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Leadership

Claudia San Pedro leads with super-Sonic energy

A positive attitude and a non-stop motor have helped the Sonic brand president, the 2022 Restaurant Leader of the Year, overcome any challenge, from learning English to facing a pandemic.

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Food

Tender Greens wants to be known as more than a salad concept

Corporate executive chef Oliver Plust is on a mission to expand and enhance the menu, recently adding a line of artisan sandwiches and a holiday steak plate.

Financing

Last quarter’s big winner: Higher menu prices

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Financing

For Starbucks, unspent gift cards become a big business

The Bottom Line: As customers returned to Starbucks, revenue from unspent gift cards did, too, providing the coffee giant with a weird and profitable source of funds.