Huddle House


Elysium Management buys Huddle House

Sentinel Capital sold the family-dining chain to the private-equity titan's family office investor.

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It plans to launch 100 additional units in the next five years

Offering cooked-to-order homestyle favorites for “Any Meal. Any Time”

While some of the legacy brands (such as IHOP and Bob Evans) saw declines, Technomic Chief Insights Officer Darren Tristano expects breakfast-and-lunch concepts to keep growing.

Although trendy new breakfast-and-lunch-only eateries continue to pop up, they’ve yet to top legacy brands for consumers’ overall favorite family-style restaurants.

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.

In 2007, John Kregel, a pig farmer in Garnerville, Iowa, built group housing—also known as large pens—to accommodate 3,000 of his 9,000 sows; the other 6,000 remain in gestation stalls. He feels the stalls are better for the pigs in winter but his sows are adapting well to the pens.

Yelp reviews in the bathroom. Resourceful employees. A super-sustainable Applebee’s. And no more rare burgers in London. A well-done Week In Ideas awaits.