Famous Dave’s is having an identity crisis

The barbecue chain is looking to evolve, both as a casual dining chain and a takeout concept.


Chipotle revises its turnaround plan

The updates include changes in the chain's catering program, new digital enhancements, and a contribution from a Starbucks veteran who's been brought onboard.

Some comfort foods are so popular that they’ve become menu must-haves. Fried chicken, meat loaf, steak, ribs—these are enduring customer favorites, and sure-fire bestsellers for restaurant operators.

When it comes to buzz specifically, it’s about innovation and differentiation, says Chris Tomasso, chief marketing officer of First Watch Restaurants and a board member of the National Restaurant Association’s Marketing Executives Group (MEG).

Here is how three marquee operators are shaking up traditional business methods.

The concept will see how its Asian-flavored American comfort foods will fare in the nation that inspired it.

The promised revamp at Olive Garden already is helping to boost its parent company's bottom line, with Darden reporting thrid-quarter fiscal earnings that met expectations on revenue and beat them on profit.

Every year at this time, pundits offer their best guess at what’s in store for the restaurant industry in the coming 12 months.

Uber, Amazon are testing new high-tech ways to function as a middleman between restaurants and consumers.

As protein prices continue to climb, operators are taking a closer look at pasta to help balance food costs.

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