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Fast_Casual

Leadership

Luna Grill taps Tony Reaman as CFO

Reaman comes to the Mediterranean fast casual after five years in finance for Corner Bakery Cafe.

Workforce

Chipotle is playing the staffing shuffle with its on-site vs. digital makelines

Workers are being shifted from the digital kitchen to the front line in short-staffed stores, forcing the fast casual to “throttle” digital orders during peak times.

A dip that originated in the Middle East has gone mainstream on fast-casual and school-lunch menus. Now new variations are coming out of those roots.

The 67-unit fast casual, with a menu of regional Chicago fare like hot dogs and Italian Beef sandwiches, will offer more than 20 million shares for sale starting Thursday.

The 16-unit fast casual is now offering $50 referral bonuses to diners who send new hires to the chain.

The fast-casual chain said it plans to expand a test of deploying workers with tablets to its drive-thrus to take orders and payments as it looks to move cars through the line more quickly.

The fast casual revealed Tuesday it intends to sell more than 20 million shares at between $17 and $20 each when it goes public October 21.

Three globally flavored bowls join the fast casual’s salad and sandwich lineup, all boasting the “Mendo twist” and primed to build dinner business.

The fast casual is adding a new Buffalo Cauliflower side dish and a Curry Cauliflower bowl to its autumnal offerings.

Half of the fast-casual chicken finger chain’s Dallas-based corporate staff has deployed around the country to hire 10,000 new workers in 50 days amid a labor shortage that’s hitting operations as the company looks to open 100 stores next year.

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