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Grimaldi’s Pizzeria Names Michael Flaum Director of Franchise Development

Grimaldi’s Pizzeria, the renowned New York-style pizzeria known for its award-winning, coal-fired, brick oven pizza, welcomed Michael Flaum as Director of Franchise Development. Michael joins the Grimaldi’s team with over a decade of experience as an owner, area developer, and multi-unit franchisee of Cold Stone Creamery, as well as president and CEO of Arlington Rack and Packaging, a multi-state manufacturing company, and owner of a strategic development/advisory entity.

Calios to Buy Nation’s Largest Calzone Franchise

The owners of D.P. Dough, the nation’s largest calzone franchise and third largest college-focused restaurant chain, have inked an agreement to sell the company to Calios, a 13 unit competing calzone chain.

Olive Garden Super-Sizes its Value Promise

One of Olive Garden’s biggest menu moves in recent months wasn’t anything fresh or revolutionary. It was a bulked-up version of a classic—Chicken Alfredo, but now with 50 percent more chicken. This aligns with a broader value strategy for Olive Garden that’s also been super-sized lately.