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Operations

COVID surge shuts down restaurants yet again

This time, operators simply can’t find enough healthy employees to staff their kitchens and dining rooms for service as the highly contagious omicron variant runs like wildfire through restaurants.

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Financing

So much for Freshii being worth $1B

The Bottom Line: Investment bankers initially pushed the healthy fast-casual franchise as a $1 billion brand. It never came close to that. And then the pandemic hit.

Financing

Automation doesn't have to be an all-or-nothing choice

Technomic's Take: Declining labor force participation is putting pressure on restaurants. Technology that makes workers' lives easier can help address those challenges.

Emerging Brands

Slim & Husky’s prepares to take its hip hop-inspired pizza concept to a broader stage

Three friends are building a fast-casual brand around oblong pizza, music, art and outrageous cinnamon rolls.