RB Daily

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

Sweetgreen, Starbucks, Papa Johns
Mon, 04 Mar 2024 12:00:00 GMT
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Sweetgreen is going all in on its digital kitchens. Starbucks received some key endorsements in its board fight with a union-backed group. And expect to see a lot more from Papa Johns.



Papa Johns, Red Robin, Subway
Fri, 01 Mar 2024 12:01:00 GMT
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Delivery apps are beating Papa Johns at its own game. Red Robin wants you to know about its free refills. And Subway pressures franchisees on remodels.



Wendy’s dynamic pricing, Panera Bread, Applebee’s and IHOP
Thu, 29 Feb 2024 12:01:00 GMT
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Wendy’s isn’t testing dynamic pricing after all. Panera Bread is revamping its menu. And Applebee’s and IHOP could soon co-brand in the U.S.



Wendy’s-dynamic pricing, Golden Corral data breach, Cava
Wed, 28 Feb 2024 12:05:00 GMT
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Wendy’s recent mention of a surge-pricing test is going viral. A buffet chain is in the midst of a data breach. And Cava had an impressive first year as a public company.



Domino’s Pizza, Smashed Jack burgers, Wonder-Walmart
Tue, 27 Feb 2024 12:00:00 GMT
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Emergency pizza has been a hit for Domino’s. Here’s the inside scoop on the latest Jack in the Box burger. And Walmart has a new delivery-focused food hall.



Bloomin’ Brands closures, Starbucks labor, restaurant success
Mon, 26 Feb 2024 12:03:00 GMT
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Bloomin’ Brands is doing some pruning of its older restaurants. Starbucks’ board is getting some attention from labor activists. And reports of the restaurant industry’s demise are, apparently, greatly exaggerated.



Jack in the Box, Cheesecake Factory, Burgerim
Fri, 23 Feb 2024 12:08:00 GMT
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Jack in the Box is cooking up a bigger burger. No news is good news at The Cheesecake Factory. And an update on the federal case against the founder of Burgerim.



Wingstop, CosMc’s, energy drinks
Thu, 22 Feb 2024 12:01:00 GMT
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Wingstop is seeing double-digit same-store sales growth, but investors aren’t impressed. Some McDonald’s franchisees want to get in on the CosMc’s action. And yet another QSR is putting energy drinks on the menu.



Focus re-Brands, Andy Wiederhorn, Starbucks
Wed, 21 Feb 2024 12:04:00 GMT
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Focus Brands is rebranding. Andy Wiederhorn is facing charges from the SEC. And a record number of Starbucks stores filed to form unions.



Toast, BJ’s-weather, Texas Roadhouse
Tue, 20 Feb 2024 12:00:00 GMT
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Another restaurant tech supplier is in the midst of a major restructuring. Bad weather had a bad effect on the earnings of at least one casual-dining chain. And Texas Roadhouse appears to be grabbing customers from some of its competitors.



Inspire IPO, Wendy’s, 7 Brew
Fri, 16 Feb 2024 12:01:00 GMT
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Inspire Brands is reportedly considering an IPO. Wendy’s is planning big investments in digital and marketing. And 7 Brew coffee has a high-profile new investor.



McDonald’s franchisees, restaurant labor, David Bouley
Thu, 15 Feb 2024 12:08:00 GMT
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McDonald’s franchisees are lobbying for the return of a popular snack item. A look inside the current state of restaurant labor. An



Menu prices, BJ’s activist, Burger King
Wed, 14 Feb 2024 12:00:00 GMT
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Restaurant prices keep rising. BJs Restaurants is facing pressure from an activist investor. And Burger King franchisees are having a big year.



Taco Bell’s innovations, Boston Market, Tacos 1986
Tue, 13 Feb 2024 12:00:00 GMT
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Taco Bell just divulged its marketing plan for the year. Boston Market’s owner is filing for bankruptcy yet again. And there’s an emerging taco chain that’s worth watching.



Flynn Group for sale, fast-food union, California wage hike
Mon, 12 Feb 2024 12:00:00 GMT
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The world’s largest restaurant franchisee might be for sale. California fast-food workers get a union ahead of a big wage hike. And a look at how restaurants in the state plan to handle that 25% raise.



TikTok, Yum Brands, Whataburger
Fri, 09 Feb 2024 12:00:00 GMT
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TikTok is wielding an influence on restaurant menus. Yum Brands is making a major growth push. And Whataburger is popping up in some unexpected locations.



Chipotle, Taco Bell, Valentine’s Day
Thu, 08 Feb 2024 12:00:00 GMT
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Chipotle bucks industry traffic trends with a monster quarter. Taco Bell is winning with lower-income guests. And some restaurants are embracing the darker side of Valentine’s Day.



