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Trump Hats Spark Conflict and Firings at Cheesecake Factory

5 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.

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

5 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

5 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.

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

5 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.

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Makers of $14 Fast-Casual Salads Argue Over Chopping Ingredients (or Not)

5 months ago

It doesn't take Solomon-level wisdom to point out that some salads are better chopped and some are fine as is. We are pretty sure the debate in this case is really about labor, time, and staffing.

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Starbucks Is Now Officially Your Public Restroom

5 months ago

Starbucks should charge city governments for offering this service since the cafe chain is clearly stepping in to carry out duties that local leaders have abandoned.

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New York’s Melt Shop Fills the Fast Casual Void in Kuwait

5 months ago

Melt Shop only opened its first international restaurant, in Kuwait, in January, and already debuted a second location there in April. CEO Spencer Rubin discussed what it takes for a budding chain to make an overseas debut.

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Wendy’s Won’t Stop Bragging About Its Fresh Beef

5 months ago

Like the competition, Wendy's is continuing to expand its digital footprint while doubling down on value menu offerings, exploring delivery partnerships, and, of course, having a great time calling out McDonald's on Twitter.

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Papa John’s Is Suffering and It Only Has Papa John’s to Blame

5 months ago

Papa John's commercials for the last few years have focused on its founder rather than its product. Neither one is a compelling offering, but they have a chance now to distance themselves from one and improve the other.

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Starbucks Will Use Cash From Nestle Deal to Ramp Up Digital Relationships

5 months ago

While Nestle funnels Starbucks-branded coffee into retailers and restaurants nationwide, Starbucks will focus on putting that $7.15 billion it gained from the deal to good use. Expansion in both the U.S. and China are on the table, as well as a bigger focus on U.S. digital investments to counteract slowing sales.

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Shake Shack’s Latest Earnings Don’t Quite Deliver on Its Promises

6 months ago

Shake Shack pushes forward with grand expansion plans, but low same-store sales continue to raise questions about the brand's viability.

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Subway CEO Leaves After Over Four Decades With the Brand

6 months ago

Despite its size, Subway is playing catch up to nearly every other fast food brand. What was once healthy is now nearly as passé as a cottage cheese salad. A leadership (and board) running on autopilot could be to blame.