This week’s head-spinning moments: What’s wrong with this picture?

We can’t blame the heavens for the weirdness in the restaurant industry this week, from a surge in hot dog sales to drive-thrus appearing in fast casual and Jared getting fat.


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A roundup of mobile payments, restaurants running on iPhones and POS moving to tableside.

Here's a roundup of this month's digital news: New tech boosts Olive Garden’s off-premise sales but an investor wants to see more, Firehouse Subs gives heads-up on app changeover, Twitter adds a commerce function and BWW adopts games playable far from restaurants.

Tech integration by restaurants is moving at full force as the industry enters the fall. Operators are using different functionality—particularly mobile advancements—to give customers what they want.

The chain says it’s complying with the FDA’s menu-labeling regs more than a year ahead of time.

Newly appointed Trevor Haynes has spent the past three years as Subway’s vice president of operations.

As sushi continues its conquest of the mainstream, it’s becoming more and more clear that raw fish was only the first wave of a Japanese culinary invasion. Over the past two to three years, one Japanese concept after another has hit our shores with only a passing glance toward sushi—if there’s any recognition at all. They are authentic, specialized and high concept.

Navigating the NRA show was trickier this year—there seemed to be more bodies blocking the aisles and lining up at the booths for free samples. That was good news for the restaurant industry and those who supply it, but bad news for this intrepid taster.

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