Fast-food spending, McDonald’s eggs, KFC rewards
Wed, 07 Feb 2024 12:01:00 GMT
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Diners appear to be cutting back on fast-food spending. McDonald’s has reached a big sustainability goal. And KFC has a new rewards program.

McDonald’s vs. grocers, Burger King, Reddit
Tue, 06 Feb 2024 12:00:00 GMT
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Grocery stores are hurting McDonald’s sales. Burger King is letting customers create its next burger. And find out which brand dominated the conversation on Reddit last year.



AI, Martha Stewart, restaurant jobs
Mon, 05 Feb 2024 12:06:00 GMT
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Restaurants are going all in on AI. The original lifestyle influencer will be the keynote speaker at RLC this spring. And restaurants didn’t add any jobs last month, though consumer confidence continues to grow. Welcome to RB Daily, a quick look at the industry’s top stories from the editors of Restaurant Business. I’m Heather Lalley, RB managing editor.



Footlong cookies, Sweet Tomatoes, Starbucks
Fri, 02 Feb 2024 12:00:00 GMT
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Footlong cookies and other treats are helping sales at Subway. The shuttered Sweet Tomatoes concept is making a comeback. And news tidbits from Starbucks recent earnings.


Starbucks, Chili’s, Savory Fund
Thu, 01 Feb 2024 12:00:00 GMT
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Starbucks is having some traffic troubles. Chili’s customers are tightening their belts. And the Savory Fund is now the private-equity owner of better-for-you concept.



Boston Market, Olo, McDonald’s new burgers
Wed, 31 Jan 2024 12:00:00 GMT
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Boston Market will have to pay US Foods $12 million. Olo agreed to settle a shareholder lawsuit. And McDonald’s revamped burgers are going national.



Domino’s Pizza, Sushi Ginza Onodera, food costs
Tue, 30 Jan 2024 12:00:00 GMT
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Domino’s Pizza is apparently the latest chain to experience backlash over violence in the Middle East. A little-known sushi chain has plans to go public. And, are food costs actually, finally, going down?



Bagger Dave’s, Tony Luke’s Cheesesteak, electric vehicles
Mon, 29 Jan 2024 12:00:00 GMT
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Is this the end of the Bagger Dave’s chain? Two members of the family behind a cheesesteak concept are in hot water with the feds. And restaurants appear to be missing that boost that could come from EV charging stations



Subway, Starbucks, Jersey Mike’s
Fri, 26 Jan 2024 12:00:00 GMT
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Digital coupons are causing headaches for some California Subway franchisees. Starbucks’ sales appeared to have slowed late last year.  And Jersey Mike’s is getting a high-tech assist with answering its phones.

Potbelly, Dave & Buster’s, Chipotle
Thu, 25 Jan 2024 11:55:00 GMT
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Potbelly’s franchise acceleration efforts are working. Dave & Buster’s is sporting a new prototype. And Chipotle is boosting its benefits again.

Lunch, Burger King and ezCater
Wed, 24 Jan 2024 12:04:00 GMT
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People eating less lunch at fast-food restaurants. Burger King is suddenly a big restaurant operator. And ezCater is spotlighting underrepresented groups.



Craveworthy-Dirty Dough, In-N-Out Burger, Subway snacks
Tue, 23 Jan 2024 12:02:00 GMT
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Craveworthy Brands is buying a dessert concept. In-N-Out Burger is making an unusual move. And Subway’s new snack line has some interesting partners.



Boston Market, Subway slicers, Pinstripe earnings
Mon, 22 Jan 2024 12:02:00 GMT
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Boston Market is facing yet another censure. Subway’s new slicers aren’t quite cutting it, franchisees say. And newly public eatertainment chain Pinstripes said it hopes to grow significantly.



Peet’s-Caribou, Applebee’s, Craveworthy Brands
Fri, 19 Jan 2024 12:03:00 GMT
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Peet’s is taking over coffee roasting for Caribou Coffee. A big Applebee’s franchisee is expanding. And Craveworthy Brands has a packed 2024 agenda.



Wetzel’s Pretzels, Jersey Mike’s, Jimmy John’s
Thu, 18 Jan 2024 12:02:00 GMT
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Inside Wetzel’s Pretzels new franchise program. Jersey Mike’s is heading north. And Jimmy John’s is going global.

Red Lobster, Burger King and Subway 
Wed, 17 Jan 2024 12:00:00 GMT
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Red Lobster is for sale again. Burger King makes a big acquisition and Subway franchisees in California are joining forces to face a frightening labor landscape ahead.



