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Dickey's Barbecue Pit

Consumer Trends

Family meal deals

Women and millennials with children are particularly receptive to takeout, and touting bundled meals as an easy family dinner solution can help appeal to those groups.

Dickey's Barbecue Pit

Traditional barbecue fare made with secret family recipes for lunch and dinner

Ways to convince employees that franchises are local businesses.

A special task force is tackling such duties as negotiating third-party deals systemwide.

The dash for off-premise business is taking a detour around third-party delivery. Meanwhile, Amy Poehler isn't making restaurateurs laugh, R&D kitchens are cooking up some unusual new products, and the drug epidemic is prompting some controversial changes in operations.

The new attention-getters have less to do with the food than the quantities in which it's served.

Burger-inspired beer is just one of the over-the-top offerings debuted by chains in recent weeks.

These eight operators are betting on convenience, tempting busy home cooks with prepared turkeys, sides and desserts to go.

Operators are betting that NCAA basketball fans will eat up these special deals.

Restaurants are increasingly adding a common pulled pork cut, a Spanish sausage, a trash fish and an upscale beef product to their menus.

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