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Legal Sea Foods’ new problem-solving philosophy brings a sea change

With inspiration from an unlikely source, operations have changed significantly inside the kitchens of Legal Sea Foods, the high-volume polished-casual operation concentrated along the East Coast. 

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Chip Wade, a longtime ops specialist for Darden Restaurants, will take the job next month.

The chain is launching a fast-casual spinoff with build-your-own bowls

An upscale concept focused on serving “top of the catch” seafood

The seafood menu category continues to slowly sink, having declined 0.8% in sales to $5.3 billion and 2.1% in unit counts to 1,377 in 2016 from the prior year.

Legal Sea Foods launches a fast-casual build-your-own bowl concept called Legal Fish Bowl.

Here is a brief look back to see how our 2016 food trend forecast played out.

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.

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