Innovations

Inspiration for running your restaurant business more successfully

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Full-service chicken-wing chains are hatching quick-serve spinoffs.

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Chipotle's discontinuation of ShopHouse is the latest instance of a secondary concept looking good on paper but not living up to expectations. Here are a few other spectacular examples.

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Frequent past failures haven't discouraged full-service chains from trying fast-casual concepts. Here's a look at the latest experiments.

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Secret tips from kitschy-cool spy-themed concept SafeHouse.

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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.

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