4 Tips for Getting Press Coverage

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Mashable has released four tips for getting press coverage. It’s challenging for independent business owners to draw the attention of local media, even with a nice press release and a contact on the inside. Knowing how your local media functions might just be the key to getting them to send a reporter to interview youMore »

Punch Pizza raises its minimum wage to $10+ per hour

Fast food workers in seven cities hold one-day strike for higher wages

Minnesota-based Punch Pizza has announced that the pizza company has increased its wages to above $10 per hour for all of its 300 employees. Its hourly wages for cooks will rise to $13 or more. Punch made the announcement on Facebook: “Pleased to announce a $10/hour starting wage at Punch this week. We also increasedMore »

3D Printed Pizza a Reality

We can hardly believe our eyes, but a company called Natural Machines has released a prototype called the Foodini. The 3D printer actually prints out an edible pizza. We don’t know which is more disturbing — the downright disgusting look of the printed dough or the fact that this technology is becoming a reality. WeMore »

Former Child Actor Star Macaulay Culkin Launches Pizza-Themed Band

Macaulay Culkin may forever be etched into your memory as the adorable troublemaker in the popular “Home Alone” movies, but he now has a new project to tout. Apparently a fan of the late Lou Reed as well as a lover of pizza (who isn’t, though?), Culkin has recorded a demo with a pizza-themed VelvetMore »

Vandal defaces NY pizzeria in graffiti: “Worst Service Ever”

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Ouch — A disgruntled customer spay paints “Worst Service Ever” on the front and back façade of New Park Pizzeria in Queens, New York. The pizzeria captured a grainy image of the culprit defacing the restaurant around 4 a.m. on December 6 , but the video did not provide a clear image of the offender.More »

Weather causes headaches for pizzeria operators

Much of the news at both the local and national level is centered on Winter Storm Cleon, which is impacting everything from travel and mail service to road department teams and, yes, even pizza delivery drivers. Winter weather invites customers to stay indoors, and that may increase your phones ringing. Still, it’s imperative that yourMore »

New Marco’s Pizza location will deliver movies, too

Working in conjunction with another location business fosters goodwill for both. Such is the case for a new Marco’s Pizza store in Wichita, Kansas. According to a news story in the dining section of The Wichita Eagle, the local Marco’s Pizza franchise, which is set to open next week, sits next to a Family Video.More »

Hot 100 Independents by the numbers

Each year we poll thousands of independent pizzerias across the United States. We use the data to compile our Annual Hot 100 Independents ranking. And, in doing so, we learn a lot of interesting things about our Hot 100. Such as … • The average Hot 100 pizzeria operates three units • The average ageMore »

Pizza Hut says firing of manager who refused to work Thanksgiving was ‘unfortunate’; franchisee to ask employee back

Pizza Hut has released a statement on its web site and via social media concerning a franchisee who allegedly fired an employee for refusing to open on Thanksgiving Day. The manager of an Elkhart, Indiana store, Tony Rohr, says Thanksgiving and Christmas are historically the only two days the company is closed and he wasMore »