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Red Robin

Financing

Value push boosts Red Robin's traffic, not comps

A slight gain in transactions failed to generate a same-store sales boost for the grill and bar concept.

Operations

Famous Dave's to try delivery-only format

The casual chain is looking at kitchen-only formats after shrinking the size and tweaking the back of house of its conventional stores.

Even the pizza chain was startled by the new way that's been blazed to order a pie. And that's only one of the extreme moves that turned heads this week.

The latest flurry of earnings reports show clear sales and traffic improvement for a number of the sector's big brands.

The Bottom Line: Arby's and Buffalo Wild Wings want to buy more brands, and they have plenty of choices.

The Bottom Line: Arby's and Buffalo Wild Wings want to buy more brands, and they have plenty of choices.

Restaurants are reformatting their layouts and processes to accommodate the shift in their business toward takeout, delivery and catering.

The full-service chain hopes its “virtual” format will fly.

Operators take a hybrid approach to off-premise.

But companies at the ICR Conference reveal the industry’s conflicting challenges regarding sales.

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