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5 anvils dangling over restaurateurs’ heads

Reality Check: Any new year brings areas of uncertainty and concern. Here are the big ones confronting the foodservice industry.

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Starbucks does well in Italy, while Domino’s does not

The Bottom Line: Consumers are apparently warming to the coffee giant. But the pizza chain is calling it quits in the marke

Food

From pickle juice to peanut butter, flavor tops the news

Taste Tracker: Pickles to eat and drink at Sonic; BJs gets peanutty; Hatch chilies heat up Taco Cabana; Taco Bell does a corny strawberry dessert; Mooyah’s, Baskin-Robbins and Dolly Llama shake up cookies; and watermelon continues to trend.

Financing

Krystal hopes fewer seats yield more restaurants

The burger chain broke ground on a new prototype with fewer or no seats, which it says can save on buildout costs and could prompt more development.