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Emerging Brands

Full-service chains test-drive a fleet of new growth vehicles

Diversification into new concepts is sweeping through casual dining in particular. Here’s a rundown of who’s trying what.

Financing

Applebee’s hits a dip in its comeback

Same-store sales for Q2 slipped 0.5% because of a decline in dinner sales and a missed marketing opportunity, executives said.

Greg Flynn says he’s received almost no pushback in a three-market no-delivery test, says RB’s The Bottom Line, arguing that the service should be margin-neutral.

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Parent Dine Brands plans to invest in capabilities ranging from better in-store Wi-Fi to geolocation systems that signal the arrival of a takeout customer.

The system’s two largest operators both announced switches in their management ranks.

Aussie Grill by Outback will feature sandwiches.

After a turnaround year, both of the Dine Brands holdings are looking at ways of increasing off-premise sales, particularly catering, and expanding into new types of markets.

A challenging year brought fundamental shifts in the market and a white-elephant sale of troubled concepts.

As pressure grows on franchisees, companies might find it better to keep some locations for themselves, says RB’s The Bottom Line.

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