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Chains

McDonald’s Spent $50 Million on TV Advertising in April

4 months ago

We're continuing to see a trend among large restaurant chains of marketing during sports telecasts. What will these companies do during the summer, when the sports calendar is always runs a little dry?

Chains

Papa John’s Claims It’s Still on Track Despite More Losses

4 months ago

To Papa John's credit, the company has been on the offensive this year, but positive same-store sales will likely not come until 2020.

Tech

Google Wants to Tell You What to Eat

4 months ago

Google's Maps product was well on its way to becoming indispensable to the restaurant industry, but new announcements signal Google's continued interest in the space across a wide variety of products.

Food

Beyond Meat’s Successful IPO Points to Opportunity for Restaurants

4 months ago

The consumer demand is there. Whether restaurants (and the faux-meat startups) have the operational capacity to keep up with demand is another question.

Independents

Chicago, Philadelphia Win Big at the 2019 James Beard Awards

4 months ago

When a James Beard Award winner is crowned, odds are a boost in food tourism to that region is likely to follow.

People

Innovative Restaurateurs: Rick Bayless Is Still Stretching His Wings

4 months ago

After 32 years on the restaurant scene, you couldn’t blame Rick Bayless for kicking back. Instead, he’s rolling up his sleeves, minding each of his businesses — from airport locations to Chicago flagships — with care.

Tech

Catering, Event Management: April Restaurant Industry Funding

4 months ago

Here's your cheat sheet to everyone who picked up extra cash last month to fund development and technology innovation in the industry.

Chains

Luckin Coffee Needs a New Business Model for Long-Term Profitability

4 months ago

As we reported shortly after Luckin Coffee's IPO, the startup will need more than just creative marketing to stick around and compete with Starbucks in China.

People

Interview: Alain Ducasse on Running a Successful Restaurant Empire

4 months ago

Alain Ducasse is a living legend with 20 Michelin stars and 30 restaurants bearing his name. Though he is famous for running France’s gilded dining rooms in its most expensive venues, the chef has recently expanded his business at a breakneck pace by focusing on multicultural cuisine and more affordable restaurant concepts.

Chains

Delivery Is Crucial to All Restaurant Chains’ Growth

5 months ago

Operators have no choice but to figure out how to make delivery work, whether on their own or through aggregators. Who will ultimately have more control over the other has yet to be determined.

People

Job Growth in U.S. Restaurants Remains Steady in April

5 months ago

Analysts forecasted a slowdown in job growth in April, especially after March numbers were revised down. But restaurants and the overall U.S. economy proved resilient.

Chains

Shake Shack Raises Prices on Chicken, Delivery Could Be Next

5 months ago

Delivery pricing and the high cost of chicken cut into the chain's profits this quarter.