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Domino’s, Bojangles, McDonald’s
Domino’s had a good quarter. Bojangles inked a deal with a pair of college quarterbacks. And McDonald’s added to its diversity efforts.
July 23, 2021
Chipotle, Shake Shack, Togo’s
Chipotle needs to find a way to crank out more burritos and bowls. Shake Shack is investing millions in its workers. And ToGo’s is testing out a new assembly-line model.
July 22, 2021
L Catterton, Just Salad, Gopuff
Is L Catterton going public? Just Salad just got a big cash infusion. And Gopuff is getting into the ghost kitchen game.
July 21, 2021
Portillo's, stocks, child tax credit
Portillos has made formal plans to go public, restaurant stocks are heating up and what the child tax credit means for restaurants. 
July 20, 2021
Restaurant sales, masks, delivery lawsuit
Restaurant sales have fully recovered from the pandemic. Masks are back in Los Angeles County. And two third-party delivery providers are suing San Francisco over delivery fee caps.
July 19, 2021
Domino’s, Good Times, Pressed
The pandemic didn’t stop Domino’s, or a lot of other brands, from opening new restaurants. Good Times’ latest quarter is a microcosm for the industry right now. And Pressed Juicery gets a rebrand.
July 16, 2021
Restaurant traffic, Starbucks, Panda Express
It might be time for restaurants to pay attention to traffic again, says The Bottom Line. Starbucks is adding its voice to the push for voting rights. And Panda Express is testing a plant-based take on a classic dish.
July 15, 2021
Menu prices, Tony Roma’s, Wing Boss
Menu prices keep going up. Tony Roma’s was sold. And a virtual wing concept is becoming an actual restaurant.
July 14, 2021
Popeyes, Grubhub, Puttery
Popeyes is ready to start selling chicken nuggets. Grubhub is making a money-back guarantee. And a new food-and-golf concept is getting a big investment from a pro golfer.
July 13, 2021
Noncompetes, Papa Murphy’s, One Fair Wage
Noncompete and anti-poaching agreements could be in jeopardy. Papa Murphy’s is the latest chain to launch a new prototype. And a union group wants to help supplement servers’ wages.
July 12, 2021
Papa John’s, Subway, Carrols Restaurant Group
Papa John’s workers should expect some bonus cash. Subway’s star has fallen significantly. And Carrols Restaurant Group is back into acquisition mode.
July 9, 2021
Burger King, Meati, polystyrene
Burger King loses its U.S. president. Some big restaurant names invest in a plant-based meat company. And Colorado bans polystyrene to-go boxes.
July 8, 2021
M&A, jobs, C3
There’s been an explosion in restaurant mergers and acquisitions. Restaurants continue their hiring spree. And digital kitchen operator C3 just secured a major investment.
July 7, 2021
RRF, Taco Cabana, Red Lobster
The SBA is pulling the plug on the RRF, Taco Cabana is being sold, and Red Lobster has a new CEO. We’ll recap all the restaurant news you might have missed over the long weekend, and there’s a lot of it. 
July 6, 2021
Au Bon Pain, DoorDash, Jack in the Box
Panera is selling Au Bon Pain again, DoorDash acknowledges that most customers would rather order directly from a restaurant, and Jack in the Box is reversing its refranchising push of the last 30 years.
July 1, 2021
Franchisees, pizza sales, heat wave
A pair of new federal bills would give franchisees more rights. Pandemic-era pizza sales aren’t quite what they appear. And California’s heat wave has become the backdrop for a labor battle.
June 30, 2021
Takeout, Fat Brands, favorite chains
A noted takeout skeptic is starting to believe. Fat Brands is buying five more restaurants. And consumers still love Chick-fil-A. 
June 29, 2021
IPOs, Bakers Square, delivery fees
The market for restaurant IPOs is red hot. Famous Dave’s bought Bakers Square for the pies. And New York City is considering a permanent cap on food delivery fees.
