Restaurant Daily

Your quick morning dose of the restaurant news you need, every weekday, from the editors of Restaurant Business and Nation's Restaurant News.

FTC-junk fees, NYC delivery wages, matcha
Mon, 15 Jul 2024 21:56:55 GMT
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The FTC is putting an end to franchise junk fees. New York City says its wage hike for delivery drivers has been a success. And here’s how one growing coffee chain is innovating with matcha.


MOD Pizza, discounts, Beastie Boys vs. Brinker
Fri, 12 Jul 2024 10:58:00 GMT
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MOD Pizza has been sold. The wave of restaurant discounts appears to be working. And Chili’s gets sued by the Beastie Boys.


Mergers and acquisitions, Chipotle’s CFO, Burger King
Thu, 11 Jul 2024 11:00:00 GMT
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It’s a strange moment for restaurant mergers and acquisitions. Chipotle’s CFO is retiring. And Burger King is heating up its menu.


McDonald’s $5 meal, reusable cups, tech surprises
Wed, 10 Jul 2024 11:00:00 GMT
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Customers found a loophole in McDonald’s $5 meal deal. Fast-food restaurants in a California city are switching to reusable cups. And two big AI suppliers are joining forces.


MOD bankruptcy, Panera’s menu, Dave’s Hot Chicken
Tue, 09 Jul 2024 11:00:00 GMT
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A fast-growing pizza chain is expected to file for bankruptcy protection. Panera’s overhauled menu appears to be a hit. And Dave’s Hot Chicken is expanding to a new country.

MOD bankruptcy, LA labor bill, menu news
Mon, 08 Jul 2024 11:00:00 GMT
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MOD Pizza is reportedly considering a bankruptcy filing. Fast-food restaurants in LA are facing more labor regulations. And menu innovation is defying the dog days of summer.


California restaurant traffic, Boston Market, heat safety
Wed, 03 Jul 2024 11:00:00 GMT
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How is California’s new fast-food minimum wage impacting restaurant traffic? Boston Market’s creditors are finding there’s not much in the bank. And the president is cracking down on heat safety for workers.


RBI China, Craveworthy Brands, Chipotle
Tue, 02 Jul 2024 10:53:00 GMT
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Restaurant Brands International is buying back its China business. Craveworthy Brands opened a food hall. And Chipotle taps Olympic athletes for its latest promotion.


Value meals, Kura Sushi, organic growth
Mon, 01 Jul 2024 11:00:00 GMT
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The summer of the value meal is upon us. Kura Sushi says business slowed in California. And which chains saw the most organic growth last year?

Service fee ban, sandwich chains, bankruptcies
Fri, 28 Jun 2024 11:00:00 GMT
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California restaurants get a reprieve from a service fee ban. Americans still love sub sandwiches. And what’s behind the recent wave of restaurant bankruptcies?

Another bankruptcy, Panera data breach, Chick-fil-A
Thu, 27 Jun 2024 11:00:00 GMT
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An Arby’s operator declared bankruptcy. Panera Bread confirms it was hit with a cyberattack. And consumers are finding less value at Chick-fil-A.



Starbucks-energy drinks, Perkins revamp, Grubhub-grocery
Wed, 26 Jun 2024 11:00:00 GMT
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Starbucks is serving its customers an added jolt. Perkins is undergoing an extreme makeover. And Grubhub is taking a big plunge into grocery delivery.



Hooters, Subway, customer satisfaction
Tue, 25 Jun 2024 11:00:00 GMT
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Hooters closes some struggling restaurants. A Subway franchisee files for bankruptcy. And see the brands that are doing the best at satisfying their customers.



Uncle Julio’s-Sun Holdings, Tock-American Express, fast-casual steak
Mon, 24 Jun 2024 10:57:00 GMT
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Uncle Julio’s apparently has a potential buyer in the wings. American Express bought reservations platform Tock. And, if you’ve noticed a lot of steak on fast-casual menus, you may be onto something.



McDonald’s $5 meal, Olive Garden, WOWorks
Fri, 21 Jun 2024 11:00:00 GMT
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McDonald’s much anticipated $5 summer value meal has arrived. Lower-income consumers remain a problem for Olive Garden. And WOWorks is on the hunt for more brands.



More bankruptcies, Pizza Hut, Rubio’s
Thu, 20 Jun 2024 10:00:00 GMT
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A number of small restaurant chains have filed for bankruptcy recently. Pizza Hut is trying to terminate one of its largest franchisees. And another bankrupt chain gets hit with an employee lawsuit.



James Kent, Blaze Pizza, Asian concepts
Tue, 18 Jun 2024 11:00:00 GMT
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Accomplished chef James Kent has died. Fast-casual pizza chain Blaze overhauled its brand. And Asian concepts were among the winners in casual dining last year.



