Ever heard of the pizza index? No? That’s because we just made it up. Anyway, it’s an economic indicator that suggests recessions come to an end when sales of pizza slices start to sizzle. Well, friends, that moment has finally arrived. Papa John’s last week reported second-quarter earnings that blew away analyst estimates. The company stock rose 8% and shares are up almost 50% this year. Now here’s the bad news. Papa John’s is pulling the plug on financial support it’s been providing franchisees to make it through the recession, Dow Jones reports. The company has been coming to the aid of franchisees this past year by waiving royalty payments, cutting fees for online ordering, and subsidizing national advertising campaigns. But, with the pizza index on the upswing, the free ride is over.
Speaking of pizza… Domino’s is pushing the boundaries of good taste by adding chocolate cake to its menu. That’s just what we want. A big honking piece of calorie-busting cake after our extra-large, extra-cheese MeatZZa Feast pizza. “This is a perfect add-on,” insists Domino’s CEO David Brandon. “If we can even get a small percentage of the people to say yes, we’ve added a $4 item and it becomes very profitable for our brand.” Is this why China is kicking America’s extra-wide butt?
Baby tossing. Some people have no sense of proportion. Like the Burger King manager from the St. Louis area who kicked out a 6-month-old baby for violating the store’s “No Shoes” policy. It seems barefoot baby Kaylin and her mom, Jennifer, were told they posed a public health risk and were asked to leave the premises. Of course, the fourteen other babies with overflowing nappies were allowed to continue their meals in peace.
Lawsuit of the week. A Denny’s double cheeseburger contains 3,880 milligrams of sodium, almost double the suggested daily allowance of salt. That’s why Nick DeBenedetto, a 48-year-old New Jersey resident with high blood pressure, is filing a class action suit against the company. DeBenedetto told the Los Angeles Times he “was astonished” to learn about the salt content of Denny’s food. “I never would have selected those items had I known,” he said. Mr. DeBenedetto, we like the way you think! We’re going to try your approach next time we stumble home at 3 in the morning reeking of whisky and cheap perfume. Sorry, dear, we never would have stepped foot in that “gentleman’s club” had we known it was full of naked ladies.