June 27, 2021
Fee caps, Subway, Papa Murphy’s
San Francisco is making its delivery fee cap permanent. Subway’s tuna brouhaha keeps resurfacing. And Papa Murphy’s is showing off its new store design.
June 24, 2021
Thighstop, McDonald’s, Krispy Kreme IPO
Chicken thighs will likely become a permanent part of Wingstop’s menu. McDonald’s long-awaited loyalty program is almost ready for prime time. And Krispy Kreme wants to raise up to $640 million with its IPO.
June 23, 2021
Sweetgreen, tip credit, Luby’s
Sweetgreen’s IPO rumors have come true. The Department of Labor is again tinkering with the tip credit. And Luby’s Cafeteria has been sold.
June 22, 2021
Thighstop, Subway, Lettuce Entertain You
You’ve heard of Wingstop. How about Thighstop? Subway’s franchise royalties are some of the most expensive in the country. And Lettuce Entertain You turns 50.
June 21, 2021
Rents, First Watch and milk substitutes
Rent problems persist, operators look beyond the pandemic, another chain tries drone delivery, and new data shows not every consumer is smitten with milk substitutes.
June 18, 2021
SBA loans, Dutch Bros, Juneteenth
Small restaurants in need of a loan may still have a shot with the SBA. Dutch Bros coffee is going public. And a Baltimore restaurant wants to make Juneteenth a big day for dining out.
June 17, 2021
RRF, Cheesecake Factory, Grubhub
Some restaurants are losing out on their Restaurant Revitalization Fund grants. The Cheesecake Factory has purchased most of Roark Capital’s equity stake. And some big changes are afoot at Grubhub.
June 16, 2021
Chipotle, California restaurants, jobs
How much does a Chipotle burrito cost? Depends where you are. Also, California restaurants can reopen today, and unemployment benefits are just one reason people aren’t returning to restaurant jobs.
June 15, 2021
Dave & Buster’s, Popmenu, Starbucks
Dave & Buster’s is trying to solve its labor issues with tech. An online ordering provider gets a $65 million cash infusion. And might Starbucks lend its name to a sports stadium?
June 14, 2021
McDonald’s, new safety rules, Subway
One of the lawsuits against McDonald’s has been dismissed. Restaurants might need to start keeping track of vaccinated employees. And Subway shows why restaurant chains need succession plans.
June 11, 2021
Subway, Chipotle, delivery
Subway is buying out its business developers. Chipotle is raising menu prices. And a New York City restaurant is crying foul over third-party delivery.
June 10, 2021
Jobs, restaurant sales, Freddy's
One in 10 restaurant and hotel jobs are unfilled, restaurant sales are still surging, and Freddy’s Frozen Custard ditches the dining room. 
June 9, 2021
McDonald’s, franchising, Burger King
McDonald’s is facing a tech-related lawsuit. There’s a recent surge in franchising. And did Burger King take a swing at Chick-fil-A?
June 8, 2021
Subway, jobs, leaders
Subway franchisees detail deep and long-lasting problems with the chain. Restaurants continue to add jobs. And Restaurant Leader of the Year nominees dish on how they succeeded through the pandemic.
June 7, 2021
Chipotle, McDonald’s, Krispy Kreme
Chipotle is plotting expansion in the U.K. and France. Don’t expect robots at McDonald’s in the near future. And a look inside how Krispy Kreme is growing revenue.
June 4, 2021
McDonald’s, Mercato Partners, Wendy’s
McDonald’s CEO predicts improved relationships with franchisees. Mercato Partners has another $100 million to distribute to emerging brands. And Wendy’s is launching its U.K. growth initiative.
June 3, 2021
Krispy Kreme, cobranding, Shake Shack
Krispy Kreme is ready for its IPO. Cobranded restaurants are having a resurgence. And Shake Shack isn’t worried about cannibalization as it grows.
June 2, 2021
Yum Brands, Sizzler, Chili's chicken sandwhich
Yum Brands buys yet another tech company. Sizzler is suing the SBA. And Chili’s is the latest chain with a chicken sandwich.
