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Spain’s bocadillo stands out with its high-quality simplicity. Straightforward sandwich ingredient combinations resonate particularly well at breakfast, as patrons will gravitate to a thoughtfully curated classic offering. Ernesto’s Cafe in New York demonstrates this with its daytime menu, featuring breakfast sandwiches like the T.E.C., with housemade txistorra sausage (a type of chorizo), egg, and Mahon… read more

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For the second straight year, Texas Roadhouse is buying eight restaurants from a franchisee. Executives did not reveal the purchase price Thursday, nor did they mention the identity of the seller. But they said it is part of the company’s ongoing efforts to return franchised stores to the corporate fold. Earlier this year, Texas Roadhouse… read more

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Hooters of America LLC is teaming with auto racer Chase Elliott for a virtual chicken tender brand that has launched at nearly 200 restaurants, the company announced. The Atlanta-based company, which calls itself “The Official Home of Race Fans,” and the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series champion have introduced Chase Elliott’s Chicken Tenders. The initial 196… read more

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It’s not just your imagination. Restaurants aren’t open as long as they used to be. Eateries have trimmed their weekly operating hours by 7.5%, or 6.4 hours, compared with pre-pandemic schedules, according to a new report from Datassential. The food analytics firm found that 59% of the more than 763,000 U.S. restaurants are operating on… read more

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According to Bureau Labor of Statistics numbers released in early October, food services and drinking establishments added 60,000 jobs in September. The hospitality sector now employs 11.8 million people, or about 500,000 jobs shy of pre-COVID levels. Anita Adams, the CEO of Black Bear Diner, echoes a lot of what’s been shared from the front… read more

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Top trends at the 2022 NACS Show Food and beverage makers are zeroing in on snacking occasions to drive sales in the convenience channel. From mid-morning treats to the afternoon- pick-me-ups, new products geared toward key dayparts were trending at the 2022 NACS Show, presented by the National Association of Convenience Retailers. Held Oct. 2-4… read more

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Price Inflation Slows for First Time This Year While prices in September were 13% higher than the same time last year, they did not grow significantly from July to September. The market research firm said the flattening price curve is a noticeable deviation from the consistent increases between January 2022 and July. Year-over-year prices in… read more

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Following on the heels of restaurateurs’ warm embrace of churros comes horchata, and it turns out that the two have more in common than simply their rising popularity on menus. Both were introduced to Spain by the Moors centuries ago, after which they made their way to Latin American countries. Each is easy to like… read more

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Burger King’s modern brand position involves a new tagline and an old jingle. The Miami-based burger chain on Thursday revealed a new tagline, “You Rule,” that will be the central element in its new brand positioning. At the same time, the company released ads that feature a new take on its popular “Have It Your… read more

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Why Restaurants Could Score Big with Holiday Takeout this Year The holiday season has never been a blockbuster for foodservice the way it is for retailers, but operational shifts from the past two years could change that, at least incrementally. Covid forced operators to refine—or in some cases, create—off-premises systems. That legwork has already yielded… read more