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Independents

How World-Renowned Tartine Bakery Tackled Its Most Ambitious Project Yet

37 mins ago

Tartine Bakery has been a San Francisco staple since 2002, but now it’s a global brand, with seven locations around the world. Here’s how (and why) they tackled their largest and most ambitious project to date: An expansive 40,000-square-foot bakery, cafe and restaurant complex in Los Angeles.

Marketing

There’s Another Restaurant Awards Show on the Way

3 days ago

The cheeky categories and promises to be different (no doubt learned the hard way by the World's 50 Best founder) actually make this awards show sound fun.

Chains

Starbucks Will Open an All-Day Restaurant in Shanghai

3 days ago

Starbucks' renewed focus on China comes as it has rethought strategies in other global markets. Where laissez faire works in Europe, it doesn't in China.

Chains

Starbucks and Politics Probably Aren’t a Good Mix

4 days ago

We think the concern here is overblown, especially at this point. Where are the coffee drinkers going to go, Dunkin'?

Operations

Restaurant Chains Push Back Against New York’s Proposed Cashless Ban

4 days ago

The restaurant operators are urging local government to consider the operational efficiencies that going cashless provides, while local government urges operators to consider the larger implications of closing off their restaurants to customers who don't have easy access to bank accounts. At least at this point, it doesn't exactly sound like either side is listening to the other.

Chains

Taco Bell Nearly Doubles Television Advertising Spend in January

4 days ago

Last month called for the restaurant industry to recharge its TV marketing efforts after a slow holiday period. Taco Bell just did so better than anyone else.

Chains

Blaze Pizza Gets Ready For an IPO by Taking on Domino’s and Pizza Hut

5 days ago

Blaze Pizza's IPO is not expected for another two years, which is a good thing if the company feels compelled to take on international chains at the their own game –– value meals.

Chains

Papa John’s Offers Employees Full Tuition Coverage In Attempt to Retain Staff

6 days ago

The terms aren't as generous at the franchisee level, but, as one of Papa John's newly instated Chief People Officer Marvin Boakye's first initiatives, it's not a bad one.

Tech

Yelp Beats Earnings and Predicts Double-Digit Revenue Growth Through 2025

6 days ago

After much shareholder pressure to deliver, Yelp was ready for its moment in the sun after reporting earnings that easily topped Wall Street's estimates.

Independents

Intelligentsia Coffee Expands New York Presence With Another Hotel Outpost

6 days ago

Today’s new luxury hotels are on the hunt to fill their F&B spaces with trendsetting partners. That’s why the owner of the soon-to-be TWA Hotel at JFK is looking to the Midwest to satisfy its caffeine craving.

Chains

Denny’s Growth Is Tied to Modernizing its Stores

7 days ago

There is a lot of truth to the notion that franchisees can run stores better than companies. Denny's, similar to its market competitors, is now banking on this strategy for future growth.

Chains

Grubhub Will Now Power Pizza Hut Delivery

7 days ago

This move makes sense for Pizza Hut, solely because Grubhub already operates the off-premise businesses of sister chains Taco Bell and KFC. So what if its industry pizza rivals with proprietary delivery make fun of it?