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Consumer Trends

Yelp users’ favorite casual chains

A new analysis also shows what differentiates a good user-generated review from a negative one.

Operations

Casual dining on life support? Not this week

Early Q1 earnings reports show some big-name players reaping the benefits of programs that began long ago.

More than half of the restaurant industry’s $491 billion in sales come from the Top 500 chains. And these giants grew at a modestly stronger rate, both in terms of sales and store counts, than the industry overall. Restaurant Business focused on the leading 250 performers to identify trends for our first-ever special report delivering lessons from Technomic’s annual Top 500 Chain Restaurant Report. This special package includes lessons for all operators from the largest chains by segment, menu category and more.

No sooner had one arresting development arisen than another quickly followed in its wake, making neck braces an acceptable fashion accessory.

As off-premise continues to grow, an omnichannel approach may be on the horizon.

It's slinging a 100-plus-item menu and handcrafted beer in a friendly pub atmosphere

During a summer of extremes, what else could we expect but a week of restaurant mosts and leasts? Here's a sampling.

The latest flurry of restaurant marketing tactics feel remarkably similar to what other concepts and segments have been doing successfully for some time.

The Bottom Line: Arby's and Buffalo Wild Wings want to buy more brands, and they have plenty of choices.

See which brand beat Denny’s, Applebee’s and others in a new ranking of full-service concepts by the strength of their customer following.

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