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Tech

Uber Eats Can’t Keep Both Restaurants and Investors Happy

8 months ago

Keeping all stakeholders happy may require Uber Eats to improve current relationships with eateries via marketing incentives or lower commission fees, perhaps at the expense of its own bottomline. Investors will surely not like that very much.

Tech

Yelp Asks Reviewers to Weigh In on Single-Use Plastics

8 months ago

When you're trying to get a grip on sustainability practices and plastics use, asking users to report what restaurants are doing is a solid strategy.

Independents

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

8 months 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

8 months 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

8 months 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

8 months 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

8 months 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

8 months 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

8 months 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

8 months 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

8 months 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

8 months 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.