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The 5 cleanest fast-food bathrooms—and 5 missing the mark

Customers rate the best and worst quick-service restaurant chains for bathroom cleanliness in a recent Technomic survey.

Consumer Trends

Top 10 most welcoming chains for solo diners—and 5 that still have work to do

A look at the top chains winning with solo diners—as well as those scoring high with most consumers but missing the mark when it comes to dine-alone guests.

With consumers prowling stores and the internet for gift ideas, some restaurants are ready with suggestions that could also make their holidays a little happier.

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.

A Sunday night special is one of the new ways the barbecue chain intends to rebound from a steep decline in traffic during 2015.

Peet’s purchased Stumptown Coffee Roasters earlier this month.

Stumptown will continue to operate independently.

With sales of traditional soda pop flat, the beverage giants are bringing more alternative soft drinks to market.