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Design

Balancing Restaurant Design and Budget at Chicago’s Pacific Standard Time

1 week ago

Both independents and chains are looking for better ways to engage an audience with design. Fortunately, consumers are looking for something new from restaurants, too, and are receptive to fresh ideas.

Independents

Interview: A Restaurant Brand Creator on How to Keep People Coming Back

2 weeks ago

Building a strong, lasting community among diners will drive much greater customer loyalty than making an appearance on a top-10 list.

Tech

Delivery Services Take Subscription Cues From Amazon Prime

2 weeks ago

Affordable subscription plans create happy and loyal customers. Happy and loyal customers place larger orders with restaurants. Wins all around? Maybe.

Chains

Bernie Sanders Wants McDonald’s to Pay Its Workers at Least $15 an Hour

2 weeks ago

With competition in the labor market and intense political pressure, a $15 wage at McDonald's doesn't seem as unrealistic now as it did just a few months ago.

Strategy

American Express Is Giving Its Cardholders More Restaurant Perks

2 weeks ago

Amex ruled the top tier for quite some time. But with challenges from Chase's popular Sapphire card, it's leveraging its relationships with restaurants to try to give it an edge.

Independents

Interview: Wes Avila Permanently Parks Guerrilla Tacos in LA

2 weeks ago

The road from taco stand to truck to brick-and-mortar location is paved with lessons about hard work, creative thinking, and really good timing.

Chains

Chipotle’s Head of Food Safety Is Stepping Down

2 weeks ago

We don't envy the next person Chipotle finds to fill that role.

Operations

Great News for Restaurants as IRS Reaffirms Deductions for Entertaining

2 weeks ago

High-end restaurants in major business cities in the U.S. can breathe more easily now as diners will return to freely spending someone else's money once again.

Chains

One Out of Every 3 U.S. Adults Eat Fast Food Every Day

2 weeks ago

That's good news for the fast food industry, not so much for public health officials. Fortunately the former are diversifying their menus with slightly healthier offerings.

People

Changes Are Coming to the James Beard Awards

2 weeks ago

The announced changes are well-informed and seem like a big step forward for an organization steeped in its own tradition. Here's hoping they continue.

Food

World’s 50 Best Closes Three-Year Partnership Deal With Singapore Tourism Board

2 weeks ago

This is a big win for the Singapore Tourism Board. The World's 50 Best show is hardly a fair representation of global gastronomic excellence, but it is a marketing juggernaut for host cities, and Singapore will be the center of attention in the food world when the partnership kicks off next year.

Chains

TGI Fridays Turns to Ruby Tuesday for New CEO

2 weeks ago

The jokes write themselves as executives shuffle between chains that are nearly indistinguishable from one another. But we'll state the obvious anyway: Fridays are better than Tuesdays.