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NJ State sueing FL restaurant over logo! Print
Friday, 25 July 2014 11:57

NJlawhouornal.com -The New Jersey Turnpike Authority has filed suit in federal court against a Florida restaurant franchise with a New Jersey theme, claiming its yellow-and-green logo infringes the agency’s service mark for the Garden State Parkway.

Jersey Boardwalk Pizza Co. advertises “‘authentic Italian food from Jersey,’” but its logo is likely to create the impression that its two Florida restaurants are connected to the plaintiff, according to the suit, which was filed July 21 in the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey.

The Garden State Parkway’s emblem features an outline of the state against concentric green and yellow circles. The restaurant’s logo has an identical color scheme and includes the same circles and outline of the state, with the addition of the name “Jersey Boardwalk Pizza Co.” and the words “Subs, Cheesesteaks, Pasta,” according to the suit.

Besides using the logo at its restaurants in Islamorada and Tavernier, Fla., the defendants sell merchandise with the logo on its website, the suit says.

And the defendants have advertised the intention to sell franchises up and down the East Coast, including in New Jersey, according to the suit.

Read more:http://www.njlawjournal.com/id=1202664312342/NJ-Turnpike-Authority-Sues-Over-Restaurants-LookAlike-Logo#ixzz38TraQsZA

Turning social media likes into restaurant traffic! Print
Friday, 25 July 2014 11:28

Fastcasual.com -If you can get all of your regular customers to come into your restaurant just one more time a year, and spend a little more for just one more meal, it will make a big difference in your business. That’s why getting your regular customers involved in your social media strategy is the key to success, according to Katrina Padron, CEO of Padron Social Marketing.

Padron offered tips on how to strengthen your fan base and attract new guests via social channels during a webinar Wednesday sponsored by the National Restaurant Association.

Getting your loyal guests involved

One of the best ways to get regulars involved in your social media strategy is to leverage photography sharing.

"How many times have you seen diners snapping pictures of their food, their friends? They are taking pictures and posting them – generally to Instagram," Padron said.

Get current customers involved on your page by using Statigram, where you can search for your brand, a specific hashtag, etc. You can then "regram” those photos and use them as part of your Instagram profile and thank them for posting the photo.

"You can build the relationship with them and show up in front of all of their friends as well," Padron said. Continue

640 Pounds of Fish stolen from Restaurant! Print
Tuesday, 22 July 2014 11:15

Browardpalmbeach.com - If the economy ever gets so bad that fish becomes our new currency, these two Dania Beach thieves are going to be Rockerfellers.

The Broward Sheriff's Office says that two men broke into the popular dockside restaurant Rustic Inn overnight and ganked themselves 200 pounds of Maine lobster, 100 pounds of blue crab, 40 pounds of crabmeat, 100 pounds of Dungeness crab, 100 pounds of grouper and 100 pounds of snapper.

All told, the seafood robbery is estimated at 640 pounds and worth $6,435, according to BSO.

The burglars broke into the Rustic Inn on July 5th at around 4:20 a.m., according to surveillance footage turned into authorities.

The two men, described as in their 20s, seemed to know exactly what they were doing, and where to go to get what they wanted. Using a wrench and a fishhook, the two opened the locked kitchen freezers and went to town on all the seafood. Continue

NRN Top 100 US restaurant chains! Print
Friday, 18 July 2014 12:16

NRN.com -The annual NRN Top 100 report, now in its 41st year, ranks the largest restaurant chains and foodservice companies based on U.S. sales, unit counts, growth rates, market share and various other metrics. The industry-leading report has been used as a benchmarking tool for restaurants, suppliers, distributors and analysts to track brands, private-equity ownership and industry growth.

This year, the Top 100 U.S. restaurant chain market totals $222.1 billion in sales, a 3.2-percent increase from a year earlier, compared with a 5.6 percent increase in the Preceding-Year. That two-plus-point retreat in Latest-Year aggregate sales growth for the Top 100 reflects challenges restaurants faced in 2013 Continue

Survey: McDonald's franchisees report dire outlook Print
Thursday, 17 July 2014 11:18

NRN.com - A group of 27 McDonald’s owner-operators representing 231 domestic restaurants have given the most pessimistic outlook for the next six months of business in the history of Janney Capital Markets’ quarterly McDonald’s Franchisee Survey, placing a majority of the blame on the brand’s senior leadership.

Janney’s restaurant analyst, Mark Kalinowski, wrote in a research note that the franchisees surveyed on their six-month outlook gave an average rating of 1.84 on a scale of 1 to 5, in which 1 means “poor” and 5 means “excellent.” Nine of the 27 respondents rated their outlook at 1, and no franchisees indicated their outlook was a 5.

