Program offers zero franchise fee, a royalty waiver for up to 18 months, and $50,000 in restaurant equipment for new restaurants opened in 2012 Louisville, KY  (RestaurantNews.com)  After another strong year of growth, including opening its 3,000th restaurant in North…

Stamford, CT  (RestaurantNews.com)  Stamford, Conn.-based Olympus Partners has acquired NPC International, Inc. (“NPC”), the largest Pizza Hut franchisee and the largest franchisee of any restaurant concept in the United States. The company operates 1,153 Pizza Hut units (approximately 19 percent…

Scottsdale, AZ  (RestaurantNews.com)  The highly anticipated Grimaldi’s Pizzeria in Clearwater, Florida is now serving award-winning, hand-tossed, coal-fired brick oven pizzas and calzones, fresh salads and delicious desserts. Open for lunch and dinner, this location is the fourth in Florida for…

Overland Park, KS  (RestaurantNews.com)  NPC International, Inc. (the “Company”), announced today the closing of the previously disclosed proposed acquisition by NPC International Holdings, Inc., a Delaware corporation, of all the outstanding membership interests of NPC Acquisition Holdings, LLC, which owns…

Rick Collins and his son Tim Collins are planning to roll out the second pizza buffet chain concept in Richmond next month. The duo is opening the first Stevi B’s, a Georgia-based pizza buffet chain franchise, on Atlee Road in…

There’s an age-old quip about candidates on the campaign trail “shaking hands and kissing babies,” but who could have predicted that sitting down to pizza and fried chicken would make that list, too? In Iowa in the last six months…

Orlando, FL  (RestaurantNews.com)  Orlando pizza favorite Flippers Pizzeria now offers free wireless Internet access at all corporate locations. The WiFi upgrade finishes out a full year of environmental in-store updates, which also included the installation of high-definition flat-screen televisions in…

Concord-based Round Table Pizza is set to emerge from bankruptcy Wednesday and declare itself a financially stronger chain ready to open new restaurants in the United States and launch a big expansion in Vietnam. Round Table, whose signature tag line…

Concord, CA  (RestaurantNews.com)  Round Table Pizza, Inc. will emerge from bankruptcy next week following confirmation of the Consensual Plan of Reorganization on December 12 by the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Oakland, California. The company filed for Chapter 11 protection in…

Scottsdale, AZ  (RestaurantNews.com)  The highly anticipated Grimaldi’s Pizzeria in Fashion Show Mall, on Las Vegas Boulevard, is now serving award-winning, hand-tossed, coal-fired brick oven pizzas and calzones, fresh salads and delicious desserts. Open for lunch and dinner, this location is…

Fresno, CA  (RestaurantNews.com)  Pizza Patrón, America’s No. 1 Latino pizza brand, opened its first Fresno, Calif. store located at 3235 N. First St on Dec. 12. This store is part of a development agreement with California Brand Development, I-99, LLC…

The Colony, TX  (RestaurantNews.com)  Pie Five Pizza Co. is celebrating the grand opening of its newest location yesterday at 6370 Camp Bowie Blvd. in Fort Worth. Pie Five has opened four locations across Dallas-Fort Worth in six months, offering customers…

Coppell, TX  (RestaurantNews.com)  CiCi’s Pizza, home of the custom pizza buffet, announces it has partnered with ONOSYS to test online ordering in Orlando, Fla., Charlotte, N.C., Denver, Austin, Texas, Richmond, Va. and Las Vegas. Tests will begin in early 2012…

A Charlotte man who spent months out of work is now celebrating his success, and he says it would have never happened if he wasn’t sent to the unemployment line. They’re rolling in the dough at Charlotte’s newest Mellow Mushroom…

Charlotte, NC  (RestaurantNews.com)  Mellow Mushroom Pizza Bakers is proud to announce their newest opening in the Ballantyne Village, in Charlotte, N.C., on Monday, December 12th. This Mellow, which marks the second location for Charlotte, is located at 14825 Ballantyne Village…