Industry News

Godfather’s Pizza Opens in South Jordan, Utah

A Pizza You Can’t Refuse is open and operating in South Jordan, Utah. The full-service location opened January 16 at 10949 South Redwood Road. The Godfather will greet customers during lunch and dinner service at the grand opening January 21.

Red Robin Introduces New Items, Including Avocado Chicken Wedgie

To kick off the 2017, Red Robin rolled out its newest craveable and flavor-packed offerings, including the guilt-free and bun-less Avocado Chicken Wedgie.Available through March 19, the 360-calorie Avocado Chicken Wedgie features a fire-grilled chicken breast topped with bacon, avocado, tomatoes, red onions.

December Marks Worst Month in 3 Years for Restaurants

2016 closed on a sour note as December became the weakest month in over three years for same-store sales growth. The 4.3 percent sales decline for the month shrank the industry’s fourth quarter same-store sales result to -2.

Logan’s Roadhouse Tabs Ex-ABRH President as New Leader

Following an extensive nationwide search, Logan’s Roadhouse announced that 35-year industry veteran and proven restaurant turnaround executive Hazem Ouf has been named its CEO and Partner. In his new role, Ouf will also serve as a member of the Logan’s Roadhouse Board of Directors.

US Foods' New CFO to Take Over in February

US Foods Holding Corp. announced that Dirk J. Locascio will assume the role of Chief Financial Officer, reporting to President and Chief Executive Officer Pietro Satriano, effective February 6. Locascio has served in a variety of finance and accounting leadership roles with the company since 2009 and played an integral role in the development of the company’s long-range strategic plan.

For First Time, Friendly’s Introducing Bottomless Pancakes

Friendly’s, the operator of over 260 restaurants in 14 states, introduced Bottomless Pancakes to its breakfast menu for the first time in the brand’s 81-year history.Additionally, Friendly’s restaurants will continue to serve families an exceptional morning value by permanently offering an unbeatable 50 percent Off Breakfast deal at each restaurant location, available Monday through Friday during regular breakfast hours.

Hwy 55 Using Popular Menu Item to Benefit Children on National Southern Food Day

Hwy 55 Burgers, Shakes & Fries is putting its Classic “Carolina Style” Hamburger special to work on National Southern Food Day in order to help children.On January 22, Hwy 55 will donate $1 for each Classic Carolina-Style Hamburger special to benefit Speedway Children’s Charities, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that provides funding for hundreds of non-profit organizations that meet the direct needs of children throughout the nation.

Simon Indian Palace Opens in NYC's Midtown

Owner and entrepreneur Nurul Amin has opened his first restaurant venture in New York City that will pay homage to the elegance and splendor of the royal palaces and diverse culinary landscape of India.

Havwoods International Expands to North America

Hardwood flooring company Havwoods International has entered into the North American market with the opening of its first distribution center in the United States, the London-based company announced.Founded in Britain more than 40 years ago, Havwoods’ commitment to craft, expertise and service has cemented its reputation as the UK’s foremost wood flooring and wall cladding company for the commercial, hospitality, retail and residential markets.