McDonald’s AI test, Red Lobster lawsuit, TGI Fridays 
Mon, 17 Jun 2024 12:49:19 GMT
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McDonald’s is ending its AI drive-thru test. Former Red Lobster employees are suing the chain. And a TGI Fridays operator files for bankruptcy.



Starbucks’ legal win, Dave & Buster’s, Bob Evans 
Fri, 14 Jun 2024 11:01:00 GMT
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The Supreme Court delivers a win for Starbucks. The economy comes for Dave & Buster’s. And yet another chain launches a meal bundle.



Alamo Drafthouse, menu prices, Starbucks combos
Thu, 13 Jun 2024 11:00:00 GMT
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Alamo Drafthouse has been sold. There’s good and bad news on the menu price inflation front. And Starbucks is joining the value wars.


California restaurants, Noodles & activists, Solomon Choi
Wed, 12 Jun 2024 11:00:00 GMT
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The impact of the $20 fast-food wage in California is still revealing itself. Noodles and Company appears to be popular with activist investors. And a respected restaurant founder, investor and advisor has died.



Industry sales downgrade, Applebee’s, Tijuana Flats
Tue, 11 Jun 2024 11:00:00 GMT
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Restaurant industry sales may be worse than originally expected this year. Applebee’s debuts a new chicken sandwich. And Tijuana Flats gets a new CEO.



California surcharges, Alamo drafthouse bankruptcy, hot concepts
Mon, 10 Jun 2024 11:02:00 GMT
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Service fees may be sticking around in California. An Alamo Drafthouse franchise shuttered its six locations. And what are the up-and-coming restaurant concepts in this year’s Top 500 report?



Starbucks, Alamo Drafthouse, viral foods
Fri, 07 Jun 2024 11:00:00 GMT
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Starbucks is making a big change to its app. An Alamo Drafthouse operator goes under. And viral food trends are turning into actual menu items.



Rubio’s bankruptcy, China problem, BK chicken
Thu, 06 Jun 2024 10:55:00 GMT
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Another restaurant chain has declared bankruptcy. US operators appear to be struggling in China. And Burger King is expanding its flame-grilled offerings.



Top 500, social media, Condado Tacos
Wed, 05 Jun 2024 11:00:00 GMT
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Technomic’s Top 500 Chain Restaurant Report is out. Social media is a blessing and a curse for restaurant chains. And Condado Tacos has a new CEO.



Rubio’s, Red Lobster, Portillo’s
Tue, 04 Jun 2024 11:00:00 GMT
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Rubio’s Coastal Grill is closing nearly 50 locations. Red Lobster could close more than 100 more of its restaurants. And Portillo’s will now be open earlier.



Fast food is changing, Top 500, BurgerFi sale
Mon, 03 Jun 2024 11:00:00 GMT
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The fast-food industry is changing. RB’s Top 500 ranking of the biggest chains is out. And BurgerFi is weighing its options.



McDonalds’ value problem, Cracker Barrel, Red Robin
Fri, 31 May 2024 11:00:00 GMT
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McDonald’s less-frequent guests are at the heart of its value perception problem. Cracker Barrel is pumping the brakes on Maple Street Biscuit Co. And Red Robin’s turnaround campaign is beginning to bear fruit.



 McDonald’s prices, Grubhub-Amazon, Subway’s record
Thu, 30 May 2024 10:59:00 GMT
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McDonald’s is going on the defensive over menu prices. There’s good news for folks who work up an appetite while online shopping. And Subway is setting a financial record.



Fast food becoming a luxury, Cava steak, Apple Pie Poppers
Wed, 29 May 2024 11:06:00 GMT
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Fast food is now a luxury for most Americans. A new protein is coming to Cava. And KFC’s new menu item was cooked up with Gen Z in mind.



Restaurant misinformation, Minnesota service charges, Morgan Spurlock
Tue, 28 May 2024 10:44:00 GMT
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There’s apparently an epidemic of restaurant industry misinformation. There’s a new Minnesota law regulating restaurant pricing standards. And a documentary filmmaker who was influential in fast food has died.



Red Lobster plans, Sysco-consumers, Fuzzy’s growth
Fri, 24 May 2024 11:00:00 GMT
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Red Lobster says it has a plan to improve its operations. Sysco says consumers, particularly fast-food ones, are struggling. And Fuzzy’s Taco Shop says it’s opening a bunch of new restaurants.



Private equity, Tasty Restaurant Group, tech trends
Thu, 23 May 2024 11:00:00 GMT
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What role did private equity play in Red Lobster’s bankruptcy? A bunch of KFC locations get a new owner. And a look at some of the biggest tech trends to emerge from the National Restaurant Association Show.



