Restaurant News Bites: Wing Zone, Dickey’s Barbecue Pit, Red Mango

Restaurant News Bites: Wing Zone, Dickey's Barbecue Pit, Red MangoWhile web experts can’t understand why the restaurant industry produces some of the worst websites, they do agree that the problem is widespread. A restaurant website should clearly explain the menu, hours and address. Unfortunately, most websites are full of annoying music, unrelated filler or promotional talk and a total lack of helpful information.

Wing Zone has undergone a total brand makeover with the help of Georgia-based agency Design Coup Inc. The entire package of the chain, including the food concepts and graphics, have been overhauled. Flavor names are more descriptive, making it easier for customers to choose, and a customer engagement campaign has been launched.

Dickey’s Barbecue Pit recently finished their deal that will offer 33% off of the franchise fee to any U.S. Veteran. The chain, which is now the country’s largest pit barbecue brand, wants to help veterans start their own businesses. Current franchisees who are veterans can also take advantage of this deal if they’d like to open a second or third restaurant.

Pret A Manger may serve sandwiches at the speed of fast food, but the chain incorporates the care and service of a casual restaurant. The British chain serves fancier foods than most fast food chains as well. However, the concept has become popular in New York and offers faster service without sacrificing a unique and interesting lunch.

Despite its name, before now the Red Mango frozen yogurt chain didn’t serve a mango flavored menu item. Now the mango frozen yogurt has been introduced and will soon be the chain’s next biggest hit. The mango flavored yogurt is available for mixing with fruit and other toppings or as the base of a smoothie.

The parent company of Shane’s Rib Shack and Planet Smoothie, Petrus Brands, has named a new Executive Vice President of Marketing. Gloria Garrett will take charge of all marketing campaigns for the company, including research and growth initiatives. She came to the position from a brand management career for Olive Garden.

A new Scooter’s Coffeehouse has been announced by ARC Holdings. The drive-thru kiosk is being built in Omaha, Nebraska and will be the 36th store in the area. This brings the total for the chain to nearly 90 locations operating in seven states. 25 customers will win free drinks for a year by entering during the grand opening celebration.

Indianapolis now has a new option for California-style pizza. The newest California Pizza Kitchen opened in the Indiana capital in Circle Centre Mall. This Midwestern location features a number of unique menu items, including Crispy Mac N’ Cheese, a Roasted Vegetable Salad and Habanero Carnitas Pizza.