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Tech

TripAdvisor Subsidiary Buys South American Restaurant Reservations Platform

2 years 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.

Tech

Ghost Kitchens and Delivery Services: February Restaurant Industry Funding

2 years ago

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

Tech

Smaller Restaurants Grapple With the Burden of Delivery Service Fees

2 years ago

Independents and mid-sized chains are very reliant on delivery companies, as they are too small to launch delivery channels of their own, and a failure to offer the channel would result in large amounts of missed revenue and new customers.

Chains

Wingstop Adds More Stores But It Really Needs Name Recognition

2 years ago

All is well at Wingstop, even if it is a relatively unknown brand. The company plans to change its low profile — and the new strategy just might work.

Strategy

The Lucrative Business of Luxury CBD Dining and Drinking

2 years ago

There is a green rush taking place in the United States, and the restaurant industry is not content to sit on the sidelines. Meanwhile, FDA regulation threatens to be one big buzz kill.

Marketing

Top Restaurant Marketers Q&A: Pei Wei’s Brandon Solano

2 years ago

Pei Wei CMO Brandon Solano purports that his marketing cred has earned him the right to wear what he wants and say what he pleases. He’s right.

Chains

Papa John’s CEO: We Are Still Suffering From Customer Sentiment

2 years ago

At least losses for Papa John's are no longer in the double digits.

Chains

Shake Shack’s Profit Margins Took a Hit Due to Increased Labor Costs

2 years ago

Shake Shack chose not to increase menu prices as significantly as some other chains this quarter in order to offset an increase in labor costs, and took a not-so-small hit to its profit margins in the process.

People

Innovative Restaurateurs: Guiding Lettuce Entertain You’s Explosive Growth

2 years ago

Chicago’s most notable restaurant group now has 120 restaurants in nine states, but it is picky about the concepts it embraces.

Chains

Wendy’s Commits an Extra $25 Million to Digital Initiatives This Year

2 years ago

Will this be enough to save Wendy's lagging comparable store sales and overall revenue growth? It sure hopes so.

Chains

IHOP’s Burger Stunt Led to Its Best Sales Year Since 2015

2 years ago

Increased foot traffic and off-premise sales were other factors behind the brand's resurgence last year. But hats off to IHOP's marketing team.

Chains

The Cheesecake Factory Is Making the Most of Its Delivery Partnership

2 years ago

In the land of exclusive chain partnerships, The Cheesecake Factory's relationship with DoorDash is one that it feels very comfortable bragging about.