Chicago-Based L3 Hospitality Buys Remaining 3 Units

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Carlisle Corp. has sold its remaining three fast-casual LYFE Kitchen restaurants to the brand’s Chicago franchisee, L3 Hospitality Group. “We are proud of the local LYFE Kitchen brand we have developed in Chicago and are thankful for the opportunity to make additional enhancements,” said Gail Taggart, co-founder of L3 Hospitality, in a statement Friday. “We will… read more

Marketing a Private Event Space

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Finding the right way to market one’s private dining space can be tricky. “That’s a funny thing,” Scott Shor at Edmund’s Oast says, “we don’t really go out of our way to market.” Instead of paid advertising, the restaurant group relies on its reputation as a dining destination, which is built from the restaurant, bottle… read more

Changing the Restaurant Game with Tabletop Technology

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Over the past several years, there’s been a technological revolution happening at the restaurant table. Eateries ranging from quickservice to fine dining are employing technology both to connect customers with staff members and to entertain them. Tabletop technology runs the gamut from small, sometimes indiscreet buttons to tablets with all the bells and whistles. The… read more

Restaurant CEOs See “Material Shift” in Roles

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The quickening shift in restaurant sales from in-store dining to carryout and delivery is changing how human resources departments recruit and retain workers, leaders of four growing organizations said. “We will see a material shift in the next couple years in how HR is viewed within the boardroom,” said Paul Damico, CEO of the 39-unit… read more

San Francisco Wants To Ban Multi-Million Dollar Corporate Cafeterias

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A new San Francisco law seeks to ban the “insanely awesome” subsidized corporate cafeterias that have grown up in the Bay Area. If the law passes, companies like Google and Facebook won’t be allowed to operate cafeterias in any future office buildings in San Francisco. The law, which is endorsed by the Golden Gate Restaurant Association… read more

Oprah Winfrey’s Next Edible Bet: True Food Kitchen

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Oprah Winfrey is making a significant investment in True Food Kitchen and joining the board of the growing chain, which is eager to see whether the Oprah Effect translates into significant gains in the restaurant world. Winfrey was introduced to the decade-old chain by her friend, health expert Bob Greene, when Winfrey and Greene tasted… read more

Jose Garcés Sells Most of his Restaurants in $8M Deal

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With a new investor joining in and a higher purchase price, the Garces Restaurant Group late Tuesday announced the sale of almost all of its restaurants for $8 million plus assumed liabilities. The Philadelphia-based multiconcept group has been acquired by an entity called 3BM1, which is a partnership between Ballard Brands LLC — which had… read more

P.F. Chang’s is Looking for a new owner

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Centerbridge Partners and the board of managers of Wok Parent revealed Friday they have retained Bank of America/Merrill Lynch and Barclays to explore a possible sale of the Chinese food chain. “Given the positive performance of P.F. Chang’s Bistro and having received multiple unsolicited indications of interest, this is an exciting time to explore a… read more

What Restaurants Need to Know about Predictive Scheduling

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Though many hourly employees choose to work in foodservice because they need more flexible schedules than they can find in other fields, this same flexibility has also put strain on workers. Many common practices in restaurants, such as short notice of shifts, on-call scheduling, sending employees home when they are scheduled, and scheduling closing shifts… read more

Hangman Corp Announces Name Change to The Maven Group

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Hangman Corp. unveils new branding to express the company’s renewed focus on divisional expert consulting. Now, the parent company will be The Maven Group with three main divisions: Forge Craft Foodservice, Maverick Healthcare Outfitters and Resquip Foodservice Supply. The Forge Craft Foodservice division will continue to specialize in contract commercial design and build foodservice projects,… read more