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Independents

The British Curry House Is Making Its Own Brexit

1 month ago

From the UK to the U.S. and beyond, when you attack immigrants you're attacking the restaurant industry.

Food

Beyond Meat Files for an IPO

1 month ago

Beyond Meat and rival Impossible Foods have broken through to larger audiences, thanks to partnerships with fast food and casual restaurant chains. The IPO process should reveal more of what's happening behind the scenes of the faux meat provider.

Strategy

What Happens When Patient Investors Bank on $2 Waffles

1 month ago

Family funds are more patient than private equity, which can make them an exceptional partner for any chain bent on stable growth.

Tech

Food Delivery Service Waitr Starts Publicly Trading

1 month ago

Waitr didn't go through an initial public offering because of the nature of its acquisition that was announced earlier this year, but Waitr shares are now up for grabs and it'll report quarterly earnings alongside the one other publicly traded food delivery service in the space, Grubhub.

Chains

Filipino Fried Chicken Giant Jollibee to Focus on U.S. Growth

1 month ago

Despite his goofy description of Jollibee's chicken, Tanmantiong and his team aren't kidding around. They see an opportunity to grab a new generation of consumers looking for something different (and good) and they're chasing it at their brand and the others that they control.

Chains

The Sushi Chain Pioneer That Perfected Conveyor Belt Service

1 month ago

The systems, patents, and technology are reminiscent of the innovations the McDonald's brothers brought to the burger game decades ago.

Tech

Uber Eats’ Performance Makes Uber’s Quarterly Losses Look Better

1 month ago

Uber's food business is still a growth story, but if it can't prove that its core ride-hailing product is a money maker it will enter any IPO pitches on a weak footing.

Marketing

Thailand’s Restaurants Fail to Get Three Stars in Michelin Guide Update

1 month ago

Considering the history, the snubs are to be expected here. One bright spot is that Michelin is also rolling out guides to cuisines now (Cantonese cuisine being the first announced), which may help chip away at the brand's traditional patronizing views of non-French and non-Japanese cuisine.

Strategy

Sweetgreen’s New Funding Makes it the First Salad Unicorn

1 month ago

An 11-year-old salad chain valued at a billion dollars? Surely nothing will go wrong here.

Independents

Chef Edouardo Jordan on Life After the Awards

1 month ago

Fresh off a year of two James Beard Awards and accolades from local and national press, Seattle’s Edouardo Jordan settles in to what happens next: More customers, new expectations and building a future.

Tech

Why Restaurants Still Lag on Digital Transformation

1 month ago

The big battle to come at restaurant brands is chief marketing officer vs. chief digital officer. Smart brands will realize that cooperation can breed innovation rather than conflict.

Chains

Shake Shack CEO: Expect More Delayed Openings This Year

1 month ago

When routine opening problems surface — vendor disputes, landlord hassles — it doesn't look great for any restaurant trying to open. For Shake Shack, those same problems are magnified due to the brand's high level of awareness in each market.