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Menu launches surge as summer gets under way

Taste Tracker: Sweet sipping at Jamba and Wendy’s; Dog Haus goes Hawaiian; Piada shops the farmers market; BD’s and Gott’s take to the street; fried pickle snacks at Zaxby’s and Sonic; and more menu news of the week.


6 innovations that trace back to Howard Johnson's

Reality Check: If you think the now-defunct brand did little more than popularize fried clams, read on.

The Bottom Line: The fast-food operator bought the fast-casual burger chain in 2020, just before the world changed. But CEO David Gibbs says the concept has been its “biggest success story.”

Median pay for the top executives at publicly traded restaurant chains rose 18% last year, echoing broader trends while the industry’s sales recovered.

The Bottom Line: The fast-food restaurant of the future is coming quickly through small changes that are evolving the business into one focused more on production and efficiency.

The Bottom Line: The Mexican chain started running out of supplies two weeks after the product’s reintroduction. The shortage says much about modern supply chain issues, and marketing.

Tech Check: DoorDash and Grubhub have lost much of their value amid slowing demand and a harsh economy. Is the market overcorrecting?

The Bottom Line: The company’s longtime largest shareholder may try to buy the whole chain. But the company could consider a merger. Here are a few of our ideas.

The venerable chain has already evolved from a doughnut into a beverage chain. Its more recent success has come from colder beverages and menu items aimed at younger consumers.

Taste Tracker: Cool off with cocktails at BJ’s and Fridays; Burgerville and Chopt spec new salads; Church’s takes to smoke; Carrabba’s celebrates Father’s Day; and more menu news of the week.

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