Buffalo Wild Wings

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The scaled-down venture will operate under a separate name. Beer and TV will be essential features.

The sports bar category is defying casual dining overall. Those among the Top 500 grew sales by 3.9%, to $7.9 billion, and unit counts by 2%, to 2,747. Increases came both from the largest chain,...

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As shareholders decide who will set the chain's directions, its longtime leader is bowing out.
Restaurants are looking to a behemoth outside the industry as a prime source of inspiration.
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An activist shareholder said the chain's longtime leader is "out to lunch."
More channels means more competition and a rethinking of the industry.
As off-premise continues to grow, an omnichannel approach may be on the horizon.
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With goading from investors, franchisees are becoming a force in brand parents' corporate dealings.
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A group saying it represents 93% of the franchise system says it wants to keep Sally Smith and her team in leadership roles, a rebuke to activist investor Marcato Capital.

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