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The dash for off-premise business is taking a detour around third-party delivery. Meanwhile, Amy Poehler isn't making restaurateurs laugh, R&D kitchens are cooking up some unusual new products, and the drug epidemic is prompting some controversial changes in operations.

The industry showed it's not afraid to stand up to its adversaries on important government issues, and will likely be emboldened going forward by help in the rumble from an unlikely source. It also was fearless in exploiting the opportunities afforded by the P.F. Chang's Olympics. Or something like that.

Ells, a chef by training, has been a disruptor, industry critic, apologist, risk taker, contrarian and culinary traditionalist.

The executive who worked magic at Popeyes would be the ideal chief for a brand just starting its searching for a leader: Taco Bell.

The Bottom Line: The burrito chain has been trending toward normalization for some time now, and that's a good thing.

Or at least not too much. The industry needs a sometimes-annoying contrarian to keep it fresh and innovative. Let it remain the anti-fast-food brand.

The troubled burrito chain has plucked an experienced marketer from Taco Bell, the sort of chain it swore it would never copy.

Higher wages are putting pressure on chains to grow sales in a tough environment.

The week's big announcements, from completion of the Arby's-BWW merger to the newest wrinkles in Chipotle's turnaround plan, sometimes overshadowed small revelations with big implications. Here are a few of those tidbits you likely missed.

The company didn't put a timeline on when its new executive would be in place, says RB's The Bottom Line.