Innovations

Inspiration for running your restaurant business more successfully

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The constant pressure to differentiate is pushing operations in some unusual directions. Here are a few examples.

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This latest openings roundup includes a new prototype from Panda Express, a counter-service steakhouse and the newest concept from Jean-Georges Vongerichten.

With an eye on its upcoming rebrand, Pei Wei debuted a stand-alone test kitchen in Scottsdale, Ariz., creating a platform for real-time feedback. The kitchen takes menu testing out of its...

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There’s no end in sight to the food hall trend, but as competition grows, new concepts have to go beyond the standard formula to show why they’re worth visiting.

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Wedding registries and third-party reservations services were once seen as too highfalutin for cookie-cutter places slinging pizza and potato skins. But not in today’s environment.

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A Hooters with flat-chested staffers and no table service was just one of the startling new concepts to emerge this week. Here's a rundown of ventures that merit a look.

I am proud to say that the late longtime McDonald’s CEO Ray Kroc and I were both born in Chicagoland in Oak Park and graduated from Oak Park and River Forest High School. But while Kroc spent his...

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Casual-dining veteran and Houlihan's CEO Mike Archer spoke with Restaurant Business on what changes he’s brought in—and still plans to make—that should keep competitors on their toes, from bar revamps to delivery service. There are even a few lessons from Houlihan’s that others pushing to modernize can learn.

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These industry veterans are aiming for another hit with updates of what brought them success.

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Traditionally a slow time for restaurant launches, the holiday season this year ushered in a slew of new concepts. Here’s a look at some of the just-opened restaurants on our radar.

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