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We interrupt the string of bleak industry news to highlight a few reasons for encouragement.

The move may have Starbucks looking over its shoulder.

And most of the increased business should be incremental, with no loss by traditional leaders like pizza chains.

Recent days brought signs of how bad things could get in the restaurant business, along with some advice from the ultimate chief executive about what to do about it.

Early adoption of such now-standard functions as pre-payment of mobile orders has helped Starbucks outpace the industry. What sort of sales and margin and enhancements is it eying now? Here's a preview.

The annual Restaurant Trends & Directions conference yielded some good news, but also some threats to watch.

A new report shows the percentage of diners choosing to eat on-premise is holding steady, indicating the uptick in takeout, delivery and catering is incremental.

A new gauge of consumer sentiment finds the c-store brand outperforming restaurants, which are still losing loyalty.

Here is a roundup of Tuesday meal deals helping drive traffic on that day of the week.

The normally well-behaved restaurant industry sank deeply into snark in recent weeks, bashing one another in hopes of drawing favorable notice.