Joe Guszkowski

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Joe Guszkowski is a senior editor with Restaurant Business covering technology and casual-dining chains.

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With Chuy's deal, Olive Garden's owner sees a chance to get broader and younger

The challenge for Darden Restaurants will be turning the regional full-service Mexican chain into a bigger player.


Olive Garden parent Darden Restaurants is buying Chuy's for $605M

It will be the second acquisition for Darden in as many years and brings Mexican cuisine to its portfolio for the first time.

At a difficult time for full-service pizza chains, the growing West Coast concept is embracing on-site elements such as arcade games and a lunch buffet.

The companies are partnering to form the OpenTable & Visa Dining Collection, which will include more than 500 restaurants in 34 cities.

The classic casual-dining chain has reemerged in Burnsville, Minnesota, where it is playing on nostalgia while embracing modern tastes.

The Philippines-based owner of Jollibee and Smashburger called Botrista’s DrinkBot machine a “game-changer.”

Total orders increased 8% in the first quarter despite significantly higher fees. Delivery apps argued that their business has been stunted nonetheless.

The seafood chain and its creditors are aligning behind a debt-for-equity deal that would limit disruptions and expenses.

The hip-hop group said a 2022 social media video featured parts of the hit song without their permission.

Updates such as tableside drink service and specially grown tomatoes are designed to give customers more bang for their buck at the polished-casual Italian chain.

Tech Check: The year has been defined by head-turning moves from unlikely players, including Grubhub, C3 and American Express.

The deal is expected to accelerate ConverseNow's AI drive-thru business and help both companies scale faster.

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