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Tech

Toast’s Latest $250 Million Funding Round Will Fuel Research and Development

3 weeks ago

Toast has seen tremendous growth over its five years of existence. We wouldn't be surprised if the next stop is an IPO. (And directing $1 billion toward R&D efforts is certainly not small potatoes.)

Chains

Burger King Tests Plant-Based Impossible Whopper

3 weeks ago

We've seen many chains become early adopters of plant-based options for customers over the past year, but Burger King is probably the most surprising.

Chains

Why Expansion to Fast Casual Works for Established Restaurant Brands

3 weeks ago

Fast casual concepts represent a large opportunity for restaurant groups that may be feeling a bit of pressure to keep sales momentum going after turning fortunes around.

Strategy

How Marriott Plans to Boost Its Dining Strategy

3 weeks ago

Everyone in the restaurant industry wants a piece of that hotel money. But for the hotel brands, the bigger challenge is making sure that their dining concepts aren’t the same old, boring ones they’ve always had — and convincing both diners and chefs to buy in.

Marketing

NCAA Tourney Overtime Was Worth $1 Million to Buffalo Wild Wings

3 weeks ago

Buffalo Wild Wings likely also profited from more people staying at its restaurants during overtime, too. Double win.

Operations

Digital Transactions Rule … Outside the U.S.

3 weeks ago

Generally, a higher adoption of digital payments lends itself to more consumer spending.

Tech

Ghost Kitchens, Labor Management Systems: March Restaurant Industry Funding

3 weeks ago

It's a great time to own a ghost kitchen startup.

Strategy

Marriott Needs to Revamp Its Dining Strategy — and Knows It

3 weeks ago

So does everyone else in the hotel business these days. Hotel companies like Marriott certainly have the scale and financial backing to improve hotel dining, but do they have the passion or creativity to mimic the independent restaurants they're trying to imitate? And will diners be able to taste the difference?

Chains

Subway Shutters More Stores as Diners Pass on Footlongs

3 weeks ago

Subway was once considered a healthier option than traditional fast food. But then diners began to realize its sandwiches are packed with calories and carbs.

Marketing

Papa John’s Hires a New CMO

3 weeks ago

Papa John's has its CMO. It will be interesting to see how the industry vet attempts to turn the company's fortunes around.

Operations

EU Bans Single-Use Plastics in Restaurants

3 weeks ago

Bans like these truly feel like they're for the greater good, even if the change can be painful for businesses.

Tech

DoorDash’s Latest Promotion Outlines How Hard It Is to Thrive on a Third-Party Delivery Platform

3 weeks ago

Third-party delivery platforms are a risky business for small restaurants, where commission fees are steep and the competition is overwhelming. While DoorDash's new initiative is a nice step for the 10 participating restaurants, many other independent restaurateurs feel gouged by its pricing structure.