When Soul Daddy, the winning concept on NBC’s America’s Next Great Restaurant, closes two of its three locations after just six weeks of operation, is it a sign that the fast casual segment is slowing down? No one thinks so at 300-store Pizza Inn, which opened its first fast casual spinoff, Pie Five Pizza Co., earlier this month. The company expects to franchise this new brand at a 100-unit-per-year clip. Dallas-based Pizza Inn has the same problem as a lot of other restaurant chains. It’s ...
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