7-Eleven, joint employer, Shipley Do-Nuts
Tue, 16 Jan 2024 12:02:00 GMT
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7-Eleven is going to become the owner of a 600-unit taco chain. Restaurants appear to have scored a victory on the joint-employer standard. And Shipley Do-Nuts has sugar-fueled growth plans.



Boston Market, Veggie Grill, Kernel Foods
Fri, 12 Jan 2024 12:07:00 GMT
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Struggling Boston Market is waiving traditional franchising rules, allowing just about anyone to operate under its brand. Veggie Grill has a new owner. And Chipotle’s founder is germinating a new concept.



Flippy, Qdoba, Famous Toastery
Thu, 11 Jan 2024 12:00:00 GMT
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Flippy the burger-flipping robot is ready for the big time, its CEO says. Might Qdoba go public? And here’s how Famous Toastery whipped up a college bowl title sponsorship in just a few weeks.



First Watch, Ultimo Coffee-union, BurgerFI
Wed, 10 Jan 2024 12:04:00 GMT
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First Watch is buying up more franchised locations. One small coffee chain is opting out of its union. And BurgerFi’s turnaround is on the horizon, its CEO says.



MOD Pizza, Dutch Bros, Papa John's
Tue, 09 Jan 2024 12:00:00 GMT
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MOD Pizza gets a new CEO. Dutch Bros adds three c-level executives. Papa John’s wants to spend more on marketing amid an expansion push. And a Las Vegas operator discovers how tough Uncle Sam can be when you try to cheat on your taxes.

Kura Sushi, Barbara Lynch, National Restaurant Association
Mon, 08 Jan 2024 12:00:00 GMT
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Kura Sushi had a solid quarter. A Boston restaurateur is closing several restaurants and selling others. And the National Restaurant Association has a new chairman.



McDonald’s-Middle East, Greenlane, Boston Market
Fri, 05 Jan 2024 12:01:00 GMT
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War in the Middle East is apparently impacting sales at McDonald’s. There’s a new drive-thru salad concept worth watching. And Boston Market keeps shrinking.



TGI Friday’s, new restaurants, Bloomin’ Brands. 
Thu, 04 Jan 2024 12:00:00 GMT
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TGI Friday’s is shrinking. More new restaurants are opening. And Bloomin’ Brands gets an interesting new director.


Pizza delivery, Tropical Smoothie Cafe, Oakberry
Wed, 03 Jan 2024 12:00:00 GMT
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Is pizza self-delivery going the way of the dinosaurs? Tropical Smoothie Cafe is apparently up for sale. And a Brazilian acai concept has big U.S. expansion plans.



Best stories of the year, Newk’s, on-the-job deaths
Thu, 21 Dec 2023 12:08:00 GMT
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A look at the best stories of the year in Restaurant Business. FSC Franchising Co. has acquired the Newk's fast casual brand. And on-the-job deaths of restaurant workers rose 22% last year.



Same-store sales, Squishmallows, JuneBaby
Wed, 20 Dec 2023 12:00:00 GMT
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Same-store sales softened in the third quarter. McDonald’s launches Squishmallows Happy Meals. And the Seattle restaurant JuneBaby is scheduled to close permanently.



Chuck E Cheese, McDonald’s, NRD Capital
Tue, 19 Dec 2023 12:02:00 GMT
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Chuck E. Cheese is for sale. McDonald’s is surveying its franchisees about child labor law violations. And NRD Capital is getting into the pickleball entertainment business.



Trading down, breakfast, Infinite Kitchen
Mon, 18 Dec 2023 12:02:00 GMT
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Darden Restaurants has not seen much trading down by customers. Restaurant visits for breakfast are up 4% this year. And Sweetgreen opened its second location of its Infinite Kitchen concept.



Wingstop, restaurant sales, Boston Market
Fri, 15 Dec 2023 12:01:00 GMT
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Wingstop has a new CIO. Restaurant sales keep going up. And US Foods accused Boston Market of delay tactics. 



McDonald’s, Cultivate Next, TGI Fridays
Thu, 14 Dec 2023 12:02:00 GMT
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A look at why McDonald’s wants a piece of the specialty beverage market. Chipotle’s venture fund has made two more investments in planet-friendly technology. And TGI Fridays names new executives.



Year of the "vibes", Boston Market, international franchisees
Wed, 13 Dec 2023 12:02:00 GMT
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2023 was the year of delivery ordering “for the vibes.” The owner of Boston Market has filed personal bankruptcy. And restaurant chains are buying some international units from franchisees.

Randy Garutti, Wendy’s, Boston Market
Tue, 12 Dec 2023 12:01:00 GMT
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Randy Garutti is retiring as CEO of Shake Shack. Wendy’s is testing AI voice ordering, And Boston Market is accusing US Foods of overcharging the chain for its food.