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Zoes Kitchen

Zoes’ new takeout bid: Family meal packs

The fast-growing Mediterranean chain is offering what it describes as complete family meals built around such entrees as kabobs.

Technology

Zoe’s tests KDS system

The four-unit experiment “is going extremely well,” CEO Kevin Miles told Wall Street.

The fast-casual chain also posted a net loss, despite higher revenues.

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Serving housemade meals featuring fresh ingredients and healthy preparations

Diners rated these chains as tops when it comes to healthful options.

More chains are giving a self-delivery/third-party hybrid a try.

Operators are turning to both obvious and catchy names for new menu sections that tap into the snacking trend.

In February, Zoës Kitchen joined the growing ranks of fast casuals offering a smartphone app. Free for download on iTunes and Google Play, the LIFE...

There’s almost always some consumer pushback when a restaurant pulls an item off the menu.

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