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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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Heather Lalley

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After a long slumber, many restaurants are emerging from hibernation

Across the country, restaurant operations are realizing that coming out of mothball mode is more complicated than merely flipping on the lights.


How the Asian restaurant community is combatting the rise in hate and violence

Asian-American restaurant operators are taking a proactive stance against bigotry and the rise in violent crimes.

Roti is facing multiple eviction lawsuits. The fast-casual Mediterranean chain, which is permanently closing one third of its units, is being sued by some of its landlords after not paying rent for more than a year.

How Capriotti's Sandwich Shop intends to make Wing Zone, its new concept, a major Wingstop competitor.

Chipotle Mexican Grill, which is expanding its free college offerings to include more areas of study, said employees who participate have a retention rate 3.5 times higher than those who don’t.

Velvet Taco is getting creative with real estate. The growing fast casual is looking at strip malls, former gas stations and shuttered Burger Kings as it quickly adds restaurants.

Roti, a Mediterranean fast-casual chain, entered the pandemic with 42 restaurants but said its central business district locations have been particularly hard hit and that it plans to close one-third of its total units.

Chick-fil-A is joined by Starbucks and Chipotle on the latest Taking Stock with Teens spending survey from Piper Sandler.

Avocado is here to stay, but the Niman Ranch bacon is only available until June 30.

Australian-inspired coffee concept Bluestone Lane is plotting its post-pandemic growth.

Chipotle Mexican Grill CEO Brian Niccol made $38 million in 2020, his most since joining the brand in 2018.

Abdul Popal, a former Burgerim franchisee, is hoping to franchise his new iniBurger concept and said it will be run much differently than the disgraced burger brand.

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