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Cracker Barrel


Family dining looks for transformation after 2020’s struggles

The sector’s biggest players indulged in considerable reinvention attempts as they felt the loss of breakfast and particular challenges at off-premise.


5 tailwinds aiding Cracker Barrel’s sales

Like every chain, the family dining specialist has been helped by eased capacity restrictions, widespread vaccinations and direct federal aid to consumers. . But it's also reaped the benefits of several unique factors

Operators are packaging catering programs in new ways to win back lost business. Individually boxed meals are seen as a safer solution as people slowly return to the office or are in need of a quick lunch to grab-and-go. Cracker Barrel, BJs and El Pollo Loco recently introduced or upgraded boxed meal catering.

Cue the 'Twilight Zone' theme and hide the kids. Things are getting weird.

The blow from Mother Nature comes as the chain is about to test a new chicken-and-biscuits virtual concept.

The battle against COVID wasn’t the only combat restaurants saw last year. Here’s a sampling of the other wars.

The new initiatives include smaller family meals to go and the ongoing rollout of an alcohol program.

Raymond Barbrick didn’t get nearly enough votes for a seat on the family chain’s board, Biglari’s fifth such proxy loss, says RB’s The Bottom Line.

Here’s a snapshot of how those operations fared during Q3, along with a look at how they intend to improve their performance.

Consumers are most likely to purchase familiar favorites in 2020.

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