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Leadership

Inspire bolsters its C-suite with 2 appointments

Don Crocker moves up to chief development officer, and Chris Held joins the Buffalo Wild Wings parent as chief supply officer.

Operations

How Trump’s trade war with China could sting restaurants

Operators are keeping an eye on food costs and the possible effects on consumer spending.

Vowing to serve cage-free eggs only by 2025, the chain will beat competitor Denny’s to the punch by one year.

The multi-regional burger chain says it can move ahead on exploratory discussions that started four years ago.

Technomic’s 2013 Dessert Consumer Trend Report shines a spotlight on the dessert diner, finding that dessert isn’t just an after-dinner treat anymore.

With “frigid and bitter” conditions predicted for the upcoming winter, operators already are preparing, checking systems and making upgrades.

News of interest in the cupcake chain from an investment group caused stock prices to jump over 1300 percent, but academics debate whether a national cupcake brand can be saved.

The lone bidder appears to be Ralph Brennan, from the same family that ran the New Orleans landmark.

The purchase helps the booking site go beyond cars, hotels and flights into restaurant bookings. “It’s the same customers, travelers are diners,” said Priceline CEO Darren Huston.

Putting a value on Red Lobster isn’t a done deal in the view of some Darden Restaurant shareholders. And the only things sharper than their pencils appear to be their tongues.