Wow Bao to Close, Relocate Chicago Unit as it Goes Cashless

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Less than a year after launching Eatsa’s cashless ordering system at one of its Chicago restaurants, Wow Bao is ready to go all-in as a fully automated front-of-the-house chain. The 10-unit, Chicago-based company, created by Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises, is closing its second oldest store later this month and relocating it to a prime spot… read more

1,500 Tin Hortons Restaurants in the Next 10 Years

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More than 1,500 Tim Hortons restaurants are scheduled to open in China over the next 10 years through an exclusive master franchise joint venture agreement between Oakville-based Tim Hortons and Cartesian Capital Group, L.L.C., a global private equity firm. “We have two main priorities at Tim Hortons: building and strengthening our brand in Canada and… read more

Preoday Partners with U.S. Ordering Provider PlaceNorder

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Mobile and online ordering technology provider Preoday and ordering platform placeNorder have partnered to bring digital pre-ordering to food and beverage businesses across North America. PlaceNorder focuses on providing an online ordering platform to restaurants in the USA and Canada. Now powered by Preoday’s technology, it aims to extend a marketing-based approach to working with… read more

How Darden Artfully Built LongHorn into a Steakhouse Juggernaut

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Much of what has taken place at LongHorn Steakhouse in recent years counteracts the casual-dining playbook of old. Simplify and shrink the menu, but improve loyalty and accelerate same-store sales. Historically those results just don’t co-exist in the same battlefield. “It’s the art, not the science,” Darden CEO Gene Lee said during a June 26… read more

Social Media Platforms Demonstrating their Potential in the Foodservice Industry

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The power of social media platforms like Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and others to connect friends, family and colleagues is well established. But as the media develop, food and beverage industry executives are learning more about the influence and usefulness of the data being generated. The information being communicated has the potential to alter consumer perceptions… read more

Drayton Martin Joins Dunkin’ Brands, Inc.

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Drayton Martin has joined Dunkin’ Brands, Inc. as vice-president of brand stewardship for Dunkin’ Donuts. In this role, she will lead the development and implementation of Dunkin’s brand messaging across all channels, including advertising, packaging, in-store and digital. Additionally, she will oversee the company’s internal brand marketing team and external creative agency partners. Ms. Martin… read more

Rebecca Miller to senior VP of marketing at On The Border Mexican Grill & Cantina

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Rebecca Miller has been promoted to senior vice-president of marketing at On The Border Mexican Grill & Cantina. She was most recently vice-president of marketing and digital experience for the company. In her new role, Ms. Miller will oversee all marketing initiatives for On The Border, as well as culinary innovation, guest relations and catering…. read more

Mike Ellis Named Chief Development Officer of FoodFirst Global Restaurants

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Newly formed restaurant company FoodFirst Global Restaurants has tapped another Darden Restaurants Inc. veteran for its executive team. Columbus, Ohio-based FoodFirst, which recently acquired Brio Tuscan Grille and Bravo Cucina Italiana brands, named Mike Ellis as chief development officer. Ellis previously worked at Orlando-based Darden as head of development for the multiconcept operator, whose portfolio… read more