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McAlister's Deli

Financing

Focus Brands CEO Jim Holthouser gets a tough introduction to restaurants

The former Hilton executive, who took the job two weeks before the pandemic hit, leans on his hotel experience, and sees parallels between the two industries.

Food

New menu launches run the gamut

From date night dinners to family meals and sweets, restaurants innovate to lure customers.

Sun Holdings, which also owns the Taco Bueno brand and operates several franchises, bought locations in four states and the right to develop 47 more.

Coding was inserted into the servers of Moe’s, McAlister’s and Schlotzsky’s to copy credit card information while on-premise transactions were being processed.

Industry vet Natalia Franco will lead the fast-casual brand’s marketing strategies.

Get Top 500 data: sales, units and YOY change, average unit volume, and company/franchise units, as well as Technomic’s analysis, growth forecast and more.

Have food, will travel? Operators are updating offerings and sourcing new packaging as off-premise continues to grow.

The fast casual is rolling out a new prototype next month that comes along with a “more community-centric” chain positioning.

Modern kids menus are tempting millennial parents and their children.

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