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Meat costs continue to plague Portillo's

The Italian beef chain faced "unprecedented" inflation for the second straight quarter. Traffic also fell nearly 6%.

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High cheese prices give Papa John’s some indigestion

The company’s sales increased last quarter despite weakening demand. But its food costs rose 18% and corporate store margins took a big hit.

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In Chicago, a virtual restaurant tries bricks-and-mortar

Tech Check: Moonbowls, which exists mainly online, is venturing into the physical world to give customers another touchpoint.

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Krystal hopes fewer seats yield more restaurants

The burger chain broke ground on a new prototype with fewer or no seats, which it says can save on buildout costs and could prompt more development.

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Fast food’s next value war will look a lot different

The Bottom Line: The wars will be fought on mobile phones and in local markets rather than through big national discount deals.

Technology

Food delivery defies inflation as sales chug along

Tech Check: Delivery's growth is still slowing, but not as much as you’d expect given the circumstances.

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Working Lunch: The podcast from Align Public Strategies features a discussion on the restaurant industry’s run of political success.

Taste Tracker: Pickles to eat and drink at Sonic; BJs gets peanutty; Hatch chilies heat up Taco Cabana; Taco Bell does a corny strawberry dessert; Mooyah’s, Baskin-Robbins and Dolly Llama shake up cookies; and watermelon continues to trend.

The industry added 74,100 jobs, its best rate in months. But the number of employees remains short of pre-pandemic levels.

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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 acquisition will give the convenience-store giant access to a major network of delivery drivers for the restaurant and retail channels.

Tech Check: Delivery's growth is still slowing, but not as much as you’d expect given the circumstances.

John Cappasola has stepped down as the chain’s chief executive following its sale to Jack in the Box.

The Bottom Line: The wars will be fought on mobile phones and in local markets rather than through big national discount deals.

The fundraise will help the multi-channel ready-to-eat concept to expand into more locations in California and New York.

The startup will use Picnic’s robots in its high-tech food kiosks. It plans to open 5,000 of them in five years, starting in 2023.