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US Foods to Acquire Hawkeye Foodservice Distribution

ROSEMONT, IL (July 12, 2012)—US Foods, the largest privately-owned broadline foodservice distributor in the U.S., announced it has agreed to acquire...

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Technology very much in hand at NRA show

The restaurant industry’s shift to mobile technology was reflected on the show floor of this year’s NRA conference, with exhibitors showcasing the latest apps for everything from customer loyalty programs to systems for online ordering, labor scheduling, payments, and guest entertainment.

When Donaberger first started at Saladworks, the Conshohocken, Pa.-based chain had 10,000 Facebook fans and 1,000 Twitter followers. In the span of just over a year, he has more than doubled its Facebook fans to 26,000 and quadrupled Twitter followers to more than 4,000.

A social-media meltdown last month could have been avoided if Phoenix burger joint The Attic had enlisted a practice in play at similar spots.

Restaurants’ attempts to be better corporate citizens backfired spectacularly this week, supporting the old adage that no good deed goes unpunished.

Even mild griping can escalate quickly in the age of social media into a business-killing (or building) controversy, as restaurants learned this week.

While Lucy Mexican Barbecue had opened in a space within ABC, its immediate predecessor had failed to thrive there, and its curb presence was minimal.

Your new place is all set to open but there’s one hitch and it’s a big one: you can’t get a full liquor license. That’s not stopping some creative operators.

You’d think that celebrity chefs would make their restaurants the stars of social media. But in our rankings of independent restaurants, the most avid users are hardly household names. Big name chefs, it seems, prefer to tweet and post under their own names, not their restaurants’ or company’s.

SALT LAKE CITY (December 27, 2011)—Nicholas & Company was selected as one of Utah Business Magazines’ 25 Best Companies to Work For in their December...

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