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

Denny's inks a 250-unit deal with ghost-kitchen specialist Franklin Junction

The diner chain also announced preliminary sales results for Q4, with comps rising 1.5% at franchised units and sliding 1.2% at corporate stores.


First Watch agrees to acquire one of its largest franchisees

The chain will pick up 21 restaurants in North Carolina, bringing total franchised location acquisitions since May to 44.

Working Lunch: It promises to be an historic year politically, with plenty of pandering by candidates and action on a slew of issues, from service fees to credit-card processing charges

Lynch blames an "uncooperative landlord" for the closures. The reorganization also follows reports last year of a toxic work environment within the group, which now operates three remaining concepts.

Reality Check: Soaring menu prices are expected to cut Britain's population of fish-and-chips joints in half. There's a lesson in there for operators on this side of the Atlantic.

The former Darden Restaurants operations specialist will serve on Bloomin' Brands board and lead an "Operating Committee" to revive the casual-dining giant.

Insight Distributing is the 77th company to be acquired by Imperial Dade since management was assumed by the Tillis family.

Advice Guy: Restaurant expert Jonathan Deutsch provides some suggestions for a chef looking for on-trend items to keep their menu fresh.

Evan Funke is coming to Chicago; Stephen Starr has more planned for Philadelphia's Rittenhouse Square; and M. Frances in Washington, D.C. promises to serve as a "think tank" for independent restaurants.

The Miami-based restaurant and nightlife group operates three of the highest-grossing restaurants in the country and saw a tremendous year of growth. For those looking for glitz and glamour, these are the experts.

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