Gluten-free Goes Mainstream

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CPK launches new gluten-free pizza menu. In an effort to appeal to the more than 3 million Americans who suffer from celiac disease and other gluten sensitivities, California Pizza Kitchen has become the latest big-chain company to add gluten-free items to their menu. Pizza, in fact, including the company’s Original BBQ Chicken, Pepperoni, Mushroom PepperoniMore »

Another restaurant owner meltdown on Facebook

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Over the weekend, a Troy, New York, restaurant owner took to Facebook to air frustrations over a neighboring club’s party cancellation, leaving a crowd of 500 gathered, forcing the shutdown of 4th Street and closure of the restaurant. The restaurant owner’s posts continued to escalate with profanity and calls to shutdown the neighboring club. HeMore »

Pizza Hut Adds To Stuffed Crust Line With New 3-Cheese Stuffed Crust Pizza

Pizza Hut Adds To Stuffed Crust Line With New 3-Cheese Stuffed Crust Pizza

Nearly 20 years ago Pizza Hut reinvented the way many people eat pizza by introducing Stuffed Crust Pizza. Now, the brand that made it cool to eat a slice of pizza backwards is expanding its Stuffed Crust line with the new 3-Cheese Stuffed Crust Pizza. The 3-Cheese Stuffed Crust Pizza will be a permanent additionMore »

Government shutdown: restaurant industry impact

Government shutdown: restaurant industry impact

New York and Washington, D.C. restaurants are feeling the pinch of the government shutdown. Restaurants near the Federal Plaza in New York City are reporting that their businesses are down more than 30 percent, according to the New York Post. To read the full article, CLICK HERE.  Watch how Washington, D.C. restaurants are faring: ReportsMore »

Study finds 16 percent of Yelp restaurant reviews are fake

Study finds 16 percent of Yelp restaurant reviews are fake

Harvard Business School recently released a study that suggests that 16 percent of all Yelp restaurant reviews in the Boston area are fake. The project, “Fake it till you make it: Reputation, competition and Yelp review fraud,” analyzed 316,415 reviews for 3,625 restaurants and found cases of positive and negative phony reviews. Its findings included:More »

Pizza shop says web designer held URL for ‘ransom’

Pizza shop says web designer held URL for ‘ransom’

A Brookline, Massachusetts pizzeria has filed a lawsuit against a Web site design firm for “hijacking” its domain name. Village Pizza House alleges that EIC, a New York-based web design company, refused to hand over control of the pizzeria’s domain unless the shop paid the web firm $500. The Massachusetts pizza has paid the feeMore »

Pizza Today Chef Expert John Gutekanst gets creative in the kitchen

Pizza Today Chef Expert John Gutekanst gets creative in the kitchen

Pizza Today Chef Expert John Gutekanst takes his Pizza Goon blog followers inside his Athens, Ohio, pizzeria, Avalanche Pizza, for a look at some of his culinary creations. From his Pizza Today In the Kitchen features, you can probably see that he is always experimenting with new menu ideas. In his blog, Gutekanst says, “SomeMore »

SEC says “Don’t call your customers ‘guests’”

SEC says “Don’t call your customers ‘guests’”

Restaurant visitors are referred to in many ways — customers, diners, patrons, consumers, clientele, but not “guests” according to the Security Exchange Commission. The SEC and the restaurant chain, Noodles & Company, have been disputing use of the term for months. In a letter to Noodles & Company, an SEC representative wrote, “We note thatMore »

Big chains jump on performance-kitchen concept

Big chains jump on performance-kitchen concept

A performance kitchen is nothing new to many independent pizzerias. Tossing dough and handcrafting pizza in front of a jaw-dropped audience of eager patrons is what the open-concept pizzerias thrive on. Domino’s Pizza is introducing a concept built around its open kitchen in Austin, Texas. The pizza company is calling it Pizza Theater. For moreMore »