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Food

Vineyards Just Had Their Worst Year in Over Half a Century, and Wine Drinkers Will Likely Feel the Crush

2 months ago

New World vineyards in South African and Australia are likely to pick up the slack, and so will other non-traditional growing regions in the year ahead as global climate change alters the landscape.

Chains

McDonald’s Dollar Menu Successor Goes Up to $3

2 months ago

Is a $3 deal really a deal in fast food? McDonald's hopes so as it announces its new value program, set to roll out next year.

Chains

Chipotle’s Q3 Results Fall Short of Expectations Despite a Healthy Profit

2 months ago

Considering the quarter Chipotle had — more health scares, lukewarm Queso — this would have made us plenty happy.

Chains

McDonald’s Q3 Profits Turn Out Better Than Wall Street Expected

2 months ago

The revenue may disappoint some, but the profits are a welcome sign.

Marketing

TripAdvisor Debuts Paid Search Listings to Help Restaurants Lure Patrons

2 months ago

TripAdvisor is smart to leverage the rising popularity of travelers finding and booking the best restaurants via online platforms. Still, when it comes to focusing on paid advertising versus user reviews, owners should be pragmatic.

Marketing

Michelin Releases Its List of New Picks for New York City’s Best Cheap(er) Restaurants

2 months ago

Too much Brooklyn and not enough Queens if you ask us.

Chains

Queso Concerns at Chipotle Weigh on Investors Before Quarterly Earnings

2 months ago

Nobody is talking about Chipotle's very bad year of health concerns. Instead, they're worried that its Queso dip isn't artificial enough. In the long term, this could prove to be a win for the brand.

Independents

John Besh to Leave Besh Restaurant Group After Sexual Harassment Allegations

2 months ago

There's a sense throughout the restaurant industry that this is the first of many allegations, as well as an opportunity to reset the lopsided dynamics within the industry that allow cultures like this to thrive.

Operations

Meal-Kit Startup HelloFresh Hopes for IPO Success That Eluded Blue Apron

2 months ago

Meal kits are a threat to restauarants for as long as they’re allowed to operate at a loss while giving potential diners a reason to stay home.

Strategy

Fast Food Is Beating Fast Casual on Mobile and Social Media

2 months ago

There isn’t so much a tortoise and the hare message in here as we’d like to imply. One person’s digital metric high points are another one’s warnings, so brands should use L2’s numbers to better understand their strategies, not simply define them.

People

Video: Noma’s René Redzepi Hates Routine

2 months ago

How does one of the best chefs in the world keep from falling into the routine of his own success? By challenging the notion of a restaurant, tirelessly iterating on new ideas, and working hard to push himself well out of his comfort zone.

Independents

Chicago Is Down One Michelin-Starred Restaurant This Year

2 months ago

Chicago lost two two-starred restaurants last year due to closures but still features a strong list of award winners, including the usual suspects.