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Chains

Taco Bell Starts Testing Dedicated Vegetarian Menu

8 months ago

Vegetarian offerings are basically table stakes for fast food at this point, and Taco Bell is capitalizing on the success its already seen by offering a dedicated vegetarian menu within its own mobile app.

Tech

EzCater Raises $150 Million to Further Digitize Off-Premise Sales

8 months ago

Large-format catering orders may not grab the same headlines commanded by third-party delivery services at the moment, but it's a buzzing and important part of many restaurants' off-premise strategies.

Tech

Toast’s Latest $250 Million Funding Round Will Fuel Research and Development

8 months ago

Toast has seen tremendous growth over its five years of existence. We wouldn't be surprised if the next stop is an IPO. (And directing $1 billion toward R&D efforts is certainly not small potatoes.)

Chains

Burger King Tests Plant-Based Impossible Whopper

8 months ago

We've seen many chains become early adopters of plant-based options for customers over the past year, but Burger King is probably the most surprising.

Chains

Why Expansion to Fast Casual Works for Established Restaurant Brands

8 months ago

Fast casual concepts represent a large opportunity for restaurant groups that may be feeling a bit of pressure to keep sales momentum going after turning fortunes around.

Strategy

How Marriott Plans to Boost Its Dining Strategy

8 months ago

Everyone in the restaurant industry wants a piece of that hotel money. But for the hotel brands, the bigger challenge is making sure that their dining concepts aren’t the same old, boring ones they’ve always had — and convincing both diners and chefs to buy in.

Marketing

NCAA Tourney Overtime Was Worth $1 Million to Buffalo Wild Wings

8 months ago

Buffalo Wild Wings likely also profited from more people staying at its restaurants during overtime, too. Double win.

Operations

Digital Transactions Rule … Outside the U.S.

8 months ago

Generally, a higher adoption of digital payments lends itself to more consumer spending.

Tech

Ghost Kitchens, Labor Management Systems: March Restaurant Industry Funding

8 months ago

It's a great time to own a ghost kitchen startup.

Strategy

Marriott Needs to Revamp Its Dining Strategy — and Knows It

8 months ago

So does everyone else in the hotel business these days. Hotel companies like Marriott certainly have the scale and financial backing to improve hotel dining, but do they have the passion or creativity to mimic the independent restaurants they're trying to imitate? And will diners be able to taste the difference?

Chains

Subway Shutters More Stores as Diners Pass on Footlongs

8 months ago

Subway was once considered a healthier option than traditional fast food. But then diners began to realize its sandwiches are packed with calories and carbs.

Marketing

Papa John’s Hires a New CMO

8 months ago

Papa John's has its CMO. It will be interesting to see how the industry vet attempts to turn the company's fortunes around.