Strategy

Independents

Restaurant Megatrends 2018: Restaurants Use Experiences to Fight Delivery Boom

3 days ago

The in-restaurant experience is changing, and it’s a direct result of new technologies aimed at making our lives simpler. Sometimes the tech creates a threat, as has happened with delivery. And sometimes it creates opportunity, as we see in the ways smart restaurants are addressing said threat.

Independents

Leading London Restaurant Is Experimenting With Congestion Pricing

1 week ago

This is no different than early week specials, but certainly the Bob Bob team and others will watch closely to see if it makes Friday night diners question why their food is more expensive when they've jumped through multiple hoops just to get a seat.

Strategy

Postmates and Ford Partner on Driverless Delivery Pilot

2 weeks ago

Considering Postmates' limited markets and confusing pricing, Ford will continue to learn more about delivery and automation from the forward-thinking bunch at Domino's.

Strategy

Kellogg’s Wants You to Instagram Your Cereal at Its New Cafe

1 month ago

Nostalgia plus an Instagram station is Millennial gold, so this is as good a marketing effort as any to make cereal hip again — with two seasoned fine-dining veterans at the helm.

Chains

Taco Bell Wants You to Know It Has Really Cheap Food Too

2 months ago

We know the value push has a lot to do with the state of the U.S. economy and the vast mass of people who don't make what they deserve. But at the end of the day, a race to the bottom of the $1 barrel is never a great one for any brand to be engaged in.

Chains

McDonald’s Is Starting a New Fast Food Price War With Its Revamped Dollar Menu

2 months ago

In a race to the bottom the winner's prize is just that, the bottom. If they need any insight into this, just have them call the airlines.

Strategy

Grubhub and OpenTable in Loyalty Partnership With Hotel Chain

2 months ago

Expect more travel brands to extend their reach into the dining experience going forward, especially since consumers have to eat every day and may only travel on occasion. And after all, the way to anyone's heart is through their stomachs, right?

Independents

Singapore’s Top Seafood Hawkers Are Going Public on the Stock Market

2 months ago

One warning sign would be the current highs at which Singapore's market is seeing. While that's good for what they could raise now, it means a drop in value may not be far behind.

Independents

Christina Tosi Raises Millions to Grow Milk Bar Dessert Empire

2 months ago

Chefs that want to expand concepts beyond well-executed local independents are turning to more sophisticated investors. Tosi's teaming up with RSE would appear to play to both of their strengths.

People

Video: Danny Meyer Talks Change, Technology and Hugging Millennials

3 months ago

The good news is everyone loves food. The bad news is that competition is fierce and the business of dining out is delicate.

Strategy

Fast Food Is Beating Fast Casual on Mobile and Social Media

3 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

3 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.