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RB Daily

Your quick morning dose of the restaurant news you need, every weekday, from the editors of Restaurant Business.

Adult Happy Meals, Ruth’s Chris, openings and closings
Wed, 01 Feb 2023 12:25:31 GMT
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Those adult happy meals did wonders for McDonald’s. Ruth’s Chris is closing a high-profile location. And a recap of the most notable indie openings and closings in January.

Papa Johns, tip credit, Casa Bonita
Tue, 31 Jan 2023 12:26:01 GMT
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Papa Johns is flipping pizza upside down. A Michigan court has preserved the state’s tip credit. And Casa Bonita is reopening in May.

McDonald’s gets political, new NRA chairman, Raising Cane’s
Mon, 30 Jan 2023 11:44:37 GMT
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McDonald’s ups its political involvement. The National Restaurant Association names its chairman for the year. And how Raising Cane’s rewarded its top 10 general managers.

Chipotle, Smashburger, Papa John’s
Fri, 27 Jan 2023 11:44:29 GMT
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Chipotle wants to hire 15,000 workers nationally. Smashburger is testing a jackfruit-based veggie burger. And Papa John’s has a new international prototype.

McDonald’s, MOD Pizza, A&W
Thu, 26 Jan 2023 12:00:03 GMT
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McDonald’s is testing a new kind of cup lid. MOD Pizza is testing a new menu item. And why A&W revamped its menu boards.

Checkers, robotic pizza system, Peet’s Coffee
Wed, 25 Jan 2023 11:46:45 GMT
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Checkers has hired an advisor to help it deal with its debt. Three equipment suppliers are teaming up to create a robotic pizza system for restaurants. And workers at a Peet’s Coffee in California have voted in favor of forming a union.

Chick-fil-A, ServSafe, Red Lobster
Tue, 24 Jan 2023 12:17:18 GMT
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There’s a new most-ordered entree at Chick-fil-A. The battle over ServSafe is headed to court. And Red Lobster closes some restaurants.

Eggs, inflation, surcharges
Mon, 23 Jan 2023 12:09:21 GMT
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Egg prices are flying high, although food inflation in general is slowing down. Slapfish has a new concept. And why a Dallas restaurant added a 3% surcharge.

In-N-Out, Nextbite, Notch
Fri, 20 Jan 2023 12:21:44 GMT
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In-N-Out Burger expects to open for the first time in Idaho late this year. Nextbite is planning on adding more family-style meals. And Notch has raised $10 million.

Starbucks, delivery, Tacombi
Thu, 19 Jan 2023 12:25:47 GMT
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Starbucks is adding more delivery options. New data shows lots of people order delivery. And inside the strategy of fast-growing Tacombi.

In-N-Out, Steak and Ale, catering
Wed, 18 Jan 2023 12:27:47 GMT
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In-N-Out’s eastward expansion could transform the burger industry. Steak and Ale is making a comeback. And an update on the catering business.

Kurt Kane, Portillos, In-N-Out
Mon, 16 Jan 2023 12:27:39 GMT
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Kurt Kane is leaving Wendy’s. Portillos is now doing soft opens. And we’ll discuss why In-N-Out is making a jump to Tennessee.

Subway, Cywinski, Starbucks
Fri, 13 Jan 2023 12:27:49 GMT
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Subway is for sale. John Cywinski has a new job. And Starbucks orders staff back to the office.

Portillo’s, Chicken prices, ICR conference
Thu, 12 Jan 2023 12:29:55 GMT
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Portillo’s plans to open more restaurants in Southern States. Chicken prices are at a historic low. And we’ll discuss takeaways from the ICR conference in Orlando.

In-N-Out Burger, Darden Restaurants, Del Taco
Wed, 11 Jan 2023 12:29:18 GMT
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In-N-Out Burger is heading to Tennessee. Darden Restaurants is looking for a full service restaurant to add to its portfolio. And voice bots are coming to the Del Taco drive-thru.

McDonald’s, Red Robin, Norma.
Tue, 10 Jan 2023 12:27:39 GMT
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Denny’s has named Sherri Landry as its new CMO. Red Robin is investing in flat-top grills. And Noma announced its plans to close for traditional service.

McDonald’s, Tonya Robinson, college students
Mon, 09 Jan 2023 12:26:22 GMT
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McDonald’s is restructuring its organization. Texas Roadhouse CFO Tonya Robinson has retired. And we’ll take a glance at college student’s fast food preferences.

