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Independents

‘Fine Casual’ May Be Buzzy, but in the U.S., Tradition Still Holds Strong

2 months ago

Lest we get caught up in a world of labels, let's recognize success where we see it: neighborhood, sit-down restaurants featuring high-quality food and top-notch service continue to operate thanks to a creative focus on what's working and what diners want.

Chains

Empty Storefronts Could Be Good News for Restaurants

2 months ago

From where I sit, the future for brick-and-mortar retail doesn't look great, but their loss could potentially be restaurants' gain.

Chains

Papa John’s Will Stop Its NFL Sponsorship

2 months ago

Nobody seriously believes that Papa John's sales decline is related to its NFL sponsorship. But now that it's former CEO — who clearly loved being on screen — is gone under odd circumstances, the brand is free to move on from the costly deal.

Chains

California-Based Blaze Pizza Chain Will Expand Internationally

2 months ago

Not sure I understand how the fast casual pizza market differs from the pizza market, but it seems to be working out well for this chain.

Tech

The New Payment App Designed for Dine and Dash

2 months ago

This is the first payment app we've seen that also thinks of restaurant staff. But do the devices need to be that bulky?

Independents

Outside the U.S., the Fine Dining Business Is Just as Challenging

2 months ago

At home or abroad, the fine dining experience is driven by excellent food quality and impeccable service — which makes operating this type of restaurant a delicate balancing act.

Tech

Alibaba Has Bought Out Its Rivals for China’s Top Restaurant Takeout App

2 months ago

The scale that these delivery marketplaces command is enviable to similar apps and services in every other country. But what's really remarkable is the lesson to be learned from changed consumer behaviors.

Food

Subway Will Give Diners $2 in Exchange for Their Loyalty

2 months ago

We know it's a big ask, but we'd love to see our loyalty repaid by serving us sandwiches that we enjoy eating.

Chains

Taco Bell Is Now the Fourth-Largest Restaurant Chain in the U.S.

2 months ago

Watch out Subway. You can't hide behind your bland sandwiches forever.

Independents

Inside the Fine Dining Restaurant Tucked Into a Food Hall

2 months ago

The unique business of fine dining operations allows elements of service that are good business decisions to also translate into exceptional experiences for diners.

Operations

Fogo de Chao Sold to Private Equity Firm for $560 Million

2 months ago

Fogo has the concept necessary to be a global restaurant brand, as long as its new PE owners don't underinvest in its expansion.

Chains

KFC Is Having a Chicken Shortage Across the UK

2 months ago

Nothing says "we don't source locally" than "the chicken got lost in the mail."