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Data signals increasing consumer demand for spicy, bold flavors: for the first time, a majority of consumers (54%) say they prefer hot or spicy sauces, dips or condiments.

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The conundrum facing operators is to go with new, used or both. Budget, needs and anticipated usage are the major considerations.

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Restaurants generating the biggest swing in social media sentiment this week. View More

Brands Trend + Sentiment - Sentiment SP Score
KFC ↑ 10% 50% 50% 4
Newk's ↑ 15% 100% 0% 100
Famous Dave's ↓ -12% 60% 40% 22
Smith & Wollensky ↑ 4% 81% 19% 58

SP Score = Propensity of a reviewer to return to a concept or recommend it to other consumers.

Last Updated on 10-7-2014

Peter Romeo
Peter Romeo, Director of Digital Content

A privately owned chain with $5.4 million in profits is about to sell 45 percent of itself to the public for at least $80 million, and that chain sadly isn’t yours. Unless your name is Danny Meyer.

Kelly Killian

The research says that about half of Americans make resolutions—and by now, a quarter of us already have abandoned them. But I’m holding out hope for this list of to-dos to help me make a better restaurant-goer in the coming year. And I’m sharing them here not only to keep me honest, but also in hope that other consumers will join me.

Pat Cobe
Patricia Cobe, Senior Editor

It’s difficult to stick to resolutions when going out to restaurants is part of your job description, this January, a number of chains kicked off the New Year with menus that make it easier for me and other customers. For their efforts, we’re likely to reward them with our dollars as well as our gratitude.

Sara Rush
Sara Rush, Senior Associate Editor

After spending an evening at a recently opened casual Cajun restaurant in St. Louis, senior associate editor Sara Rush, was asked by the owner for her opinion on his operation. What ensued was a classic, “you kids can’t really think this way” discussion.

Justin Massa, Food Genius, Buzz Busters
Justin Massa, CEO of Food Genius

Given the staggering increase in year-over-year sales, one might expect there to be a corresponding uptick of mentions of chocolate hazelnut spread on menus, but in fact the number of menus that mention chocolate hazelnut spread has remained right around 2 percent of all menus for the past year and a half.