Blaze Pizza named Brad Reynolds chief financial officer

Blaze Pizza names Brad Reynolds chief financial officer

Former C3 executive joins pizza chain’s leadership team

Blaze Pizza named Brad Reynolds chief financial officer. Reynolds joins the Blaze executive team after years of strategy, M&A, corporate growth, and franchise development experience. He comes from C3 (Creating Culinary Communities), a collective of virtual and physical restaurant concepts connected by the Citizens Go app and a common culinary ecosystem.

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C3 (Creating Culinary Communities) and Lunchbox have launched a new app, Citizens Go, for ordering from the platform of 200 ghost kitchens in the C3 network

C3 partners with Lunchbox for new Citizens Go app for virtual-restaurant, food-hall ordering

Citizens Go connects customers with C3 network of restaurant concepts

C3 (Creating Culinary Communities) and Lunchbox have launched a new app, Citizens Go, for ordering from the platform of 200 ghost kitchens in the C3 network. The C3 platform includes virtual restaurants, like Plant Nation, Umami Burger, Krispy Rice, Sam’s Crispy Chicken and ghost kitchens in Graduate Food Halls, plus brick-and-mortar restaurants, such as EllaMia cafes.

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7-Eleven opened a new Evolution Store in Prosper Texas

7-Eleven Evolution Store with Laredo Taco taqueria unveiled in Prosper, Texas

New Prosper location also offers Wine Cellar, Beer Cooler, expansive on-trend beverage offerings

7-Eleven opened a new Evolution Store in Prosper Texas with a Laredo Taco Company taqueria. The store features a diverse array of treats and conveniences, including tacos, frozen margaritas on tap, a stocked Wine Cellar and Beer Cooler, baked goods, and customized espresso drinks. The concept-store expansion continues in 2021, after 7-Eleven Evolution Stores opened in New York City, Washington, DC, San Diego, and Dallas last year.

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Blaze Pizza reported the signing of new franchise agreements for Texas, Florida and Tennessee

Blaze Pizza inks new agreements to expand in Florida, Tennessee, Texas

Fast casual partners with entrepreneurs Kelsey Irvine, Kunal Patel to add at least 16 new units

Blaze Pizza has inked new franchise agreements to expand in Florida, Tennessee and Texas. These new deals reflect an acceleration of franchising efforts to expand the brand across the US South Central and Southeastern Regions. Franchise partnerships with Carpo Pizza Enterprises and Kunal Patel will help Blaze Pizza enter the markets of Austin, Texas; Panama City, Florida; and Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, which it has targeted.

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Bonchon rolled a new Sweet Red Chili sauce offering for a limited tim

Bonchon adds Sweet Red Chili sauce to menu

New sauce adds ‘sweet heat’ to chain’s Korean fried chicken selections

Bonchon rolled a new Sweet Red Chili sauce offering for a limited time. The new sauce comes from a new Dallas test kitchen. To complement the chain’s fried chicken, the dressing features chili garlic sauce, soy sauce and a touch of sugar to give it “sweet heat,” according to an announcement.

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Ruby Tuesday re-introduced a spring, limited-time FreshMex menu that includes burritos, fajitas and tacos

Ruby Tuesday returns FreshMex menu for spring

Burritos, fajitas, tacos return for the season

Ruby Tuesday re-introduced a limited-time FreshMex menu that includes burritos, fajitas and tacos. Featured entrees,which start at $8.99, help diversity the casual-dining chain’s offerings during the spring 2021 season.

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Website building platform Squarespace has acquired Tock, a reservation, order-taking and event management platform for restaurants

Squarespace acquires Tock restaurant reservation + ordering system for $400M in cash, stock

Deal helps fully integrate Tock into website-building platform, validates increasing appetite for buying restaurant tech firms

Website-building technology company Squarespace has acquired Tock, a reservation, order-taking and event management platform for restaurants. The cash-and-stock deal, valued at $400M, will continue to help evolve Squarespace’s suite, which also offers built-in ecommerce hosting. Tock’s capabilities in reservations, table management, takeout, and events will help Squarespace integrate an ideal solution for its customers to manage reservations, and accelerate sales through enhanced marketing, making it an ideal acquisition.

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IHOP Adds Innovative Packaging: Eatery Pulse Streem

Protecting a restaurant brand while engaging 3rd party delivery-service providers

How can restaurants make sure their brands are well represented while they work with third party delivery-service providers?

The culture of convenience has spoken. Consumers are increasingly looking for ways to enjoy prepared foods and restaurant meals in the comfort of their own homes and their places of work. Restaurant chains have focused on delivery and takeout as a way to capture the upside of this trend. According to Melissa Wilson of restaurant consulting firm, Technomic, appearing in April at the Restaurant Leadership Conference in Phoenix, restaurant delivery is expected to grow by 12 percent. The logistics of restaurant delivery is something that is challenging to scale internally and is a revenue-generating program in itself that several chains have handed off to third-party delivery companies.

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