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Cava expects a late-day sales boost with its new grilled steak

The new steak protein will be offered at a premium price, but the chain's guests are showing resilience. They're trading down from casual dining and trading up from fast food.

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Day 2 at the Show: Shifting labor models, menu controversies and the rising popularity of podcasts

The crowd got thicker and the energy kicked up a notch at the National Restaurant Show on Sunday. Here are some takeaways from the Restaurant Business editorial team.

With traffic down 16% year-to-date, the family dining chain is embarking on a rejuvenation effort to enhance its relevance to new and lapsed customers.

Rants about Chipotle's portion shrinkage are viral on TikTok, but the fast-casual chain insists nothing has changed and guests can just ask for more.

Starbucks is preparing its own energy drinks, following Dunkin’, as chains like Dutch Bros—and convenience stores—find success with the beverages.

The fast-casual chain confirmed the caffeinated drinks will be phased out, but did not specify the timing. The energy drinks have been blamed for two deaths.

Management at the daytime dining chain said it will focus instead on bringing back strong customer lures from the past.

This strategy can help operators elevate core menu items and create signature dishes by re-imagining everyday ingredients.

The fast-growing cookie franchise, which lost sales and profits last year, is introducing “Mini Mondays,” making available its smaller cookies for sale every Monday.

Chick-fil-A was a No Antibiotics Ever brand, but now its standards are more in line with KFC and others. Will consumers understand the nuanced difference?

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