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Consumer Trends

Customers’ most-craved beef

See which 10 chains are winning with beef that consumers say they can’t get anywhere else.

Financing

Darden to invest $20M from tax savings into workforce

Olive Garden’s owner says reform will lower its tax rate by 600 basis points.

It’s not that George McKerrow hates computers. He just hates what computers do to restaurant workers. A 30-year industry veteran, McKerrow, founder of Longhorn Steakhouse and, more recently, co-founder (with Ted Turner) of Ted’s Montana Grill, remembers taking restaurants public as late as 1990—without the help of computers.

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.

The top and fastest-growing chains don’t always align with average total menu items in their sectors.

Darden’s Western concept was named one of consumers’ favorite steakhouses in 2016

Consumers reveal which chain limited-time offers they are most likely to order based on the name and description.

Citing the services’ high costs, Olive Garden owner Darden and Newk’s Eatery are cautious on the industry trend.

Remaining restaurants will be converted into Eddie V's restaurants.

The biggest story from Wednesday’s Global Best Practices Conference is the one that’s not often told, but could soon be. In the meantime, here’s a preview of the industry’s most powerful defense against detractors.

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