Observers say Judge Mehta was careful not to reveal where he stands on the proposed merger.
A new Google app spares customers the effort of taking out their phones. All they have to do is say their names.

Raising Cane’s, Which Wich, Genghis Grill or Mooyah, suggests a Dallas paper.
Vowing to become a national chain, the 12-unit casual chain is turning to the Internet to raise more funds before exploring private-equity deals or a public offering.
Union officials are betting the move will lower employers’ resistance to organizing.

Restaurateurs are the worst sort of horse thieves, swiping competitors’ ideas, menu items and talent with the bravado of mafia lieutenants. Instead of damning the copycatting, consumers warm to it because a light-fingered operator typically refines a looted innovation for the sake of differentiation. Soon a new trend emerges, often more powerful and engaging than the one from which it arose.

That tendency to push things further was evident this week,...

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Windows of opportunity: The most promising new formats for takeout, cobranding, pop-ups and more.


roasted pork ribs
Pork ribs are most often found on Chinese cuisine menus, but available more often at American cuisine locations.
GreenRiver reportedly will open this summer in Chicago.

The chicken chain’s latest LTO comes with a signature side, a buttermilk biscuit and garlic-herb dipping sauce for $4.99.
The Jamba Juice and PepsiCo veteran succeeds Paul Damico.