2012 September: Squisito brings on first franchisee as expansion gains momentum

Annapolis, MD, September 24, 2012: Husband and wife partners Michele and Gennaro DiMeo, owners of Maryland’s local phenomenon, Squisito NY Pizza & Pasta, opened their first franchised location in July. The fast casual Italian franchise has joined forces with Fransmart, the franchise development company behind booming brands such as Five Guys Burgers and Fries, QdobaMore »

2012 September: CiCi’s Pizza redesigned Web site wins WebAwards

(AUSTIN, Texas) — Texas-based CiCi’s Pizza has won “Outstanding Website” in this year’s WebAwards for the restaurant’s fully redesigned website that offers visitors a virtual taste of the family-oriented, endless pizza, pasta, salad, soup and dessert buffet experience enjoyed across the country. The revamped site offers a visually stimulating experience that captures the variety ofMore »

Chocolate Cake

More restaurants need to step up to the plate (so to speak) when it comes to desserts. Why? Because you lose income (lower check average) if you don’t. Why? Because you increase customer satisfaction. Absolutely, there are a gazillion desserts –– many of them quite good –– that you can purchase from suppliers that are readyMore »

Fried Artichoke & Zucchini

The appetizer section of menus has been taking a beating in the many Chicago restaurants I visit every day in my role as chief restaurant critic for the Chicago Sun-Times. I see customers moving away from expensive appetizers (and, believe me, the price of apps have gone through the roof) and moving directly to an entreeMore »