E-Commerce Turns the Tables on Restaurant Space

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Startups offer shared industrial kitchens and warehouses to lure restaurateurs. Honest Burger at work in Deliveroo’s shared industrial-kitchen space in Swiss Cottage, London. The British food-delivery company operates about 30 shared kitchens in several countries. As food delivery expands across major U.S. cities, a handful of startup companies are trying to use the latest e-commerce technology… read more

The Rest of the Best

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Brands ranked below the category average in alphabetical order: Applebee’s, Bahama Breeze, Benihana, BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse, Bonefish Grill, Carrabba’s Italian Grill, Chili’s Grill & Bar, Dave & Buster’s, Denny’s, P.F. Chang’s China Bistro, Romano’s Macaroni Grill and Italian Restaurant, Ruby Tuesday, Shoney’s, TGI Fridays​. TEXAS ROADHOUSE: Casual dining: The heartbeat of the American consumer…. read more

Cracker Barrel to Invest $140 Million in Punch Bowl Social

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In a surprise announcement, family dining chain Cracker Barrel revealed July 23 it has entered into a strategic partnership with Denver-based Punch Bowl Social. Cracker Barrel plans on investing as much as $140 million and taking on a non-controlling position in the eatertainment brand. The agreement allows Cracker Barrel to acquire a controlling position or full… read more

Arby’s is Betting $3.9 Billion that its Customers don’t Want Fake Meat

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“We have the meats!” The unmistakable Arby’s tagline is voiced by Golden Globe–winning actor and unmistakable baritone Ving Rhames, who has saved the world time and again by crafting spy gadgets as Luther Stickell in the Mission: Impossible franchise. For Arby’s, he presents “the meats”—an equally essential weapon in the fast food arms race. “We put a… read more

Most of Kona Grill Sold to Former CEO’s Company for $20.4M

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A federal bankruptcy court has approved the sale of 24 Kona Grill polished-casual restaurants for $20.3 million to Williston Holding, the company headed by former Kona CEO and co-founder Marcus Jundt. The sale would pare the holdings of Kona Grill’s bankrupt parent to three restaurants, according to bankruptcy court documents. But local news reports indicate that… read more

McDonald’s Global CMO Silvia Lagnado Leaving in October, Colin Mitchell Elevated to Senior VP Role

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McDonald’s Global Chief Marketing Officer Silvia Lagnado plans to leave the world’s largest restaurant company in October and the Golden Arches will move on without a global CMO, Ad Age has learned. Lagnado’s pending departure was announced Monday morning in a message sent to McDonald’s employees by CEO Steve Easterbrook. Lagnado, an executive VP and… read more

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