Erin Dostal

Associate Editor , Nation's Restaurant News
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.

Posts by Erin Dostal

in Reporter's Notebook Aug 14, 2013

Donuts are the new cupcakes

Why aren’t doughnuts as fad-worthy as cupcakes?....More
in Reporter's Notebook Jul 17, 2013

Popeyes Co-Branding Success

For the second year running, Popeyes is offering its Zatarain’s Butterfly Shrimp, a limited-time offer the Atlanta-based fried-chicken chain....More
in Reporter's Notebook Jun 17, 2013

Outback Debuted LTO Steak Flights Via Google Hangout. Why?

When Outback launched its limited-time offer steak flights and cake pops in May, they did so through a burgeoning social-media channel: Google....More
in Reporter's Notebook Jun 07, 2013

Urban Foraging and Oysters: Lessons from the Atlanta Food & Wine Festival

There's a whole lot more to Southern cooking than fried chicken....More
in Reporter's Notebook May 20, 2013

A Newbie's Take on the NRA Show

The restaurant industry is fascinating and complex. Just walking through the NRA show floor proves it....More
in Reporter's Notebook Apr 24, 2013

Targeting Consumers With Mobile Apps

Smart restaurants are using mobile apps to target their consumers on the go....More
in Reporter's Notebook 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
in Reporter's Notebook 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
in Reporter's Notebook 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
in Reporter's Notebook 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

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