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Food

The Super Bowl Buffalo Wing-Pocalypse Restaurants Feared Will Not Come to Pass

3 months ago

Chicken wing joints certainly find it difficult to explain price fluctuations to their clientele. They dodged a bullet this weekend.

Food

Chipotle’s First Shot at Dessert Falls Short With Diners

3 months ago

Here's your next great food item Chipotle: Hot churros sold while people wait in line. You're welcome.

Independents

Restaurant Megatrends 2018: A New Kind of Big Money Can Remake Independent Restaurants

3 months ago

Big opens need big money in destinations where real estate and talent come with big price tags. The professionalization of this restaurant investment community was the logical next step.

Operations

Restaurant Megatrends 2018: Ordering and Payment Tech Create Haves and Have-Nots

3 months ago

As restaurants streamline their operations and hone app-based loyalty programs, technology dictates the divide between those who can participate and those who can't.

Chains

Has McDonald’s Solved the French Fry Delivery Problem?

3 months ago

[Spoiler alert] It hasn't. Even the most casual french fry connoisseur knows that soggy fries aren't a heat problem, they're a bag problem. Fast delivery will help, but hot fries will steam themselves in a bag, every time.

Chains

Chili’s Comeback Is Still a Work in Progress

3 months ago

There's still nothing to distinguish Chili's from TGI, Applebee's, Houlihan's, and the rest of the mid-market pack. The food may be cheap-ish, but it's certainly not good, no matter how much you spend on marketing.

People

Critic Q&A: Eater’s Bill Addison on the State of Dining in America

3 months ago

Creating a comprehensive "best of" list is a complicated and Herculean task. Few are better suited to comment (and rank!) the state of American dining than Eater's national critic.

Tech

Restaurant Megatrends 2018: Hit List Dining Changes the Game

3 months ago

Where to eat is important — but suggestions of what to eat are even more influential these days. But chasing after one famous and photogenic dish means you might miss out on all the rest.

Chains

McDonald’s New Dollar Menu Is Already Paying off — in Foot Traffic

3 months ago

We are not math geniuses, but more and more people paying less and less isn't the long-term winning formula franchisees are after.

Chains

Restaurant Megatrends 2018: Fast Food Drops the Corporate Voice in Favor of Personality

3 months ago

As competition in the quick service market intensifies, having a rebellious streak that engages potential customers and differentiates concepts from dozens of similar brands no longer seems like a risk, but a necessity.

Marketing

Reba McEntire Is the Next Colonel Sanders in KFC Ads

3 months ago

KFC's revolvingcolonel campaign continues to be one of our favorites in the industry, and Reba only makes it better.

Independents

Restaurant Megatrends 2018: Restaurants Make Sustainability Visible

3 months ago

With local sourcing no longer serving as a trend, but increasingly as the status quo, restaurants are making their commitments to sustainability more visible to diners than ever before, with specific design elements at the forefront of their efforts.