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McDonald’s is selling its automated ordering lab to IBM

The burger giant is selling its McD Tech Labs, created after its 2019 purchase of Apprente, as part of an agreement with the tech giant to build its artificial intelligence capabilities.

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Why Grubhub fell behind

The company's outsize presence in big cities held it back while its competitors soared during the pandemic, said CEO Adam DeWitt.

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Sweetgreen is pushing for a high-tech future

The fast-casual chain, which filed to go public this week, is focused on boosting digital orders and adding tech enhancements to its restaurants.

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Why robotic kiosks are the next hot restaurant format

Restaurants see them as a way to serve fresh meals just about anywhere, and some are using them to scale up fast.

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Ready for the restaurant industry's next crisis?

This one could be worse than the pandemic, warns RB's Reality Check.

Financing

Why margins could keep Sweetgreen from its holy grail

The fast-casual salad chain wants to revolutionize the fast-food business and make it healthy. Its margins could cause investors to think twice, says RB’s The Bottom Line.

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The funding round, which includes support from a Danny Meyer-backed fund and others, will help the pandemic-battered 30-unit chain reopen temporarily closed restaurants and double its store count over the next three years.

The fast casual, which submitted its go-public plans this week, said it is having trouble getting workers to submit proof of vaccination, which could lead to layoffs, staffing shortages and potential restaurant closures.

Restaurants see them as a way to serve fresh meals just about anywhere, and some are using them to scale up fast.

Podcasts

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.

Buzzworthy Brands

Host Heather Lalley, Senior editor at RB, talks with the founders and CEOs of emerging brands to discuss their opportunities, challenges and strategic innovations. Look for a new episode released every other Tuesday.

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.

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