Menu favorites get tweaked and seasonal specials return
Taste Tracker: Boston Market launches a chicken sandwich, Panda Express brings back a Chinese New Year signature, Panera adds two new flatbreads and wings take off in new flavors and formats.
Smokey Bones launches 2 delivery-only brands
Specializing in wings and burgers, the virtual concepts will be marketed via third-party apps and serviced by existing units of their brick-and-mortar mother.
When Smokey Bones changed its name from “Barbeque & Grill” to “Bar & Fire Grill” in 2009, the rebranding didn’t stop with the signage. The 10-year old concept began remodeling its 67 restaurants to focus on the bar, making the area larger and installing TVs, high-tops and stools to encourage socializing
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