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RB Daily

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

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.

Texas, delivery, Starbucks
Mon, 07 Nov 2022 12:28:43 GMT
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Texas is offering restaurants money to help them recover from the pandemic. Delivery continues to defy inflation. And Starbucks is making money from customized drinks.

Frozen food, Shake Shack, Papa John’s
Fri, 04 Nov 2022 11:25:44 GMT
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Shake Shack, Papa John’s and Portillo’s reported earnings Thursday. Fast-food chains say they’re feeling confident ahead of a potential recession. And why more restaurants are sourcing frozen food.

Jack in the Box, Chili's, Sally the salad robot.
Thu, 03 Nov 2022 11:28:58 GMT
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Jack in the box is selling Del Taco restaurants to franchisees. Chili’s new strategy to offer fewer discounts is hurting traffic. And operators are mourning the loss of Sally the Salad robot.

Recession, Red Robin, McDonald’s vs. Domino’s
Wed, 02 Nov 2022 11:30:00 GMT
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Sysco doesn’t see a recession coming. Red Robin revamped its C-suite. And why McDonald’s is suddenly competing with a pizza chain.

Chipotle, pink foods, TouchBistro
Tue, 01 Nov 2022 11:33:51 GMT
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Union activity at Chipotle is heating up again. Pink foods are trending.  And Tech supplier TouchBistro has raised $110 million.

Texas Roadhouse, Chipotle, efficient chicken
Mon, 31 Oct 2022 11:35:03 GMT
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Texas Roadhouse could soon be the biggest casual-dining chain in the country. Lower-income diners are trading Chipotle for McDonald’s. And the most efficient chain in the U.S. serves fried chicken -- but it might not be the one you think.

Lettuce prices, On the Border, McDonald’s
Fri, 28 Oct 2022 11:33:22 GMT
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Lettuce prices are skyrocketing. On the Border and Shoney’s have been rolling back prices. And Marketing has been a big help to McDonald’s.

Wingstop, Cicis, hot chicken
Thu, 27 Oct 2022 11:34:58 GMT
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Wingstop is soaring again. PE firms buy a hot chicken chain. And why Cicis is investing in video games.

COVID, McRib, TikTok
Wed, 26 Oct 2022 11:35:48 GMT
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The White House is urging restaurants and other businesses to protect employees from a possible surge in new COVID Cases. The McRib is coming back. And is Tik Tok the new Yelp?

Smashburger, Swig, Sysco
Mon, 24 Oct 2022 11:32:23 GMT
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Smashburger is paying the price for claims it exaggerated the size of its burgers. Swig has a new CEO. And New England Sysco workers are ending their strike.

RoboBurger, McDonald’s, Danny Meyer
Fri, 21 Oct 2022 11:39:47 GMT
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RoboBurger raised $10 million. McDonald’s adult happy meals were a huge Hit. And Danny Meyer’s is investing in a cookie concept.

McDonald’s and Krispy Kreme, Pizza Hut, Noodles
Thu, 20 Oct 2022 11:36:29 GMT
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Starbucks is selling Seattle’s Best. Applebee’s gets kicked out of Times Square. And Jack in the Box opens a drive-thru-only location.

McDonald’s and Krispy Kreme, Pizza Hut, Noodles
Wed, 19 Oct 2022 11:35:41 GMT
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Krispy Kreme donuts at McDonald’s? Why not. Plus, Pizza Hut and Noodles add new menu items and consumers are raising a stink about prices.

Off-premise slows, KFC, Wingstop
Tue, 18 Oct 2022 11:33:08 GMT
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Off-premise growth might be over. Wingstop is giving New Yorkers free chicken sandwiches. And why three KFC execs are leaving the company.

Nacho Fries, Crumbl, Beyond Meat
Mon, 17 Oct 2022 11:32:28 GMT
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Taco Bell is bringing back a fried favorite. Domino’s development is slowing down. And layoffs hit Beyond Meat.

Inflation, dominos, delivery companies
Fri, 14 Oct 2022 11:47:13 GMT
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Restaurant menu price inflation slowed in September. Domino’s carryout sales rose last quarter. And pressure is mounting against delivery companies’ labor model

Subway, Starbucks/Delta, wholesale food prices
Thu, 13 Oct 2022 11:29:10 GMT
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Subway’s new menu has been good for business. Starbucks and Delta are conjoining their loyalty programs. And wholesale food prices are on the rise once again.

Boorito, Fat Brands, Puttshack
Wed, 12 Oct 2022 11:36:49 GMT
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Chipotle is bringing its Halloween Boorito promotion back to restaurants. Fat Brands is ready to dive back into the acquisition market. And Puttshack received a $150 million investment.

McDonald’s, cobranding and California
Tue, 11 Oct 2022 11:32:32 GMT
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Inflation helps McDonald’s, Fat Brands cobrands, and California starts sending out some checks.

Labor, labor, labor
Mon, 10 Oct 2022 11:37:27 GMT
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A fast-food wage bill like the one passed in California could be coming to a market near you. &pizza’s CEO offers a blunt message on scheduling best practices. And restaurants keep adding jobs.