“This 1.84 number is meaningfully below the 2.9 average result over the history of the survey and below the 2.21 result from three months ago,” Kalinowski wrote. “Indeed, this result becomes the worst ever in our decade plus of conducting this survey, even lower than the previous low score of 1.89 from six months ago.” Continue

Last Updated on Thursday, 17 July 2014 11:20
Pie Five Pizza signs 18 unit deal in Florida! Print
Wednesday, 16 July 2014 11:33

Fastcasual.com - Pie Five Pizza has awarded 18 franchise units to retired Cleveland Indian Matt LaPorta to bring the brand throughout the Tampa, Fla., area beginning in early 2015. LaPorta, who is also a former University of Florida baseball player, will be joined by fellow MLB retiree Josh Fields and restaurant operators Brandon Birdwell and Jeff Engle to expand the chain from Pasco County to Sarasota, Fla.

“For the longest time I’ve wanted to open up a cool pizza place like this. I guess you could call pizza my new passion,” LaPorta said in a news release. “So when Josh told me about Pie Five, and my family and I tried it out for ourselves, I knew this was it. The operational model is excellent, the company’s leadership is top notch and the food is fantastic.  I’m convinced Pie Five is going to be a huge hit in this area.”

Fields is also currently spreading the Pie Five brand throughout Oklahoma City with former NFL star Billy Bajema.

How one restaurant uses YELP for sales increasses! Print
Wednesday, 16 July 2014 11:29

Fastcasual.com -Did you know every star on a Yelp reviewleads to a 5 to 9 percent increase in revenue for restaurants? One of the most useful tools you can utilize is Yelp for restaurants, as it increasingly affects your reputation.

In episode #045 of theSocial Restaurant Podcast, I welcome Chris Tomasso, Chief Marketing Officer at First Watch. First Watch has experienced an increase in same-store sales 29 out of the last 30 years. How do they do it? Yelp reviews are a large part of its business model. First Watch allows users to decide to review on their own without nudging or reminders, and they reply to nearly every review personally. You'll want to hear Chris talk more about Yelp for restaurants, company culture and First Watch's many successes. Continue

Restaurants sales fare poorly in June! Print
Wednesday, 16 July 2014 11:27

NRN.com - The second quarter ended on a slow note, with lackluster same-store sales in June due in part to ailing dinner and weekend traffic. However, improvements in consumer spending trends bode well for the second half of the year, according to the latest NRN-MillerPulse report released Tuesday.

Restaurant same-store sales rose 0.8 percent in June, lower than the 1.9-percent increase recorded in May. Still, the second quarter ended on a better note than the first, with same-store sales rising 1.4 percent, compared with the 1-percent increase in the prior quarter.

As has been the case for some time, poor traffic was to blame, said Larry Miller, founder and chief executive of the monthly MillerPulse report. Continue

Does Tilted Kilt "OWN" the right to all Kilts, Court may decide! Print
Tuesday, 15 July 2014 19:47


Thesubbews.com - A courtroom clash is brewing over who has the right to market kilt-clad cuties to golf-loving, beer thirsty Myrtle Beach area consumers.

The Tilted Kilt — a so-called “breastaurant” chain known for waitresses who sport thigh-length kilts, bare midriffs and plaid bras — this week filed a trademark infringement lawsuit against the Myrtle Beach-based Kilted Caddy Club, which supplies similarly dressed female caddies for golf outings.

The Tempe, Ariz.-based Tilted Kilt, which has nearly 100 locations nationwide including one at Broadway at the Beach, says in court documents that the caddy club is copying its distinctive and trademarked “uniforms,” thereby, confusing consumers into thinking the two businesses are related.

The Tilted Kilt has asked a judge for a permanent injunction against the Kilted Caddy Club’s use of its name and tantalizing tartan uniforms, as well as unspecified monetary damages. Continue

Last Updated on Tuesday, 15 July 2014 19:58
Restaurant.com again dodges class action lawsuit! Print
Tuesday, 15 July 2014 09:54

Marinacityonline.com -A federal judge on Thursday granted a motion to dismiss the class action lawsuit against an Arlington Heights, Illinois, company owned by two River North residents.

The case against Restaurant.com had been argued before the New Jersey Supreme Court and a U.S. Court of Appeals.

In 2010, two New Jersey residents sued RDC on behalf of themselves and others over gift certificates they purchased that had expiration dates and a disclaimer in violation of New Jersey law. RDC faced as much as $1 million in fines.

The suit was dismissed, then appealed, and made it to the New Jersey Supreme Court, which ruled the gift certificates were tangible property and therefore subject to the law RDC was accused of violating. But it was up to District Judge Joel A. Pisano to decide if that meant the ruling could be applied retroactively or to future cases only. Continue

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