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Heather Lalley

Editor, Foodservice Group

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Heather Lalley is an editor with Winsight's Foodservice Group, covering emerging restaurant concepts for Restaurant Business magazine and RB Online. She also works with Winsight's sister company Technomic to produce research-based reports on emerging restaurants and chains.

Heather spent nearly a decade as a reporter for the daily newspaper in Spokane, Wash. She is the author of "The Chicago Homegrown Cookbook," about chefs who work with area farmers. She holds a journalism degree from Northwestern University and is a graduate of the two-year baking and pastry program at Washburne Culinary Institute in Chicago.

She is the mother of two children and rarely passes up a chance to eat tater tots.

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Chipotle sales surge, thanks to digital

Major growth in online and mobile orders helped the chain emerge quickly from its early pandemic slump.


Colectivo Coffee hires labor law experts as some workers move to unionize

The small Midwestern coffee chain said it is struggling during the pandemic and is seeking to offer the truths about unionizing to its employees.

The growing full-service taco chain hired Scott Shotter, who most recently served as CEO at Back Yard Burgers.

The 13-unit chain, headquartered in Virginia, had operated since 1981.

Rave Restaurant Group, which was in danger of being removed from Nasdaq, reports it earned enough from a recent stock sale to regain compliance.

Puttshack’s growth plans have been slowed by the pandemic, but an Atlanta location is slated to open this spring.

The 50-year-old Seattle restaurant is becoming Canlis Community College for the fall.

Julio Ramirez will lead the better-burger brand, which was recently acquired by Opes Acquisition Corp.

Chicago’s Antique Taco is turning one location into an old-school drive-in and another into a sit-down spot.

The chain’s 20th annual Boorito promo will now hand out 500,000 BOGO entrees through its social media channels.

The food-and-games chain has reopened more than 70% of its stores and reported some same-store sales improvement in September.

The fast casual hopes consumers embrace the information as they have calorie counts on menus.

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