Portfolio of Quick Service Restaurants Expands with Latest Location Abroad Morristown, NJ  (RestaurantNews.com)  Villa Enterprises Management Ltd., Inc. (and its affiliates, Villa Enterprises), the global multi-concept restaurant franchisor, has opened a new Villa Fresh Italian Kitchen in Chihuahua, Mexico. The…

Orlando, FL  (RestaurantNews.com)  Planet Hollywood Group of Companies President and CEO David Crabtree announces today that Rick Tasman has joined the Buca di Beppo brand as President and Chief Executive Officer. “I am delighted that Rick has joined the company…

Lexington, KY  (RestaurantNews.com)  New marketing and hospitality programs launched in early April, combined with a recently revamped menu, expanded service and a new unit design, helped drive a nearly 11 percent same-store sales increase last month at Fazoli’s, America’s largest…

U.S.-Based Franchisor Expands Global Portfolio of QSR Concepts Morristown, NJ  (RestaurantNews.com)  Villa Enterprises Management Ltd., Inc. (and its affiliates, Villa Enterprises), the global multi-concept restaurant franchisor, announced today the grand opening of its first Villa Italian Kitchen and South Philly…

Several more in development Lexington, KY  (RestaurantNews.com)  Fazoli’s has debuted its first unit in a travel plaza, marking an additional direction for the popular premium Italian quick-service restaurant chain. Par Mar Stores, a division of Par Mar Oil Co., the…

Best Quarter Since 1999 Includes December Comp Store Sales up as Much as 22 Percent Lexington, KY  (RestaurantNews.com)  Fazoli’s, America’s largest premium Quick-Service Italian restaurant chain, wrapped up 2011 with record-setting sales increases, completing a 17-month streak in guest traffic…

New Store Adds to Villa’s Vast Italian Food Concept Portfolio Morristown, NJ  (RestaurantNews.com)  Villa Enterprises Management Ltd., Inc. (and its affiliates, Villa Enterprises), the global multi-concept restaurant franchisor, has announced the grand opening of a new Villa Fresh Italian Kitchen…

A passion for giving back combined with chef-created, made-from-scratch Italian-American food inspired the “Eat-A-Dish for Make-A-Wish” campaign. This annual fundraising campaign hosted by Maggiano’s Little Italy benefits the Make-A-Wish Foundation, which grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions.…

The Great American Food Chain, Inc. announced today that it has acquired an 80 percent interest in Amici Restaurants of Madison, Georgia, www.amici-cafe.com.  Amici Restaurants is a 17 year old regional chain of full service family style Italian restaurants. Amici Restaurants…

SAN FRANCISCO  (RestaurantNews.com)  OpenTable, Inc. (Nasdaq:OPEN) (www.OpenTable.com), a leading provider of free, real-time online restaurant reservations for diners and reservation and guest management solutions for restaurants, today announced the winners of its 2010 Diners’ Choice Awards for Best Italian Cuisine.…