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Chains

Starbucks Will Close Over 8,000 Stores Today for Anti-Bias Training

3 months ago

An afternoon of training may not change hearts and minds, but it's a signal that Starbucks thinks this issue is a big deal, and they're willing to lose a half day of revenue to demonstrate this.

Chains

Panera Owner Buys Pret A Manger for a Reported $2 Billion

3 months ago

The UK's sandwich-mad dining culture hasn't really caught on in the U.S., with the exception of the Prets on every other corner of major cities in the northeast. This acquisition could change that.

Chains

Subway Is Finally Looking Outside the Family for Its Next CEO

3 months ago

Subway needs someone from the outside to both lead the business and help explain to its founding families why its food offerings are no longer competitive with other sandwich chains or independents.

Chains

Chipotle Relocates to Southern California

3 months ago

We wonder how ditching health-conscious, outdoorsy, active Denver will affect the brand's image, since it's leaning so heavily on ad campaigns promoting fresh, healthy ingredients.

Chains

The #MeToo Movement Is Coming to McDonald’s

3 months ago

Minimum-wage employees are often the most vulnerable to harassment. Putting pressure on McDonald's could have a positive ripple effect across the industry.

Chains

For Fast Food Chains, Are Value Menus Worth It?

3 months ago

Value menus offer a cheap and convenient buy for existing customers, but the $1 menu items aren't attracting tons of new customers to the chains.

Tech

Here’s a Tabletop Tablet That May Finally Matter

3 months ago

It's not necessarily the technology that matters, but the restaurant where it's located. In this case, the big player in the tabletop technology market, Ziosk, is headed to small chains and independent restaurants, which could change the way everyday diners pay for dinner anywhere.

Food

Jack in the Box Warns of French Fry Inflation in 2018

3 months ago

Fast food restaurants aren't necessarily built on a pyramid of french fries, but the quintessential drive-thru item can cause a headache for chain restaurants that rely on potatoes to a substantial portion of business.

Chains

Trump Hats Spark Conflict and Firings at Cheesecake Factory

3 months ago

We're only running this story to remind our readers that in nearly every case, it's rude to wear hats at a dining table no matter your political affiliation. Let's make manners great again.

Chains

Starbucks Gears Up to Challenge KFC as China’s Fastest Growing Foreign Food Chain

3 months ago

Starbucks has the potential to grow faster in China then anywhere else, and since its growth has slowed in the U.S. it makes complete sense to turn that direction.

Food

Arby’s Isn’t Sure if U.S. Diners Are Ready for Lamb

3 months ago

Curiously, Arby's website says its "Traditional Greek Gyro" is made with "gyro meat," which we think says a bit about how ready it thinks the mass market is ready for lamb.

Chains

Freddy’s Prepares to Open Its First International Outpost in Dubai

3 months ago

Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers serves an Americana-style experience and menu of burgers, fries and frozen treats, and it will bring its brand overseas for the first time, to Dubai. It’s a path that has become familiar for a number of U.S.-based chains.