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BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse

Financing

BJ’s says cost-saving efforts are poised to pay off

Changes such as new chicken wings and more efficient scheduling are expected to add 200 basis points to its margins.

Beverage

Looking for a less painful way to discount, restaurants make happy hours all day long

As they look to provide value during a time of high inflation, full-service restaurants are sacrificing some of their highest-margin items: drinks.

The Pizookie Pass sold out within an hour Monday. It will entitle 200 loyalty members to the popular dessert every day of September.

Customers haven’t reacted to higher prices yet, but more hikes are coming at the casual-dining chain.

As its restaurants staffed up again, sales followed, helping the chain generate its highest revenues ever for the period.

Mayer had been with the chain for more than seven years, most of which were spent as CMO.

The chain was hit harder than most by the COVID-19 variant in December and January, when an “unprecedented” number of its workers got sick.

Employers are also finding that more hours are needed because new hires aren't as efficient.

Ledwith will step down in May after 18 years with the chain. He'll be replaced by SVP of Operations Christopher Pinsak.

Understaffed restaurants had to limit their menus and hours, putting a lid on sales.

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