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Apr 24, 2013

Targeting Consumers With Mobile Apps

Smart restaurants are using mobile apps to target their consumers on the go....More
Apr 22, 2013

Tough-luck clucks in China

Like market leader KFC, McDonald's first-quarter same-store sales slipped in China, but its non-chicken offerings could spell relief faster for the....More
Apr 12, 2013

Ex-CEO of Applebee's signs on to fast-casual Pie Five

Dave Goebel, former CEO and president of Applebee's, signs on to develop fast-casual Pie Fine in Kansas City area....More
Apr 10, 2013

Oh no-no they didn't!

Domino's Pizza may be the first restaurant to take a swing at real-time social-media marketing with the DomiNoNo pan pizza giveaway....More
Apr 02, 2013

Domino's dishes out a spoiler

Little Caesars introduced Deep! Deep! Dish Pizza with signature convenience and value, but Domino's might have already won the quality message with....More
Mar 27, 2013

Darden Emphasizes Specialty Restaurant Group in 3Q Earnings

In a smart move, Darden is shifting more focus to its successful Specialty Restaurant Group, hoping to inform marketing decisions at its three....More
Mar 22, 2013

LYFE Kitchen ready to grow

Healthful fast-casual concept LYFE Kitchen opens second unit in Los Angeles and plans to ramp up growth with first franchise deal in Chicago....More
Mar 21, 2013

Landry's CEO Fertitta sees 2013 start with dining divide

Landry's CEO Tilman Fertitta says early 2013 economic slump not hitting restaurants with $80-$90 check average as hard as those in the $20-$30 range....More
Mar 19, 2013

"Idol" hands Rita's an opportunity

Rita's Italian Ice turns exposure from Lazaro Arbos' run on "American Idol" into opportunity for cause marketing....More
Mar 11, 2013

Brands build business by doing good

Brands outline successes in building business from No Kid Hungry Dine Out program....More
Mar 05, 2013

Paying close attention

White Castle vice president Jamie Richardson on how a federal minimum-wage increase could hinder chain's efforts to provide for employees....More
Feb 28, 2013

Rick Federico on mentoring, the Norman way (video)

His actions during an employee's going-away lunch epitomized why Norman Brinker, the iconic founder of Steak and Ale and Brinker International, was....More
Feb 25, 2013

Eating Hornado in Ecuador

Hornado is made up of pork, potatoes, avocado and corn. It's a Midwesterner's dream meal, served in a suburb of Quito....More
Feb 22, 2013

Lazy Dog drops "cafe" for "restaurant and bar"

Lazy Dog Cafe is in the process of changing its name to Lazy Dog Restaurant & Bar, marking the evolution of the casual-dining brand....More
Feb 15, 2013

Enough Friends to do the job

Family signs 5-unit franchise deal with Toppers Pizza and grooms their children to be operators....More
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