PIZZAREV Acquired for $1.1M by Amergent Hospitality

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Struggling fast-casual chain PizzaRev has been sold to multi-concept operator Amergent Hospitality Group for $1.1 million, the company announced. Five years ago, PizzaRev had 44 locations. It has since closed all but 12 units—three company-owned stores and nine franchised locations. Amergent purchased them for $100,000 in cash and a secured convertible promissory note for $1… read more

Darden Restaurants Provides $2 Million Grant to Feeding America

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Darden Restaurants is helping Feeding America add refrigerated trucks for 10 member food banks to support mobile pantry programs and food distribution in communities with the highest need. Through a $2 million grant from the Darden Restaurants, Inc. Foundation, and support from partners Penske Truck Leasing and Lineage Logistics, each food bank will receive a 26-foot… read more

Maggiano’s Mixes Tradition and Evolution in New Remodeling Initiative

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Maggiano’s Little Italy was founded 30 years ago by Lettuce Entertain You’s Richard Melman, and since that time, the chain has not only won awards but has been praised for its atmosphere in the dining and banquet rooms. Brand President Steve Provost says the company convinced itself that it was the rare, timeless restaurant concept…. read more

SmartSummit: Schools Grapple with Supply Chain Issues and other Challenges as New Year Begins

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The pandemic has forced schools to adapt in countless ways, including reinventing meal programs to ensure students have access to nutritious food whether they are learning from the classroom or the kitchen table. Last school year, as teachers transitioned to online instruction, school foodservice operators just as quickly shifted to serving grab-and-go meals and even… read more

Auntie Anne’s Hits the Pavement, and New Audiences Nationwide

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Auntie Anne’s has long been a staple in malls and airports across the U.S. The smell of warm, salty pretzels enticed travelers and shoppers alike from the brand’s storefront and kiosk locations for more than 30 years. But what about the customers craving a doughy snack who aren’t traveling or strolling through the mall? Where… read more

General Managers Make a Median Base Salary of $90,129 including Bonuses, says Black Box Intelligence Report

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General Managers Make a Median Base Salary of $90,129 Including Bonuses, says Black Box Intelligence Report The median hourly wage in limited-service restaurants was up 10% in the second quarter year-over-year, and up 6% among full-service line cooks, according to a Black Box Intelligence webinar. Hourly workers in limited-service restaurants made a median of $11… read more

Denver Looks to Offer Restaurant Owners and Workers Grants

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The Denver City Council is set to vote on a new grant program that could make city and county restaurant owners eligible for $10,000 and workers up to $1,500. The council will vote on a $1 million grant to the Colorado Restaurant Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the Colorado Restaurant Association, and $500,000 to the… read more

The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf Company Adds Three Executives to its Senior Leadership Team

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The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf® company, one of the world’s leading roasters and retailers of specialty coffee and tea, announced today the addition of three new senior executives who will help scale the company, expand its omnichannel marketing presence and introduce the brand to consumers in both existing and new markets. The company has… read more

Restaurant Worker of the Future Needs Heightened Digital and People Skills, Expert Says.

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The Restaurant Worker of the Future — and even now — is a digitally savvy individual with great people skills, says Tracy Skeans, chief operating officer and chief people officer for restaurant giant Yum Brands Inc. Skeans, who took on the additional operations role in January at the Louisville, Ky.-based parent to Habit Burger Grill,… read more