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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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    4 ways restaurants can add AI to their operations

    The technology can help employees improve customer satisfaction, cook food to a brand’s standards and accurately refill inventory, executives say. 

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    Wow Bao links restaurant rewards to Roblox in platform-first integration

    Metaverse hype may have dissipated, but brands remain interested in leveraging games like Roblox to connect with Gen Z and Gen Alpha.

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    Dave & Buster’s updates menu with at least 20 items

    Management expects food and beverage check to rise in the mid single-digits with the new dishes, which include appetizers, bowls, desserts and sides.

    Updated April 12, 2024
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    Senate kills joint employer rule, setting up veto battle

    With a presidential veto likely and federal courts considering the rule, the fate of the National Labor Relations Board’s joint employer standard is tenuous. 

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    Buffalo Wild Wings opens 100th to-go concept, with 600 more planned

    This year, the chain expects to reach 150 Buffalo Wild Wings Go units as it sees ongoing interest from new and existing franchisees.

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    KFC names new CFO amid push to boost sales

    The finance leadership change comes as KFC struggles with dwindling traffic in a dicey economic environment.

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    Fast food is getting faster, data shows

    Limited-service chains maintained an edge in traffic growth relative to casual dining, likely due to continued improvements in throughput, Placer.ai reported.

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    Brooklyn Dumpling Shop hires former RBI exec as CEO

    Jeff Galletly will oversee operations, store development, franchise expansion and menu innovation as the chain expands in new markets.

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    Dynamic pricing firm Juicer snags $5.3M in funding

    Restaurant pricing tools may help operators boost sales in lagging dayparts, but consumer sensitivity about these applications is still powerful.

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    Papa Johns signs new 50-unit franchise deal with The Bajco Group

    The Bajco Group currently operates over 200 Papa Johns locations and plans to eventually reach 500 restaurants. 

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    4 hot c-store flavor trends for summer

    Sweet and spicy pairings, tropical fruits and international influences will see a surge as the weather heats up, experts say.

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    KFC adds $4.99 meal deal through year’s end

    As restaurants across the board face dwindling traffic, the chicken chain is leaning on aggressive discounting to draw customers.

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    Krispy Krunchy Chicken expands beyond c-stores, targets 700 openings in 2024

    The concept is entering new markets and enhancing its menu after growing by nearly 500 units last year, including 14 locations inside Walmart stores. 

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    Jersey Mike’s reportedly considering a sale

    The sandwich chain could reap a sale worth $8 billion, but talks with Blackstone, a potential suitor, have cooled, reports The Wall Street Journal. 

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    Chipotle levels up gaming efforts with Tekken 8 in-game perks, menu item

    As an official partner of the fighting game, Chipotle will also make Tekken 8 the title game for the return of its Challenger Series esports competition. 

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    How 6 casual dining companies faced falling traffic

    From First Watch to Olive Garden, major casual dining restaurants saw inflation-conscious consumers cut back on visits.

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    Checkers & Rally’s CEO resigns

    Frances Allen, who has led the chain since 2020, oversaw the deployment of a modern image redesign and voice artificial intelligence at drive-thrus.

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    Florida c-store chain to test kitchen robots

    Re-Up convenience stores is planning to use AI-driven machines to help fry its food, brew its coffee and squeeze fresh juice.

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    Bloomin’ promotes Michael Healy to CFO

    Healy took the role when Christopher Meyer retired on April 1, as Bloomin’ faces uneven performance across its restaurant chains.

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    Subway is rolling out a new line of wraps

    The addition of lavash flatbreads, just months after the debut of its Sidekick snacks, is the first time in three years the chain has launched a bread option.

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    Chipotle dishes out $1M in free burritos with Burrito Vault mobile game

    Timed to National Burrito Day, the interactive web game tasked consumers to correctly guess two exact order combinations to score a promotional code.

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    Transgender Chick-fil-A worker’s sexual harassment case may go to trial

    The franchise owner unsuccessfully argued the worker couldn’t be subjected to sexual harassment by her co-workers because she is heterosexual.

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    CKE names Hardee’s, Carl’s Jr. US brand presidents

    Blake Devillier joined Carl’s Jr. as president, USA on April 1, after Chris Bode was appointed president of Hardee’s USA in the fall, signaling a growing divergence in brand identities.

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    DeSantis signs Florida delivery bill pre-empting local delivery regulations

    The law, backed by Uber and DoorDash, requires delivery firms to delist restaurants that request to be removed and will prevent local governments from passing regulations impacting third-party delivery.