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Independents

Building a Big Business With a Small Bar

1 month ago

Bars are starting to look a whole lot like each other, but in an economic climate where the small guy often takes the fall, tiny bars armed with focus and imagination have an unusual opportunity to attract attention and thrive.

Operations

Pizza Hut Leverages the Power of Sports and Beer Delivery

1 month ago

Pizza delivery, beer, and televised sports go hand-in-hand. It's almost as if a pizza chain that distanced itself from major sports events would falter. Oh, wait...

Chains

Some Fast Food Chains Drop Non-Compete Rules for Low-Wage Workers

1 month ago

Great win by the Attorney General. We look forward to seeing the remaining chains drop the rules, too.

Strategy

Study Finds Airbnb Boosts Local Restaurant Business, But Not Equally

1 month ago

One of truest expressions of living like a local is to eat like one, and it's a shame that more Airbnb guests don't appear to be doing that.

Chains

Papa John’s Founder Out as Chairman After Latest Failure

1 month ago

It's unfortunate he was given enough responsibility within the company — after all that's happened — that it came to this. We've felt Schnatter had to go for a long time.

People

Dunkin’ Brands Gets a Brand New CEO

1 month ago

One of the new CEO's top priorities will be managing franchisee concerns around — what else — labor and staffing issues.

Chains

Oprah Takes a Stake in True Food Kitchen

1 month ago

Can True Food Kitchen deliver the same quality of ingredients at scale that it currently does? That's the big question, and we are a little worried considering Centerbridge Partners' track record managing P.F. Chang's decline in quality.

Independents

Puerto Rico’s Farm-to-Table Dining Is Gaining Steam

1 month ago

In the year after Maria, restaurateurs are building new relationships with local farmers and seeing more interest from customers in supporting local agriculture and celebrating food that is grown entirely on the island.

Food

Skift Table Q&A: Chef Juan Jose Cuevas

1 month ago

At 1919, executive chef Juan Jose Cuevas explains how last year's hurricane has unexpectedly boosted Puerto Rico's farm-to-table movement.

Chains

Bluestone Lane Raises $19.5 Million in Bid to Build an Avocado Toast Empire

1 month ago

Related Cos.' RSE Ventures is one of the more ambitious — and innovative — investors in growing restaurant brands.

Tech

Toast Closes $115 Million Series D to Advance Its POS System

1 month ago

There's a great "unicorn Toast" joke in here somewhere, but mostly this investment in a relatively young restaurant technology company underscores the value that both investors and restaurants are placing on connected, modern, and agile software to run competitive and profitable businesses.

Operations

Seat Me, Please? Why Restaurants Won’t Seat You Without a Complete Party

1 month ago

Restaurants: I promise I will order lots of food and drinks if you just let me sit down at my table even if the rest of my party isn't here. Also, I will come back and eat again.