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Kelly Killian

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Famous Dave's high-tech remake

Famous Dave's CEO Ed Rensi intends to turn the barbecue concept into a more efficient operation by embracing technology. He provided Restaurant Business with a peek inside the lab for the overhaul, a unit in the Chicago suburbs. Here's what we saw.

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Applebee’s new marketing strategy: customers’ photos

To boost engagement with its “neighborhood” and generate some social media buzz, Applebee’s, the country’s 10th largest chain by sales, will turn over its Instagram feed to its customers for the next 12 months, Adweek reports, relying in a big way (although not solely) on user-generated content—read: free content—to populate the page.

Restaurateurs who dislike being reviewed by rank amateurs may be heartened by the release of an app by a website that calls itself the “anti-Yelp.”

What will be the next big buzzword on restaurant menus? According to trend-spotting Chicago research firm Food Genius, it just might be “protein.”

Four years after multiple frozen-yogurt concepts landed in our Future 50's top 10, the list is down to one. Has the fro-yo craze reached its cold, swirly peak?

With one foot in HR and the other in marketing, Jensen has the express job of making employees feel good about their positions at Zoës Kitchen, the Plano, Texas-based Mediterranean fast casual with more than 110 units

Employee development and community involvement are key to success in the inner city, operators say. Hear more best practices from the panelists at the Multicultural Foodservice and Hospitality Alliance Operators' Conference this week.

An official-looking letter arrives in the mail claiming that some innocuous product or service you use in your restaurant is covered by a patent, and you’re infringing on it.

In its annual state of the industry forecast, Technomic is predicting moderate growth in 2014 and 2015—mostly in limited-service restaurants.

Shopping for business ideas in the grocery aisle. If our team spends one more hour at Chicago’s Eataly, we’ll have to start forwarding our mail there.

When it comes to fighting off patent trolls, restaurants have very few arrows in their quiver. And recent inaction in Congress means they have even less ammunition now.

People in big cities have been all abuzz over the hidden cash craze sweeping social media, that all started when a mysterious person (@HiddenCash) began stashing money around San Francisco.

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