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Two industry vets partner to grow Mandola’s Italian Kitchen

Paul Avery, former president and COO of Outback Steakhouse, and Damian Mandola, co-founder of Carrabba’s, have big plans for the fast-casual concept.


Papa John’s same-store sales rose 24% last quarter

The pizza chain’s same-store sales rose 18% in September, the sixth straight month the key figure was in the double digits.


Calls grow for tighter franchise regulations

As stories of problems at franchise brands mount, advocates and some regulators call for more enforcement at the federal level.

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Rave Restaurant Group’s latest financial update paints a bleak picture for Pie Five and sister brand Pizza Inn.

CEC Entertainment’s unsecured creditors say the company’s lenders are pushing a quick sale that would result in an artificially low price.

The DOJ has asked for more information about the pending acquisition, according to a filing by Uber.

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Single-use plastic straws would also be prohibited under the measure, which has yet to be signed into law by Gov. Murphy.

Americans love to eat beef—according to Technomic’s 2019 Center of the Plate: Beef and Pork Consumer Trend Report, 69% of consumers eat beef at home or at a foodservice location at least once a week.

The chain’s new IHOPPY Hour features a value menu from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. every day.

IHOP and Burger King show the industry could start pushing more discounts amid a weak economy. RB’s The Bottom Line wonders if they are necessary.

The industry veteran received the promotion after five years with the company.

From small chains to big concepts, a number of restaurant chains have filed for Chapter 11, or Chapter 7, since the start of the pandemic. Here’s a list.