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Operations

Buffalo Wild Wings unveils a delivery and takeout riff called Go

The new format, featuring a limited menu and sparse seating, will make its debut this week.

Financing

Texas Roadhouse restaurants turn cash-positive again

A surge in to-go sales has pushed stores close to profitability, executives say.

The Brinker International chain has already rehired 10% of furloughed workers, with recruitment accelerating to handle an expected surge in business from pent-up dine-in demand.

The Darden Restaurants chain is now generating takeout and delivery sales at an annualized rate of $2.8 million per store.

Parent company Darden Restaurants' fine-dining group saw steeper declines as dine-in sales plunged.

Family meals and kits appeal to households sheltering in place.

Per-unit sales are running at about a third of the volume of pre-COVID-19 days, but that's still $3 million in annual per-store revenues. And costs have been aggressively cut.

Delivery and takeout business has more than doubled, but off-premise is generating only about 30%-35% of former sales levels.

The takeout option helped the family chain post a 3.8% comp gain despite an ebb in traffic.

Customers who spend a certain amount in-restaurant can pick off a special $6 menu of heat-and-eat take-home dishes.

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