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RB Daily

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

KFC, McDonald’s, Olive Garden 
Fri, 24 Mar 2023 11:05:46 GMT
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Kentucky Fried Chicken Nuggets are launching nationwide Monday. McDonald’s is adding new geofencing technology to its mobile app. And lower prices have helped grow sales at Olive Garden.

Papa Johns, Chipotle, Illinois restaurant aid
Thu, 23 Mar 2023 11:04:48 GMT
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Papa Johns’ CFO is leaving the company. Chipotle’s venture fund makes some more investments. And Illinois gives restaurants another round of pandemic aid.

Dunkin’, DoorDash, Panera
Wed, 22 Mar 2023 11:05:38 GMT
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Dunkin’ is launching breakfast tacos. DoorDash now takes cash for some orders. And soon you may be able to pay with the palm of your hand at Panera Bread.

McDonald’s bankruptcy, Starbucks CEO, Teriyaki Madness
Tue, 21 Mar 2023 11:28:29 GMT
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A McDonald’s franchisee files for bankruptcy. Starbucks’ new CEO starts two weeks early. And Teriyaki Madness gives franchisees a deal.

Paid time off, service fees, McDonald’s
Mon, 20 Mar 2023 10:40:56 GMT
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 Restaurants in Illinois will soon need to provide paid time off. Restaurants in D.C. will have to disclose service fees. And a tweet got in the way of Grubhub’s delivery relationship with McDonald’s.

Denny’s, openings and closings, Popeyes
Fri, 17 Mar 2023 11:28:26 GMT
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Denny’s is introducing a new baked menu line. We’ll discuss this month’s notable restaurant openings and closings. And a Popeyes franchisee has declared bankruptcy.

Innovative equipment, McDonald’s development, free lobster
Thu, 16 Mar 2023 11:27:23 GMT
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The National Restaurant Association hands out awards for kitchen equipment. Chipotle’s chief development officer heads to McDonald’s. And did someone say free lobster?

Menu prices, McDonald’s franchisees, delivery companies
Wed, 15 Mar 2023 11:28:38 GMT
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Restaurant menu prices continued to increase in February. McDonald’s franchisees are expressing fear over surveys. And delivery companies can continue treating their drivers as independent contractors in California

Restaurant jobs, discounts, consumers
Tue, 14 Mar 2023 11:28:10 GMT
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The FTC is taking a closer look at franchising. Chipotle’s chief development officer is leaving. And restaurant tech startups avoid a catastrophe.

Restaurant jobs, discounts, consumers
Mon, 13 Mar 2023 11:27:24 GMT
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Restaurants and bars added nearly 70,000 jobs in February. Looking for a discount? Check your mobile apps. And when it comes to fast-food restaurants, consumers are going back to normal.

Taco Bell, delivery fee cap, focus on operators
Fri, 10 Mar 2023 12:26:31 GMT
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Restaurants are focusing more on operations as costs continue to soar. Taco Bell is bringing back more fan favorites. And New York restaurants are divided over delivery fee caps

Another Burger King bankruptcy, First Watch, DoorDash
Thu, 09 Mar 2023 12:28:15 GMT
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Another Burger King franchisee declares bankruptcy. First Watch is liking the returns from new restaurants. And if your restaurant isn’t part of DoorDash’s DoubleDash program, it is now.

Andy Wiederhorn, Subway, Uber Eats
Wed, 08 Mar 2023 12:28:58 GMT
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Andy Wiederhorn is stepping down as CEO of Fat Brands. Subway is giving away footlong chips to celebrate National Potato Chip Day. And travelers and staff at Tampa International airport will soon be able to use Uber Eats to order food.

Subway, Panera, First Watch
Tue, 07 Mar 2023 12:27:50 GMT
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Subway has some interested buyers. Panera Bread turned to its seat cushions for a new ad campaign. And how First Watch comes up with its LTOs.

Bojangles, Potbelly, Wendy’s dilemma
Mon, 06 Mar 2023 12:28:21 GMT
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Bojangles sees more boneless chicken in its future. Wendy’s might have to buy another brand. And a promising trend for Potbelly.

Portillo’s, Farmesa, Danny Meyer
Fri, 03 Mar 2023 12:26:51 GMT
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Portillo’s is optimistic about expansion outside of the Midwest. Farmesa began its soft opening this week. And Danny Meyer invested in a reservations company.

Double Down, Wendy’s, Applebee’s
Thu, 02 Mar 2023 12:28:49 GMT
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KFC doubles down on an old menu favorite. Wendy’s unveils a new growth plan. And Applebee’s will get smaller again this year.

Carrols Restaurant Group, small pizzerias, Noodles & Company
Wed, 01 Mar 2023 12:25:32 GMT
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Fewer discounts are working for Carrols Restaurant Group. Small pizzerias have thrived over the past year. And Noodles & Company is offering restaurant workers a free bowl.

