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Slim & Husky’s prepares to take its hip hop-inspired pizza concept to a broader stage

Three friends are building a fast-casual brand around oblong pizza, music, art and outrageous cinnamon rolls.

Workforce

Fast Act opponents collect enough signatures to put the law on hold

The petition drive would halt enforcement until voters decide in 2024 whether to keep the controversial fast-food wage law.

Despite headwinds in the frozen yogurt sector, the chain’s president believes its labor-light model and supply chain strategy give the brand some advantages.

The Bottom Line: Investment bankers initially pushed the healthy fast-casual franchise as a $1 billion brand. It never came close to that. And then the pandemic hit.

Dine Brands Global, which also operates IHOP, will get its long-desired growth concept in the 138-unit fast-casual brand.

The city accused the delivery company of listing local restaurants without their permission and violating a 15% delivery fee cap. More than $5 million of the settlement will go to restaurants.

The parent of Applebee’s and IHOP wants to supercharge the concept’s growth without changing what has worked so far at the 138-unit taco chain.

Technomic's Take: Declining labor force participation is putting pressure on restaurants. Technology that makes workers' lives easier can help address those challenges.

Cake love at Mod Pizza and Baskin-Robbins; Smokey Bones mixes up colorful cocktails; holiday feasting at Firebirds; and plenty of peppermint menu news.

Metzger’s Bar and Butchery attributes concerns about the safety of staff for the decision to refuse service to The Family Foundation

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