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Chipotle unwrapped

Everyone is clamoring to be the next Chipotle. So what are the secrets to success for this industry strongman? We pull back the foil for a closer look.

New Pizza Hut makeover plan revealed

The brand's largest franchisee revealed that 10 percent of the chain would be updated annually under a new remodeling plan intended to remake the chain.

When Myron Allen wanted to open a Toppers Pizza franchise in Rochester, Minnesota, he turned to an old friend: his local banker.

Restaurants that provide what families want—speedy service, something kids will eat, healthy options to please parents and a willingness to customize—are gaining business as economic doldrums linger.

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.

7-Eleven has hired Pizza Hut veteran Kelly Buckley to assemble a foodservice team that can go tong-to-tong with quick-service restaurant chains. In the meantime, she’s eying such possible menu additions as beer-infused brats, more salads, beef mini-tacos and two empanadas.

That’s Papa Murphy’s, which recently sold its stake in the fast-casual chain. Founder and CEO James Markham said the parting won’t deter his efforts to make the concept a standout in the crowded fast-casual-pizza derby.

DIY pizza is again a growth story, but still a relatively small piece of the pie (only Blaze Pizza has hit the top 200).

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