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Restaurant Business

Restaurant Business is tracking the unprecedented impacts of COVID-19 on the restaurant industry. Please check back often for round-the-clock updates.

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IHOP and Applebee's will permanently close more restaurants

"Less than 100" IHOP locations are expected to close in the next six months, along with 15 units of sister chain Applebee's.

Operations

Plotting a course in a perfect storm

RB’s Top 100 Independents are a successful, savvy—and optimistic—bunch. Here’s how they’re handling the year from hell.

Financing

Applebee's prepares for the launch of its virtual chicken concept

Neighborhood Wings by Applebee's is currently being tested in 700 locations, with a rollout expected in the first quarter of 2021.

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The fast-casual chain has seen explosive digital growth during the pandemic, but third-party platform commissions are eating into its margins.

The company’s flagship coffee chain has closed nearly 700 locations this year, more than half of them inside Speedways, as it shifts strategy during the pandemic.

The chain has about a third of its breakfast business during the pandemic, but its speedier drive-thrus kept sales growing.

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This week’s episode of the RB podcast “A Deeper Dive” features Lorn Davis, from the financial services firm Facteus, to talk about industry metrics in the COVID era.

Brinker International is looking at ideas to expand the virtual concept and the company is considering other delivery-only concepts..

The family chain is providing incentives for franchisees to extend their hours.

Neighborhood Wings by Applebee's is currently being tested in 700 locations, with a rollout expected in the first quarter of 2021.

The chain is investing in its to-go capabilities and will offer steaks for delivery via an online store.

The lawsuit alleges the delivery company used their names and logos illegally and instructed drivers to pretend to be customers when picking up orders.