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Franchisee fear, anger mount as McDonald's intensifies inspections

Operators say their profits are down, despite strong sales, due to soaring food costs and discounts on the mobile app. That, plus tough new standards and more frequent inspections, are contributing to an environment some call “toxic.”

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Chipotle to test a robotic makeline and new grills

The fast-casual Mexican restaurant chain reported a disappointing fourth quarter but said its "back to basics" focus is paying off with positive transactions in January.

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Restaurants are growing frustrated with their payment processors

Operators' satisfaction with their providers fell more than any other industry last year, according to a survey by J.D. Power.

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Financing

The IPO market is apparently warming up again

The Bottom Line: Cava Group is planning an initial public offering and other restaurant companies could follow suit, so long as the market doesn't run off the rails again.

Technology

A California pizza parlor got a high-tech makeover, and business is booming

Owner Andrew Simmons turned his aging restaurant into a laboratory. The results: Lower prices, fewer workers and a line out the door.

Food

Native Foods taps into Italian beef’s popularity to launch a meatless version

Chef Chris Bertke remakes the Chicago favorite, delivering the sandwich’s flavor and nostalgia to plant-based eaters.

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A Deeper Dive: RB Menu Trends Columnist Nancy Kruse joins Jonathan Maze on the podcast to discuss why plant-based meats haven't quite fulfilled their sales promise.

The new process could also yield a more precise calculation of how much in payroll taxes a restaurant employer should be paying.

Wendy’s will be the first restaurant featured in new “shoppable ads.” Roku users can also get six months of free DashPass.

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A Deeper Dive

"A Deeper Dive” is a weekly podcast from Restaurant Business dedicated to going in-depth on the most pressing challenges and opportunities restaurant operators face today, hosted by Editor-in-Chief Jonathan Maze.

Working Lunch

"Working Lunch" is a weekly podcast from Align Public Strategies devoted to explaining the so what and now what about key issues impacting the restaurant and retail industries.

Menu Feed

“Menu Feed” is a biweekly podcast hosted by Senior Editor Patricia Cobe that delves into menu development and food and drink trends through lively conversations with chefs and operators.

Restaurant Rewind

“Restaurant Rewind" is a weekly podcast hosted by Editor-at-Large Peter Romeo as he looks at the people, concepts and trends that helped create the restaurant industry as we know it today.

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The former is the chain's new COO, while the latter will now be responsible for all marketing.

Operators' satisfaction with their providers fell more than any other industry last year, according to a survey by J.D. Power.

It's official. The time is right to sell the global dining-and-nightlife operator of Tao Asian Bistro, Hakkasan and Lavo Italian, among others, parent company says.

Restaurant Rewind: Dayparts are being varied as much as menus these days. The trend started 45 years ago with a brand called Le Peep.

Meline has been the chain's VP of brand management since September 2021. He replaces Rita Patel, who became CMO at sister brand Arby's.

The fast-casual Mexican restaurant chain reported a disappointing fourth quarter but said its "back to basics" focus is paying off with positive transactions in January.