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Workforce

Restaurants try a bonanza of benefits to recruit and retain employees

The perks can range from access to a personal trainer to a clothing allowance for new managers as the industry looks to combat a labor shortage.

Food

Plants keep growing on menus in sandwiches, salads and more

Taste Tracker: Nathan’s and Buona go meatless; spring salads from Cava, Mod Pizza and more; Silver Diner adds a dozen seasonal specials; and tacos trend for Cinco de Mayo.

Taste Tracker: Big discounts at Farmer Boys, Luna Grill wraps it to go, Zaxby’s taps Chinese flavors and bagel seasoning inspires Firehouse Subs.

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

The co-branding effort figures large in the casual chain’s updated turnaround plan.

New menu launches tap into diet-friendly fare, Super Bowl promotions and more.

The casual chain is testing the Midwestern chain’s pies as a draw for more delivery sales.

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.

Two years ago, Phil Freedman wanted to grow.

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