Marketing Bites


The weekly column from Managing Editor Heather Lalley, looking at the restaurant industry's latest marketing gimmicks, trends and campaigns. 


BurgerFi hopes customers give a cluck about its new name

Marketing Bites: The struggling fast-casual burger chain, looking to goose sales with a new platform, said it is changing its name to ChickenFi. It's a marketing gambit that's been tried before.


Restaurants: Don’t let your marketing stunt land you in the doghouse

Marketing Bites: How a hot dog chain’s Bluey promo went awry. Plus: Zaxby’s partners with MrBeast and Popeyes jabs Chick-fil-A.

Marketing Bites: When one chicken chain told influencer Miri the Siren she could no longer make videos, she found several others who are relishing the engagement her content brings.

Marketing Bites: It’s been a rough start to the year for many chains. Plus: Restaurants celebrate moms, nurses and more in May.

Marketing Bites: As recreational marijuana is legalized in more states and consumers relax their attitudes around the drug, restaurants large and small are having some fun on 4-20, widely considered a national day of pot celebration.

Marketing Bites: The celebrity chef is getting some less-than-positive press this week. Plus, Chipotle burritos don the green jacket and Wow Bao’s metaverse debut.

Marketing Bites: The burger chain is counting down to warmer weather, restaurants look to soften the Tax Day blow and Cava turns to TikTok for menu inspiration.

Marketing Bites: April Fools’ Day is nigh, and nary a restaurant chain marketer can be trusted.

Marketing Bites: Not wanting to miss out on a marketing opportunity that won’t come around again for 20 years, big chains and indies are getting in on the celestial action.

Marketing Bites: The fast-casual burger chain repositions value; restaurants gear up for March Madness.

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