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New restaurant equipment and back-of-the-house technology

Starbucks warns customers of disruptions in hours and menu

The coffee giant is delaying the expiration of its “Stars” for loyalty members through April 1 amid continued challenges due to omicron.


Without aid, indies are facing bankruptcy, new survey says

Independent operators are being pushed to the brink and are taking on mounting personal debt, according to survey results released by the Independent Restaurant Coalition, which is pressing Congress for more funding.

Working Lunch: RB Editor-at-Large Peter Romeo joins Align Public Strategies to talk about the Supreme Court decision killing the vaccine mandate and growing unionization efforts

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The fast-casual sandwich shop, which started 45 years ago in a Chicago antique store, wants to become a majority-franchised chain.

The latest COVID surge has meant reduced sales for the fast casual in recent weeks as it is forced to temporarily close restaurants and limit store hours.

The food-and-games chain said it’s looking for ways to maximize the midday daypart. But that will likely entail a rethinking of its food-and-beverage operations.

The stores will look to take advantage of a growing off-premise business at the casual-dining brand.

The first Portillo’s Pick Up location, with a triple drive-thru, is slated to open Feb. 1 in Joliet, at a time in which the newly public fast casual is looking for ways to trim its labor usage and its geographic footprint.

Reality Check: And—surprise, surprise—some of them are good news for an industry that’s taken its lumps.

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