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Feb 12, 2013

Olive Garden Introduces New Uniforms

Darden's Olive Garden is revamping its uniforms for the first time in 30 years, ditching the tie and opting for a sleeker, all-black look....More
Feb 08, 2013

Jimmy John’s, The Early Years (Video)

J.J. Liautaud on Jimmy John's' beginnings – A teller-and-the-tale video offering glimpses of the personality behind a story or its retelling....More
Feb 08, 2013

Highlights from Smart Social 2013

Brand marketers and agency executives gathered at Expion's 2013 Smart Social Summit in Raleigh, N.C., to learn different ways to elevate their social....More
Feb 04, 2013

By The Numbers: McDonald’s’ Slower Growth in 2012, Challenge Ahead

McDonald's' 2012 U.S. systemwide sales grew 4.2 percent, to $35.59 billion, versus 2011, outpacing its total global sales growth of 2.7 percent,....More
Jan 25, 2013

Wonka-esque Sloan's Ice Cream cites lofty growth goals

Sloan's Ice Cream has signed its first Southern California franchisee, a step toward the company's plan to vastly expand the brand during the next....More
Jan 23, 2013

Panera opens 5th non-profit cafe

The Panera Bread Foundation on Wednesday opened its fifth non-profit Panera Cares restaurant, this one in Boston....More
Oct 10, 2012

Words of wisdom from MUFSO 2012

Hear what industry leaders had to say at the annual event....More
Oct 09, 2012

Literary restaurants

Twitter users offer up restaurant names based on famous works of literature....More
Oct 04, 2012

Concepts that award-winning execs are watching

Golden Chain Award-winning executives weigh in....More
Oct 03, 2012

Why Jimmy John's is putting Champaign on ice

Jimmy John Liautaud slams Illinois tax policy....More
Oct 03, 2012

What's fueling c-store moves

Foodservice means survival for convenience stores....More
Sep 30, 2012

The forgotten generation?

Restaurant chains target a younger demographic....More
Sep 19, 2012

Seeing how Dine Out dollars work

A look at a Texas branch of the Share Our Strength program....More
Aug 27, 2012

The deal of the art

Restaurateur Phil Romano is an accomplished artist....More
Jul 27, 2012

Chick-fil-A president's comments provoke ire, support

Cathy says company supports the “traditional family”....More
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