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3 cheers for a restaurant Festivus

For a day, we wanted to forget the industry's problems and focus on why restaurants deserve a holiday of their own. Here are three random reasons.

Consumer Trends

Top 10 most welcoming chains for solo diners—and 5 that still have work to do

A look at the top chains winning with solo diners—as well as those scoring high with most consumers but missing the mark when it comes to dine-alone guests.

Operators are looking to cash in on the chatter surrounding this year’s presidential race.

Until recently, consumers considered Chipotle one of the most trusted limited-service restaurant brands. After its food safety incidents, Chipotle now scores in the bottom six for brand trust.

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.

After more than a year since the Affordable Care Act became enforced, it’s time for an assessment of the weird pain points and miraculous recoveries.

These brands not only understand consumers, but are able to turn that knowledge into actionable insights, shifting operations to meet customers where they are.

Mobile apps still seem to be that white whale many operators can’t bag.

While there’s no one-size-fits-all approach, making sure your online information is updated and accurate can go a long way toward ensuring customers can find you. With that in mind, here are four tips for search engine optimization (or SEO) operators can use to improve their rankings.

Whether touting health halos, all-natural ingredients or entirely new better-for-you menus, chains are using health to keep diners coming back.