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Leadership

New national initiative aims to cut food waste

The National Restaurant Association and other trade groups have joined with three key federal agencies to promote ways of reducing overproduction and getting more safe discarded food to the needy.

Financing

Dine Brands sees tougher times ahead for Applebee's

Between 30 and 40 stores are now expected to close by Jan. 1.

The company also said a TV test proved better than expected.

The restaurants will be operated by TravelCenters of America, the parent of Quaker Steak & Lube and nine other proprietary concepts.

Management raised the possibility of an acquisition during a review of Q3 results, citing an abundance of cash.

The Cheesecake Factory and Cracker Barrel are the latest chains to make brash bets on younger concepts.

The high-flying company plans to add two Jaggers units to the two that already open.

The boneless variety will be offered at that price exclusively for dine-in orders.

The venture was one of several sales-boosting initiatives outlined by the casual chain after posting a slip in comps and profits for Q3. Also on tap: Tableside ordering via cell phone.

More salaried restaurant managers and supervisors would be entitled to time and a half under rules either adopted or under consideration in nine states, with New Jersey and Michigan joining the list yesterday.

Friendly’s, Red Robin plan more closings of underperforming units.

Eight-unit Table 301 is trying rent subsidies in Greenville, S.C.

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