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Going solo

More Americans are abandoning the traditional "family dinner" and group restaurant meal to eat alone, according to a recent report by Bellevue, Wash.-based The Hartman Group. The conversations across the table with family and friends are being replaced by social media, claims the report.

Food

Eat this package

A Harvard bioengineer named David Edwards invented edible packaging called WikiCells that can enclose any food or beverage “like a grape skin."

Opinions among operators and consumers about reservations-selling apps have been mixed. Here's a guide to the controversies and players.

Chains are scrambling to develop phone apps, pay-at-the-table options and other digital whistles and bells. But which of those do customers really want?

Check out these three hot technology trends: multifunction devices, portability and wireless. We rounded up the latest and greatest hardware to show that gadgets aren’t just for geeks anymore.

For the past seven years, San Pellegrino has celebrated the top 50 restaurants worldwide, chosen by a poll of over 800 chefs, critics and industry experts...

A restaurateur-turned-media-consultant advised Restaurant Leadership Conference attendees to avoid some of the common pratfalls of mobile and social media.

We go international this week: A new “caveman” take-out restaurant in Copenhagen. A London restaurant gives would-be brides an assist. Chicago restaurants create international menus. And an Atlanta pizza place addresses the international issue of crying babies.

It’s not quite an avalanche, but iPad point of sale software is unfurling out into the marketplace at a heightened pace. Touting wireless connectivity, anywhere, anytime access and quick response to menu and room changes, the field is crowded with options, as newcomers to the market, like Lavu and Breadcrumb, join more established POS vendors like Micros, Revel Systems and Aloha.

Signs of new concept development for Texas Roadhouse, more revving in the better-pizza category, evidence that Peyton Manning can always wear Papa John’s jersey, Domino's fall in casual dining and more tech talk. Lots, lots more.

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