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HMSHost and Yowza!! Bring Savings to On-The-Go Travelers

World leader in travel dining and shopping, HMSHost, and breakthrough mobile couponing application, Yowza!!,are collaborating to bring real-time savings directly to travelers via their smartphones.At Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), Yowza!!'s local mobile coupons provide instant savings at popular HMSHost restaurants and cafes, including Pinkberry, California Pizza Kitchen, and LaBrea Bakery.

Two Bucks To Franchise

Two Bucks, a casual dining pub and eatery, has sold its first franchise.The restaurant, which is expected to open on April 16, in Milwaukee, will be the chain’s third. The first, a corporate restaurant, opened Avon, Ohio, and the chain opened a second corporate operation two months ago in Middleburg Heights, Ohio.

Rosser Capital Invests in Barcelona Wine Bar & bartaco

Rosser Capital Partners, a private investment firm focused on investing in restaurant, consumer, and retail companies, invested in Barteca Holdings LLC to support the growth of its restaurant brands. Barteca is the operator of the restaurant concepts Barcelona Wine Bar and bartaco.

Despite Slight Dip, Industry Outlook Remains Positive

The outlook for the restaurant industry is positive for the coming months, as the National Restaurant Association’s Restaurant Performance Index (RPI) remained well above 100 in January. The RPI, a monthly composite index that tracks the health of and outlook for the U.

Pizza Restaurants Keep Prices Flat

Pizza restaurants continue to be the big cheese and are performing well, despite tough economic conditions. A new report from Mintel shows that pizza restaurants are focusing on value in order to draw in patrons and with this strategy they expect to see a modest 2.

Applebee's, IHOP to Release '11 Financial Results

DineEquity, parent company of Applebee's Neighborhood Grill & Bar and IHOP Restaurants, will release fourth quarter 2011 financial results and issue 2012 financial performance guidance on Thursday, March 1, 2012, before the market opens.

Average Ticket Size Increased in Q4 of 2011

According to a new report, there is a continuing lift in year-over-year (YoY) card sales in the restaurant sector, as Main Street eateries reported an impressive 1.8 percent increase over recorded Q4 2010 card sales.

Focus on Franchising

This month, with the premiere of our special report that highlights “The Best Franchise Deals” for the full-service restaurant market, Restaurant Management is offering readers the opportunity to purchase information they can’t find anywhere else.

Wild Wing Cafe Sold to Private Equity

Axum Capital Partners, a Charlotte, North Carolina-based private-equity firm, today acquired a controlling interest in Wild Wing Café, a 32-unit restaurant company based in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina.

5 & Diner Employs New Financing Solutions

As part of its aggressive franchise growth plan to bring back the roadside diner experience across the country, 5 & Diner has announced strategic relationships with BoeFly, the premier online marketplace connecting lenders with business borrowers, and FRANdata, the franchise industry’s go-to source for objective information and analysis, to help potential franchisees with bank financing and smarter business decision making.

5 & Diner Forms Partnerships to Finance Franchisees

As part of its aggressive franchise growth plan to bring back the roadside diner experience across the country, 5 & Diner has announced strategic relationships with BoeFly, the premier online marketplace connecting lenders with business borrowers, and FRANdata, the franchise industry’s go-to source for objective information and analysis, to help potential franchisees with bank financing and smarter business decision making.

Mobile Coupon Usage on the Rise

A new report from Juniper Research has found that the global redemption rate of mobile coupons will average more than 8 percent by 2016, an eightfold increase over the best paper coupons campaigns.North American and Western European markets are now beginning to follow the same growth path as the Far East & China, and by 2016 there will be more than 600 million regular mobile coupon users worldwide.

Big and Small: 10 Financial and Money-Management Best Practices

1. Install fiscal responsibility from day one. From negotiating the lease to working with a credible contractor who understands the budget, operators can save thousands by being attentive to start-up costs and injecting fiscal discipline into the restaurant’s culture from the start.