Profit predictions, a Burger King bankruptcy, Tao Group
Fri, 06 Jan 2023 12:29:18 GMT
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Restaurants are predicting another challenging year for their bottom lines. A big Burger King franchisee goes bankrupt. And Tao Group’s restaurant holdings might be for sale.

Convenience stores, Blaze Pizza, Culver's
Thu, 05 Jan 2023 12:25:02 GMT
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Fast food chains may be losing business to convenience stores. Blaze Pizza named a new CEO. And Culver's named the first CMO in its history.

Holiday sales, 16 Handles, Paulo Pena
Wed, 04 Jan 2023 12:29:11 GMT
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The holidays were good to restaurants. 16 Handles is buying a cookie dough concept. And Carrols Restaurant Group CEO Paulo Pena passes away.

Year in review
Fri, 23 Dec 2022 12:10:35 GMT
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Zero-proof cocktails, daytime dining and McDonald’s were hot. Inflation drove menu prices to new heights. And the party’s over for restaurant tech firms.

Fogo de Chao, Sweet Chick, trends
Thu, 22 Dec 2022 12:26:00 GMT
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Fogo de Chao is on fire ahead of its IPO. Sweet Chick is set to debut in Union Square. And six global food trends to keep an eye on next year.

Acquisitions, Birdcall, openings and closings
Wed, 21 Dec 2022 12:28:10 GMT
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Acquisitions of restaurant chains plummeted in 2022. Birdcall named a new CEO. And we’ll take a look at this month's most notable independent restaurants openings and closings.

Rusty Taco, Freshii, Everytable
Tue, 20 Dec 2022 12:27:00 GMT
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Rusty Taco is sold. Freshii is sold. And Everytable is in the middle of a big growth push.

Comfort foods, Yum Brands, Olive Garden
Mon, 19 Dec 2022 12:24:01 GMT
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Comfort foods topped Grubhub’s list of most-ordered menu items of 2022. Yum Brands is going big into technology. And the return of the Never Ending Pasta Bowl was a big deal for Olive Garden.

Pizza Hut, layoffs, Taco Bell
Fri, 16 Dec 2022 12:27:03 GMT
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Pizza Hut is going after a younger audience. More layoffs come to restaurant tech. And Taco Bell is launching new items.

Taco bell, Chipotle, tech trends
Thu, 15 Dec 2022 12:23:35 GMT
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Taco Bell believes it can have the same number of US units as McDonalds. Chipotle is going to reveal the recipe for its Chipotle Honey Vinaigrette.  And we’ll take a look at tech trend predictions for next year.

Yum Brands, CPI, bar snacks
Wed, 14 Dec 2022 12:25:44 GMT
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Yum Brands is poised for big growth. The Consumer Price Index declined. And complimentary bar snacks are getting more sophisticated.

Portillo’s, Smalls Sliders, holiday menus
Tue, 13 Dec 2022 12:26:43 GMT
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Portillo’s says it’s found ways to cut costs. Smalls Sliders has a new CEO. And a look at what’s on restaurants’ holiday menus.

A better McDonald’s burger, Pollo Tropical, Krispy Kreme
Mon, 12 Dec 2022 12:27:51 GMT
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McDonald’s is taking another crack at menuing a higher-end burger. It also happens to be on a marketing hot streak. And the CEO of Pollo Tropical is resigning.

Buyers Edge, Wetzel’s Pretzels, Glass Onion
Fri, 09 Dec 2022 12:26:04 GMT
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Buyers Edge is buying a restaurant accounting company. MTY Group has completed its acquisition of Wetzel’s Pretzels. And the maker of the Bloomin’ Onion is partnering with the movie Glass Onion on a Netflix promotion.

Holiday meals, Dave & Buster’s, Sonic
Thu, 08 Dec 2022 12:25:44 GMT
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Many consumers plan to let restaurants do the cooking this holiday season. Dave & Buster’s profits improved. And how Sonic Drive-In comes up with its unique LTOs.

Bertucci’s, tip credit, Chris Carr
Wed, 07 Dec 2022 12:29:35 GMT
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Bertucci’s has declared bankruptcy, again. A union-backed group devoted to killing the tip credit is pressuring Applebee's restaurants into halting their use of the tip credit. And Chris Carr is stepping down as COO of Sweetgreen.

