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Old Country Buffet did not die from the pandemic

Nor did it die from simply being a buffet brand. That and other concepts run by the bankrupt Fresh Acquisitions have been dying for years. The pandemic was the last nail in the coffin, says RB’s The Bottom Line.

Food

Fall menus play up plants and Halloween tie-ins

Plant-based dishes, cocktails, mac and cheese and hearty hot sandwiches are all trending, while several operators scare up spooky LTOs for Halloween.

And some commodities, like chicken wings and beef, may never return to pre-pandemic levels as consumers appear willing to pay higher prices.

RB's Reality Check wonders whether these backburner events be the first sign of potentially disruptive trends.

Shareholders ultimately got the better end of the deal, but it took years, a pandemic and some strange proposals to get there, says RB's The Bottom Line.

Subway, Quiznos and Blimpie were rapidly growing before they met the sandwich curse. The reason for their problems? They depend too much on lunch, says RB’s The Bottom Line.

The fast casual, with two former Chipotle Mexican Grill execs in its C-suite, said it doesn’t want to be the “Chipotle of pizza,” although there are some notable similarities.

The sandwich chain, which just opened its 2,000th unit, now thinks it can get bigger thanks to smaller towns.

The company wants to bring in more large-scale operators. But it is also encouraging existing franchisees to open more locations.

While sales are back up over 2019 levels, even with the latest coronavirus surge, plenty of uncertainties remain about the future, says RB’s The Bottom Line.

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