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Rita's Ice

Rick Berman’s crusade against Chipotle continues

The Center for Consumer Freedom’s latest attack ad takes issue with the chain’s tofu and beans.

With most chains trying to score valuable real estate on their customers’ phones, the Restaurant Business team took a look at 25 restaurant apps to see what’s working—and what’s not.

The chain serves Italian ice made fresh in-house with real fruit

For almost 60 years now, marketers of all kinds have been following the whims and mores of the largest, most educated, most affluent—and most fickle—grou.p of consumers ever amassed.

The answer will tell you everything from what should be on your menu to what your marketing plan should look like. We tag along as four restaurants do the research.

Your new place is all set to open but there’s one hitch and it’s a big one: you can’t get a full liquor license. That’s not stopping some creative operators.

Say “rhubarb” and most people automatically think “strawberries and pie.” Not at these restaurants. As the rhubarb season comes to an end, their menus are showcasing the versatility of this colorful vegetable in savory dishes, drinks, and more.

A hurricane is disruptive whenever it hits, but as the full force of Irene swept the East coast over the weekend—the most lucrative days for restaurants—industry folks had to instantly come up with their own disaster plans. And they had to let their customers know pretty quickly. Alerts sent out through Facebook, Twitter, texts and blogs ranged from the serious to the quirky.

The holiday of Cinco de Mayo may draw its origins from Mexican culture, but it has firmly established its roots in the American restaurant scene. Operators across the country are gearing up for the fiesta on May 5 with celebratory food, drink and other activities.

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