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Court clears the way for servers to sue for full minimum wage

The decision could require restaurants to forego the tip credit for side work and untipped activities.

The parent company of O’Charley’s and Village Inn has appointed family-dining veteran Craig Barber as president, with oversight of 474 restaurants and franchise rights to 96 more.

See which 10 chains are meeting consumers’ morning cravings the most.

A chain serving up American comfort food and signature pies

A family-friendly chain specializing in American homestyle favorites and signature pizzas

While some of the legacy brands (such as IHOP and Bob Evans) saw declines, Technomic Chief Insights Officer Darren Tristano expects breakfast-and-lunch concepts to keep growing.

More than half of the restaurant industry’s $491 billion in sales come from the Top 500 chains. And these giants grew at a modestly stronger rate, both in terms of sales and store counts, than the industry overall. Restaurant Business focused on the leading 250 performers to identify trends for our first-ever special report delivering lessons from Technomic’s annual Top 500 Chain Restaurant Report. This special package includes lessons for all operators from the largest chains by segment, menu category and more.

Parent company American Blue Ribbon Holdings says a revitalization for the remaining restaurants will be announced next week.

The new drink trend is toward “build-your-own” cocktails where the guest is presented with the option of choosing drink ingredients from several categories.