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More than a third of consumers (36%) say they often choose entrées based on the accompanying sides.

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A decade ago, Mike Frampton was paying about $35 per pickup to have a rendering company haul away the used cooking oil from his Sacramento, Calif., Melting Pot franchise. Today, he’s the one getting paid.

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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

Restaurateurs taught consumers more than a few lessons this week, but hold off on the gloating. Enlightening parties who need a moment to recall the occupant of Grant’s tomb isn’t exactly a demonstration of genius. Still, there were occasions when industry savants took to the blackboard in what proved a head-turning education fest.

Kelly Killian
By launched around this time last year. Since then, our traffic has nearly tripled and the site was named a finalist for two Editorial & Design Awards. And we're not stopping there ...

Pat Cobe
Patricia Cobe, Senior Editor

During Pat Cobe's recent trip to Paris, she observed some Parisian best practices that are worth sharing and perhaps adapting to the American restaurant scene.

Sara Rush
Sara Rush, 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.