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Silicon Valley’s CloudChef wants to be the Spotify of food

The startup founded by three college friends says it can replicate the work of famous chefs, expanding access to one-of-a-kind meals.

Financing

Red Lobster, private equity, and the problem of asset sales

The Bottom Line: Eight years after Darden sold the seafood chain, it is closing locations, talking about a “turnaround” and seeking rent concessions.

The Bottom Line: The burger giant traditionally lets others do all the talking on major political issues. But more recently it has made its voice heard on topics like California's business climate or crime in Chicago.

Popeyes success with its chicken sandwich started a deluge on menus, but this new fast casual is putting some different ideas between the buns.

Tech Check: AI sensation ChatGPT says workers need not fear its kind. But it may be underestimating restaurants’ labor woes.

Operators have increasingly aggressive growth plans and are proposing more complicated restaurant formats than ever. But permitting and construction delays are slowing it all down.

Global head of food and beverage Adam Crocini shares highlights of what’s coming for the hotel giant’s Conrad, Waldorf Astoria and other brands.

The Bottom Line: Rising interest rates and a weak M&A market could prove troublesome for companies looking for an out from their debt troubles.

The Bottom Line: If a recession hits, price-weary consumers could look for more deals. But mass discount programs may be too difficult in an inflationary environment.

Fans are standing in long lines to grab a taste of the brand’s plant-based comfort this winter.

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