Today on This Week In Pizza: Pizza Expo Attendees Welcome at Nightclub & Bar Show; Pizza Hut's Crown Crust; and Bad February for Restaurants
Pizza Expo Attendees Get Discount for Nightclub & Bar Show
More than 31,000 bar, restaurant and nightclub professionals will converge in Las Vegas for the Nightclub & Bar Convention and Trade Show, to be held March 19-21 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. And pizzeria operators will be given a large discount on admission to attend the event, which is the nation's best and largest nightclub, bar and beverage event.
On-site registration is $145, but pizza industry professionals who show their Pizza Expo badge and ID can get into the show for only $40, a savings of more than $100. The event brings hospitality owners, operators and managers together to meet with top suppliers, network and attend moneymaking seminars as well as exciting after-parties at some of Sin City's hottest nightclubs. CeeLo Green will be on-hand to kick off this year's event with a celebrity ribbon-cutting ceremony. And while you're there, visit the PMQ staff in booth 269! For more information, visit www.ncbshow.com.
The restaurant industry as a whole took a hit last month, experiencing a significant downturn in sales and traffic, according to an article in Nation's Restaurant News.
According to the article, Black Box Intelligence and People Report released The Restaurant Industry Snapshot for February recently, and the numbers weren't too great. Same-store sales fell 5% in February, the report showed, as opposed to a 0.4% increase in January. Traffic declined by 6.2%, worse than January's decline of 3.1%. The report blamed the downturn on bad winter weather, the end of the federal payroll tax holiday and delays in tax refunds.
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Pizza Hut Holds 140-Second Job Interviews
Have you got what it takes to manage social media for Pizza Hut? If so, can you prove it in 140 seconds? That's the amount of time the pizza giant allotted for recent interviews to fill its Social Media Manager of Greatness position.
Pizza Hut held the interviews at South By Southwest earlier this week. Doug Terfehr, the company's director of public relations, told Forbes Magazine that the 140-second interview equated with "the modern-day elevator speech." He added, "The time you have to tell a story, engage a customer or leave a lasting impression on someone socially has shrunk to seconds. We think our open position is one of the best jobs available for people who work in this space."
New York mayor Michael Bloomberg's ban on large sugary drinks may never come to fruition after a judge struck it down with an unusually critical opinion, reports the New York Times.
Justice Milton A. Tingling of State Supreme Court in Manhattan said the limits-which, among other things, would have prevented pizzerias from delivering two-liter sodas to customers-were "arbitrary and capricious." He also said in his ruling that the city's Board of Health, which is appointed by the mayor, lacked the authority to approve the plan and that only the City Council had the power to approve such a measure. Bloomberg has vowed to appeal the ruling, saying, "I've got to defend my children, and yours, and do what's right to save lives. Obesity kills. There's no question it kills."