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Velvet Taco, Bartaco, Tacos 4 Life and more cook up specials for National Taco Day

Plus plenty of new shareables, snacks, salads, soups and sandwiches as October begins.

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Benefits of providing NFL Sunday Ticket in restaurants

When strategizing for fall and winter promotions, restaurants should be sure to include sports programming in their offerings. Happy hour deals may draw people in, but quality programming on televisions will encourage guests to indulge in more appetizers and another round (or two) and more.

Fall’s in full force at Cracker Barrel, BD’s and Miller’s Ale House and a continuing deluge of pumpkin spice drives menu launches.

Taste Tracker: Sweet sipping at Jamba and Wendy’s; Dog Haus goes Hawaiian; Piada shops the farmers market; BD’s and Gott’s take to the street; fried pickle snacks at Zaxby’s and Sonic; and more menu news of the week.

The next McFlurry debuts at McDonald’s; Saladworks showcases superfoods; Noodles & Co. does Asian broth bowls; Wing It On stuffs dumplings with chicken; and frosty drinks star at Sonic and BWW.

Black Bear Diner does Easter brunch and dinner; a dozen new dishes for Friendly’s; Mellow Mushroom takes a detour from pizza; and donuts, hot dogs and ice cream get dressed for the holiday.

Taste Tracker: Chimichurri at Sweetgreen and Cubanos at Potbelly; chicken gets a jolt of spice at Moe’s; Dairy Queen rolls out Stackburgers; Sonic’s slush ring, Dog Haus' cocktails and more menu newsmakers of the week.

Accelerated menu innovation is pushing new items and LTOs out of the pipeline in larger numbers. These are a few of the standouts.

From Argentina to Russia, these are the foods and drinks showing up internationally in chain restaurants.

In the nearly 30 years since opening his first restaurant, Fox has become a concept developer whose ideas regularly get scooped up by big-time investors and chains.

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