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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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Back Yard Burgers, after many hurdles, gets ready to grow again

The better-burger brand is about 75% smaller than it was 15 years ago. But it is looking to get back into the new-restaurant business.


Pret a Manger ordered to pay $677K to settle biometric lawsuit

A former employee of the fast-casual chain in Chicago said she was improperly made to use her fingerprint to clock in and out of work.

The arena and stadium foodservice operator is looking to test and implement technology to make its operations “frictionless.”

Farris has previously held executive posts with Schlotzsky’s, Focus Brands, Quiznos and Boston Market.

Robbie Robinson, co-founder of the Pendulum Holdings investment and advisory group, partnered with Chopt parent Founder’s Table to bring capital to operators who typically don’t get funding.

Poke House has taken a minority stake in the 14-unit poke fast casual based in Southern California, allowing it to speed up its growth.

Independent operators are being pushed to the brink and are taking on mounting personal debt, according to survey results released by the Independent Restaurant Coalition, which is pressing Congress for more funding.

The fast-casual sandwich shop, which started 45 years ago in a Chicago antique store, wants to become a majority-franchised chain.

The 16-unit quick-service chain will be opened to franchising and will undergo a rebrand, the new owner said.

The Texas-based better-burger fast casual used the pandemic’s challenges to become leaner and stronger. Then it decided to buy a competitor and it might scoop up more.

The two Texas-based better-burger concepts are joining forces to form HiBar Hospitality Group, which will be backed by L Catterton.

Mityas, who has been an operating partner with JAMCO, the majority stakeholder of parent company BRIX, is expanding his duties following the group’s acquisition of Friendly’s Restaurants last year.

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