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Add another casualty to the list of downturn victims: Predictability. But that's not necessarily a bad thing, as this review suggests.
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Six ways to preserve your image when closing a restaurant.

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The parent of Taco Cabana and Pollo Tropical said it will review its strategic direction, including a pending split of the brands.
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Despite consumer interest in better-for-you fare, some health-focused fast casuals have been slowing growth.
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Music can help make or break a restaurant experience, so with help from Technomic, we found the Top 10 casual-dining playlists.

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Industry pros share advice for boosting drink sales and creating a cocktail culture.

In This Issue

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Advice Guy taps an expert engineer to provide upkeep recommendations for a hot and cold food table. 

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A franchisee will test the service in New Zealand this year.

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Consumption is down appreciably, while water has soared in popularity.
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These gourmet vendors are dispensing more than just snacks.
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A new study finds a majority of customers regard the menus as hard to read and the staffs as unreliable. But that doesn't mean they want to talk.
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Did the Olympics inspire industry antagonists to strive a little harder this week? Here's the evidence to judge for yourself.
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Several big names have just thrown in the napkin—one after 95 years.