May 28, 2021
Subway, SpotOn, Red Robin
Subway is insisting its franchisees keep regular hours. This restaurant software company just raised $125 million. And has Red Robin unlocked the staffing secret? 
May 27, 2021
Ground Round, Sam Fox, McDonald's
Ground Round is plotting a new concept. Sam Fox is getting into the hotel business. And a group of Black media executives want to talk to McDonald’s about ad spending.
May 26, 2021
Franchising, Subway, Jimmy John’s
There are a lot of franchising feuds happening right now. Subway is looking at increasing its royalty payments.
May 25, 2021
Reopening, Panera Bread, Burger King
New York’s reopening hasn’t changed all that much for restaurants, Panera Bread has a new store design, and why Burger King had no other choice but to develop a chicken sandwich.
May 24, 2021
Fast food, Chipotle, chicken
Customers aren’t flocking to fast food dining rooms. Chipotle Mexican Grill found a way to get a lot of job applications. And chicken chains did well in 2020.
May 21, 2021
Closures, RRF, Quizno’s
The restaurant closure tsunami was not as devastating as originally predicted. Restaurant Revitalization Fund applications are closing as money runs out. And Quizno’s is betting big on ghost kitchens.
May 20, 2021
Chicken Sandwiches, Casual Dining, Wendy's
There’s no end in sight to the chicken sandwich wars. Casual dining bounced back in April. And a Wendy’s franchisee added 44 more restaurants. 
May 19, 2021
Auntie Anne’s, Shipley Do-Nuts, Goldbelly
Drive-thrus are new to the menu for Auntie Anne’s. Shipley Do-Nuts has a new CEO. And restaurant e-commerce platform Goldbelly just got a major cash infusion.
May 18, 2021
Labor, masks and Nothing Bundt Cakes
Restaurants and employees are split on why hiring is so hard right now. The CDC’s new mask guidance raises tough questions for restaurants. And Roark Capital buys Nothing Bundt Cakes.
May 17, 2021
McDonald’s, Chick-fil-A, Sonic
McDonald’s workers are getting a pay bump. Chick-fil-A has its eye on a virtual concept. And what are the secrets to Sonic’s recent success?
May 14, 2021
Chick-fil-A, Subway, Olo
Chick-fil-A is holding tight to its sauce packets. Subway franchisees are demanding lower royalties. And Olo has its eye on virtual brands.
May 13, 2021
Cosi, building costs, RRF
Cosi backtracks on its bankruptcy filing, the cost of building a restaurant is soaring, and the $29 billion in RRF aid is going fast.
May 12, 2021
Chipotle, virtual concepts, business interruption
Chipotle is raising its hourly wages by an average of $2. Dine’s CEO is bullish on virtual concepts. And a federal judge has kept alive a restaurants business interruption insurance lawsuit.
May 11, 2021
Crypto, corn and an announcement from RB
Cryptocurrency might be catching on at restaurants, corn prices are skyrocketing, and Restaurant Business has a membership program.
May 10, 2021
Freddy’s, pizza sales, Uber Eats
Freddy’s has a new CEO. Pizza chains are feeling bullish. And Uber Eats is ready to talk about delivery regulation.
May 7, 2021
RRF, Puttshack and more IPOs
A lot of restaurants have already applied for a piece of the Restaurant Revitalization Fund. A mini golf concept raised $60 million. And restaurant stocks are surging, which could spell more IPOs.
May 6, 2021
7-Eleven, Mother’s Day, Indies
7-Eleven franchisees are feeling the labor strain. Mother’s Day is shaping up to be a huge day for restaurants. And, have indies fully recovered from the pandemic?
May 5, 2021
The Restaurant Revitalization Fund, NYC restrictions and White Castle
The Restaurant Revitalization Fund could be drained within weeks. New York will soon lift all pandemic restrictions. And White Castle’s newest location is a big hit.
May 4, 2021
Texas Roadhouse, Dave Deno, McDonald’s
Texas Roadhouse has staffing woes. How Bloomin Brands CEO made a critical staffing decision. And McDonald’s is finding success with a simplified menu.
