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Seattle Mayor Ed Murray has called on the city to adopt a 2-cent-an-ounce tax on sugared soft drinks as a way of simultaneously discouraging consumption and raising money for education. The surcharge...
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Last-minute shift changes would require restaurants to pay affected employees for at least four hours, whether the time was worked or not, under bills likely to be heard next week in the Oregon...
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Starbucks is pulling the plug on another of its secondary restaurant concepts, this time the Evolution Fresh cold-pressed juice chain. The coffee giant intends to shut the two remaining Evolution...
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One thing I’ve loved about writing this column over the past seven (!) years is that by using real reader-submitted questions, I am always learning new things, due to the complexity of running a...
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Chipotle has finished rolling out its new “Smarter Pick Up Times” platform to all of its locations that offer digital ordering. Through “Smarter Pick Up Times,” the chain says it’s able to monitor...
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Which Wich is making moves into the supermarket segment, as the chain announced a new partnership that will put units of fast-casual sandwich brand inside 15 Crossroads IGA stores nationwide. Five of...
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Ambiance and service attributes—not food quality—have the most dramatic positive impact on consumers’ willingness to pay more at restaurants, according to a new study. The importance of ambiance and...
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After selling pizza and burgers as the operations specialist for a multi-concept franchisee, John "J" Hedrick has moved to the Pei Wei fast-casual Asian chain as CEO. The concept, the little sister...
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Restaurant Brands International, the parent company of Burger King and Tim Hortons , has agreed to add the Popeyes Louisiana fried chicken chain to its fold for $79 a share, or about $1.8 billion in...
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The prototype for a new in-store Brazillian fast-casual chain will be part of a supermarket Whole Foods intends to re-open in May in midtown Atlanta, the grocer confirmed last week. Called Roast, the...