Anna’s Pizza and Pasta, in Winnebago, Illinois, threw a release party for September’s “Take-over Issue” of Pizza Today. He gave samples of dishes he made in our test kitchen. The party even caught the attention of local Rockford, Illinois TV news stations. (Left)More »

Places that Rock: The Backspace / My Father’s Pizza / Blind Lady Ale House

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The Backspace 507 San Jacinto Blvd. Austin, TX 78701 (512) 474-9899 thebackspace-austin.com Residing in a restored 130-year-old building, the pizzeria’s interior is rustic with vintage hanging church lights over the bar, wagon wheel wall décor and stools made from old wine barrel staves. Add intimate seating for 30 and The Backspace is a hip, casualMore »

Sizzle Pie, Portland, OR — White Hot

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Solid menu and theming keeps Sizzle Pie from burning out One hears the phrase “this is a foodie town” often. Just search social media for photos of consumers’ culinary exploits and you’re likely to find a number of hits for the city of Portland, Oregon. “Eclectic,” “local” and “cool” are words you’ll see used inMore »

Critical Issues: Warning Signs

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Sometimes, despite the most well thought out business plan, access to capital and a good product, restaurants fail. When this happens, any number of factors — in fact, it’s most often a combination of many — can be to blame. From poor marketing to nonexistent customer service to a lousy location, a few missteps todayMore »

The top 7 reasons pizzerias fail — and how to avoid a similar fate

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For Dave Garcia, Alamo City Pizza didn’t go according to plan. In 2010, Garcia closed his six-year-old, San Antonio-based pizzeria. After a failed attempt to buy the building his shop inhabited, Garcia’s landlord presented a 10-year lease with a hefty rent increase. Amid such burdensome overhead costs in a 900-square foot space, Garcia simply decidedMore »

Turn Around

2012 February: Turn Around

Underperforming operations need to get SLOPPIE   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. TheMore »