May 3, 2021
Biden’s plans, McDonald’s, Domino’s
What President Biden’s plans mean for restaurants, McDonald’s sales soar thanks to chicken sandwiches, and more restaurant earnings news.
April 30, 2021
Chicken, Tao Group, Jose Cil
Chicken prices are soaring. Tao acquired Hakkasan. And Jose Cil is a restaurant leader of the year nominee.
April 29, 2021
Federal aid, Cava, new mask rules
The application process for $29 billion in federal restaurant aid opens Monday, Cava raises $190 million and the CDC updates its guidance on mask-wearing.
April 28, 2021
Restaurant leaders, Charlie Morrison, Domino’s
Restaurant Business is naming the industry’s top leaders. How Charlie Morrison steered Wingstop to success during the pandemic. And Domino’s is bringing back its Noid cartoon villain.
April 27, 2021
Old Country Buffet, hiring help, Jamba
The Old Country Buffet bankruptcy has been brewing for more than a decade. Restaurants are turning to tech to help hiring. And Jamba wants to be more than just a smoothie chain.
April 26, 2021
Chipotle, Welbilt, Chick-fil-A
Chipotle’s operations chief initially wasn’t keen on the quesadilla. Equipment maker Welbilt is being acquired by Middleby. And Chick-fil-A is adding a new salad to the menu.
April 23, 2021
Subway, virtual brands and plant-based tacos
Subway is officially not for sale, Taco Bell is testing a plant-based taco and why a digital ordering company thinks the next McDonald’s could be a virtual brand. 
April 22, 2021
Subway, Dave & Buster’s, Famous Dave’s
Subway franchisees are at their wit’s ends. Dave & Buster’s is feeling optimistic. And Famous Dave’s parent is going brand shopping.
April 21, 2021
McDonald’s and BTS, SBA loans, rent payments
McDonald’s has a new celebrity meal combo, and restaurants are getting closer to applying for federal aid—and to settling up with their landlords. This is RB Daily, a daily look at the industry’s top news from the editors of Restaurant Business.
April 20, 2021
Deli, delivery drivers, consumers
A single sandwich shop is valued at $100 million, delivery drivers face an increased risk of car jackings, and automats are making a comeback.
April 19, 2021
Restaurant sales, casual dining, Golden Corral
Restaurant sales are nearly back to pre-pandemic levels. Casual dining took a massive hit in 2020. And Golden Corral still has some tricks up its sleeve.
April 16, 2021
McDonald’s, more bankruptcies, Fazoli’s wings
McDonald’s updates its workplace safety standards, more restaurant bankruptcies could be on the horizon, and Fazoli’s serves wings now.
April 15, 2021
Restaurant sales, Duck Donuts, Chick-fil-A
Stimulus checks are sparking a restaurant sales surge. Duck Donuts has been sold. And Chick-fil-A is experimenting with delivery robots.
April 14, 2021
Domino’s delivery bot, Golden Corral, franchise restrictions
Domino’s launches pizza delivery by robot, another Golden Corral franchisee files for bankruptcy and a U.S. senator calls for tighter franchise rules.
April 13, 2021
Amazon union, restaurant revitalization, retail
What does an Amazon unionization vote mean for restaurants? Details emerge on the Restaurant Revitalization Fund. And chains are abandoning their retail strategies.
April 12, 2021
McDonald’s CEO pay, Wingstop, Oregon
McDonald’s CEO took a pay cut in 2020, Wingstop was the nation’s fastest-growing chain and Oregon reinstates some dining restrictions.
April 9, 2021
Supply chain, McDonald’s, Roti closures
Major supply chain problems are afoot. McDonald’s is considering action against inflated chicken prices. And fast-casual chain Roti is closing a third of its restaurants.
April 8, 2021
California, Starbucks, more chicken sandwiches
California is planning to lift pandemic restrictions in June, Starbucks is testing reusable cups and three more chains jump on the chicken sandwich train.
