June 5, 2013
Old Chicago Pizza Names New President
Old Chicago Pizza & Taproom named Mike Mrlik president and announced an overall effort to revitalize the brand and expedite franchise growth. As part of the refresh, the chain updated its service model and menu.
Restaurant Performance Index Hits 10-Month High
The National Restaurant Association’s Restaurant Performance Index (RPI) increased 0.4 percent to reach 101 in April, a 10-month high. In addition, April represented the third time in the last four months that the RPI topped the 100 level, which signifies expansion in the index of key industry indicators.
Boneheads Adds Pair to Senior Management Team
Fast-casual chain Boneheads Grilled Fish and Piri Piri Chicken announced a series of changes to its senior management team, including the appointment of Ron Barber to chairman of the board. As a Boneheads franchisee Barber provides a background of experience with the chain’s operations.
Hatco’s New Intelligent Toaster
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Scotsman Names Biel Director of Marketing
Scotsman Ice Systems named company veteran Jeff Biel its new director of marketing.
Lunde Joins Einstein Noah Restaurant Group Team
Multi-concept operator Einstein Noah Restaurant Group, Inc. named Glenn Lunde chief concept officer.
Counts Joins Huddle House Management Team
Restaurant and franchise industry veteran Tyrone Counts is the new chief operating officer for Huddle House, a 24-hour family restaurant. Counts comes to Huddle House from Tim Horton’s, where he served as regional operations director.
Chain Restaurant Operating Report
Chipotle prepares to add ShopHouse locations, as a handful of chains enter new markets — both domestic and abroad. Also, we look at financial results for a couple of chains, while another reports the expansion of its electric car charging program.
Meatheads: A Suburban, Family-Friendly Riff on the Better-Burger Theme
When Tom Jednorowicz left his position as chief development officer for Potbelly Sandwich Works, he set out to find an existing, up-and-coming chain to buy into as a franchisee. He spent the better part of a year trolling the industry, looking at different concepts and “kicking the tires,” but never hit upon one he felt passionate enough about to invest the required time, energy and capital.
Restaurant Industry Performance Edges Up and Menu Prices May Follow
While the National Restaurant Association’s Restaurant Performance Index did not show robust growth, it did indicate the industry is experiencing positive growth. Could that mean menu prices will follow in the coming months? One study seems to think so.