Chef Tony Mantuano’s famed Chicago restaurants, Spiaggia and Cafe Spiaggia, have found a new executive chef. Chef Eric Lees, a three-year veteran of the restaurant group, will take over the kitchens on October 1.
Darden's flagship Olive Garden, which makes up about half of the company's net sales, has been smart when it comes to incorporating everyday value into its menu. The brand has found the sweet spot when it comes to promotions—leveraging them to its advantage, instead of relying on discounting too much.
&pizza’s reputation for making bold moves is nothing new. Founder Michael Lastoria recently told Sapore that he plans on doubling the chain’s footprint over the next two years. The D.C.-based pizza chain, which opened in 2012, now has 36 locations.
Since Carl Howard joined the Fazoli’s team as chief executive officer in 2008, the brand has transformed into a leader of the niche Italian segment of fast casual. Today, the Lexington, Kentucky-based company operates 220 restaurants in 28 states.
As The Cheesecake Factory wrapped up its second quarter of fiscal 2019, it announced a multi-million dollar deal to acquire Fox Restaurant Concepts and the remaining interest of North Italia. Instead of continuing as an investor, The Cheesecake Factory’s leadership decided it would be more beneficial to acquire renowned restaurateur Sam Fox’s company.
Since “Cake Boss” first premiered on TLC a decade ago, Buddy Valastro and his family have found their way into homes across America. Valastro’s baking empire now extends across multiple TV shows and new bakeries nationwide.
Beer and pizza go hand-in-hand, so it’s only natural for a pizza place to offer a few brews on a drink menu or for a brewery to serve pizza. Chef Anthony Russo has decided to take the classic pairing to the next level with his new concept: Russo’s New York Italia Pizza Kitchen & Brewery.
In a “devastating” move this week, celebrity chef Jamie Oliver put his restaurant group into administration, a form of bankruptcy in the U.K. It cited continuing struggles with debt and increasing competition in the market.
The franchisee-franchisor relationship runs deep at Boston’s. The pizza chain, whose parent company has a long history of success in Canada, believes it can reach similar heights in the U.S. by leaning on its operators.