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Biography

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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Financing

Franchisees buy Rapid Fired Pizza

The fast-casual pizza chain has been acquired by franchisees Pie Guy Restaurants, with former Long John Silvers head serving as its new CEO.

Workforce

Chipotle is playing the staffing shuffle with its on-site vs. digital makelines

Workers are being shifted from the digital kitchen to the front line in short-staffed stores, forcing the fast casual to “throttle” digital orders during peak times.

The fast casual said same-store sales increased 15.1% during the third quarter, with revenue climbing 21.9% to $2 billion.

The 67-unit fast casual, known for its Italian Beef sandwiches, ended its first day on the market with its share price at $29.10, up 45.5% from its starting price. It raised more than $405 million from the IPO.

The 67-unit fast casual, with a menu of regional Chicago fare like hot dogs and Italian Beef sandwiches, will offer more than 20 million shares for sale starting Thursday.

A group called Save Casa Bonita has filed an objection to the proposed sale, offering to pay $3.5 million for the Mexican restaurant/tourist attraction.

The 16-unit fast casual is now offering $50 referral bonuses to diners who send new hires to the chain.

Hospitality vet Jay Coldren joins as the food hall operator’s first chief operating officer for the Americas.

The fast casual set the goal of becoming “climate positive”—removing more carbon from the environment than it emits—by 2050.

Denver-based Mici Handcrafted Italian has some big-name advisors, well-oiled operations, a thriving rewards program, and it’s starting a major growth push after 17 years building its foundation.

The undisclosed investment by Great Plains Capital LLC will be used to speed up growth plans at the quick-service pizza chain.

The four-day Snap Shack activation will feature augmented reality, custom merchandise and other interactive marketing tie-ins.

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