April 7, 2021
Chipotle CEO, Marriot vending, franchisees
Chipotle’s CEO earned $38 million last year, Marriot is testing a buffet replacement. And being a restaurant franchisee is risky business.
April 6, 2021
Labeling, labor and leaving RBI
Consumer advocates are pushing for a new type of menu labeling, restaurants are struggling to find enough staff as sales rebound, and Burger King has lost its marketing maven.
April 5, 2021
Dave & Buster’s, Wingstop and vaccine passports
Dave & Buster’s tries gambling, Wingstop soars, and vaccine passports are coming. 
April 2, 2021
Sales spike, apartment ghost kitchens, beef prices
Restaurant sales are surging, ghost kitchens are coming to apartment buildings and Whataburger is rewarding it employees after a difficult year.
April 1, 2021
COVID surge warning, Pizza Hut, Shake Shack
The CDC warns of another COVID surge, Pizza Hut is adding drive-thrus and Shake Shack’s CFO has left the company.
March 31, 2021
Golden Corral, Famous Dave’s and ghost kitchens
Golden Corral jumps into the future, Famous Dave’s recovers and Saladworks is going big into ghost kitchens.
March 30, 2021
Grubhub, PPP, Cicis Pizza
Grubhub is facing a lawsuit, the Senate has extended the PPP deadline and Cicis Pizza is re-imagining its business model.
March 29, 2021
Waiting for stimulus, Olive Garden raises, Chipotle acquisition
Chipotle makes a rare deal, restaurants will have to wait for some help, and Olive Garden gives out some raises.
March 26, 2021
Flynn Restaurant Group, Yum Brands and tip pooling
Flynn Restaurant Group adds more than 1,000 locations, Yum Brands buys another tech company and the Labor Department moves forward with plans to ease tip pooling rules.
March 25, 2021
Seven Brew, McD’s pricing, 7-Eleven’s drive-thru
Jimmy John and Jamie Coulter partner on a coffee chain, McDonald’s has no beef with raising prices, and 7-Eleven is giving a drive-thru a try.
March 24, 2021
Kent Taylor, third-party delivery, outdoor dining
Texas Roadhouse has named a successor to its CEO post, following the death of Kent Taylor. Restaurants should expect third-party delivery business to slow. And Chicago is hoping to encourage outdoor dining.
March 22, 2021
PPP, Olo and Naf Naf
Congress is about to extend the PPP, Olo goes IPO and Naf Naf splits.
March 19, 2021
Olo, Shake Shack and chicken thighs
Olo soars on its first day as a public company, Shake Shack launches in-app delivery and why chicken thighs might make sense on a sandwich.
March 18, 2021
Cicis Pizza, White Castle and masks
Cicis Pizzas is no longer bankrupt, White Castle celebrates a big birthday, and restaurants plan to keep up their COVID-safety protocols.
March 17, 2021
Raising Cane’s, Subway and closing indies
Raising Cane’s says simple is not so simple, Subway is moving and indies are still closing. 
March 16, 2021
St. Pat’s, spring feverish, Walmart’s kitchen
More green this St. Patrick’s Day, more business in general this spring, and Walmart launches a ghost kitchen.
March 15, 2021
Optimism, more restaurant help, and joint employer
Restaurants are feeling optimistic, there’s more help for restaurants in the American Rescue Plan, and here comes joint employer again.
March 12, 2021
Boxed meals, Milio’s, Veggie Grill 
The landmark bill packing $29B in restaurant aid advances, chains hit on a way to boost catering sales, and regional favorite Milio’s Sandwiches is sold.
March 11, 2021
Stimulus packages, the CDC and Burgerim
A bunch of restaurant aid moves forward in Congress, the CDC questions restaurant openings, and Burgerim franchisees shouldn’t expect much.
March 9, 2021
Wendy’s, pricing, fan favorites
Wendy’s is casing out banks, independents say they’ll be forced to raise prices, and loyalty programs are getting a big push from fast-food chains.
