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Menu Watch: Claim Jumper Adds LTO Stuffed Bakers

IRVINE, CA (Sept. 30)—Claim Jumper Restaurants, a casual dining restaurant chain with a family-friendly atmosphere and a modern twist on classic American...

Popularity of Mexican Cuisine, Fast Casual Boom, Contribute to Growth in Segment, Finds Technomic

CHICAGO (December 6, 2010)—Limited service Mexican restaurant chains were able to increase salesby 2.7 percent and unit counts by 1.8 percent in 2009,...

The majority of Americans take a middle road when it comes to flavor experimentation. According to a survey published in Technomic’s American Express MarketBriefing, restaurant customers have a certain “zone of creativity” and will accept menu innovation within that “zone.” Items too far outside the zone may be rejected.

Americans still rely heavily on foodservice for lunch, according to Technomic’s Lunch Consumer Trend Report. Although diners have cut back on away-from-home lunch purchases to save money, a good number still buy midday meals—particularly at fast-casual concepts.

Before you help patrons ring in the New Year, take a moment to consider what restaurateurs chose as the top business stories of the past one. Here are our most-read stories of 2013.

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.

The aftershocks of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks in New York didn't just hit operators who had to deal with empty tables and canceled reservations.

The menu at Wave, in the W Chicago Hotel, has been a work in progress. Arriving early to the “sharing plates” party, Wave’s basic concept hasn’t changed, but the way it’s presented to customers via the menu has undergone a series of subtle shifts.

Although the seafood supply has held steady, the industry is struggling to keep up with demand—especially if that supply is mismanaged.

Seven restaurant people let us in on their extreme food vacation destinations.

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