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Food trends and recipes to keep menus fresh


Family meal bundles offer busy consumers convenience

As operators continue to optimize menus for off-premise, family meals have provided new opportunity.

The chain, which has struggled with declining traffic during the pandemic, is bringing back its Hot Chick’n sandwich and adding three other fiery items.

Between navigating dining room closures and the growing demand for off-premise service, operators are now forced to rethink everything from restaurant capacity limits to the menu itself in the wake of the pandemic.

The updated menu is easier to navigate and offers more cost-conscious choices, according to the casual dining chain.

Taste Tracker: Bowls from Portillo’s and Red Mango, an ooze fest at Weinerschnitzel and a booze fest at Quaker Steak & Lube.

The chain’s new Pretzel Bacon Pub Cheeseburger is priced at $5.69 and features a pretzel bun and beer cheese.

The fast casual collaborated with Mama’s Too! to create a burger with an Italian vibe.

Even as stadiums are filled with cardboard cutouts of fans, real sports fans will still be watching their favorite teams (or finding new favorite teams in sports they’ve never watched) on TV this fall.

Papa John’s, Domino’s and Little Caesars launched new items that play off pizza.

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