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Food

Value and comfort trump innovation in recent LTO launches

The pandemic has slowed R&D, but chains are luring consumers with meal deals.

Food

Health competes with indulgence and whimsy in recent LTOs

New menu launches tap into diet-friendly fare, Super Bowl promotions and more.

A roundup of items that are in the works or launching in chains.

Three years after filing for bankruptcy protection, the casual-dining chain is finding smaller units can work wonders.

Tim Doherty was named the president and COO in May of the restaurant company his father started and built into one of the industry’s largest franchise operations. Like a lot of second-generation leaders of a family business, he found the job has its own set of challenges and joys.

A limited-time deal will cut the usual fees for recruits who agree to open multiple units.

Restaurant renovations are on a lot of minds at the NRA show this year.

Brick House signs first zee, Carl’s tries a sports theme, Krispy heads north, Hooters operator buys Fresh Juice. Plus, Dunkin' and Togo's square off in California, and Einstein Bros. tops the 3-0 mark in non-traditional sites for 2013.

Ed Doherty insists his success as a restaurant franchisee is a tale of phenomenal luck, starting with the purchase of his first restaurants in 1985.

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