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Containment strategy: Steel structures get the nod for restaurants, offices

By   /  Friday, October 24th, 2014  /  Latest news, Real Estate, Subscriber content, Top Stories  /  Comments Off on Containment strategy: Steel structures get the nod for restaurants, offices

With a few shipping container-based developments on the way in the region and several more in the planning stages, a handful of local firms are turning an already revolutionary item into a niche business that continues to gain popularity.

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Persona signs deal to roll out 20 pizza restaurants in Florida

By   /  Monday, August 11th, 2014  /  Small Business, South Coast, Tri-County Economy  /  Comments Off on Persona signs deal to roll out 20 pizza restaurants in Florida

  Santa-Barbara-based Persona Neapolitan Pizzeria has inked a franchising deal to open up to 20 stores in Florida across a 10-year span, kicking off a development plan the restaurant announced earlier this year. The State Street restaurant, which serves fast-casual, thin-crust, Neapolitan-style pizzas, is launching a string of stores in South Florida through Sager Management Read More →

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Snatching a larger slice: Persona pizzeria plots nationwide expansion

By   /  Friday, August 1st, 2014  /  Restaurants, Small Business, South Coast, Top Stories, Tri-County Economy  /  Comments Off on Snatching a larger slice: Persona pizzeria plots nationwide expansion

Santa Barbara-based Persona Neapolitan Pizza is embarking on a nationwide expansion as competition heats up in the fast-casual, wood-fired pizza market.

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A fully baked idea: After TV success, Sweet Arleen’s goes nationwide

By   /  Friday, May 9th, 2014  /  Small Business, Top Stories  /  Comments Off on A fully baked idea: After TV success, Sweet Arleen’s goes nationwide

Arleen Scavone, three-time champion in the Food Network’s televised “Cupcake Wars,” used a winning formula that she now hopes will help turn her Westlake Village boutique cupcake shop into a national brand.

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All fired up: PizzaRev joins with Buffalo Wild Wings on expansion

By   /  Friday, April 4th, 2014  /  Restaurants, Small Business, Top Stories, Tri-County Economy  /  Comments Off on All fired up: PizzaRev joins with Buffalo Wild Wings on expansion

Elyse Doyle-Martinez, supervisor of the PizzaRev restaurant in Oxnard, places a pizza in the oven. Westlake Village-based PizzaRev is expanding across the country with 27 franchise deals currently in the works. (Nik Blaskovich / Business Times photo)

A large, publicly traded restaurant chain has grabbed a slice of Westlake Village-based PizzaRev in a bid to help the Southern California startup roll out nationwide.

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Soda space race: Rocket Fizz goes national with franchising

By   /  Friday, October 11th, 2013  /  Features, Small Business  /  Comments Off on Soda space race: Rocket Fizz goes national with franchising

Rocket Fizz founders Robert Powells and Ryan Morgan have built a nationwide soda-pop enterprise out of quirky novelty creations such as their best-selling bacon-flavored soda and glow-in-the-dark “Martian Poop” soda.

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Hold the politics: Chick-fil-A franchisees caught in flap over exec’s comments

By   /  Friday, August 17th, 2012  /  Features, Real Estate, Small Business  /  Comments Off on Hold the politics: Chick-fil-A franchisees caught in flap over exec’s comments

  Craig Goettsche just wants to serve Southern-style chicken sandwiches and waffle fries to his customers. Keep the pickles — hold the politics. But like other Chick-fil-A franchisees across the country, Goettsche has found his business caught in the midst of the kerfuffle surrounding anti gay-marriage statements made by the company’s president, Dan Cathy. The Read More →

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