Year in review


The best of the 'A Deeper Dive' podcast

A Deeper Dive: This special look back at 2023 features clips from some of the year’s best episodes, including marketing, tipping, delivery, inflation and hot growth concepts.


The year menu innovation got turbo-charged

2023 saw a lot of menu activity and unique food and drink launches. But many operators stuck with perennial favorites for LTOs.

The year was a big one for tech adoption. But restaurant operations were picky about what capabilities and advances they embraced.

In this season of attempting to peek around the corner to see what's ahead, here are predictions from the editors of Restaurant Business.

Here are the year’s best stories from RB editors, featuring everything from key menu trends to major investigations, inside stories of major regulatory efforts and fascinating new technology.

New challenges emerged, especially downtown, while many operators looked back wistfully at bygone times, their hands held out for help on costs.

Independent restaurant operators are creatives, by nature, and kept new and exciting concepts coming, despite economic headwinds.

Earlier this year, economists—and some big restaurant chain executives—were certain of a recession. Now everybody is certain of a “soft landing.”

California sets the stage for a new wage; Subway’s never-ending sale saga; the tipping conundrum and Boston Market’s mismanagement highlight the year’s top developments.

Here are a few concepts to watch in 2024. Some have only barely gotten started, but they promise big things.

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