Individuals influencing the direction of the restaurant industry

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Some kids born into the family business make a swift exit into another career. Not so for these restaurant progeny. They're expanding their empire.

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Systemwide meetings can serve many purposes—damage control, ideation, recognition, training—but do you need a meeting? Is your message being understood?

If you’re unfamiliar with the name Greg Flynn, you’re almost certainly not a part of Applebee’s (he operates roughly a quarter of the chain) or Panera Bread (last year he became the first franchisee...

When restaurateur Phil Romano invited Sharon Van Meter to move her culinary team-building business to Trinity Groves, his West Dallas restaurant incubator and retail center, she had no interest. “I...

Panera Bread founder, Chairman and CEO Ron Shaich shared his one-cafe-at-a-time focus at Winsight’s Restaurant Leadership Conference . He told the audience that what happens in the cafe drives more...

Donald Trump

A look at the tycoon’s notable rows with industry players this year.

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Here’s a review of the executive changes in 2015 that hold the most profound implications for the business in the years beyond.

Restaurant newsmakers

They made the boldest headlines in what was indisputably an up-and-down year. The ups were rocket shots to nosebleed heights, and the downs were just as extreme—catastrophic, yet wellsprings of outrage and surprise. Here are six individuals who contributed to the rollercoaster ride.

A South Carolina company in the heart of tobacco country decides it needs help in stoking the testosterone-laced operation with talent. Who better to handle the task than a highly educated local...

Q. What’s the best advice you were ever given? A. My grandmother Edna [husband] David and I were with her when she bowed her head and died at age 96) gave me the best advice ever: Use your gifts. Q...