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Independents

A Sinatra Hangout Reopens in Los Angeles, for a Limited Time Only

2 days ago

What's old is new again — again. We're into the nostalgia factor of these formerly high-profile restaurants, and a limited-time revival is a good way to play to people's emotions without the commitment of running a long-term sustainable business.

Operations

Innovative Restaurateurs: Zingerman’s Helps Businesses Make Money and Keep Staff

2 days ago

As restaurants are scrambling to banish abusive cultures, Zingerman’s training arm is marking its 25th year of teaching ideas like open-book management, leadership philosophy, and continuous improvement.

Food

Carl’s Jr. Puts CBD on the Menu… For One Day Only

4 days ago

The burger (well, its sauce) contains a tiny amount of CBD, well under the threshold of any perceived effect. The chain calls this a "test," but it's for one day, in one store.

Chains

McDonald’s Drops Signature Crafted Recipes Line

4 days ago

Fancy McDonald's wasn't resonating with consumers. Not every idea is a winner, and it's better to cut losses now.

Food

China’s Fastest Growing Hotpot Chain Just Minted Two Billionaires

4 days ago

We've regularly argued for the power of the "experience" in restaurants. We still don't think that is the same thing as "cooking your own meal," but it is hard to argue with the market's response. We will still argue it's not sustainable long term.

Food

The Portuguese Egg Tart That’s the Next Big Thing at Restaurants

4 days ago

The Skift office is a half block away from one of Mendes' former restaurants in New York City. That's to say we are not an impartial observer of this amazing and delicious trend.

Chains

Plant-Based Protein Is Breakfast’s Not-So-Secret Ingredient

5 days ago

For many restaurant chains, the breakfast category presents plenty of opportunity for sales growth. Adding vegan options to the morning menu is yet another way to get more diners through the door.

Tech

Google Maps Could Be the Do-It-All Restaurant App of the Future

5 days ago

Google Maps has become a daily must-use for plenty of people. As its parent company looks further into the restaurant business, Maps could become an indispensable superapp for the future of restaurants.

Chains

Starbucks Invests in Solar Energy to Power Stores in Texas

6 days ago

Starbucks has tried to paint itself as a "green company" for at least two years now. With strawless lids already in distribution, and a company mandate to introduce new recyclable cups to cut down on its waste footprint by 2022, it may actually be working.

Chains

Malaysia KFC Operator May Take Company Public This Year

6 days ago

The IPO would give a boost to share sales, although fundraising via this route isn't as lucrative as it once was in Malaysia.

Tech

Uber Eats’ Chain Partnership Strategy Is a Risky Business

1 week ago

Uber Eats and Grubhub have both publicly cited losses on discounted fees charged to chain partners in financial documents. One can only imagine the case is the same for DoorDash, who's IPO is likely not far behind.

Tech

Uber’s Ultimate Success Could Depend on Uber Eats

1 week ago

Uber Eats has proven that it has the runway to generate a significant portion of Uber's overall revenue, but food delivery is a volatile business. The service may be winning big contracts with McDonald's and Starbucks, but that isn't necessarily translating into more profits.