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America's favorite fast-casual chains


Working Lunch: RB Editor-at-Large Peter Romeo joins Align Public Strategies to talk about the Supreme Court decision killing the vaccine mandate and growing unionization efforts

The Bottom Line: At a time when prices are taking off, the Mexican fast-food chain is pushing value hoping to resonate with customers by “zigging when everybody is zagging.”

Independent operators are being pushed to the brink and are taking on mounting personal debt, according to survey results released by the Independent Restaurant Coalition, which is pressing Congress for more funding.

The coffee giant is delaying the expiration of its “Stars” for loyalty members through April 1 amid continued challenges due to omicron.