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Peter Romeo

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Peter Romeo

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Franchising update: Deals, detours and new franchisors

Brick House signs first zee, Carl’s tries a sports theme, Krispy heads north, Hooters operator buys Fresh Juice. Plus, Dunkin' and Togo's square off in California, and Einstein Bros. tops the 3-0 mark in non-traditional sites for 2013.

Food

Romano’s breaks the 2-for-$20 mold

Romano’s Macaroni Grill is pushing beyond casual dining’s staple two-for-$20 promotion with a limited-time tasting menu that raises the price for a party of two to $30.

Here are some of the enticing stories that could be read between the lines at this week’s Global Best Practices Conference.

The biggest story from Wednesday’s Global Best Practices Conference is the one that’s not often told, but could soon be. In the meantime, here’s a preview of the industry’s most powerful defense against detractors.

Developments of interest to restaurant franchisees and franchisors: Taco John, Sonic, Dick's Wings & Grill, Dunkin' Donuts, Russo's, Burger 21

Overlooked in the information torrent of the last week were tidbits relating to everything from the trend in birthday business to why some restaurant hourlies might prefer to say “Welcome to Wal-Mart!”

At a tech conference, you expect acronyms to drop like F-bombs at a Sopranos barbecue. POS, PCI, CMS—the presentations were an effing alphabet soup. But one all-caps tag was usually implied rather than said outright, even though it figured into considerable conversation at FSTEC.

After seeing what Starbucks’ management did last quarter, Washington may want to turn over its operations.

Chains are blaming all sorts of factors for the softness in sales last quarter, but there’s some agreement on how to counter it.

After reporting a difficult quarter, Brinker International revealed a slew of extraordinary near-term initiatives for its Chili’s brand. The addition of delivery might not have been the biggest.

Mushroom season inspires big sales opportunities. The Little River Inn in Mendocino, Calif., is promoting its 6th Annual Mushroom & Beer Dinner as a “culinary adventure” centering on the mushrooms that sprout in the wilds of northern California at this time of year. Each course of the Nov. 8 dinner is paired with a barrel-aged beer from the Russian River Brewing Co.

McDonald’s acknowledged Monday that two of its evergreen sales builders failed to do the trick this time, in part because of pricing and spicing.

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