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Lone Star Steakhouse

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Upstart Fish City Grill hooks big-chain vet as new president

Dave Orenstein is joining the 19-unit venture after serving as CEO of Lone Star, among other casual players.

Lone Star Steakhouse

Serving Texas-sized portions of mesquite-grilled hand-cut steaks, ribs and seafood in a roadhouse-style setting

The cowboy-themed chain is the latest casual dining brand to close stores in a difficult environment.

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.

After two years as a licensee and investor, Good Times is bringing the casual burger group in-house as a growth vehicle.

McDonald’s plans to customize its menu toward regional preferences and better-for-you items starting in January 2015.

Here are five developments from 2014, including one from just last month, that shouldn't be forgotten as the calendar changes.

You know the signs. Customers don’t even look at the drinks menu anymore. Trendwise, your signature cocktail is so last year. Beverage sales in general are on the decline. It’s time to do something to get guests ordering those high-margin drinks again. Here are the first steps:

Commodity prices are on the rise. And animal proteins—always one of a restaurant’s more expensive buys—are getting hit hard. But there are ways you can purchase and plate beef, pork and lamb to ease the pain—without shortchanging your customers or your profits. Listen to what these chefs, suppliers, economists and other experts have to say.

LAKELAND, FL (March 17, 2010)—Michigan-based Gordon Food Service wants to bring one of its hybrid supermarket-restaurant supply stores to Lakeland.City...