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Same-store sales across the chain restaurant industry are down in 2017, but the outlook varies across the country, finds research firm TDn2K.

Here's how the off-premise engine is causing a sea change.

Some common threads appear among the success stories.

The Top 500 chains unveiled more than 13,000 limited-time offers in 2017, but only some can be winners with consumers.

The appeal of limited-time offers—an opportunity to get new customers in the door and increase visits from regulars, as well as the accompanying bump in checks and sales—is clear.

In a lot of ways—and for many reasons—independent restaurants trumped chains in 2017. Indies are nimble and able to seize upon trends like a hungry diner on avocado toast.

More dramatic steps have overshadowed some of the other turnaround moves the burrito chain has made in recent days. Nor has it spared the brand from being chopped on by competitors. Here's a recount of what you may have missed.

Rave Restaurant Group has hatched a plan to roll the concept into the c-store business.

The once secretive burger giant is now freely talking about its turnaround strategy—including what's working and what will take more time.

Traffic still declined, but by the slightest amount in more than a year, according to the latest snapshot from researcher TDn2K.