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Operations

Ghost kitchens unlock big-city real estate for casual dining

Chains like Cracker Barrel and Chili’s are using small-format kitchens to go places they couldn’t before.
Cracker Barrel's first-ever urban location is in a ghost kitchen. / Illustration by Restaurant Business

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Financing

Fast-food breakfast makes a comeback

The Bottom Line: Taco Bell’s strategy shift in the morning comes as consumers have returned to the daypart. But there are a lot more options, too.

Financing

Low-income consumers were hit hard this summer, but gas prices are helping

The Bottom Line: Several restaurant chains have indicated challenges with lower-income consumers as inflation has increased. But lower gas prices are making things better.

Leadership

Brinker CEO Kevin Hochman wants to make Chili’s fun again

He’s spent his first months on the job asking field-level staff and even suppliers what the brand should do differently. It's resulted in an avalanche of fresh ideas.