Peter Romeo

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Texas Roadhouse feels the weight of labor costs

Same-store sales continued to climb in Q3, but the chain intends to raise prices to spend more on staffing.

Consumer Trends

Walmart’s new restaurant play

The retail giant hopes to come up with a shopping and entertainment center that’s viable for the times. Foodservice options figure prominently into the plan.

Management says it’s never been more bullish about the concept’s future—even as investors wonder, what about the rest of the company?

But the gain came from higher checks, not a rise in traffic.

The casual-dining operator has hired a new CMO, CFO and ops specialist.

The rollout requires the addition of new equipment, packaging and training.

Tim Doherty was named the president and COO in May of the restaurant company his father started and built into one of the industry’s largest franchise operations. Like a lot of second-generation leaders of a family business, he found the job has its own set of challenges and joys.

The preliminary results suggest the brand’s comeback strategy is working.

An activist investor wants a selloff of Carrabba’s, Bonefish and Fleming’s.

Third-party delivery and guest loyalty programs may be undergoing a major change, according to attendees of this week’s TechTable conference.

Based on a combination of anecdotal input from operators and research from Technomic, here are some of the locations getting attention abroad.

The key to succeeding abroad is finding the right local teammate.