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Food

The New Hudson Yards Restaurants Offer Plenty of Chef Star Power

2 months ago

Are the views from the a seven-story building worth fighting tourists fresh off the High Line for a table? Not to me. But the list of chefs is quite impressive.

Chains

Papa John’s Hopes Its New Marketing Strategy Will Bring It All the Way Back

2 months ago

It seems obvious to market ingredients as a pizza chain. But Papa John's chose to market value promotions and limited time offers to win back customers. I can't blame them because the strategy has worked wonders for QSR restaurants.

Chains

Veggie Grill’s CEO on the Explosion of the Plant-Based Protein Market

2 months ago

As plant-based protein takes on a more welcomed status in the mainstream American diet, vegan chains like Veggie Grill are uniquely positioned to capitalize on diners willing to pay more for less meat.

Marketing

Visit California Partners With Michelin Ahead of New Statewide Restaurant Guide

2 months ago

The new California statewide Michelin Guide may be a nod to the state's culinary interests. But it could also be the result of a smart play by Visit California, a tourism organization, in the style of Singapore, Thailand, and other destinations who have partnered with the Guides.

Marketing

Top Restaurant Marketers Q&A: KFC’s Andrea Zahumensky

2 months ago

Andrea Zahumensky's "uncomfortable" marketing approach is exactly what KFC needed.

Chains

Yum China’s Bet on AI and Robot Servers Is Beginning to Pay Off

2 months ago

Not to pile on Pizza Hut, but it's telling that the Yum brands that are resonating with Chinese diners are the same ones connecting with those in the U.S.: KFC and Taco Bell.

Chains

Papa John’s Founder Will Resign From Company Board

2 months ago

What a whirlwind the past eight months have been for Papa John's. After a long battle with its former chairman, the company can now focus on putting Starboard's recent $200 million investment to good use.

Chains

Danny Trejo Proves Celebrity Restaurants Can Work

2 months ago

It was never Danny Trejo’s goal to open a chain of Mexican restaurants, but when the opportunity presented itself, he jumped at the chance. Now with only two other partners, he has a string of Trejo’s Tacos, Cantinas and Coffee & Donuts shops around Los Angeles, with more cities targeted for 2019.

Strategy

The Future of Hotel Dining Will Be Branded

2 months ago

But are branded chain restaurants or food halls what today's diners really want? Or do they not care, just as long as the food's good and so is the overall dining experience?

Tech

TripAdvisor Subsidiary Buys South American Restaurant Reservations Platform

2 months ago

TripAdvisor has grown its commercial restaurant business by focusing on underpenetrated parts of Europe through TheFork. Now, the company has set its sights on South America.

Food

New Yorkers Have a Growing Appetite for Endangered Eel Species

2 months ago

Unagi, or freshwater eel, is an endangered species in Japan. So expect to pay a pretty penny for the delicacy.

Tech

Ghost Kitchens and Delivery Services: February Restaurant Industry Funding

2 months ago

The big winner this month? DoorDash, which has now raised over a billion dollars in funding in less than a year.