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Year in review


5 big worries for restaurants in 2023

Here are the dark clouds that could temper restaurants’ enthusiasm for a new year. Then again, the threats could drive them to harder partying.


Predictions for 2023: Strategic shutdowns, labor costs and mushroom mania

RB’s editors take turns forecasting what’s in store for the restaurant industry in the coming year.

From the Editor: Here are the top stories, blogs and podcast episodes from a complicated year in the restaurant industry.

The year in acquisitions: Strategic deals dominated a weak year for industry mergers and acquisitions. Investment firms remained on the sidelines.

The year’s biggest stories: Soaring costs, Starbucks’ big year, the Fast Act and restaurants’ Russian exodus marked a year full of monumental shifts and challenges.

Supply chain and labor challenges forced operators to streamline menus, but culinary and flavor innovation certainly didn’t stand still.

See who and what won big in 2022, and the aspects of the restaurant industry that had a terrible, no good, very bad year.

Chicken is also a theme, and there’s something here for vegans and robot lovers.

The metaverse, pumpkin spice and product shortages are a few of the items on our naughty list this year.

The notable passings include the deaths of chain founders, a salacious critic and the co-founder of Ronald McDonald Houses.

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