Sara Rush Wirth

Sara Rush Wirth

Managing Editor

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Sara Rush Wirth is managing editor at Restaurant Business, where she plans and contributes to the magazine, website and e-newsletters. Sara’s background in food writing includes both foodservice and culinary experiences. Prior to joining Restaurant Business, Sara was an editor in the cookbook department for Publications International. Previously, she was on the editorial team at Technomic, a market-research firm within the foodservice industry.

Sara studied English at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She also received her professional cookery certificate from Kendall College in Chicago. Sara currently resides in Chicago.

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Same-store sales across the chain restaurant industry are down in 2017, but the outlook varies across the country, finds research firm TDn2K.

If we had our say, these are the trends that would stay and go next year.

Here's how the off-premise engine is causing a sea change.

Many current trends will continue to grow next year, per the National Restaurant Association’s annual What’s Hot forecast, which brings global influences to the forefront.

What kind of response should restaurant execs have to a data breach, and how has that changed?

While indie dishes may get the glory, a little coaxing draws out some fast-food faves.

These new advances could change the game, making operations smarter and more efficient.

Here's what RB's managing editor has learned from viewing restaurant tech through a brand new lens.

Many cocktail-focused restaurants are training their bartenders to concoct booze-free beverages that are just as complex as those that leave guests tipsy.

The successes or failures of one big fast-casual brand have the ability to drastically shift results.

The decline of full-service chains is palpable. Three of the major casual-dining players—TGI Fridays, Applebee’s and Chili’s—were all down more than 2% in sales.

Over 80% of the limited-service segment’s sales comes from QSRs. Fast casual remains the strongest grower, with sales up 8% and units up 8.7%.