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Restaurant menu prices continue to rise as labor costs soar

Food away from home prices rose 0.6% month-over-month in May, and 4% over the past year, as inflation at full-service restaurants hit a 13-year high.


Summertime specials heat up as the temperature rises

Mooyah’s celebrates campfires and s’mores; strawberries are the pick at Wendy’s and Peet’s; Krispy Kreme launches a lemonade collection; and ice cream and seafood trend on menus.

Lessons learned throughout his culinary journey differentiate Matt Harding’s management style and menu mindset.

The fast casual’s digital enhancements, marketing and hiring strategies and new design contributed to its success. And the launch of a crispy chicken sandwich didn’t hurt.

Chopt takes guests on a U.S. road trip; a burger at Dog Haus has Hawaiian beach vibes; Popeyes debuts another chicken sandwich; corn dogs come back to Golden Chick; and new riffs on pizza.

The fast casual’s success at Notre Dame paves the way to more nontraditional locations in colleges and health care.

The chains are all taking national their own takes on the popular product that has engulfed much of the restaurant industry and drained supplies of chicken.

Taste Tracker: Memorial Day meal kits from Lettuce Entertain You; Starbucks celebrates county fairs with a new drink; Hard Rock gets into the festival spirit; summery seafood at Fatz Cafe; and more menu news of the week

Through menu maneuvering and strong vendor relationships, Golden Chick hopes to get a grip on chicken prices and supply.

With so many options to choose from, it can be tricky for operators to know what to add to liven things up. Thankfully, there’s help—these three trends will help restaurants attract more diners.

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