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Studio Movie Grill gets back to the movie business

The movie theater-restaurant chain has emerged from bankruptcy with a new CEO and is reopening locations as customers start venturing out again.


Technomic’s Top 500 ranking shows how bad 2020 was for casual dining

Sales plunged by more than a quarter and more than 5% of casual dining chains' units were shuttered as the pandemic put restrictions on dine-in service. Olive Garden is now the sector's biggest chain.

Crowd Out Capital’s $32 million bid for the company has been approved as a dispute with another lender is ended, paving away for it to emerge from bankruptcy this month.

The experiments come as the barbecue chain and sister concept Granite City are finding traction with dual branding, ghost kitchens and new service models.

After trying life with darkened dining rooms, table-service operators are venturing far afield from their traditional turf.

The upscale chain’s founder Tim McEnery joins this week’s episode of the RB podcast “A Deeper Dive” to talk about its post-pandemic plans.

He will focus on continuing the golf-focused “eatertainment” concept’s growth under new owner Callaway Golf.

Restaurant company executives have been talking more about "pent-up demand" as they look to a sales recovery from the coronavirus pandemic, says RB's The Bottom Line.

The casual chain has yet to announce his replacement.

While the market for restaurants has been bifurcated so far, that could end as some foresee a return to in-restaurant dining.

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