MOD Pizza set to Spread its "MODness" in Florida

MOD Pizza set to Spread its "MODness" in Florida

At least, that’s the plan by the brand’s exclusive Florida franchisee— BBX Capital.

Next week, the Seattle-based brand will be opening its first store in Miami-Dade County and fourth Florida store, overall. BBX Capital has already opened stores in Parkland, Coral Springs, and Jacksonville.

This new location will be in Kendall’s The Palms at Town & Country, a Mediterranean-themed, open-air shopping center.

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Find Out Who is Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza’s New CEO

Find Out Who is Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza’s New CEO

The casual dining pizza-focused concept, Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza announced last week that Wayne Jones will be the chain's new Chief Executive Officer. 

Jones will be bringing three decades of restaurant industry experience to the ACFP’s executive management team.

He has held leadership roles at other casual dining chains, including The Cheesecake Factory and BJ's Restaurants. And most recently, he served as the President and CEO for three years at the Asian casual dining chain, PF Chang’s. 

Jones made the career move because he sees a brand with potential.  

"The Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza menu is unlike anything I've seen before, and it truly sets Anthony's apart," said Jones in a press release. "When speaking with Anthony and the rest of the team, you immediately sense the passion behind this brand, and it didn't take me long to realize the size of the opportunity for Anthony's to continue its expansion." 

The chain appeals to consumers looking for a quality food product with authentic Italian flavors, all paired with a side of passion. 

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9 of the Top 10 Most Loved Pizza Brands are Fast Casuals

9 of the Top 10 Most Loved Pizza Brands are Fast Casuals

There are about three billion pizzas sold in the U.S. every year, proving that consumers certainly will dish out that dough for the beloved pizza pie. 

The sector continues to thrive, even during a recession. 

There used to be a sharp divide between the QSR and casual dining chains in the pizza category, but an influx of pizza-focused fast casuals have emerged. All of which want a pizza of that pie. 

The fast casual format certainly suits the pizza category. With today’s innovative kitchen equipment, pies can be cooked in minutes. Pizzas can be served quickly and are usually inexpensive. Not to mention, they are customizable. 

So it’s not surprising that the majority (9 to be exact) of the top 10 Most Loved pizza brands are in the fast casual segment. 

How is this list curated? 

Foodable Labs, through the Restaurant Social Media Index (RSMI), analyzes more than 167K restaurant and hospitality brands and over 220 million global restaurant consumers across 500K foodservice locations. Sentiment Scores, in particular, are measured by consumer sentiment on food, service, and overall brand experience.

Check out the top 10 list below and let’s take a closer look at the top three pizza chains

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Will Danny Meyer's Pizza Concept Be the Next Success?

Screenshot of Marta's website  |

Screenshot of Marta's website |

Danny Meyer has been a successful restauranteur for many years before his Shack Shake endeavor. However, after launching the Better Burger Fast Casual and taking it public– his name has been all over the news. Every business move he now makes is being heavily reported on by the press. 

He has branched out with a new venture, the NYC pizza concept Marta. This concept (that opened in September 2014) takes a sophisticated approach to pizza with higher-end toppings. For example, sopressata is in place of the traditional pepperoni. And although these kinds of ingredients sound like they belong in a fine-dining setting– Marta has a price point between $14-23.

Pizza continues to be a consumer's favorite and competition is steep in this space–especially in New York City, where Marta is based. So with that in mind, head chef Nick Anderer is focusing on the flavors and menu. So that consumers may be able to get a cheaper pizza down the street, but it certainty won't taste the same. 

Do you think that Danny Meyer can conquer the pizza segment, as well? Or is it too crowded? Are consumers really looking for a "better pizza"? Read More

Now Trending: Pizza Concepts Franchisees Expand into the Sandwich Segment

Not only are sandwiches also a finger food like pizzas, but the sandwich segment is an attractive business venture by pizza concept franchisees. But why? Both concepts share similar operating models, store selection with lease based real state models, and staffing models. So if a pizza franchisee has developed a successful pizza business model, there is a higher possibility that by mimicking this with a sandwich concept– it too could be successful.

This was proven from the data found on the sandwich shop, Jersey Mike's system. As of the end of 2014, nearly 20% of Jersey Mike of franchisees either had ownership or management experience in the pizza industry. 

As for the differences- the prime time for sandwich shops tend to be between lunch and dinner, while a pizza restaurant operates much later in the day. Delivery is not usually part of the sandwich concept, while a pizza place relies heavily on deliveries. Lastly, the menus at sandwich shops tend to be smaller with less options, therefore inventory is easier. Read More