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Tijuana Flats

Operations

Tijuana Flats debuts a new, tech-enabled prototype

The 25-year-old Tex-Mex chain had “never had a real tech package,” the brand’s vice president of development said.

Marketing

Restaurants are pushing gift card sales, but consumers are slower to respond

Operators are counting on holiday gift cards to boost revenue but sales are down.

Taste Tracker: Pizza for voters at Pieology; kits and family meals make a comeback at Tijuana Flats and Cotton Patch Cafe; and Red Lobster goes for Asian flavors.

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The appointment comes after more than a decade with the regional fast-casual brand.

Operators are offering their own versions of meal kits, serving up bundled family meals that often have an off-premise bent.

Poultry is the number one protein buy for a majority of qsr and casual operators.

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