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Taste Tracker: Get bowled over at Jamba; hot honey returns to Wingstop; Moe’s fires up birria; and Bob Evans expands winter menu.

Executive Summary: Christian Kuhn is the new CMO at Blaze. Veteran chain executive Starlette Johnson becomes interim CEO at Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, and more.

Taste Tracker: Bowls rule at Bojangles; Walk-Ons, Smalls Sliders and PJ’s Coffee kick off Mardi Gras; health is on the menu at Next Level Burger and Nekter Juice Bar; and more food and drink news of the week.

Taste Tracker: Apples star at Wayback but pumpkin endures at Dutch Bros, Ziggi’s, Hungry Howie's and Denny’s; Bojangles and Jinya wing it for football season; and Fogo de Chao goes all in on veggies.

Executive Summary: A roundup of high-level hirings and promotions in the restaurant business includes changes for Newk’s Eatery and SPB Hospitality.

Technomic's Top 500 Chain Restaurant Report ranks the highest-grossing brands in the U.S.

The Bottom Line: After consumers spent the pandemic feeding on buckets of bone-in chicken, they shifted back to their boneless options in 2022. And Wingstop.

A panel of executives shared advice on hiring, loyalty, robots and more during a crowdsourced session at the Restaurant Leadership Conference. And they weren’t afraid to challenge popular opinion.

Trimaran Capital Partners, which first invested in the chicken chain in 2005 and took it public in 2014, is liquidating its holdings in the chain.

The Bottom Line: Inspire Brands owner Roark Capital along with global gas station and restaurant operator EG Group are among the reported potential bidders for the fast-food sandwich chain. Here’s a look at the field.

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