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Emerging Brands

J. Alexander’s plans another concept

The polished-casual operator intends to stay in the high end of the casual market with a new steak and seafood venture.

Operations

Ruby Tuesday closes more restaurants

The closings are necessary to deliver on the casual brand’s long-term turnaround plan, management says.

The company said it plans to invest in the stores at an accelerated rate.

Jana Partners is resuming its call for a strategic redirection two years after a truce was struck.

One Group intends to use the concept as a growth vehicle. The deal has yet to be approved by the bankruptcy court overseeing Kona’s operation.

The restaurant operator, which has bought numerous chains out of bankruptcy, has a “stalking horse” bid on another one.

Management is focusing on higher-priced menu options to help margins while aiming to please value-hunters with improved operations.

The casual-dining veteran is responsible for growing the regional brand and its sister concept.

Brinker International said the redirections will set up the casual giant for extended growth.

See what diners are saying about the sector as restaurants look to revitalize.

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