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Danny Meyer Clarifies Shake Shack Automation and his Employee-Centric Private Equity Fund

2 weeks ago

A close reading of all of the Danny Meyer and Shake Shack news supports Meyer's point here, but with so much happening so quickly, it's easy to see how the two unrelated stories got tangled together.

Chains

Bareburger Announces a New Vegan Concept Coming Next Year

2 weeks ago

Bareburger found success serving the plant-based Impossible Burger in half of its locations, but to sustain a standalone vegan concept, the menu has to go much deeper than a basic burger.

Chains

TGI Friday’s Dodges a Class-Action Bullet in Battle Over Drink Prices on Menus

3 weeks ago

We dislike this practice of surge pricing at casual eateries almost as much as we despise frivolous lawsuits. Let consumers vote with their dollars, which they're clearly doing at TGI Fridays and its peers these days.

Chains

Shake Shack to Add Touch Screens and Cashless Payments at Newest NYC Location

3 weeks ago

Long lines are part of the Shake Shack experience, but don't exactly project hospitality. Ironically, touch screens may be the solution to a frustrating problem.

Chains

Fast Food Restaurants Slow Down Hiring After Years of Growth

3 weeks ago

Humans are better than tablets, which is why smart restaurants will see digital tools as a way to increase growth rather than simply cut other costs.

Chains

We’re Probably Over-Restauranted, Says Dunkin’ Brands CEO

3 weeks ago

It's getting harder to stand out in a crowded market as restaurants rush to compete and expand.

Chains

Unsurprising Study Shows Legal Cannabis Is Good for the Fast Food Business

3 weeks ago

Taco Bell's "fourth meal" marketing campaign has danced around this idea for years, so it'll be interesting to see if fast food advertising takes even greater advantage of changing policy.

Chains

McDonald’s Dropped Its Olympic Sponsorship Before Things Got Really Expensive

4 weeks ago

McDonald's was smart. The changing nature of how we watch television and big events means that we need to change how we think about advertising.

Chains

Shake Shack Feels the Pressure of Expanding in the Fast-Casual Market

4 weeks ago

Shake Shack's upscale take on fast food burgers gives it lots of fans in New York and other higher-end markets, but as it expands, it's struggling to compete in a crowded fast-casual space.

Chains

Ignore the Queso Haters Chipotle CMO Tells Employees

1 month ago

How much better are things at Chipotle this month that the discussion has turned away from e-coli and towards whether or not their new cheese dip is artificial enough to appeal to diners' tastes.

Chains

Panera CEO’s Challenge to Fast Food Rivals: Eat Your Own Food

1 month ago

Nothing like a little trash talk in the name of healthier children. On a personal note we'd also like to see Panera drop artificial sweeteners from its salad dressings. We're already eating salad, a bit of real sugar isn't a big sin.

Independents

Does Corporate Investment Kill Indie Food Brands?

1 month ago

We're pulling for Blue Bottle to maintain its indie cred even though it now has serious corporate backing.