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Red Robin names Carin Stutz COO

Nation's Restaurant News - Fri, 2016-04-29 17:18
Stutz joins the chain from McAlister's Deli Stutz joins the chain from McAlister's Deli

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The unexpected impact of gas prices on the restaurant industry

Nation's Restaurant News - Fri, 2016-04-29 16:32
Sebastián Fernández What operators should know as the cost of gas fluctuates What operators should know as the cost of gas fluctuates

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New York’s minimum wage hits Domino’s

Nation's Restaurant News - Fri, 2016-04-29 15:16
Blog: Pizza chain’s CEO says higher wages generally drive efficiency

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People Report: Quick-service recruiting difficulty hits historic high

Nation's Restaurant News - Fri, 2016-04-29 13:26
All surveyed companies in segment report challenges, People Report Workforce Index finds All surveyed companies in segment report challenges, People Report Workforce Index finds

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Seattle-Based Concept Moves into San Francisco

QSR Magazine - Fri, 2016-04-29 12:27
Image Caption: Image Credit: Seattle-based Homegrown Sustainable Sandwiches expands to California.Exclusive Brief: 0

This summer, Homegrown Sustainable Sandwiches will open its first shop outside of Washington on Battery Street in the heart of San Francisco’s Financial District. Set to make its debut September 2016, city dwellers can stop into the environmentally friendly shop for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or a quick snack. To commemorate the move, cofounders Ben Friedman and Brad Gillis loaded up a 1986 (their birth year) Volkswagen Westfalia van with camping and hiking gear, a canoe, and of course sandwiches, to road trip down the West Coast to meet potential purveyors for the new location.

Chains: Homegrown Sustainable Sandwich Shop

Salata Reinstates Its Franchising Program

QSR Magazine - Fri, 2016-04-29 12:18
Image Caption: Image Credit: Salata reinstates its franchise program.Exclusive Brief: 0

Houston-based Salata, the fast-growing custom salad and salad wrap chain with 53 locations throughout Texas, California, and Illinois, is set for restaurant growth by reinstating its franchising program, implementing restaurant designs, and opening a new headquarters. The announcement comes after a two-year franchising hiatus as Salata experienced tremendous growth and success among franchise restaurants.

Chains: Salata

For the love of loyalty: How mobile drives customer engagement

FastCasual.com - Fri, 2016-04-29 12:10
Enabling the mobile channel — perhaps through loyalty, ordering, payment or other capabilities — is the next big step for fast casual leaders looking to remain competitive and build customer loyalty.

Wayback Burgers Launches Summer-Inspired LTOs

QSR Magazine - Fri, 2016-04-29 11:30
Image Caption: Image Credit: Wayback Burgers launches summer LTOs.Exclusive Brief: 0

Wayback Burgers announced the launch of its limited-time-only Chicken Bacon Ranch-A-Que Hero, crispy, crunchy Sea Salt House-Made Chips, and refreshing Frosted Lemonade—a frozen twist on a classic summertime sipper. The new menu items will be available at all Wayback Burgers locations nationwide from May 1 to July 31.

Chains: Wayback Burgers

Nékter Juice Bar Signs 29 Franchise Deals in Q1

QSR Magazine - Fri, 2016-04-29 11:02
Image Caption: Image Credit: Nékter Juice Bar signs 29 franchise deals in Q1 of 2016.Exclusive Brief: 0

Nékter Juice Bar signed 29 franchise agreements in the first quarter of 2016, growing its footprint in the United States by more than 50 percent. Nékter has also experienced a significant uptick of 5 percent in same-store sales in the first quarter, as today’s more health-conscious consumers continue to value the higher quality of Nékter’s juices, smoothies, and acai bowls, made only with fresh, natural, and unprocessed ingredients—something not found at similar concepts.

Chains: Nekter

Au Bon Pain Lightens Up with Late Spring, Seasonal LTOs

QSR Magazine - Fri, 2016-04-29 10:46
Image Caption: Image Credit: Au Bon Pain embraces season with Late Spring LTO specials.Exclusive Brief: 0

As the weather warms up, Au Bon Pain announced seasonal flavors and even more healthful menu choices for its guests with the release of its Late Spring Limited Time Only Menu, available April 26 to June 20. The updated menu incorporates some of the season’s most sought-after ingredients at the peak of freshness for innovative salads, sandwiches, and bakery offerings, including the all-new Chicken, Strawberry & Watermelon Salad, and Power Protein Breakfast Sandwich, which is available all day.

Chains: Au Bon Pain

Space Savers: Wow Bao Finds Stride in Nontraditional Units

QSR Magazine - Fri, 2016-04-29 09:38
Image Caption: An ad for the new Wow Bao offering in Renaissance hotels.Wow Bao is ramping up expansion through stadiums, universities, etc.Exclusive Brief: 1

Three hundred square feet might not sound like much—perhaps enough space for equipment storage or a large walk-in refrigerator. For Chicago-based concept Wow Bao, 300 or 350 square feet is the sweet spot.

