RB Daily

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

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

Chili’s-Big Mac, Subway closures, Domino’s sales
Tue, 30 Apr 2024 11:00:00 GMT
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Chili’s is lobbing another grenade at fast-food chains. Subway continues to shrink. And Domino’s had a big first quarter.

Clean Juice, full-service perks up, Neal Awards
Mon, 29 Apr 2024 10:00:00 GMT
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Clean Juice is sold. Full-service shows some signs of life. And Restaurant Business wins some awards.

Chipotle, Domino’s tips, another bankruptcy
Fri, 26 Apr 2024 10:00:00 GMT
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Chipotle stays red hot. Another chain declares bankruptcy. And Domino’s will pay you to tip your delivery driver.

Tropical Smoothie, Cava, Clover Food Lab
Thu, 25 Apr 2024 10:00:00 GMT
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Tropical Smoothie Cafe is reportedly getting a new owner. Cava is ready for its Midwest expansion. And a once buzzed-about restaurant concept that went bankrupt is ready for its second act.

Retail traffic, Foxtrot shuts down, Crumbl
Wed, 24 Apr 2024 10:00:00 GMT
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Restaurants are losing traffic to retailers. A growing retail-restaurant hybrid suddenly closes its doors. And if you’re like me and think Crumbl’s cookies are too damn big, you’re in luck.

Starbucks, Tijuana Flats bankruptcy, Flynn-Applebee’s
Tue, 23 Apr 2024 10:00:00 GMT
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There appears to be some movement in the case of Starbucks and its employees’ union. Tijuana Flats is filing for bankruptcy and closing many restaurants. And mega-franchisee Greg Flynn is deepening his relationship with Applebee’s

Chipotle vs. Panera, TGI Fridays, Papa Johns’ marketing
Mon, 22 Apr 2024 11:00:00 GMT
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Chipotle and Panera are no longer neck and neck. Inside TGI Fridays’ potential merger with its UK franchisee. And what will a move to national marketing do for Papa Johns?

Red Lobster, Oberweis, Starbucks cups
Fri, 19 Apr 2024 11:00:00 GMT
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Red Lobster is falling behind on its bills. The Oberweis ice cream chain files for bankruptcy. And Starbucks makes a change to its cups.

California, Red Lobster and Martha Stewart
Thu, 18 Apr 2024 12:13:36 GMT
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California operators are still optimistic about the future. That at least is based on a panel at the Restaurant Leadership Conference on Wednesday. Struggling seafood chain Red Lobster is considering filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection to restructure its debt. And Martha Stewart on her first restaurant, The Bedford by Martha Stewart.

Chain restaurant growth, Jersey Mike’s, TGI Fridays
Wed, 17 Apr 2024 13:00:00 GMT
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Chain restaurants are growing – but that growth might not be coming from the most-desireable sources. Is Jersey Mike’s on the market? And TGI Friday’s largest franchisee has plans to buy the company.

Restaurant Leadership Conference, fill-service restaurants, Momofuku
Tue, 16 Apr 2024 13:00:00 GMT
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Restaurant Leadership Conference is off and running with a pair of industry leaders winning some hardware. Full-service restaurants commiserated on challenges for the sector. And Momofuku backs down on its chili-crunch offensive

Fast-food traffic, loyalty programs, Restaurant Leader of the Year
Mon, 15 Apr 2024 11:00:00 GMT
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Fast-food traffic suffered in Q1. A look at what makes a great loyalty program. And drum roll please: Restaurant Business revealed the winners of two annual industry awards.

Joint employer, Crumbl, Buffalo Wild Wings
Fri, 12 Apr 2024 11:02:00 GMT
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There’s a surprising development in joint employer regulations. Crumbl cookie’s sales appear to be crumbling a bit. And Buffalo Wild Wings is quietly growing its spinoff concept. Welcome to RB Daily, a quick look at the industry’s top stories from the editors of Restaurant Business. I’m Heather Lalley, RB’s managing editor

Menu prices, Papa Johns, I Heart Mac and Cheese
Wed, 10 Apr 2024 11:01:00 GMT
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Menu price inflation is starting to slow down. Papa Johns has a deal for more locations. And I Heart Mac and Cheese is in hot water once again.

MOD Pizza, tech startups, Florida heat bill
Wed, 10 Apr 2024 10:58:00 GMT
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One fast-casual pizza chain has shuttered more than two dozen locations. There’s lots of activity in tech provider funding. A controversial Florida bill that could change restaurant operations there awaits the governor’s signature.

Value, value, value
Tue, 09 Apr 2024 11:00:00 GMT
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Restaurants both large and small are rolling out new menus with one thing in common: Value. Also, Panera Bread’s tech outage appears to have been a cyberattack, and Shake Shack pokes some fun at Chick-fil-A.