Steak n Shake, joint employer, Chipotle
Tue, 28 Feb 2023 12:26:12 GMT
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Steak n Shake franchisees closed a lot of locations last year. McDonald’s sounds the alarm about joint employer. And Chipotle’s newest menu item came from TikTok.

Corner Bakery, Sweetgreen, Domino's
Mon, 27 Feb 2023 12:28:47 GMT
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Corner Bakery files for bankruptcy. Sweetgreen pumps the brakes. And Domino’s focuses on carryout.

White Castle, pizza delivery, Dutch Bros
Fri, 24 Feb 2023 12:28:00 GMT
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White Castle might have violated Illinois’ biometric identification law. Inflation may be turning consumers away from pizza delivery. And Dutch Bros hopes to take a break from raising prices.

Olive oil coffee, Wingstop, Panera
Thu, 23 Feb 2023 12:26:41 GMT
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Ever put olive oil in your coffee? Starbucks is giving it a shot. Wingstop is soaring into 2023. And Panera adds another tier to its Unlimited Sip Club.

Subway, KFC, robot chicken
Wed, 22 Feb 2023 12:26:58 GMT
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Subway is courting electric vehicle owners. KFC makes room for more sandwiches. And a robotic chicken concept makes a roost in New York City.

Restaurants’ hot start, joint employer, Subway
Tue, 21 Feb 2023 12:29:11 GMT
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Restaurants are off to a roaring start this year. Joint employer rears its head in California. And who will buy Subway?

Shake Shack, Norms, Toast
Fri, 17 Feb 2023 12:27:10 GMT
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Shake Shack saw momentum in the fourth quarter. Norms has named Eric Wyatt as CEO and president. And tech supplier, Toast, is making a major push into the QSR space.

Farmesa, Patrick Doyle, EV charging
Thu, 16 Feb 2023 12:27:38 GMT
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Chipotle revealed more information about its new concept. Danny Meyer and Pinky Cole are headlining the Big Show. And why Patrick Doyle came back to the restaurant business.

Super Bowl Sunday, Bonefish Grill. Project Pollo.
Wed, 15 Feb 2023 12:27:20 GMT
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Subway is officially for sale. Super Bowl Sunday was a big win for restaurants. And Sunday brunch is coming back to Bonefish Grill.

Chipotle, Valentine’s Day, ‘woke’ sandwiches
Tue, 14 Feb 2023 12:25:53 GMT
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Chipotle appears to be testing a new concept. McDonald’s unveiled another celebrity-inspired meal. And how consumers plan to spend their Valentine’s Day.

Direct ordering, Papa Johns, Whataburger
Mon, 13 Feb 2023 12:28:18 GMT
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Is direct ordering for delivery the way to go? We’ll take a look at how Papa Johns created the Crisp Parm Pizza. And there’s a new COO at Whataburger.

Chick-fil-A, Taco Bell, GM of the Year
Fri, 10 Feb 2023 12:25:46 GMT
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Chick-fil-A’s newest sandwich will have customers asking: Where’s the chicken? Taco Bell plans to use AI to predict how much food it will need. And Restaurant Business unveils a new award for industry leaders.

Pete Davidson, Pizza Hut, anti-poaching agreements
Thu, 09 Feb 2023 12:24:23 GMT
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Pete Davidson was good for Taco Bell. Pizza Hut is doing just fine, thanks to Melts and third-party delivery. And President Biden pledged support for ending anti-poaching agreements.

Tao Group Hospitality, Valentine’s Day, McDonald’s
Wed, 08 Feb 2023 12:32:00 GMT
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Tao Group Hospitality is officially for sale. Heart-shaped products have taken over restaurants menus this week. And McDonalds is changing the way it makes its burgers.

Cava, loaded tots, snacking habits
Tue, 07 Feb 2023 12:24:22 GMT
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Cava Group takes a step toward an IPO. Domino’s launched a new snack for the Super Bowl. But new research shows Americans may be snacking less.

Starbucks, restaurant hiring, Newk’s Eatery
Mon, 06 Feb 2023 12:28:01 GMT
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Starbucks isn’t giving up on China. Restaurant hiring accelerated in January. And why Newk’s Eatery is using robots to answer the phone.

Subway, Red Robin, delivery
Fri, 03 Feb 2023 12:25:38 GMT
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Subway’s sales rose in 2022 and it’s eyeing more restaurants overseas. Red Robin hired a new chef to lead its menu revamp. And Americans say they’re pumping the brakes on delivery.

Super Bowl Sunday, Chilli’s, Subway
Thu, 02 Feb 2023 12:24:03 GMT
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Chicken wing concepts are preparing for Super Bowl Sunday. Chilli’s Grill & Bar will run its first TV ad in more than 3 years. And Subway is now a charitable organization, sort of.

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.