casual_dining

Marketing

Searching for traffic, Red Robin plans to tout free refills

The chain has earmarked $3 million to remind customers of the more than 30 bottomless options on its menu.

Leadership

Joe Essa named president, COO of Yardbird

Known for his work with Wolfgang Puck Worldwide and Thomas Keller Restaurant Group, Essa is tasked with helping the casual-dining concept grow around the world.

The owner of Outback Steakhouse is pruning older, struggling stores in favor of new ones that generate better returns.

Guests are ordering less alcohol and more from the value side of the menu, but traffic was up 5.1% in the fourth quarter at company units.

Customers gravitated toward more affordable menu items late last year, but the brand said underlying trends are strong.

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The burger chain, founded in 2008, is “exploring strategic alternatives” and expects its remaining locations will be converted into another brand this year.

This tech-enhanced concept brings the decades-old game to digital natives who expect more in the way of food and drink. But will mini golf stand out with so many eatertainment options coming?

The franchisee now operates more than 100 locations of the casual dining restaurant chain in New York, New Jersey, Florida and Georgia.

Thai Union, which led an investment group that acquired the casual dining seafood chain in 2020, said that it plans to exit the business.

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