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A challenging year brought fundamental shifts in the market and a white-elephant sale of troubled concepts.
Here's a look back at the news eruptions that shaped the restaurant industry in 2018.
Inspire now operates brands that generate more than $12 billion in annual system sales.
These LTOs tempted customers in October.
Claudia San Pedro will lead the company after it is sold to Inspire Brands.
See which LTOs resonated with customers the most during September, when comfort foods made a comeback.
The deal will give Inspire Brands its third major chain and fourth overall.
The company said that its same-store sales and traffic increased over the summer.
They join seven major chains that agreed last month to stop the practice, under threat of a lawsuit.
The drive-in chain is counting on a steady stream of new products to differentiate the concept and hold consumers’ interest.
These emerging chains are the growth vehicles to watch—the ones poised to be major industry players in the coming years.
Food trends and recipes to keep menus fresh
New restaurants and soon-to-open concepts worth monitoring
RB’s exclusive ranking of the highest-grossing independent restaurants
Peter Romeo highlights the moments restaurateurs miss at their own peril
Ideas from the field you may want to borrow