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Heather Lalley

Editor, Foodservice Group

Articles by
Heather Lalley

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Operations

How Velvet Taco is getting creative with real estate

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.

Operations

Roti plans to permanently close a third of its 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.

The 60-unit fast-casual chain says the hiring of three industry executives, “the big three,” will position the concept for growth.

Cicis Pizza, which is newly emerged from bankruptcy protection, sees a big future in off-premise sales while retaining its buffet roots.

Around the country, pandemic-weary restaurants and bars are offering freebies and deals to customers who have gotten their COVID shots.

Chipotle Mexican Grill has invested in a robotics company that operates a fleet of self-driving delivery vehicles.

How the pandemic is reshaping the expansion plans for growing fast-casual chain Mendocino Farms.

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