Starbucks Tests out Reusable Cup Rental Service at Select Seattle Stores

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Starbucks announced that they will be scaling up single-store tests of their reusable cup rental service, Borrow a Cup, at five stores in Seattle this spring, from March 30 through May 31, coinciding with Earth Day. In partnership with Go Box — which has worked with other smaller chains like Dig on returnable, reusable food,… read more

Extra Serving: Del Taco’s Franchisee Success Soars

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While so many restaurant operators are still struggling at this point during the pandemic, Del Taco recently reported a 3.8% increase in same-store sales for the fourth quarter reported on March 8. In this episode of Extra Serving, John D. Cappasola Jr. — president and CEO of Los Angeles-based quick-service taco chain — ­breaks down the… read more

BBQ Holdings’ new Line-Service Model will Debut in Salt Lake City in June

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BBQ Holdings Inc.’s Famous Dave’s will be adding a drive-thru to its second Quick ‘Que line-service model, which is scheduled to open in Salt Lake City, Utah, in June, the company said. Famous Dave’s, the 134-unit division of Minnetonka, Minn.-based BBQ Holdings, announced the new counter-service Quick ‘Que format in March, with the first unit now… read more

The Restaurant Industry is on a Hiring Spree as COVID-19 Recovery Continues

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As COVID-19 recovery continues and dining rooms head back to normal capacities, restaurants are ramping up hiring. Multiple chains, including regional McDonald’s restaurants and Sonic Drive-In, have announced hiring drives over the past month in response to growing demand at this point in the pandemic. This trend is reflected by the latest hiring numbers from… read more

How to Maximize Outside Legal Counsel to Drive Post-Pandemic Growth

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Now is a perfect time for industry players to reevaluate and reconsider. Using the right outside counsel can provide the extra edge in both “on-the-ground” contract negotiations and the overall programmatic approach to successfully realize growth plans. Everyone loves to complain about lawyers. They like to talk (and talk). They relish in completely rewriting contracts…. read more

How Two Food Franchisees Are Affected by Covid-19, and How They’re Responding

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All mall-based businesses are obviously struggling with decreased foot traffic, but I see this issue as one that will be overcome with the development of new drugs and treatments in the near future. I believe our biggest long-term issue is on the labor side. We are having a very difficult time attracting and retaining crew… read more

GLOBAL FOODSERVICE NEWS APRIL 1, 2021 EDITION

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3 Reasons Businesses Should Be Starting Now The COVID-19 pandemic has not only changed the trajectory of people’s livelihoods and businesses’ bottom lines but society in general. As a result, many normalities from employment to public health to how we communicate, have been changed forever. Looking ahead, research unsurprisingly suggests that 2021 will be a… read more

NRAEF partners with MOD Pizza to help justice-involved youth with employment and job training

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The program, a result of a 2019 Department of Labor grant, will kick off in Chicago with a nationwide rollout later this year MOD Pizza on Friday announced a new partnership with the National Restaurant Association’s philanthropic arm — the NRA Educational Foundation (NRAEF) — to support justice-involved young adults with employment and job training…. read more

Texas Roadhouse CEO Kent Taylor leaves legacy of legendary generosity remembered throughout the industry

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The restaurant world on Friday mourned the loss of Texas Roadhouse founder and CEO Kent Taylor following the shock of his death. Company officials in a statement said Taylor took his own life after a battle with post-COVID-related symptoms that included severe tinnitus. “Kent battled and fought hard like the former track champion that he… read more