Dine Brands, California Fast Act, Uber Eats
Tue, 06 Dec 2022 12:26:27 GMT
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Dine Brands is buying a taco chain. California’s Fast Act is on hold, for now. And Chicago restaurants get a $5 million windfall from Uber Eats.

Same-store sales, job growth, Jeremiah’s Italian Ice
Mon, 05 Dec 2022 12:28:44 GMT
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Restaurant chains traded traffic for price last quarter. Restaurant job growth accelerated last quarter. And Jeremiah’s Italian Ice has opened a new prototype.

Subway, McDonald’s, California Pizza Kitchen
Fri, 02 Dec 2022 12:28:12 GMT
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Subway is offering footlong cookies in honor of national cookie day on Sunday. McDonald’s is testing a fancy drive-thru. And California Pizza Kitchen is revamping its leadership team.

Peet’s, PopupBagels, Restaurant Growth Services
Thu, 01 Dec 2022 12:29:54 GMT
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DoorDash is cutting jobs. Delivery is still crazy expensive, and consumers are apparently OK with it. And the National Restaurant Association urges Congress to avert a rail strike.

Peet’s, PopupBagels, Restaurant Growth Services
Wed, 30 Nov 2022 12:28:23 GMT
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The union trying to organize Starbucks is now working with staff at two Peet’s locations. PopupBagels has won seed funding from an investor group led by Hollywood producer John Davis. And Restaurant Growth Services has named a new CFO and chief people officer.

Low-income diners, barbell pricing, Jack in the Box
Tue, 29 Nov 2022 12:35:38 GMT
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The man who made Kentucky Fried Chicken famous has died. US Foods hired the former CEO of its biggest rival. And Tony Roma’s debuts a new fast-casual offshoot.

Low-income diners, barbell pricing, Jack in the Box
Wed, 23 Nov 2022 12:38:08 GMT
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Low income diners are eating out more often. Barbell pricing is trending in restaurants. And inflation hurt Jack in the Box’s profits last quarter.

Starbucks Reserve, new restaurant openings and Patrick Doyle
Mon, 21 Nov 2022 12:35:23 GMT
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We visited Starbucks’ new Reserve location in the Empire State Building. International locations are fueling growth at big chains. And why Restaurant Brands International hired Patrick Doyle.

Taco Bell, Amplify Brands, delivery workers
Mon, 21 Nov 2022 12:33:21 GMT
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Taco Bell is offering two new takes on its popular Nacho Fries. Amplify Brands is spinning off Le Pain Quotidien and the Little Beet under a new operating platform. And New York wants to give third-party delivery workers a raise.

Menu trends, Chuck E. Cheese, Blank Street Coffee
Fri, 18 Nov 2022 12:30:58 GMT
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Get a sneak peek at next year’s hot menu trends. Chuck E. Cheese has a new virtual brand. And fast-growing Blank Street Coffee will now sell blends online.

Sweetgreen, Subway, inflation
Wed, 16 Nov 2022 12:28:16 GMT
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 This Thanksgiving, it might be cheaper to get your turkey from a restaurant. The Starbucks union unveiled its own holiday cup.

Sweetgreen, Subway, inflation
Tue, 15 Nov 2022 11:28:06 GMT
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Sweetgreen is opening its first drive-thru location. Subway is trying out smart fridges. And inflation may be causing customers to tip less.

Restaurant prices, catering sales, tech investments
Mon, 14 Nov 2022 12:32:29 GMT
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Restaurant prices keep going up. Catering sales have seen a burst. And Restaurants are shifting their tech investments to the back of house.

Blaze, Taco John’s, peppermint
Fri, 11 Nov 2022 12:22:40 GMT
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The CEO of Blaze Pizza is leaving the company, sources say. Taco John’s is ready to grow again. And here comes the peppermint.

Sweetgreen, tip credit, French toast sticks
Thu, 10 Nov 2022 12:22:48 GMT
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Sweetgreen is calling in the robots. D.C. votes to kill the tip credit. And a new breakfast item is helping Wendy’s.

John Elway, Panera Bread, Chili’s
Wed, 09 Nov 2022 12:21:16 GMT
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John Elway is investing in Tom’s Watch Bar. Panera Bread opened a new urban format store in New York City. And Chili's opened its first to-go-only location in Dallas.

First Watch, Papa Johns, sweets at Sweetgreen
Tue, 08 Nov 2022 12:33:09 GMT
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Sales continue to boom at First Watch. Papa John’s CEO is feeling good about pizza. And Sweetgreen now serves sweets.