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LongHorn Steakhouse

LongHorn Steakhouse

The Darden chain aims to offer an authentic Western steakhouse experience

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This week’s restaurant nightmares: Heart stoppers

Wait—isn't Halloween still weeks away? That didn't spare restaurants from the sort of scary stories that are usually told around a campfire. The evil this time came from snakes, clowns and liars.

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

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.

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