Hard Rock Cafe

First Watch names Chris Tomasso president

He’ll oversee four “daytime-only” concepts.

2016 Top 500 restaurant chains

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Operators are experimenting with squash-topped burgers and squash patties using a variety of gourd types.

Overall, the varied menu category is flat, up .3% in sales to $23.9 billion and .5% in units to 7,792.

Michael Coury will spearhead the menu strategy for the brand’s 178 cafe units.

Here in the heart of Texas, the basic food groups are still Tex-Mex, Southern and BBQ. But as Austin has boomed, from laid-back college town to high-tech mecca, fine dining has bloomed with it.

The Hard Times Cafe was the latest victim of ransomware.

With flexitarian diets in vogue, operators must make their veggie offerings stand out.

Besides getting meat-eating diners on board, the Hard Rock Cafe set out to appeal to Gen Z and millennial customers with an Instagrammable vegetarian dish.

Known for American regional favorites in a lively, rock music-theme setting

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