The luminaries we lost

The restaurant industry will be poorer in 2020 because of the talents and characters who died in 2019. Here are some of the standouts who were lost.


Full-service chains continue to prune

Friendly’s, Red Robin plan more closings of underperforming units.

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The New York U.S. senator said the workers did not receive enough notice and called for a federal investigation.

The struggling chain has shuttered a quarter of its locations since 2017.

Ed Valle previously served as El Pollo Loco’s CMO.

Consumers with young children reveal their favorite restaurants for their families.

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An old-fashioned ice cream shop serving burgers, soups, sandwiches and more for all dayparts

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