updated - May 23, 2013 Thursday EDT
Anyone who grew up in America remembers the sound of an ice cream truck coming to their neighborhood as a child, and begging their parents for money before running out the door to catch the truck before it pulls away. Kona Ice takes this great pastime of ice-cream-truck catching and adds a Hawaiian twist - instead of ice cream, they are selling shave ice from the street.
Burger King Worldwide Inc turned in stronger-than-expected U.S. and Canadian restaurant sales for the latest quarter - when rival McDonald's Corp posted its worst quarterly restaurant sales growth in nine years.
Italians aren't the biggest coffee drinkers in Europe - that title goes to the Finns - but their nation's link with cafe culture is etched on every menu board, giving the world the espresso, the mocha and the latte.
The 2012 Zagat Fast-Food Survey, the restaurant guide with reviews and ratings, has been released and Subway ranks number one in 3 categories while Wendy's is the top overall mega chain and In-N-Out Burger is the top overall large chain.
April 15 has a pretty good chance of remaining the No. 1 day for taxes, but Oct. 15 is likely a close second. This year, H&R Block (NYSE: HRB) offers three reasons Oct. 15 is important for taxpayers: (1) extension filers must submit their returns to avoid a monthly 5-percent, late-filing penalty on balance due, (2) Fresh Start participants must pay taxes due to avoid further penalties and interest because their six-month grace period ends and (3) the 2013 filing season starts in 100 days so now is a good time to assess the impact of life changes on 2012 taxes.
This year, Uncle Maddio's Pizza Joint has seen an explosion in franchise growth. The fastest-growing fast casual pizza franchise credits their rapid development and brand recognition to a well-executed concept and an aggressive social media marketing campaign. Since January, they have seen a 125 percent increase in Facebook "likes" alone. With an active presence on every major social media outlet - Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+, Yelp, Foursquare, and Urbanspoon - Uncle Maddio's engages customers across the nation, without the expense and effort required by traditional marketing and advertising tactics.
Maid Brigade, the residential green cleaning leader, has opened its second Maid Simple House CleaningTM franchise in California. Rob Buffington, owner of the newest Maid Simple House Cleaning franchise, will begin serving customers in Lancaster, Calif., starting at the end of October.
On October 4, 1983 Hooters opened the first location in Clearwater, FL. The restaurant now boasts over 430 locations in 28 countries around the globe, and this Thursday the chain will be celebrating the 29th year of food and fun. In recognition of this milestone, all customers who dine in at Hooters on Thursday can get 20 boneless wings for $9.99.
Yum! Brands, the world's largest restaurant company and parent of KFC, Pizza Hut, and Taco Bell, announced that its "Taking People With You" employee leadership training program has received a "Gold Award for Excellence" in the category of custom content from Brandon Hall Group's Excellence in Learning, Talent Management, and Sales and Marketing Awards.
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