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.


Who has the best music in casual dining?

Music can help make or break a restaurant experience, so with help from Technomic, we found the top 10 casual-dining playlists.

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.

Hooters buys a private island, a QSR gets into drone delivery and more.

Nearly half plan to share their restaurant experiences on social media.

Here’s how some concepts are spicing up sales on the industry’s second-busiest day of the year.

The N.Y.P.D. is working with local operators and other businesses to thwart terrorists and share information.

Normally this space deals with gee-whiz developments. But this week’s standout moments were less likely to spin heads than to preoccupy them with a question: What is wrong with these people?

New rules for employee handbooks, a 21 percent price hike to cover higher wages and an employee-employer-guest discussion group are just some of the past week’s labor-related developments.

Fast casual pulled away QSR customers looking for a more upscale experience. One picky consumer is finding the same dynamic leads her to the casual dining chains that don’t feel like one.

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