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Why this up-and-coming salad chain says it’s ready to go head-to-head with Sweetgreen

Crisp & Green, founded in 2016 by former fitness chain executive Steele Smiley, said it has been profitable every quarter and that it is seeing $2.5 million average unit volumes.

Technology

Panera Bread to test AI to help keep coffee fresh

The fast-casual chain is using software from the maker of Flippy to monitor the coffee station so workers don’t have to.

The Bottom Line: As more chains like Chipotle and Shake Shack add drive-thrus and focus on takeout, they look more like the fast-food restaurants from which they tried to differentiate themselves.

For the first time, players can earn virtual currency that can be converted into real burritos and bowls from the fast-casual chain.

Two top Las Vegas chefs transform the NBA legend's family favorites into brand signatures and add menu stars of their own.

The burrito chain, which faced widespread foodborne illness outbreaks in 2015, said the radio-frequency identification system will help it better respond to food safety and quality worries.

When the Asian bowl chain accidentally sent (and had to take back) an email offering a free year of food to 8,300 loyalty club members, it crafted a sweet result out of a potentially sour situation.

The drive-thrus resemble Chipotle Mexican Grill’s successful Chipotlanes and are part of Sweetgreen’s broader suburban strategy.

Howard, who has held the post for 14 years, will be succeeded by Doug Bostick, who has been with Fazoli’s for more than two decades.

Rypka headed the chain for 12 years before the appointment of industry veteran GJ Hart, who left the fast casual late last year.

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