Cracker Barrel

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

While some of the legacy brands (such as IHOP and Bob Evans) saw declines, Technomic Chief Insights Officer Darren Tristano expects breakfast-and-lunch concepts to keep growing. Up-and-comer First...

As off-premise continues to grow, an omnichannel approach may be on the horizon.

In addition to measuring chains’ operational attributes, Technomic also rated their connections to consumers through a series of questions designed to gauge loyalty and perception of a brand. A few...

More than half of the restaurant industry’s $491 billion in sales come from the Top 500 chains. And these giants grew at a modestly stronger rate, both in terms of sales and store counts, than the...

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The chain aims to drive traffic with discounted dinner LTOs.

Cracker Barrel plans to launch a fast-casual Southern foods concept this spring called Holler & Dash. The spin-off of the country-store-themed full-service chain will specialize in biscuit-based...

The family-dining chain is planning to launch a limited-service concept by next summer to expand its brand and "provide a different type of guest experience."
The disruptors that didn’t make our list provide interesting commentary on the state of the restaurant industry and the factors poking their fingers into the mold. Here are a few more ideas we kicked around.

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