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With automated drive-thrus, Checkers gives glimpse at future of fast food

Tech Check: The drive-thru helped QSRs thrive during the pandemic, but it’s also ripe for change.

Financing

Consumers are increasingly questioning restaurants’ value

The Bottom Line: Black Box data suggests diners aren't so sure they're getting their money's worth amid soaring menu prices.

LEANguini launched earlier this month, but Chef Nick Graff and his team spent two years on R&D to perfect the pasta.

Breakfast warms up at Toasted Yolk and Dunkin’; Zaxby’s and Slim Chickens riff on chicken; new bowls star at Sweetgreen; BJ’s and Cinnaholic sweeten the menu.

Robbie Robinson, co-founder of the Pendulum Holdings investment and advisory group, partnered with Chopt parent Founder’s Table to bring capital to operators who typically don’t get funding.

Reality Check: Units aren't using the sophisticated tech that's been installed to alleviate GM's personnel burdens.

Big brands like Papa Johns and Tim Hortons continue to focus their development efforts on the fast-growing economy. But succeeding there is not so easy.

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.”

Reality Check: Sure, complying with Biden's mandate would have cost time, money and aggravation. But might the alternative be even worse?

Fox thought he would end his career at Burger King until he was laid off nearly 20 years ago. He has since helmed Firehouse Subs to a $1 billion valuation, paid by his former employer’s parent company.

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