Opinions

The Restaurant Business editorial staff and industry experts weigh in on important topics and trends

start 2017
Fate has me of drafting New Year’s resolutions for the whole restaurant industry. I don’t have to tell you how much reform the business needs in 2017.
Peter Romeo's Reality Check
Fate has me of drafting New Year’s resolutions for the whole restaurant industry. I don’t have to tell you how much reform the business needs in 2017.
The industry could use some cheer this holiday season. So let me climb aboard santa's lap and reel off what should be in your bag this year for restaurants.
Pat Cobe's Taste Tracker
Three months after the Cantina opened, here’s what a non-millennial customer found.
Restaurants are piggybacking on the day’s bargain-hunting mania with some kind of deal—many of which extend throughout the weekend and the holiday season.
Kelly Killian's Consumer Beat
Is a restaurant a restaurant if merriam-webster.com doesn't say it's so? some of the Future 50 chains barely fit the traditional restaurant description.
Despite this push to make America’s chains great again, operators still are fighting to unshackle themselves from the notion of a one-size-fits-all model.
Sara Rush's Token Millennial
When we first started brainstorming ideas for the cover of this month’s issue, we didn’t plan on featuring the president-elect…And then the results came in.
Not every idea that pushes businesses forward has to be mind-blowingly new or groundbreaking. Here’s a look at the changes we hope we’ll see in restaurants soon.
Justin Massa's Buzz Busters
Given the staggering increase in year-over-year sales, one might expect there to be a corresponding uptick of mentions of chocolate hazelnut spread on menus, but in fact the number of menus that mention chocolate hazelnut spread has remained right around 2 percent of all menus for the past year and a half.
“Artisanal toast is taking the nation by storm,” reads a recent headline from Eater.com. Meanwhile, Food Genius reports that less than 1 percent of nearly 60 million menu items mention the word “toast.” That’s quite a discrepancy. How can something that is supposedly taking the nation by storm be listed as a menu item less than 1 percent of the time?