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Papa John's Kicks Founder Out of His Office

Fallout over John Schnatter's use of n-word continues

(Newser) - One more punishment for Papa John's founder John Schnatter over his use of the n-word : He just got the boot from his office at company headquarters in Kentucky, reports CNBC . Schnatter had previously resigned as chairman of the board—though he remains on the board in a lesser capacity... More »

Fallout Widens Over Slur by Papa John's Founder

You won't be seeing John Schnatter's image on signs or logos

(Newser) - Papa John's, which has featured founder John Schnatter as the face of the company in logos and TV ads, is pulling his image from its marketing after he apologized for using the n-word in a conference call. The pizza chain said there are no plans to change its name.... More »

Papa John's Is Now Papaless

Founder John Schnatter resigns as chairman

(Newser) - Papa John's says founder John Schnatter has resigned as chairman of the board. The company made the announcement late Wednesday, hours after Schnatter apologized for using a racial slur during a conference call in May, the AP reports. The apology came after Forbes cited an anonymous source saying the... More »

Papa John's Founder Admits He Used N-Word

John Schnatter was downplaying his NFL anthem comments at the time

(Newser) - Papa John's shares fell by as much as 5.9% Wednesday after the pizza chain's founder confirmed a report that he had used the n-word back in May, CNBC reports. John Schnatter was on a conference call with a marketing agency at the time, according to the Forbes... More »

Bitcoin Used in 2010 to Buy 2 Pizzas Now Worth $82M

The cryptocurrency has gone up in price just a bit since then

(Newser) - Hallmark may need to update its official list of holidays . Tuesday was Bitcoin Pizza Day, or what Business Insider calls "the most celebrated day in crypto," marking the eighth anniversary of when programmer Laszlo Hanyecz made what's thought to be the very first purchase with bitcoin. That... More »

Papa John's Drops NFL Sponsorship

Last year, CEO blamed anthem protests for poor sales

(Newser) - The NFL is now lacking an "official pizza." Papa John's has announced that it is cutting ties with the league, ending a sponsorship deal that began in 2010, CNN reports. Steve Ritchie, the pizza chain's new CEO, says the company will now focus on deals with... More »

Papa John's Is Losing Its Papa

Founder John Schnatter is stepping down as CEO in January

(Newser) - The Papa John of Papa John's is stepping down as CEO of the pizza chain effective Jan. 1, CNN reports. Papa John's founder John Schnatter will stay on as chairman, the company said Thursday. No reason for Schnatter's changing role was given, but the company said he... More »

Papa John's Apologizes for Founder's NFL Remarks

Company slams neo-Nazis, says it believes in the right to protest

(Newser) - Papa John's Pizza has walked back founder and CEO John Schnatter's claim that NFL player protests are behind falling pizza sales . In a series of tweets Tuesday, the chain apologized to anyone who found the remarks "divisive," and said it was open to ideas from all,... More »

Papa John's: Pizza Isn't Selling Because Players Are Kneeling

John Schnatter wants NFL to force players to stand for national anthem

(Newser) - "Papa" John Schnatter, fresh off seeing his net worth drop $70 million, is blaming the NFL's tolerance of player protests for declining pizza sales at his eponymous restaurants, Forbes reports. Papa John's released its third-quarter financial report Tuesday, and while it beat its estimates for earnings and... More »

When It Comes to Service, McDonald's Isn't No. 1

Survey finds McDonald's is dead last; Chick-fil-A comes out on top

(Newser) - The fast-food industry may not be heralded for Michelin-rated fare, but chains can earn loyalty through the customer service they offer, ensuring consumers keep coming back for their burgers, tacos, and pizzas. And per 24/7 Wall St. , fast-food restaurants bested full-service restaurants for the first time ever on this year'... More »

Police Say Papa John's Had More Than Pizza in Its Boxes

Employees accused of slinging cocaine out of restaurant

(Newser) - "You don’t think, like, 'Is my pizza going to be covered in cocaine today?'" a surprised Papa John's customer tells KIRO . Police in Washington state arrested two Papa John's employees Friday for allegedly selling cocaine out of the restaurant. CNN reports an investigation into... More »

Teen Gets Into Yale With Essay on ... Papa John's

Carolina Williams described her delight upon receiving a pizza from the chain

(Newser) - "When the delivery person rings my doorbell, I instantly morph into one of Pavlov's dogs, salivating to the sound that signals the arrival of the cheesy, circular glory." That's how Tennessee's Carolina Williams describes her delight upon receiving a pizza from Papa John's, which... More »

Little-Known Billionaire's Job: Making Cheese for Our Pizza

You've probably never heard of James Leprino, the 'Willy Wonka of cheese'

(Newser) - You've likely never seen a photo of James Leprino, a 79-year-old reclusive billionaire in Colorado who runs Leprino Foods, a cheese and dairy manufacturing company. But that business is actually an empire—its website says it's the "world's largest producer of mozzarella"—and though Leprino... More »

For Fee, Papa John's Will Send Your Pizza to Front of Line

They're testing the 'priority' service

(Newser) - Papa John's is taking a page from the airline industry and testing a fee that lets people bump their pizza orders to the front of the line. The chain says the $2.99 "Papa Priority" fee was recently launched in select locations, and it's looking for ways... More »

Know This Man in a Beer Bottle Getup? Call the Cops

Suspect in Wales proves beer and pizza don't always go together

(Newser) - If you follow South Wales Police's Twitter account, you may have seen an odd picture fly down your feed early Wednesday, per ITV . "Recognise this guy?" the police posted , showing a photo of someone who looked less like a guy and more like a giant Heineken bottle. That'... More »

He Couldn't Reach Police, So He Called Papa John's

Nebraska man got quick confirmation his grandma was OK in hurricane's wake

(Newser) - The far-flung family of Claire Olsen found a novel way to contact the 87-year-old after Hurricane Matthew knocked out her phone service. Eric Olsen talked to his grandmother Friday morning but as of Sunday hadn't heard anything since. "I was calling the police department, I was calling the... More »

Top 10 Fast-Food Chains for Customer Satisfaction

Chick-fil-A is tops, McDonald's at the bottom

(Newser) - The bad news keeps on coming for Chipotle . The restaurant saw the biggest drop in this year's American Customer Satisfaction Index for fast-food restaurants, reports Consumerist . It was No. 2 last year and No. 9 this year—but at least it's ahead of McDonald's, which finished dead... More »

Papa John's Franchisee Gets Jail for Dodging Overtime

NYC owner also to cough up more than $500K in back pay, damages, penalties

(Newser) - A Papa John's owner tried to make a buck off his employees' backs, and now he's paying big time. Abdul Jamil Khokhar, who owns nine of the chain's restaurants in the NYC area along with BMY Foods, has pleaded guilty to not paying the correct minimum wage... More »

Papa John's Beloved Camaro Stolen, Recovered

It was dumped in the driveway of an abandoned home

(Newser) - Thieves stole a Chevy Camaro from a classic-car show in Detroit over the weekend, but the problem is that it happened to belong to a man named John Schnatter, aka Papa John of the national pizza chain. That led to a $10,000 reward to find the culprits and huge... More »

Papa John's Menu Changes Will Cost It $100M a Year

Joins growing list of companies shunning artificial ingredients

(Newser) - Papa John's is spending a literal fortune in order to more perfectly live up to its "Better Ingredients, Better Pizza" slogan. America's No. 3 pizza chain has penned a 14-item list of artificial ingredients and additives—corn syrup, dyes, and preservatives—that it'll stop using by... More »

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