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Wiener takes all: Hot dog chains on the rise

Hot dog and sausage chains are trending in fast casual and casual dining, thanks to affordable ingredients and a variety of flavors.

Operations

Dixie Restaurants closing all units

Operations will cease at the company’s two family-dining concepts.

The pared-down casual chain now has an experienced operator with a diverse slate of concepts at the helm.

An investor has set up a website to make its case that the brand's direction should change. The site also invites franchisees to share improvements they'd like to see in the chain's business practices.

The company said its same-store sales are down 5.1% this quarter.

Inspire Brands continues to lay its infrastructure with the recruitment of former Qdoba President Tim Casey.

Full-service chicken-wing chains are hatching quick-serve spinoffs.

The former Ruby Tuesday executive will take over for the retired G.J. Hart.

Situations at Applebee's, Dunkin' and Darden will be true tests of some promising leaders' mettle.

Some big chains are reversing themselves on customization, delivery, portioning and new-age staffing moves.

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