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Menu news of the week: Nov. 25, 2019

Chefs and operators are busy this week gearing up for the season.

Financing

Denny’s franchisee grows to 127 units through 94-store purchase

WKS now operates 287 restaurants in total and ranks as Denny’s largest licensee.

Menu launches are showcasing seasonal ingredients and innovative flavors.

Get Top 500 data: sales, units and YOY change, average unit volume, and company/franchise units, as well as Technomic’s analysis, growth forecast and more.

New research shows that a considerable positive impact is felt by restaurants across the board, not just big marketers or operations with a hometown team in the hunt.

The changes include giving casual-dining veteran Mike Hislop a bigger role.

Earlier this year, it was reported that McDonald’s was encouraging its franchisees to train workers to be less rude to customers. But several operators we spoke to feel that hiring the right kind of people from the start is the best way to ensure your staff has the gift of customer service.

Not long ago, most restaurants could get by with a simple pop-up toaster. But along came bagels, croissants and Texas toast. And then toasted sandwiches grew wildly popular. So how do you find the best toaster to suit your needs today?

As Dine Out for No Kid Hungry, one of the restaurant industry’s big charitable campaigns to fight childhood hunger, kicks into high gear this month, its feel-good benefits are well publicized. But as every restaurateur knows, running a profitable business isn't only about following your heart—it’s about making decisions that ultimately benefit the top and bottom line.

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