Trends shaping the restaurant industry so far in 2019

At the six-month mark, critical forces have clearly emerged. Here’s a sampling.


Coffee chains dip their toes into delivery

Starbucks and Dunkin’ are both promising more beverage delivery, says RB’s The Bottom Line. Will it work?

The casual chain is testing the Midwestern chain’s pies as a draw for more delivery sales.

The Darden Restaurants holding is still a no-go on small-order delivery, but its catering program is moving within reach of couples.

Profitability concerns and more demand have led to a variety of strategies—and a broad sense that chains have to get this right.

More chains are testing robots and drones as delivery experiments continue.

After testing “virtual” kitchens in China, the Seattle-based coffee giant is looking to bring the model to the U.S.

The online retailer opts to end Amazon Restaurants as the third-party delivery business continues to consolidate.

The third-party service also becomes the exclusive delivery partner of Maggiano’s.

If anything, growth in takeout could pressure concepts to build more units, says RB’s The Bottom Line.