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Four restaurant chain CEOs dish in Dallas

Building a strong corporate culture is key to running a successful restaurant company today, agreed four CEOs of chains.

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Squeezing profits: signature lemonades

Boost the check by refreshing the menu with signature lemonades.

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.

Just starting to get their own spending power, Gen Z is now in operators’ sights. Because of their limited budgets, this generation frequents QSRs the most.

While the bakery café menu category saw its total sales increase by 4% to $7.3 billion and units by 1% to 3,499, performance among the individual brands varied widely.

The transition to the second generation of Melmans took a big step forward.

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.

The Chicago concept creator was honored Monday night with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the James Beard Foundation. While accepting the award, he spoke of the unavoidability of mistakes and the importance of rebounding quickly.

Paci has served as CEO of Einstein Noah and McAlister’s Deli.

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