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Where the restaurant industry stands 18 months into the pandemic

A snapshot just released by the National Restaurant Association shows a business solidly in recovery mode, but with uncertainties arising because of the delta variant.
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Ghost kitchens’ $1 trillion dream is fading

Tech Check: The delivery-only model is unlikely to live up to bold early projections. Some recent developments show where it might be headed.

Food

KFC’s new chicken nuggets were created to the Colonel’s specs

Behind the Menu: Kentucky Fried Nuggets, now in test, are the first to be hand-breaded with the chain’s original recipe. They're also perfectly sized for on-the-go eating.

Food

Late summer menus provide a preview of fall

Taste Tracker: Breakfast gets some love at Chick-fil-A, Einstein Bros. and Salad and Go; Sweetgreen and Fogo de Chao highlight seasonal produce; Bad Daddy’s dials up the spice; and pretzel-flavored beer is a thing.