Alan J. Liddle

Alan
J. Liddle
Managing Editor, Special Projects,
Nation's Restaurant News

Phone: 831.422.1744 Address: 36 Quail Run Circle, #100-F, Salinas, CA 93907

Alan J. Liddle's duties include research and analysis for the Top 200, an annual three-year look at the U.S. sales, units and revenue of leading foodservice chains and companies. Liddle, who joined NRN in 1984 after working for daily and weekly newspapers and restaurants, also helps develop content for NRN conferences and webinars and reports on operations, technology and food safety. A graduate of Cal State Fullerton, he is married, with sons, 19 and 14.

Articles
The Next 20: NRN's new look at emerging brands 
A review of 20 top restaurant chains poised to crack the NRN Top 200
Jeremiah Tower
Having Words With: Jeremiah Tower 
The chef, restaurateur, TV producer and author discusses the modern culinary world
2013 Second 100: Sales squeeze 
A companion report to Top 100, analyzing sales and growth trends of the largest U.S. restaurant brands
2013 Top 100: Recession rebound 
The annual review of sales, expansion and trends covering the largest brands in foodservice
Eat'n Park shatter test dishes
Eat'n Park makes food safer from foreign objects 
The family-dining chain has taken steps to prevent foreign-object food contamination and fraudulent claims regarding such issues.
David Hardie of Enotria Restaurant and Wine Bar
Having Words With: David Hardie, owner, Enotria Restaurant and Wine Bar 
Hallador Investment Advisors chief executive discusses his Enotria Restaurant and Wine Bar concept
E. coli
1993 E. coli outbreak still driving food safety advances 
The tragic Jack in the Box hamburger-related outbreak paved the way for future food safety efforts
The Melt
Breakout Brands: The Melt 
The grilled cheese concepts turns to technology as it ramps up growth
HuHot Mongolian Grill
Breakout Brands: HuHot Mongolian Grill 
The casual-dining concept uses a customizable, all-you-can-eat service format
Breakout Brands: Meatball Shop 
The casual-dining concept attracts customers with tasty meatballs at a reasonable price point
Research reveals what influences senior diners 
A university study breaks down what this increasingly important demographic wants from restaurants
Sprinkles automated cupcake ATM
KarpReilly buys interest in Sprinkles Cupcakes 
Sprinkles Cupcakes eyes growth after selling an undisclosed amount of the company to KarpReilly LLC
2013 Forecast & Trends
Five trends for 2013: Operations forecast 
Five operations trends forecast for 2013 include supply chain and technology
Pizza Factory exterior
New Pizza Factory CEO targets better margins, traffic 
Pizza Factory chief executive Mary Jane Riva has plans to reduce operational costs and drive additional guests
DiNella Hospitality acquires Go Roma 
New chief executive Ronald DiNella says there are changes ahead for the fast-casual Italian chain
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