As the 2022 Restaurant Leader of the Year, Sonic’s Claudia San Pedro looks ahead

The onetime public servant will take the stage Tuesday at the Restaurant Leadership Conference to share her thinking on the issues and opportunities facing the business.


Inspire Brands names Frank Sickelsmith chief development officer

The owner of Arby’s, Sonic and Dunkin’ is bringing in the former Autogrill executive to help speed its international growth.

The one-time Oklahoma state official was honored by Restaurant Business for leading the 69-year-old drive-in brand to new heights, before and during the pandemic.

San Pedro took an unusual route to her current role. But the lessons she’s learned along the way have helped the burger chain succeed and earned her a place among nominees for Restaurant Business Restaurant Leader of the Year.

Taste Tracker: Chipotle abd Smoothie King tap into health; Wienerschnitzel, Crumbl and Pinkbox invite indulgence; Taco Bell tests chicken wings and the Patty Melt returns to Sonic.

Alliance Kitchen offers items from Buffalo Wild Wings, Sonic, Jimmy John’s, Arby’s and Rusty Taco and is designed to save on labor and equipment costs.

The Inspire Brands chains join a large list of restaurants taking on protein suppliers over the allegations.

The drive-in chain intends to offer guests an option at all of its units to reward employees with a gratuity.

The former SVP of Dunkin' and Baskin-Robbins will have responsibility for the field operations of all of Inspire Brands' holdings.

Three social media stars try to re-create iconic Sonic items, then post videos of their efforts in a new marketing campaign.

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