The independent segment’s restaurant count dropped by 3 percent in just one year, according to NPD Group data, while fast-casual chains saw a 7 percent increase.
Though costlier to produce and purchase, cold-brew coffee drinks are becoming more mainstream—and are making inroads in the QSR sector.

The real-estate mogul is seeking recompense after Andres nixed a deal to open a flagship restaurant in Trump’s Washington, D.C., hotel, citing Trump’s incendiary comments about Hispanic immigrants as the reason for backing out.
Restaurants that plan to serve alcohol will have fewer regulations to contend with when opening outside of the city's central business district, thanks to a recent zoning change.
The former franchisee alleges the sandwich company did "nothing" after she raised concerns with management about lewd messages she received from Fogle.

japanese side dishes
About half (53%) of consumers say they order sides on all or most of their foodservice visits.
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Miss Hay’s Vietnamese Po’boy
The classic Po’boy is filled with tender pork and pate, then enhanced with regional Louisiana ingredients and the fish sauce, pickled vegetables and fresh...

Roast Lamb Leg French Dip
Chef Critchley subs lamb for beef in a traditional French dip that’s suitable for dinner, adding upscale touches with caramelized onions and Greek yogurt sauce...
Southwest Chicken Grilled Flat
Corner Bakery developed an avocado ranch dressing and corn-tomato salsa that give this sandwich a southwest accent and custom spin.
Grilled Chicken Thigh Cubano
Although the origin of the Cuban sandwich is hotly debated—Tampa and Miami compete for the invention—Chicago researcher Technomic says that Cuban flavors are...
Despite recent comp-sales and customer-traffic wins, operators’ economic confidence is waning.
The pizza-delivery company’s COO gains a new role.