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Creditors accuse Old Country Buffet’s former owners of misusing PPP funds

Fresh Acquisitions, whose assets were just sold to Famous Dave’s owner, is being accused of misappropriating $20 million before it filed for bankruptcy, including $4 million in Paycheck Protection Program funds.

Technology

Payment startup Sunday acquires Canadian counterpart Chk Plz

The company said it will lean on Chk Plz's expertise to add new features.

Workforce

Accused of going too far, Hooters says its scanty new uniforms are just an option

Employees have complained via social media that the shorts reveal too much and give them a nonstop wedgie

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Financing

The pandemic has overhauled attitudes on drive-thrus

With dine-in still a long way from recovering and heavy demand for takeout, the controversies surrounding the lanes have faded away, says RB’s The Bottom Line.

Financing

Caribou Coffee trusts its operators and finds a new prototype

The Minneapolis-based coffee chain is making a big bet on its drive-thru concept, one it designed with some assistance from its top operators.

Emerging Brands

How a 6-unit fast casual is behaving like a much bigger chain

Denver-based Mici Handcrafted Italian has some big-name advisors, well-oiled operations, a thriving rewards program, and it’s starting a major growth push after 17 years building its foundation.

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The burger chain said it plans to start serving clear plastic drink cups in early 2022.

Hospitality vet Jay Coldren joins as the food hall operator’s first chief operating officer for the Americas.

The National Restaurant Association has asked a coalition of civic leaders to maintain the concessions that allowed sidewalk and streetside structures to pop up during the pandemic.

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A Deeper Dive

"A Deeper Dive” is a weekly podcast from Restaurant Business dedicated to going in-depth on the most pressing challenges and opportunities restaurant operators face today, hosted by Editor-in-Chief Jonathan Maze.

Buzzworthy Brands

Host Heather Lalley, Senior editor at RB, talks with the founders and CEOs of emerging brands to discuss their opportunities, challenges and strategic innovations. Look for a new episode released every other Tuesday.

Menu Feed

“Menu Feed” is a biweekly podcast hosted by Senior Editor Patricia Cobe that delves into menu development and food and drink trends through lively conversations with chefs and operators.

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Collins will lead operations, marketing and investor relations at the restaurant software company.

Frances Allen, CEO of the drive-thru burger chain, joins this week’s episode of the RB podcast “A Deeper Dive” to talk about the industry’s challenges and the chain’s growth strategies.

The 16-unit fast casual is now offering $50 referral bonuses to diners who send new hires to the chain.

The burger chain’s one location in San Francisco was temporarily closed after it refused to check dine-in customers for their vaccination status. It has since reopened for takeout.

The burger giant says it has achieved pay equality for company employees in underrepresented groups. Women are on track to achieve equal pay for equal work next year.

Companies flush with cash are buying other providers in pursuit of an end-to-end product. Also, ResQ raised $39 million, Uber Eats closed on Drizly and more.