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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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Emerging Brands

5 things to know about: Tom & Chee

How an iconic Cincinnati chili concept is finally getting ready to grow its melt concept—after some pandemic-fueled fits and starts.


How Dave & Buster’s is shaking up its labor model

The eatertainment chain is investing $5 million in recruitment and retention efforts and is using tech to take over some hands-on services.

With more of its eatertainment locations reopening, the chain expressed optimism as it released its Q1 earnings Thursday.

After a year of bankruptcies and bad news, food-and-games brands are welcoming families back with promotions, new menu offerings and more. But they still have a way to go to get back to pre-pandemic sales.

The fast casual said the 4% bump is needed to cover rising labor costs. It’s one of many limited-service chains to up its prices since the pandemic began.

Goldman Sachs restaurant analyst Katherine Fogertey takes over the finance post from Tara Comonte, who left the fast casual in May.

Luna Grill veteran Bijan Sami will hold dual roles at the fast-casual pizza concept.

The publication was named best website for an industry publication of its size, and also earned honors for best art direction, best subject-related package, best work by a single author and more.

The fast-casual custard-and-burger concept debuted a new prototype focused largely on off-premise business.

This week's episode of the "Buzzworthy Brands" podcast features GSR Brands President and CEO talking about growing the melt concept after a pandemic pause.

The food-and-games operator recently hired a senior executive to work on growing the delivery-only pizza brand.

He comes to the Mexican fast casual after serving as CDO for Carl’s Jr. parent CKE Restaurant Holdings.

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