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Village Inn

Marketing

These are not your grandpa’s breakfast hangouts

A.m. specialists young and old are enlivening the morning market in a push for younger, more affluent patrons. Grab a breakfast cocktail and read how.

Operations

Village Inn opens inside Granite City under new co-branding arrangement

Parent BBQ Holdings hopes the pairing will generate more revenue from the same box. The location also features an updated look and menu for Village Inn.

BBQ Holdings is acquiring the family dining chain, along with bigger sister company Village Inn, in part to add its pies to its barbecue chain’s menu.

BBQ Holdings, which also owns Granite City Food and Brewery, said it plans to buy the two family-dining chains that emerged from bankruptcy last year for $13.5 million.

Consumers are most likely to purchase familiar favorites in 2020.

American Blue Ribbon Holdings, which declared bankruptcy in January, is selling the restaurants in a pair of deals, citing “liquidity constraints.”

American Blue Ribbon Holdings closed 33 locations as it continues to lose money.

Bankruptcy filings by Bar Louie, Krystal and American Blue Ribbon all reflect the industry’s competitive and operational challenges, says RB’s The Bottom Line.

The addition of Steve Sparks, formerly CFO of Village Inn’s parent, narrows Anita Adams’ duties to president.

Kurt Schnaubelt joins the diversified restaurant company from a consulting firm.

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