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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
Feb 15, 2013

Pizza Hut flashes big thumbs up for Facebook milestone

Pizza Hut flashes a 14-foot-tall thumbs up to honor Facebook milestone....More
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
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