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The restaurant and bar from parent Landry’s features a varied menu of housemade dishes

Varied menu of housemade fare, from steak to pizza, in a comfortable and rustic setting

Overall, the varied menu category is flat, up .3% in sales to $23.9 billion and .5% in units to 7,792.

Sweet fixin's of the South are on the rise on chain restaurant menus.

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.

The scope is unclear, but more than 40 brands could be involved.

On restaurant menus, this tiny, tart fruit goes way beyond the usual sauce and relish—it’s adding color and character to everything from breakfast entrées to autumn salads. These menus make it berry clear that the cranberry is ripe for eating.

The chocolate chip has matured since its birth in 1933 when it was merely known as a cookie ingredient. Now the sweet morsels are used to dot a variety of desserts.

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