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Starbucks does well in Italy, while Domino’s does not

The Bottom Line: Consumers are apparently warming to the coffee giant. But the pizza chain is calling it quits in the marke

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Krystal hopes fewer seats yield more restaurants

The burger chain broke ground on a new prototype with fewer or no seats, which it says can save on buildout costs and could prompt more development.

Taste Tracker: Pickles to eat and drink at Sonic; BJs gets peanutty; Hatch chilies heat up Taco Cabana; Taco Bell does a corny strawberry dessert; Mooyah’s, Baskin-Robbins and Dolly Llama shake up cookies; and watermelon continues to trend.

The Bottom Line: The wars will be fought on mobile phones and in local markets rather than through big national discount deals.

Tech Check: Delivery's growth is still slowing, but not as much as you’d expect given the circumstances.

The Hawaii-based concept hopes to take its unique taro donuts to California. It just completed a $9 million investment round featuring investors like Tony Hawk and chef Christopher Kostow.

Tech Check: Moonbowls, which exists mainly online, is venturing into the physical world to give customers another touchpoint.

The Bottom Line: While the two chains and their revitalization plans are different, the Canadian coffee brand’s strong second-quarter results give its sister brand hope of a comeback in its U.S. market.

Salad and Go was a relative unknown outside of its core market, until it convinced the head of 1,700-unit Wingstop to become its CEO. Here’s the story behind the potentially revolutionary chain he now leads.

The Bottom Line: Howard Schultz, the interim CEO, says the company has narrowed its search for his successor. And all are on board with the broad-based changes in operations he plans to reveal next month.

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