Red Lobster shrimp, beverage business, IHOP+AI
Wed, 22 May 2024 11:00:00 GMT
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Where did Red Lobster get the shrimp for its endless shrimp promotion? Beverages are hot right now. And IHOP is getting an assist from AI.



Red Lobster bankruptcy, dynamic pricing, Flynn Group
Tue, 21 May 2024 11:00:00 GMT
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Red Lobster, as expected, has declared bankruptcy. Dynamic pricing has been a hot topic at the restaurant show. And Greg Flynn is expanding his restaurant empire.



Show trends, Cracker Barrel, Buffalo Wild Wings
Mon, 20 May 2024 16:55:19 GMT
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Cannabis beverages, protecting margins and AI have been some of the top themes at the National Restaurant Show. Cracker Barrel is doing a $700 million makeover. And Buffalo Wild Wings is tempting fate with its latest promotion.

Walmart, Chipotle portions, Grandma McFlurries
Fri, 17 May 2024 11:00:00 GMT
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Restaurants may be losing business to Walmart. McDonald’s new dessert was inspired by grandmas. And has Chipotle changed its portion sizes?



Red Lobster bankruptcy, McDonald’s $5 meal, inflation
Thu, 16 May 2024 10:59:00 GMT
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Red Lobster is said to be filing for bankruptcy protection very soon. Expect to be able to order a $5 McDonald’s value meal next month. And restaurant inflation continues to outpace grocery stores.


Red Lobster, Twin Peaks, Pizza Hut’s ‘burger’
Wed, 15 May 2024 11:00:00 GMT
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Red Lobster closes dozens of locations. Twin Peaks is preparing to go public. And Pizza Hut puts its spin on a cheeseburger.



McDonald’s lawsuit, Jasper White, Restaurant Show tech
Tue, 14 May 2024 11:00:00 GMT
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A prominent McDonald’s franchisee is suing the chain. A revered New England chef has died. And technology will be a key focus of this year’s National Restaurant Association Show, which kicks off this weekend.



Andy Wiederhorn, McDonald’s $5 meal, Sweetgreen
Mon, 13 May 2024 11:06:00 GMT
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Fat Brands’ Chairman Andy Wiederhorn is in trouble with the SEC. McDonald’s is planning a new $5 value meal. And why Sweetgreen’s stock is skyrocketing.



McDonald’s-digital marketing, Red Lobster sale, Papa Johns
Fri, 10 May 2024 11:04:00 GMT
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McDonald’s is readying a big investment in digital marketing. Red Lobster, meanwhile, is getting closer to being sold. And sales have been slow at Papa Johns, despite a marketing boost.



Dutch Bros, Chip City, Applebee’s
Thu, 09 May 2024 11:00:00 GMT
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Dutch Bros gets a sales boost from boba. A cookie concept raises some money. And can $1 margaritas save Applebee’s?



Bloomin’ Brands-Deno, Panera’s Charged Lemonade
Wed, 08 May 2024 11:00:00 GMT
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Bloomin’ Brands’ CEO is retiring. Did social media pressure hurt Starbucks’ sales? And Panera Bread is axing a controversial menu item.



Howard Schultz, Pizza Hut, Burgerville
Tue, 07 May 2024 11:00:00 GMT
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Howard Schultz weighs in on Starbucks’ tough quarter. Burgerville gets some growth-minded new investors. And Pizza Hut has a new president in the U.S. Welcome to RB Daily, a quick look at the industry’s top stories from the editors of Restaurant Business. I’m Joe Guszkowski, senior editor at RB.



Joint employer, Clean Juice-Brix, Texas Roadhouse
Mon, 06 May 2024 11:00:00 GMT
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The president has vetoed a bill that would end the NLRB’s expanded joint employer effort. Clean Juice is struggling as it prepares to be sold. And Texas Roadhouse is bucking casual-dining trends with a very successful first quarter.



Wendy’s, Shake Shack, Panda cyberattack
Fri, 03 May 2024 11:00:00 GMT
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Wendy’s profits are improving. Bad weather hurt Shake Shack last quarter. And the owner of Panda Express was hit with a cyberattack.



Starbucks and KFC stumble, Wingstop wins, Denny’s burritos
Thu, 02 May 2024 11:06:00 GMT
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Traffic is way down at Starbucks and KFC. But business is booming at Wingstop. Plus, Denny’s sees opportunity in an unexpected menu addition.



McDonald’s, Subway, Burger King
Wed, 01 May 2024 11:01:00 GMT
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McDonald’s has lost ground on value, but it plans to change that. Roark Capital officially owns Subway. And Burger King is doing more remodels