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Food

Delivery Kits’ Threat to Restaurants Is Overstated

1 month ago

As restaurants analyze threats to their business they need to work extra hard to see through the hype.

Independents

The EU’s War on Kebabs Has a Delicious Ending for Now

1 month ago

With all the bad news coming out of the restaurant world this week, we needed a good meat on a spit story with a happy ending.

Independents

Ken Friedman’s Times Takedown Details Key Problems Facing the Industry

1 month ago

Ken Friedman is the latest industry boldface name to face accusations of inappropriate and abusive behavior, and has stepped away from his job as a result. As these stories continue to come to light, we must work to identify the underlying problems to repair the damage and move forward.

Chains

McCormick & Schmick’s Restaurant Faces Sexual Harassment Lawsuit

1 month ago

It's not just high-profile restaurants where harassment can flourish. It's wonderful to see nearly powerless kitchen staff get the backing they need to speak out about egregious behavior.

Chains

Warren Buffett’s Bet on Burger King Pays off to the Tune of $3 Billion

1 month ago

This was never a sexy investment, which is why it is likely paying off so well for Buffett — as things usually do.

Strategy

Kellogg’s Wants You to Instagram Your Cereal at Its New Cafe

1 month ago

Nostalgia plus an Instagram station is Millennial gold, so this is as good a marketing effort as any to make cereal hip again — with two seasoned fine-dining veterans at the helm.

Tech

SevenRooms Raises $8M to Expand Its Reservations and Customer Management System

1 month ago

In the competitive restaurant software market, services continue to double-down on the features that make them uniquely attractive to potential customers.

Marketing

One Strong Case for Reviews by the People

1 month ago

Amid all the song and dance described here, professional critics have to work even harder to discern the everyday diner experience from a show put on solely for a critic's benefit.

Tech

Eatsa’s Technology Might Just Save It

1 month ago

We talk plenty about Eatsa's technology, but rarely its food. That's one sign that the company's tech is bigger than its quinoa.

People

Mario Batali Steps Away From His Businesses Following Sexual Harassment Reports

1 month ago

Many acknowledge today is a dark day for the restaurant industry. Now we need industry leaders to continue to come forward to address and remedy these types of unhealthy and illegal workplace behaviors.

Chains

Secret Ingredient: Pei Wei, the Concept Built Ahead of Its Time

1 month ago

This reads like the ultimate fast casual success story — and it's been in the works for well over a decade.

People

Sexual Harassment in the Restaurant Industry Is Pervasive and Unchecked

1 month ago

Hourly workers have few protections and small businesses have limited resources to manage complaints and police bad behavior. It's a perfect storm for harassment.