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New York’s Melt Shop Fills the Fast Casual Void in Kuwait

9 months ago

Melt Shop only opened its first international restaurant, in Kuwait, in January, and already debuted a second location there in April. CEO Spencer Rubin discussed what it takes for a budding chain to make an overseas debut.

Operations

Uber Wants to Deliver Your Restaurant Takeout by Drone

9 months ago

Great for the suburbs, perhaps, but downright silly for cities.

Operations

Chipotle Is Adding More Tech to Speed Up Mobile and Delivery Orders

10 months ago

Pre-orders, whether they be for delivery or pickup, are changing operations in incredibly significant ways. Restaurants need to figure out ways to keep the different customer experiences from conflicting with one another.

Chains

Wendy’s Won’t Stop Bragging About Its Fresh Beef

10 months ago

Like the competition, Wendy's is continuing to expand its digital footprint while doubling down on value menu offerings, exploring delivery partnerships, and, of course, having a great time calling out McDonald's on Twitter.

Tech

Square Steps Into the Dining Room With a New Point of Sale System

10 months ago

How do you compete with legacy software systems? If you're Square, you create a well-designed, cloud-based, intuitive, self-serve product and send it into dining rooms across the country.

Operations

Interview: How a NYC Cocktail Bar Translated Its Operations to a New Denver Hotel

10 months ago

The future of high-end cocktail bars may be in reimagining of their brands in new cities.

Operations

Deliveroo and Uber Eats Are Sharing London Restaurants’ Low Food Safety Scores

10 months ago

Restaurants may hate it, but it's a consumer-first approach that can build loyalty in a world where there's often little difference between the giant delivery apps.

Tech

DoorDash Will Power Delivery at 1,500 Chipotle Locations

10 months ago

Chipotle promised more consumer options last week, and it's already delivering with a DoorDash partnership at 1,500 of its restaurants. Point of sale integration continues to be the most interesting part of these partnerships.

Chains

Starbucks Sheds Its Meeting Place Identity in Favor of Drive-Thrus

10 months ago

Unsurprisingly, a line of cars shuttled through a drive thru brings in a lot more sales than a couple of laptop-laden customers hanging out in the cafe.

Tech

Breakfast Delivery, Coming Right Up

11 months ago

Consumers are comfortable with food delivery, and they're getting more comfortable with ordering digitally. Breakfast is a huge opportunity for all delivery services — and restaurants — to capture more attention and spending.

Operations

China’s Largest Restaurant Discovery Service In $3 Billion Bid for Bike-Share Startup

11 months ago

Meitun has mastered both local discovery and food delivery in a way that has few rivals anywhere in the world. We're not sure what a bike share brings the brand, but we know its rivals and contemporaries are watching closely.

Chains

Free Chips and Salsa Boost Chili’s Loyalty Program Sign-Ups

11 months ago

A good loyalty program makes a huge difference — ask Starbucks. But Chili's is learning that they don't have to be complicated — people just want free stuff.