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Heather Lalley

Editor, Foodservice Group

Articles by
Heather Lalley

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Why restaurant chains are flocking to Times Square

All but shut down during the pandemic, New York City’s tourist hub is now reenergized. And restaurants want a piece of the action.


Where to dine in Chicago during the National Restaurant Association Show

It’s been three years since the last big Show, and the city’s restaurant scene has changed. Here are some of the best places to snag a table with your team or clients.

The pasta chain, where half of all customers order a dish with chicken, is adding a temporary $1 surcharge to those items because of soaring protein costs.

Marketing Bites: Restaurants are boosting their incentives to get customers to fork over their data, Friendly’s wants folks to save room for ice cream, and more marketing news of the week.

The burrito chain is now tying manager and crew bonuses to how many burritos and bowls can be made every 15 minutes.

The chicken wing chain is steadily growing its international footprint.

The burrito giant’s revenue and same-store sales grew during the first quarter but its margins took another hit because of soaring commodity and labor costs.

Larry Johnston is now a partner in the franchisor with Greg George, who was announced as CEO of the 10-unit dessert chain last week, the company announced.

The once buzzed-about food-and-games chain, which declared bankruptcy early in the pandemic after scoring a big Cracker Barrel investment, is working to recapture its lost momentum.

The 10-unit dessert concept said it has extensive growth plans.

Kelly Roddy, CEO of the multi-concept operator, said the deal would be announced in the next couple of weeks, and that both of the purchases would be better-for-you brands.

Marketing Bites: A standard partnership deal plus a name-image-likeness sponsorship with the college-aged Daly are on tap for the sports bar chain. Plus, more marketing news of the week.

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