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Taco Cabana

Marketing

Restaurants are in the dark about daylight savings

Plus, Restaurant Rewind looks at past efforts by full-service operators to enter the drive-thru business.

Financing

Franchisees start buying up brands

Large franchisees have scooped up Fuddruckers, Au Bon Pain and now Taco Cabana in recent days. But owning a brand is quite different, says RB’s The Bottom Line.

The sale by Fiesta Restaurant Group will enable the company to focus on Pollo Tropical, according to its CEO.

Parent company Fiesta Restaurant Group said 125 of the fast casual’s locations were hit by winter storm Uri, which caused damages and slowed sales.

Taste Tracker: Nathan’s and Buona go meatless; spring salads from Cava, Mod Pizza and more; Silver Diner adds a dozen seasonal specials; and tacos trend for Cinco de Mayo.

A quick look at how small-cap restaurant companies are faring.

Parent company Fiesta Restaurant Group reported improving same-store sales for its fast-casual brands into Q4.

Parent company Fiesta Restaurant Group said it is working on drive-thru upgrades and menu enhancements to keep sales numbers headed in the right direction.

Taste Tracker: Bacon sizzles at Nathan’s, Moe’s supersizes a burrito and Golden Chick celebrates state fairs.

With dining rooms closed, same-store sales are down in the teens at both brands in July.

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