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Emerging Brands

Concepts making a splash

A Hooters with flat-chested staffers and no table service was just one of the startling new concepts to emerge this week. Here's a rundown of ventures that merit a look.

Consumer Trends

8 chains missing the mark with takeout

A look at the casual-dining chains satisfying consumers with their dine-in services, but not doing quite as well with takeout.

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.

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?

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