Easter shares the menu spotlight with hot dogs, tacos, ice cream and more

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.


Menus make a seasonal shift, take on bolder flavors

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.

The latest American Customer Satisfaction Index ranks full- and limited-service chains based on guest experience.

While pizza sales jumped last year, they were largely concentrated among a few chains. Most concepts saw sales declines.

Darden Restaurants, the segment's biggest player, doesn’t have the answer, but CEO Gene Lee admits his first assessment was off-target.

Pizza delivery ruled in 2020. These chains were the biggest last year, according to the Technomic Top 500 Chain Restaurant Report.

The casual dining segment took a massive hit in 2020, according to the Technomic Top 500 Chain Restaurant Report.

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