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Heather Lalley

Editor, Foodservice Group

Articles by
Heather Lalley

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Operators prepare for a much different St. Patrick’s Day

St. Patrick's Day 2020 marked the beginning of a year of pandemic shutdowns. But, this year, restaurants are cautiously optimistic they can return to safely celebrating the event. It's a holiday many operators say is the year's biggest business day.


Potbelly expects two ‘very different’ halves to 2021

Potbelly Sandwich Shop said it expects to see "two very different halves" to 2021, with pandemic pressures likely easing in the second portion of the year.

The Simple Greek fast-casual chain is being acquired by multi-concept operator WOWorks, which also owns Saladworks and Garbanzo Mediterranean Fresh.

Independent restaurant operators say they are starting to feel hope that the pandemic is easing, given a new federal relief package and increased vaccine distribution.

Veggie Grill is rebranding three of its current locations as plant-based Stand-Up Burgers restaurants, with plans to grow the concept further next year.

Vegan chain By Chloe has named its stalking horse bidder to acquire it out of bankruptcy, but it lost its name in a trademark dispute.

Chipotle Mexican Grill’s long-rumored quesadilla is finally hitting stores this week, the chain’s first new build-your-own entree to join the menu since it introduced salads nearly two decades ago.

Buzzworthy Brands podcast with emerging chain Gregorys Coffee about how it has navigated the pandemic and its future growth plans.

A traumatic 12 months coupled with an uncertain future create a chronic sense of unease for independent restaurant operators.

The pandemic may have burst the pricing bubble for low-margin indies battling high rent, labor pressure, delivery fees and more, operators say.

A quick look at how small-cap restaurant companies are faring.

Starting this year, 10% of executive compensation plans will be linked to progress toward the chain’s larger vision around diversity and the environment.

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