Plant-based meat sales, Botrista, Subway
Fri, 07 Oct 2022 11:33:57 GMT
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Plant-based meat sales are flat. Botrista closed a Series B funding round, bringing its total funding to $55 million. And Subway quietly eliminated chicken breast from its menu.

Consumers’ breaking point, hedge fund franchisees and robot pizza
Thu, 06 Oct 2022 11:35:31 GMT
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JayZ and SpaceX team up on a pizzabot, consumers apparently have a breaking point on prices, and a pair of hedge funders decide to become franchisees.

CurderBurger returns, Sysco strikes, Kura Sushi
Wed, 05 Oct 2022 11:30:00 GMT
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The cheese curd burger is coming back to Culver’s. Sysco workers at multiple facilities are going on strike. And a look at California Pizza Kitchen’s first burger.

KFC, fast food breakfast, McDonald’s
Tue, 04 Oct 2022 11:25:13 GMT
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KFC is testing three new Kentucky fried chicken wraps. Customers are eating breakfast again. And Mcdonald’s has another new director.

Pete Davidson, consumer spending, Levy
Mon, 03 Oct 2022 14:27:43 GMT
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Your quick morning dose of the restaurant news you need, every weekday, from the editors of Restaurant Business.

Olive Garden, Crumbl Cookies, White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition and Health
Fri, 30 Sep 2022 11:36:55 GMT
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The Never Ending Pasta Bowl is returning to Olive Garden. Crumbl Cookies has named a new COO. And why was the restaurant industry absent from the White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition and Health?

U.S. food policy, IPOs go cold, Smokey Bones
Thu, 29 Sep 2022 11:35:36 GMT
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The White House lays the groundwork for a new approach to food and nutrition. The restaurant IPO market has gone cold, although one restaurant supplier went public Wednesday. And Smokey Bones is doubling down on virtual brands.

Chipotle, P.F. Chang’s, McDonald’s
Wed, 28 Sep 2022 11:33:59 GMT
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Chipotle is testing two new, more-advanced technologies designed to speed throughput and improve customer experience, P.F. Chang’s is adding subscriptions and McDonalds is launching adult Happy Meals.

Pollo Campero, SFO strike and what’s next for the IRC
Tue, 27 Sep 2022 11:36:28 GMT
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A Guatemalan chicken chain is primed for U.S. growth. Restaurant workers at San Francisco’s airport are going on strike. And what’s next for the Independent Restaurant Coalition now that the RRF is dead?

Rethinking price hikes, Pizza Inn, chicken claws
Mon, 26 Sep 2022 11:36:33 GMT
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Restaurants might want to rethink price hikes. The owner of Pizza Inn makes Wall Street happy. And a restaurant known for its chicken claw sandwich is growing.

Restaurant stocks in the red, Olive Garden, Fast Act
Fri, 23 Sep 2022 11:47:03 GMT
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Concerns about the U.S. economy hit restaurant stocks. Some Olive Garden customers are certainly feeling the pinch. But fast-food chains have done better than others.

Taco Bell, Eataly, interest rates
Thu, 22 Sep 2022 14:52:19 GMT
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Taco Bell is adding plant-based meat to its menu. Eataly is being acquired. And what the latest interest rate hike means for restaurants.

Yum, automation, climate change
Wed, 21 Sep 2022 12:47:27 GMT
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Yum Brands could buy another brand. Restaurants see the drive-thru as ripe for automation. And how climate change is impacting menus.

Tokyo Joe’s, MOD, pumpkin spice
Tue, 20 Sep 2022 11:38:06 GMT
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A fast-casual pioneer gets acquired. MOD Pizza revamps its C-suite. And pumpkin spice makes an impact at coffee chains.

Chili’s, NCR, FTC
Mon, 19 Sep 2022 13:11:41 GMT
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Chili’s is using happy hour deals and televised football to get customers back to the bar, Tech supplier NCR is splitting into two, and the FTC is cracking down on delivery companies and other services that rely on gig workers.

Grocery prices, Happy Joe’s, top LTOs
Fri, 16 Sep 2022 11:33:51 GMT
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High grocery prices might be helping restaurants. The owner of a small pizza chain files for bankruptcy. And a peek at customers’ favorite LTOs of the summer.

McDonald’s, National Restaurant Association, Substance Abuse epidemic
Thu, 15 Sep 2022 13:38:52 GMT
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Mcdonalds is moving its innovation center to Chicago, The national restaurant Association has published a how-to guide aimed at helping restaurants respond to natural disasters and We’ll take a glance at how the substance abuse epidemic is impacting restaurants.

Restaurant prices, Chipotle, restaurant layoffs
Wed, 14 Sep 2022 11:45:52 GMT
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Restaurant prices rose in August, Chipotle is rolling out the new Garlic Guajillo Steak on Wednesday, and about 9% of restaurants are laying off staff due to soaring costs and other factors.

Starbucks, Bikky, Fall Flavors
Tue, 13 Sep 2022 11:41:35 GMT
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Starbucks will help employees manage their student loans, Bikky has raised over $5.25 million and we’ll take a glance at what restaurant chains have on their fall menus.