Business TrendsView All
Peter Romeo, Director of Digital Content

Here are what we at Restaurant Business regard as the 10 most influential developments and trends of 2014.

Controlling CostsView All

Senior Associate Editor Sara Rush looks at the year’s biggest advances in technology and the questions those innovations raised.

Boosting SalesView All

Reputation Tracker

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

Here are five developments from 2014, including one from just last month, that shouldn't be forgotten as the calendar changes.

Kelly Killian

We asked our Clean Plate Award judges what makes a winning dish, and they said a mouthful.

Pat Cobe
Patricia Cobe, Senior Editor

In the NRA’s What’s Hot survey released this week, many of the same broad trends reported in recent years popped up again on the Top 10 list. So what's new? There were other surprises in the report that may help operators stay ahead of the curve and move their businesses forward in 2015. Here are five starting points.

Sara Rush
Sara Rush, Senior Associate Editor

Chicago’s 2015 Michelin rating came out recently, and while there were a few surprise starrings and snubs, the biggest shock was that two of the 24 restaurants on the list—L2O and Takashi—won’t be around past this year.

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.