Erin Dostal

Associate Editor,
Nation's Restaurant News

Phone: 212-204-4387

Erin Dostal covers the Southeast U.S. at Nation’s Restaurant News. She previously worked at Direct Marketing News where she covered trends in database marketing and e-commerce. Prior to moving to New York in 2011, she was a reporter at Las Vegas Sun and a launching editor of VEGAS INC, a business magazine covering the largest industries in Southern Nevada: tourism, gaming, entertainment, real estate and—of course—restaurants. She holds a journalism degree from Northwestern University.

2013 Golden Chain Awards: Dan Cathy's timeline
Cathy has steered Chick-fil-A, the chain his father founded, through major growth
Fred Thimm
Having Words With: Fred Thimm 
Vice president and chief operating officer of Hard Rock International discusses the company's future
Cyclospora: 616 and counting 
Experts offer food safety advice as restaurant-linked outbreak unfolds
Concepts cozy up to shipping containers 
Small-footprint, low-cost freight containers are growing more popular as restaurant units
Growth Chains: The Greene Turtle 
The mid-Atlantic sports bar concept is targeting East Coast expansion with innovative food offerings
Smokey Bones
Restaurants ready for football preseason
Smokey Bones, Red Robin, Applebee’s, Hooters roll out new promotions
Behind the rollout of Popeyes' Chicken Waffle Tenders 
VP of culinary innovation details what went into the chain’s latest LTO
McAlister’s 2Q same-store sales rise on menu upgrades
Spring LTOs, pot roast items boosted same-store sales 6.4% systemwide
J. Alexander's names new CFO
Mark A. Parkey was promoted to the position during the company’s second quarter
Darden faces foodborne illness lawsuit
Suit claims Olive Garden served food tainted with cyclospora parasite
Denny's CEO discusses successful initiatives
John Miller says the family-dining chain can build on its lunch and dinner and coffee platforms
Denny's looks beyond breakfast with new menu items
Brand aims to move past breakfast-centric marketing strategy
Ruth's Chris 2Q sales rise despite high beef prices
Company-owned Ruth's Chris restaurants saw same-store sales increase 4.6 percent.
Report: Focus Brands may be pursuing IPO
Parent to Auntie Anne’s, Moe’s, Cinnabon rumored to be meeting with bankers
Doherty Enterprises acquires 38 Applebee's units
The acquisition is the largest ever for the franchisee
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May 25, 2015

Shake Shack just had a spectacular week

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A toast to juice as mixers

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