5 Food and Beverage Trends to Watch for 2023

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Consumers’ efforts to balance health and wellness with their desire to seek comfort and enjoyment from foods and beverages will drive many of the trends showing up in restaurants and on grocery shelves in 2023, according to experts’ predictions about the coming year. Here are five of the top food and beverage trends to watch… read more

Red Robin has Put its Donatos Expansion Plan on Hold for Now

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Red Robin added Donatos’ Pizza to its Menus at a Few Dozen restaurants in 2018, generating incremental sales while also ensuring the brand operated autonomously on third-party marketplaces. Donatos essentially functioned as a virtual restaurant out of Red Robin locations well before the pandemic put such concepts on the map. The partnership was such a… read more

John Cywinski Newest Restaurant Group’s CEO, Effective Immediately

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Modern Restaurant Concepts — the parent company of Qdoba, Modern Market Eatery, and Lemonade brands — announced Thursday the appointment of John Cywinski as the restaurant group’s newest CEO, effective immediately. Cywinski was most recently at Applebee’s, where he served as president for six years until the casual-dining chain announced his departure a week ago…. read more

Lawrence “Larry” Oberkfell, new senior adviser at C.H. Guenther & Son LLC.

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Lawrence “Larry” Oberkfell has joined C.H. Guenther & Son LLC as a senior adviser. In his new role, Mr. Oberkfell will advise C.H. Guenther & Son’s management team on identifying growth opportunities and strategic initiatives. An experienced foodservice and industry leader, Mr. Oberkfell has held executive roles in the foodservice and manufacturing industries for the… read more

2022’s Breakout Brand of the Year: Eggs Up Grill Takes Flight

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If ever a restaurant dining room embodied the overall brand spirit, it would be Eggs Up Grill. The cheery interior, with its robin egg blues, yolk yellows, gingham tiles, and blonde hardwoods, is at once inviting and homey. In so many ways, the design speaks to what makes the restaurant different from others in the… read more

McDonald’s Unveils Accelerating the Arches 2.0

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New leadership and doubling down on the four Ds of delivery, digital, drive-thru, and development are part of McDonald’s Corp.’s As part of the strategy kick-off, the company has created four new leadership roles. As of Feb. 1, Morgan Flatley will be promoted to executive vice president, global chief marketing officer; Skye Anderson will be… read more

Celebrated Chicago Chef Donald Young Offers A Unique Dining Concept

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Michelin Star Chef Donald Young launched Duck Sel in 2021. Just as athletes hope to one day receive the MVP award in their respective sport, so do chefs who aspire to be awarded a coveted Michelin Star. After all, receiving a star is an honor of the highest degree within the culinary world and signifies… read more

Popeyes Targets 300 Restaurants in France By 2030

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Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen is about to open its first Paris restaurant as part of an ambitious investment in France over the next decade. The American fried chicken brand signed a deal in 2021 with franchise partner, Napaqaro, to develop an aggressive expansion plan for the French market. It’s the latest sign of just how rapidly… read more