How small chains can tackle delivery

Larry Ryback, CEO of Cotton Patch Cafe, joins "A Deeper Dive" to discuss how a small, regional chain can take advantage of the latest trend, even in small locations.

What do small casual-dining chains do when it comes to the biggest trend in the restaurant industry?

This week’s edition of the Restaurant Business podcast "A Deeper Dive" aims to tackle that question with Larry Ryback, CEO of 56-unit Dallas-based chain Cotton Patch Cafe.

Ryback discusses the delivery trend and its impact on Cotton Patch, and how his company manages that trend in the small towns and suburbs where the chain is growing.

He also talks about developing those locations and about the company’s recent remodels.

Please have a listen.

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