All the current restaurant news

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Former NPC COO John Hedrick quietly joined the chain last month.
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The chain will operate as an independent company with access to its global sister's resources, buyer Restaurant Brands International said.
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The natural-foods specialist is including a Brazilian limited-service restaurant in a store being renovated and expanded in midtown Atlanta.
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Even we blushed while perusing some of the week's uncelebrated but noteworthy developments.

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The one-time carhop had headed the two-concept franchisor DineEquity for 16 years. No permanent replacement was named.
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Bloomin' Brands said Q4 domestic comps fort Outback and Carrabba's decreased 4.8% and 2.3%, respectively.
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The tongue-in-cheek announcement kicks off a new marketing ploy for the chain: A limited-time suck-up.
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Andy Puzder is out as a candidate for secretary of labor.
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More consumers now than a couple of years ago say they are eating a variety of meat as snacks according to new research from Technomic. Here are three ways meat is boosting snack sales.

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Immigrant workers are being encouraged to skip work Thursday in a protest against President Trump's changes in U.S. immigration policy, and consumers of foreign origin are being asked not to spend money. Many restaurants have already said they'll close for the day in a show of solidarity--and perplexity at how to keep operating.
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Nightmares may not go away for years, as some restaurants learned this week.

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While the industry may be slow to adopt ultra high-tech advances such as robots, there's innovation happening on the equipment front, with suppliers trying to make running a restaurant easier.

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The demand for seafood skyrockets during Lent. These seafood recipes can easily be added to the rotation now, but may prove popular enough to stay on the menu.