Village Inn

2016 Top 500 restaurant chains

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.

Max & Erma’s shuts 13 units

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.

The parody pop-up, originally named Ruth Krishna’s Tandoori Steakhouse, is rebranding as Randy Krishna’s.

Serving the morning meal is last decade’s news (or older) to sister concepts Village Inn and Bakers Square. Instead, they’re trying the allure of customization and upscale item.

The longtime industry veteran assumes day-to-day responsibilities from American Blue Ribbon CEO Hazem Ouf.

Hazem Ouf doesn’t profess to have all the answers for reviving restaurant organizations, even after snatching the likes of Village Inn, Max & Erma’s and O’Charley’s from the ICU.

While some categories include a cross-section of the country, New York City institutions and some previous winners dominated other areas of the industry’s top honors.

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