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Romano's Macaroni Grill

What’s growing at Trinity Groves

In Dallas, Phil Romano finds—and funds—the next hot thing.

2016 Top 500 restaurant chains

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.

Italian heavyweight Olive Garden increased sales by 3%, helping to drive the menu category's 1.9% sales growth, to $8.5 billion.

Management says the venerable Italian chain will use the filing to renegotiate leases on 37 closed sites.

The Top 500 chains unveiled more than 13,000 limited-time offers in 2017, but only some can be winners with consumers.

Renowned concept creator Phil Romano is suing the Dallas Morning News over a review of Il Mulino New York that produced a severe case of agita.

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