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BJ's is testing QSR-style ordering in some restaurants

It’s one of a number of efforts to boost speed at the casual-dining chain, including a smaller menu.


Bloomin' finds no easy answers for traffic declines

After another quarter of negative transactions, executives said traffic growth is the company's top priority.

The pizza chain’s same-store sales rose 3.6% in the U.S. and its profits improved, sending the company’s stock higher. But the stock quickly turned south later in the morning.

The Chicago-based burger giant is spending the funds on severance payments to laid-off workers and leases for closed field offices. Its sales also surged in the first quarter.

Efforts to improve operations paid off in the first quarter and a Tik Tok-fueled promotion reached new digital sales heights. Also, Chipotle has solved your wrong pickup location problem.

The Chicago-based sandwich chain said its same-store sales and profitability will easily beat expectations this quarter.

Six years after it was acquired by Darden, the 179-unit chain is living up to its billing as a growth brand.

The owner of its namesake food-and-games chain, along with Main Event, cited difficult comparisons and calendar challenges as sales slowed in February and March. But its stock fell, anyway.

The chain’s strategy to undershoot inflation is driving more guests to its restaurants, executives said. And it believes peak pricing is now in the rearview mirror.

The fast-casual noodle chain said its sales momentum has continued so far this year while margins are improving thanks to normalizing commodity costs.

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