First Watch shifts its growth engine into high gear

The breakfast-and-lunch chain recently opened its 500th location and has many others under development as it works to expand its presence.

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Bubba's 33 shows it can hang with Texas Roadhouse

The fast-growing sports bar chain has been on a traffic tear in recent months, just like its big sibling.

Restaurant and bar sales are up 9.2% over the past year despite a host of challenges, as consumer spending shows little sign of slowing down.

The Bottom Line: Obesity drugs are expected to become increasingly popular over the next two decades, which could impact the way a large number of consumers use restaurants.

The fast-growing chicken finger chain was ranked fifth among teens’ favorite restaurants, according to the latest Piper Sandler survey. But Chick-fil-A is still king.

The company acknowledged that its messaging failed to deliver, but believes a loyalty program will greatly help.

Price-conscious guests and the loss of MrBeast Burger took a bite out of delivery sales. But the chain is more focused on the dining room, anyway.

Beverage preferences were particularly affected, according to a sampling of fine-dining operations.

Technomic's Take: More than half of operators were affected by extreme weather last year, a number bound to increase. But how will consumers respond? Is extreme weather the new craveability?

The sandwich giant, which is looking for a buyer, said its same-store sales increased 9.3% in North America in the first half of 2023.

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