A Deeper Dive

“A Deeper Dive”  is a weekly podcast from Restaurant Business dedicated to going in-depth on the most pressing challenges and opportunities restaurant operators face today. Each Wednesday, our audience will hear from restaurant industry leaders – from Chipotle to Pincho Factory and Firehouse Subs to McDonald’s. Deep dives into hot topics, from delivery to discounting and marketing to menu, will give operators the latest information and solutions to drive their businesses. Restaurant Business will also bring you expert industry trends and sales analysis from data partner Technomic, and debates and expertise from RB editors.


Chip Wade on how to manage the 'new workforce dynamic'

A Deeper Dive: The CEO of Union Square Hospitality Group joins the podcast to discuss adapting to new customer demand, how to maintain workforce culture and the adjustment since taking the top job.


Why Peter Piper Pizza is developing a fast-casual concept

A Deeper Dive: David McKillips, CEO of CEC Entertainment, joins the podcast to discuss Chuck E. Cheese and how to blend two similar brands into the same company.

A Deeper Dive: R.J. Hottovy, head of analytical research for the data firm Placer.ai, joins the podcast to discuss the state of industry sales and traffic.

A Deeper Dive: Barry Westrum, chief marketing officer for the Mexican fast-food chain, joins the podcast to discuss the trademark battle with Taco Bell.

A Deeper Dive: Senior Technology Editor Joe Guszkowski joins the podcast to discuss DoorDash’s push on prices, and how long consumers will tolerate the cost of third-party delivery.

A Deeper Dive: Michael Swanson, agricultural economist and consultant with Wells Fargo, joins the podcast to talk about the economy, inflation and the outlook on menu prices.

A Deeper Dive: Technomic Managing Principal Joe Pawlak joins the podcast to discuss the Top 500 Chain Restaurant Report, including the strength of chicken concepts, unit growth and the pizza business.

A Deeper Dive: The chief executive of the made-to-order doughnut chain joins the podcast to discuss the company's new prototype and growth strategy.

A Deeper Dive: Carl Bachmann, the brand’s president, joins the podcast to discuss the company’s growth plans and its decision to shift to its mobile-order “virtual” drive-thrus.

A Deeper Dive: Mike Halen, senior restaurant and foodservice analyst with Bloomberg Intelligence, joins the podcast to talk about McDonald’s, Burger King and Patrick Doyle.

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