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Restaurants may be in the midst of another virtual brand explosion

Tech Check: The number of delivery-only concepts has nearly doubled this year, according to a company called Kitchen Data Systems, which says it has developed a way to count them.


Olive oil in coffee? Really?

The Bottom Line: Starbucks’ new line of coffee is infused with olive oil, after Interim CEO Howard Schultz tried the combination in Italy. Now the company has to convince its customers that the combination works.

The market for meat alternatives has flattened or declined lately, but plant-forward menus are growing in new directions as operators and suppliers explore the potential of vegetables.

Tech Check: DoorDash and Uber Eats keep racking up sales. But they're increasingly from places that aren't restaurants.

Patrick Doyle, and now new CEO Josh Kobza, take the helm at the owner of Burger King, Tim Hortons, Popeyes and Firehouse Subs with a mandate: Speed the company's growth.

The Bottom Line: What recession? Companies like Texas Roadhouse and Golden Corral said their traffic was way up in January and federal data backs them up. Here's why that might be happening.

The Bottom Line: The fast-food sandwich chain is on the market. So let's take a look at a few potential buyers, and dismiss the idea of a few others.

Tech Check: A newly opened rest station for delivery people is a much-needed amenity. Why didn't delivery providers think of that?

The buffet operation is commemorating its golden anniversary with initiatives aimed at keeping it around for the next 50 years. That includes the launch of fast-casual and steakhouse concepts.

The Bottom Line: Restaurant Brands International, under its new executive chairman and incoming CEO Josh Kobza, said improving profits for its store owners is critical to driving future growth.

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