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Chris Keating EVP, Conferences from Winsight, sits down for an incredible conversation on her life, career, and what the future holds.


A&W Restaurants hopes its sales translate into more locations

The chain saw its sales take off last year. It now hopes to get franchisees to buy units again after taking a break during the pandemic.

The iconic restaurant, which opened just before the bombing of Pearl Harbor, “continues to try not to change,” its owner said.

The dispute is the latest one between a franchisor and its operators over hours requirements as restaurants struggle to maintain staff.

While most of the curriculum is staying the course, schools are adding new skills and trainings to meet changing demands.

Like every chain, the family dining specialist has been helped by eased capacity restrictions, widespread vaccinations and direct federal aid to consumers. . But it's also reaped the benefits of several unique factors

The Chicago-based multi-concept operator has a couple of restaurants in the works in the Sunshine State, with the first up being an expansion of its Mediterranean restaurant, Aba.

The chain, buoyed by its chicken sandwich and digital efforts, expects to finish 2021 with more domestic restaurants than it had the previous year. It would be the first time in 17 years.

Fox will own, operate and manage The Global Ambassador Hotel, slated to open in the fall of 2023, in Phoenix. His company, Fox Restaurant Concepts, was acquired by The Cheesecake Factory in 2019.

Editors Jonathan Maze and Peter Romeo discuss the industry's current labor challenge, why restaurants are facing the issue, and how to get out of it.

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