The brand has been building its footprint largely through nontraditional spaces like airports, university campuses, and sports arenas.

Chains: Wow Bao

Menchie's Frozen Yogurt partners with "The Angry Birds Movie"

FastCasual.com - Fri, 2016-04-29 08:22
Menchie' Frozen Yogurt will offer limited edition flavors, Angry Birds gummy toppings, movie-themed spoons and two specialty cups all inspired by Sony's new animated film "The Angry Birds Movie."

Payment breaches to continue despite US EMV liability shift

FastCasual.com - Fri, 2016-04-29 06:00
With the adoption of EMV technology in full swing, two questions remain top of mind: will the transition to chip and PIN make credit cards and transactions more secure from attacks? What impact will this change have on other payment methods?

Mediterranean Concept Joins Food Hall R. House in Baltimore

QSR Magazine - Thu, 2016-04-28 17:35
Image Caption: Image Credit: Baba's Mediterranean Kitchen will open in Baltimore food hall R. HouseExclusive Brief: 0

Inspired by the street food vendors of the Middle East, Farid Salloum, the chef and owner of Baba’s Mediterranean Kitchen in South Baltimore, is opening a new concept in R. House this fall. ARBA’s authenticity is derived from its fusion of Old World and new-age Mediterranean foods.

Meaning “four” in Arabic, ARBA’s focused menu will feature classics like house-made falafel, shawarma, and hummus, alongside creative Middle Eastern fare like grilled octopus salad, kefta kabob rolls, and eggplant fries.

Chains: Baba's Mediterranean Kitchen

The Flame Broiler Adds Organic Tofu to Menu

QSR Magazine - Thu, 2016-04-28 17:24
Image Caption: Image Credit: The Flame Broiler adds organic tofu to its menu.Exclusive Brief: 0

The Flame Broiler The Rice Bowl King is a nationally recognized dining concept known for serving simple, healthy, and delicious rice bowls while on the go. Just this month, the brand added extra firm, organic charbroiled tofu to the core menu of its more than 180 restaurants, creating its first vegan protein option. This marks The Flame Broiler’s very first menu change since its inception in 1995, allowing them to better serve its ever-growing customer base. 

Chains: Flame Broiler

Chipotle's Asian Concept ShopHouse Opens New L.A. Unit

QSR Magazine - Thu, 2016-04-28 17:07
ShopHouse opens new West Hollywood location.Exclusive Brief: 0

ShopHouse Southeast Asian Kitchen, the Southeast Asian restaurant created by Chipotle Mexican Grill, opened its newest restaurant in Los Angeles’ bustling Beverly Grove neighborhood on April 28.

“ShopHouse brings the authentic and fresh flavors of Southeast Asia in a quick and convenient format to our customers, as we continue to expand our footprint in Los Angeles,” says Tim Wildin, brand director for ShopHouse. “We’re thrilled to be joining the dynamic dining scene in the greater West Hollywood area with the opening of our fifth location in Southern California.”

Chains: ShopHouseChipotle

Not everything delivers: Saying no to delivery

Nation's Restaurant News - Thu, 2016-04-28 17:00
Delivery might not be worth the cost, and could even hurt your brand Delivery might not be worth the cost, and could even hurt your brand

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McDonald's Recognizes Antunes for Bun Toaster

QSR Magazine - Thu, 2016-04-28 16:52
Image Caption: Image Credit: McDonald's recognizes Antunes for energy-saving bun toaster.Exclusive Brief: 0

Antunes, a family-owned and operated company specializing in the manufacturing of foodservice equipment, has been recognized by McDonald’s as part of the chain’s 2016 Supplier Energy Efficiency Challenge (SEEC). Antunes was honored with the “Energy Leadership in Kitchen Equipment” award for delivering innovation and energy savings with the rollout of a new bun toaster to the McDonald's system.

Chains: McDonald's

Subway Offers Early Birds BOGO Breakfast

QSR Magazine - Thu, 2016-04-28 16:47
Image Caption: Image Credit: Subway offers BOGO breakfast sandwiches all May.Exclusive Brief: 0

All month long, early bird guests visiting participating Subway sandwich shops will enjoy a free savory 6-inch Subway breakfast sandwich with the purchase of any of their favorite handcrafted subs before 9 a.m. The limited-time BOGO offer from your neighborhood Subway sandwich shop allows guests to choose from any of their favorite subs and receive a free breakfast sandwich, both with unparalleled variety and quality of millions of fresh sandwich combinations to start your day right.

Chains: Subway