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    Restaurant trend outlook for 2024

    Slow traffic, growing interest in afternoon snacking and trends toward value menus, digital and in-store personalization will shape the restaurant landscape.

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    Wendy’s appoints presidents for US, international

    Abigail Pringle has been named to the new role of president, U.S, while E.J. Wunsch, its chief legal officer, becomes international president.

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    Red Robin rolls out points-based loyalty program

    Members receive $10 for every 100 points earned, a shift from the old program, in which a free entree was granted after nine entrees were purchased.

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    Minnesota restaurants, delivery services must disclose service fees to consumers

    The state joined California in passing a law requiring the disclosure of all mandatory fees consumers face beginning in January.

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    It’s more than shrimp: What led to Red Lobster’s bankruptcy

    A cash shortage, traffic declines and pressure from equity sponsor Thai Union to become its sole shrimp supplier led to high costs — compounding losses induced by the ill-fated Ultimate Endless Shrimp promo. 

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    Brix plots expansion for newly acquired Clean Juice

    The restaurant company plans to improve Clean Juice’s operations, update the menu and add as many as 25 new units by 2025.

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    Grubbrr CEO: Automation could make restaurants a high-wage, high-productivity business

    Kiosks may not be a silver bullet for labor troubles — they seem better suited to boost check sizes — but they may be part of a gradual transformation of restaurant work, Sam Zietz said. 

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    CEC Entertainment appoints CFO

    Scott Drake is now the company’s top financial executive, and CEC also promoted three execs to various positions in operations and legal.

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    Red Lobster declares bankruptcy

    The chain’s bankruptcy is the culmination of months of financial woes, which included significant losses, trouble paying its bills on time and a planned divestment by its minority owner. 

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    Top 500 restaurant chains grew 2023 sales 7.5% despite traffic declines

    Emerging concept 7 Brew was the fastest-growing chain, increasing its unit count over 373% last year, according to a Datassential report.

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    Pizza Hut names new CMO, global chief brand officer as sales slide

    The new appointments come weeks after the chain named Carl Loredo, previously global chief marketing officer for Wendy’s, as its new U.S. president.

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    3 major c-store chains make foodservice updates

    GPM Investments is adding a famous hot dog brand to more than 450 stores, while Casey’s and 7-Eleven both updated their pizza lineups.

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    Sbarro names RBI exec as North America president

    Mario Bojorquez will support company restaurants and franchisee expansion, operational execution and brand growth. 

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    Q&A

    Ask an expert: What structural problems killed the ghost kitchen?

    Despite failed pioneers and industry consolidation, the ghost kitchen model could rise again as shifting real estate market conditions make them more attractive, says Alon Lagstein, counsel at Carlton Fields.

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    Pizza Hut hits drive-thrus to get consumers to ‘cheat’ on their burgers

    The chain’s delivery drivers will appear at competitor drive-thrus with a QR code on their back windows to offer the new Cheeseburger Melt.

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    How 6 chains are reacting to California’s minimum wage law

    Brands like Jack in the Box, Shake Shack and Chipotle have raised prices to help offset labor costs incurred following the $20 hourly wage.

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    Cava’s new $35M factory will support 750 restaurants

    The Verona, Virginia, facility manufactures dips, spreads and salad dressings for its restaurants and CPG business.

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    Foxtrot files for bankruptcy

    The decision to file for Chapter 7 was made during a meeting with Outfox’s board of directors, who reviewed the financial condition of the company and each of its subsidiaries.

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    Long John Silver’s rolls out rewards program

    Seacret Society members earn four coins for every dollar spent online that can be redeemed later for items like Hushpuppies and Grilled or Variety Platters. 

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    BurgerFi’s sales fell 10% in Q1

    The chain attributed some of its difficulties to a consumer pullback, but said weather accounted for its exceptionally poor performance.

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    Deep Dive

    Chipotle leverages RFID technology, increases overall visibility

    Executive Carlos Londono spoke about the company’s operations and its efforts to bring the technology to all of its 3,500 restaurants.

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    Uber adds student discount, restaurant lists in latest product rollout

    As part of Uber’s Go-Get 2024 event, the company said it will soon allow Uber Eats users to curate and share lists of their favorite restaurants from the app. 

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    Red Lobster closes 48 locations, auctions off contents

    The chain, which has had trouble paying its bills on time, may be considering bankruptcy as its minority owner divests from it. 

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    NLRB judges rule Starbucks participated in unfair labor practices in 2 cases

    In one case, an NLRB judge found Starbucks fired a shift supervisor for closing a store early over staffing issues, which is a protected union activity.

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    Fat Brands files for Twin Peaks IPO

    Fat plans to use the proceeds of an IPO to deleverage its balance sheet, which includes over $1 billion in debt taken on in a flurry of recent acquisitions.