With costs soaring, Chili’s turns to a new menu, service model and robots

Parent company Brinker’s stock price plunged Wednesday as costs increase and margins thin despite higher prices. The company is looking at ways to improve efficiency.


Pizza Hut’s sales stumbled last quarter

The pizza chain’s domestic same-store sales fell 6% and executives blamed a shortage of delivery drivers. Taco Bell and KFC sales both increased.

Dine Brands is investing in handheld server tablets and exploring robots to help ease a nagging staffing shortage.

Tim Hortons’ Canada sales surge, Popeyes declined and Firehouse Subs beat difficult comparisons.

The company says it is making another $200 million in investments, including improvements to productivity and wages, but Interim CEO Howard Schultz says the company legally can’t provide them to union locations.

A new, more profitable prototype could help the chain add 75 to 100 stores in the U.S., executives said.

Despite omicron and the war in Ukraine, executives said it's been the most stable period since the start of the pandemic.

Same-store sales rose 3.5% in the U.S. in the first quarter and surged overseas. Yet the Russian invasion of Ukraine cost the company $127 million.

The pasta chain, where half of all customers order a dish with chicken, is adding a temporary $1 surcharge to those items because of soaring protein costs.

The pizza chain’s same-store sales declined 3.6% in the U.S. in the first quarter while earnings declined amid a number of challenges that executives warned could persist into the future.

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