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Operations

Smokey Bones is opening a drive-thru

The 61-unit chain says it will be the first casual-dining brand in the U.S. to have one.

Financing

Brinker buys 37 Chili's from franchisee Quality Dining Inc.

The restaurants are in six states in the Great Lakes and Northeast markets. The deal continues Brinker's strategy of operating more of its own stores.

The variant led to staffing headaches at Chili’s and Maggiano’s in January, putting a kink in their comeback from COVID.

The Bottom Line: National Restaurant Association survey data shows customers have more “pent-up demand” for dining in restaurants than getting takeout.

The Asian chain now sells bomber jackets and bucket hats in addition to food, and superfans seem to be eating it up.

The first location will open in Dubai under an IHOP franchisee later this year.

The annual membership at Rib & Chop House offers priority seating as well as discounts and other perks. It’s been a success so far, said CEO Yaron Goldman.

McIntyre will lead extensive menu development at the owner of bd's Mongolian Grill and other bowl chains.

The Bottom Line: Large full-service concepts gained market share since the start of the pandemic and are set up for a stronger future.

The satellite to its Baton Rouge HQ will house finance, analytics and tech departments to help support the chain's rapid growth.

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