Dominque Crenn, chef-owner of Michelin two-star restaurant Atelier Crenn in San Francisco, is opening a casual sibling in August called Petit Crenn.
The debut of one LTO and the return of another drove up comp sales at the chain 6.2 percent during Q2.

Facing pressure from Chicago officials, the restaurant’s owner has agreed to hire security guards to stymie unruly behavior and enforce the stop of liquor sales after midnight.
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The former COO of Applebee’s franchisee RMH Franchise Holdings will be tasked with strengthening guest connections to the brand.
The midday meal is seeing a renaissance, NPD Group says, and consumers’ preferences during that daypart are shaping how restaurants deliver.

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Does getting a bad review from a food critic signal the end, or are consumers too busy reading review sites to notice? Advice Guy weighs in.

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While a magic-bullet solution to lowering laundry costs remains elusive, operators are saving money by rethinking what linens are essential.
The operations are owned by grandchildren of founder Carl Karcher.

The sandwich chain is one of a growing number of brick-and-mortar restaurants and retailers facilitating orders through the online-payments platform.
Net income at the company fell 9.3 percent, tempering sales and revenue growth during the quarter.
Near-term profit growth at the bakery-cafe company will be hampered by its Panera 2.0 initiative, CEO Ron Schaich said.
Chains are scrambling to develop phone apps, pay-at-the-table options and other digital whistles and bells. But which of those do customers really want?
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Subway plans more change; Ruby Tuesday aims for families; McDonald’s cites localizing “conflict”; Olive Garden debuts a cast of cartoon mascots some find unsettling.