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Dec 08, 2014

Using Taco Bell's ordering and payment mobile app

The food customization feature of Taco Bell's mobile app has the potential to increase user spend, two of the five Nation's Restaurant News editors....More
Dec 03, 2014

Restaurants are unloading corporate jets

Over the past month, three restaurant companies have said they plan to eliminate their corporate jets amid major cost cutting moves....More
Dec 01, 2014

Looking for the next Chipotle, investors bid up restaurant IPOs

Seven restaurant chains that have gone public in the past two years have seen their stocks go up by nearly 70 percent on average. The reason? More....More
Nov 26, 2014

Fazoli's is for sale, but not to DineEquity

Sources have confirmed a New York Post report that Fazoli's is for sale, but have refuted reports that the buyer is DineEquity....More
Nov 25, 2014

Should Yum Brands spin off Taco Bell?1

Should Yum Brands spin off Taco Bell? The company should at least consider the idea, according to one restaurant analyst....More
Nov 24, 2014

Biglari Holdings faces its own proxy contest

Biglari Holdings, the owner of Steak n Shake and Western Sizzlin and big investor in Cracker Barrel, has been a frequent instigator of proxy fights....More
Nov 20, 2014

Gluten-free diets might be hurting Italian chains1

Most Italian chains have struggled to gain sales traction in recent quarters. One reason might be gluten-free diets....More
Nov 19, 2014

Popeyes gets an activist

Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen is the latest restaurant chain to get an activist investor. Red Mountain Capital Partners, a Los Angeles-based firm, has....More
Nov 18, 2014

Why did Ruth's sell Mitchell's for so little?

Ruth's Hospitality Group sold Mitchell's Fish Market for $10 million, or one-ninth the price it paid to get the concept back in early 2008. But a....More
Nov 14, 2014

Small chickens will cost more next year

Chains like Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen can expect to pay more for chicken next year. The reason? Their chickens are too small....More
Nov 12, 2014

Social marketing without a smartphone app

Today there is “social marketing” tied to such virtual worlds as FaceBook, Twitter and Pinterest, and then there’s social marketing....More
Nov 07, 2014

Daphne's California Greek considers shift to new name/concept

Daphne's California Greek unit to be reconnected as Yalla Mediterranean....More
Nov 07, 2014

Restaurants added lots of jobs in October

Restaurants added 42,000 jobs in October amid signs of improving sales and traffic number, according to new government data....More
Nov 06, 2014

Restaurants only now recovering from the payroll tax hike

It's taken a while, but restaurants are only now starting to recover from the payroll tax holiday....More
Nov 05, 2014

One big reason pizza chains thrive

Both Domino's and Papa John's have been among the best performing restaurant chains of late. Why? Both make it very easy for customers to order their....More

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Ron Ruggless covers the states of Arizona, Arkansas, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, Mississippi, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas. He joined Nation's Restaurant News in 1992 after working 10 years in...
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