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5 retro comfort foods making waves on menus

Chain restaurants are discovering that nostalgia sells.


Don't look now, but is the French dip a hit again?

The classic roast beef sandwich, usually served with a cup of au jus for dipping, is suddenly popping up on restaurant menus of all types.

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.

Restaurants are piggybacking on the day’s bargain-hunting mania with some kind of deal—many of which extend throughout the weekend and the holiday season.

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