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Heather Lalley

Editor, Foodservice Group

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Heather Lalley

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Emerging Brands

Drive Shack is betting big on consumer desire to return to food-and-games concepts

The latest episode of the “Buzzworthy Brands” podcast features Hana Khouri, CEO and president of Drive Shack, Inc., discussing plans for her company’s new, small-footprint golf-and-food brand.

Operations

Vaccine proof to be required at 500 San Francisco bars

The move by the SF Bar Owner Alliance is in response to a “recent uptick in cases of COVID-19 among our staff members, especially those who are fully vaccinated,” the group said.

The name change is a requirement of the beleaguered fast casual’s bankruptcy settlement.

Armed with private-equity cash and a new president, the rock ‘n roll burger concept is ready to grow.

New York’s attorney general said B&B Hospitality fostered “a hostile work environment that permitted a sexualized culture of misconduct and harassment.”

RB editors give their views on the latest surge of coronavirus infections and its potential to limit the restaurant industry’s recovery.

Andersen previously served as EVP for the fast-casual chain’s parent company, United Franchise Group.

For next week’s National Chicken Wing Day, the chain is incentivizing customers to order from its Thighstop virtual brand.

The quick-service chicken-and-biscuits chain becomes one of the first major restaurant brands to take advantage of a new NCAA policy that allows student athletes to profit off their “name, image and likeness.”

The chain called it one of the “biggest team member commitments” in its history as it fights for workers in a tight labor market.

The chain’s future growth rests on how many burritos and bowls it can churn out every minute, CEO Brian Niccol said.

The burrito chain credits price increases, fewer promos and lower beef prices for its 24.5% operating margins in Q2—the best since it was plagued by food safety incidents six years ago.

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