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Heather Lalley

Editor, Foodservice Group

Articles by
Heather Lalley

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Financing

'South Park' creators to buy landmark Casa Bonita restaurant for $3.1M

Pending bankruptcy court approval, Trey Parker and Matt Stone become the new owners of the beloved 47-year-old Denver-area roadside attraction they’d featured in their animated series.

Operations

Caribou looks to build its brand with coffee delivery subscriptions

The Minneapolis-based chain on Wednesday launched home delivery for weekly or monthly subscriptions of coffee, tea and ready-to-drink, canned beverages.

Reaman comes to the Mediterranean fast casual after five years in finance for Corner Bakery Cafe.

In its IPO filing, the 67-unit fast casual known for hot dogs and Italian beef sandwiches, said it was “well-positioned for global growth.”

The fast casual is taking advantage of a relatively new NCAA policy that allows student athletes to be paid by brands under “name, image and likeness” contracts.

The marketing veteran joins the fast-growing fast-casual concept six months after its sale to Thompson Street Capital Partners.

The latest episode of the “Buzzworthy Brands” podcast features Michael Goldberg, CEO of Ike’s Love & Sandwiches, which recently made a major investment in three-unit hot chicken concept Bangin’ Buns.

The chain’s new Quesabrisket features a cheese quesadilla stuffed with smoked brisket, a protein that debuted systemwide last week.

The 67-unit concept said it will use the proceeds to pay off $470 million in debt. It adds its name to a growing list of restaurants who are becoming publicly traded companies.

There’s little to no post-pandemic recovery for small operators, with the delta variant creating continued anxiety and uncertainty. And winter is coming.

Unlike some of the other supply chain issues during the pandemic, low supplies of liquor, beer and wine could have serious impacts on an operator’s bottom line as dine-in service resurges.

Gregg Imamoto is the 11-unit fast casual’s new CEO. He will be charged with expanding the Japanese brand in this country.

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