Jack in the Box Ordered to Pay $15M in Wrongful Termination Case

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Jack in the Box Inc. said it will challenge a jury verdict that earlier this week ordered the chain to pay more than $15 million in damages in an employee wrongful termination lawsuit. The verdict was made in Los Angeles Superior Court on June 11, according to the company’s June 13 filing with the Securities… read more

IHOP is changing its name—again.

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Last June, IHOP, known to many as International House of Pancakes, ran a risky PR stunt, “changing” the company’s name to IHOB, International House of Burgers for a short period. Now, as the anniversary of that attention-grabbing temporary move nears, the chain is teasing another switch on social media. “What could the P be?” a… read more

José Andrés to open new concept in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia

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José Andrés’ ThinkFoodGroup has been tapped to develop a new concept at the historic Hill Top House Hotel in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia. Details have yet to be revealed, but the hotel, first built in 1888, is being resurrected by Swan & Legend Venture Partners affiliate Swan Hill Top LLC, in partnership with Interstate Hotels… read more

Grindmaster-Cecilware Receives Kitchen Innovations 2019 Award

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The National Restaurant Association Show announced the recipients of the 2019 Kitchen Innovations Awards, honoring progressive equipment that increases efficiencies and productivity. The National Restaurant Association Show named Grindmaster’s PrecisionBrew Air-Heated Shuttle Brewers as an honoree for 2019. Grindmaster’s new Shuttle Brewers step up coffee brewing with a new level of sophistication. An advanced touchscreen… read more

Association Releases 2019 State of the Restaurant Industry Report

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Find out what significant forces are impacting and shaping the restaurant industry, including the general U.S. economy, workforce demographics, emerging technologies, and food and menu trends. The report analyzes the industry by service segment, customer preferences, and much more to identify the positive impacts and potential challenges coming in both tableservice and limited-service restaurants. It… read more

Kona Grill Names Christi Hing as Interim CEO

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Kona Grill Inc. has named chief financial officer Christi Hing as interim CEO while it continues its search for a successor to Marcus Jundt, who resigned in March, the company reported. Hing becomes the fifth executive in nine months to serve in the top spot at the Scottsdale, Ariz.-based casual-dining brand. Kona Grill filed the… read more

Food & Wine Magazine Names Best New Chefs of 2019

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Food & Wine magazine painted its vision of the food world Tuesday with its release of its annual list of the 10 Best New Chefs. It’s a diverse group that Food & Wine restaurant editor Jordana Rothman praised for plumbing the depths of their roots to create food that spoke to their heritages. “Over the… read more

Karlin Linhardt, New Global CMO of Papa John’s

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Karlin Linhardt has joined Papa John’s International, Inc. as global chief marketing officer. Mr. Linhardt was most recently senior vice-president of marketing for North America for Subway Restaurants. Prior to Subway, he was a senior consultant of business and digital strategies at Accenture, a global professional services company. Earlier in his career, Mr. Linhardt spent… read more

P.F. Chang’s completes sale to TriArtisan Capital Advisors

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Investment firms TriArtisan Capital Advisors LLC and Paulson & Co. Inc. announced that they have completed the acquisition of casual-dining Asian restaurant chain P.F. Chang’s China Bistro Inc. from private equity firm, Centerbridge Partners L.P. for an undisclosed amount, according to a press release.  “We want to thank Centerbridge Partners for their strong support of P.F…. read more