March 8, 2021
Red Robin, TGI Friday’s and Chipotle
Red Robin has a turnaround plan, TGI Friday’s learns to text, and Chipotle ties pay to diversity.
March 5, 2021
Alamo Drafthouse, Texas and Wendy’s breakfast 
Alamo Drafthouse declares bankruptcy, Wendy’s doubles down on breakfast and not all restaurants in Texas are happy that the state lifted COVID restrictions
March 4, 2021
Pandemic restrictions, Yum Brands, Danny Meyer
Is a 4th wave of the pandemic looming? Yum Brands is buying a tech company. And restaurateur Danny Meyer reveals his biggest restaurant industry mistake.
March 3, 2021
Steak ‘n Shake, fast food prices and Jones Bar-B-Q
Steak ‘n Shake goes kiosks, fast-food prices soar and the owner of an iconic restaurant vows to rebuild after a fire.
March 2, 2021
Wage, Quaker Steak sale, show’s nixed
The prospect of a wage hike still looms, Quaker Steak & Lube has been sold, and the industry’s annual convention in Chicago will be suspended again this year.
March 1, 2021
Golden Corral, Martha Stewart and pizza chains
Golden Corral tests booze, Martha Stewart takes a fast-food job, and pizza chains incur Wall Street’s wrath. 
February 26, 2021
Burgerim, Salt & Straw, consumers’ favorite fries
The Burgerim saga continues, consumers’ name their favorite chain-restaurant fries, and Salt & Straw expands.
February 25, 2021
Burgerim, Cracker Barrel, Chick-fil-A
California is telling Burgerim to pay up. Terrible weather in the South forced Cracker Barrel to close more than 100 restaurants. And Chick-fil-A continues to win the biggest share of the growin chicken sandwich market.
February 24, 2021
Steak ‘n Shake, PPP loans and Olo IPO
Steak ‘n Shake narrowly avoids bankruptcy, Olo files to go public, and indies get first crack at federal stimulus loans.
February 23, 2021
Jack, virtual concepts and ghost kitchens
Jack in the Box has some ups and downs, virtual restaurant concepts raise some questions about sustainability, and ghost kitchens are heading to college.
February 22, 2021
McDonald’s, Wingstop and takeout trends
McDonald’s is tying executive pay to diversity, Wingstop isn't rushing into the chicken thigh business and consumer permanently changed their takeout habits in 2020.
February 19, 2021
McDonald’s lawsuit, Burger King’s chicken sandwich and Wingstop
McDonald’s is hit with another lawsuit, Burger King has a chicken sandwich and Wingstop had a good year.
February 18, 2021
Popeyes, 80/20 and Pokemon cards
Popeyes' chicken sandwich was really big, $1.3 billion big. the 80/20 rule gets delayed, and Pokemon cards prove to be popular for McDonald's Happy Meal.
February 17, 2021
Restaurant aid, Sweetgreen chicken salad and Hi-C
President Biden’s relief plan includes millions for restaurants, Sweetgreen gets in on the fried chicken sandwich trend, and McDonald’s brings back a fan favorite at the fountain.
February 11, 2021
Super Bowl, $15 wage, Chicken Salad Chick
Chains scored big on Super Bowl Sunday, a new analysis breaks down the $15 minimum wage fight and Chicken Salad Chick is moving its HQ to Atlanta.
February 10, 2021
Ghost kitchens, SPACs and apps
Ghost kitchens branch out, Danny Meyer forms a SPAC, and Dutch Bros Coffee’s app takes off.
February 9, 2021
Minimum wage, Kitchen United and Chipotle delivery
The $15 minimum wage is delayed, Kitchen United puts a ghost kitchen in a shopping mall, and Chipotle raises prices on delivery.
February 8, 2021
Chicken Wing shortage, Dig’s struggles and COVID vaccinations
We’re running out of chicken wings, Dig tries to dig out of a hole, and operators are giving time off for vaccinations.
February 5, 2021
Restaurant relief, Zuul and Landry’s
A new proposal from Congress promises restaurant relief, Zuul scales up by licensing and Tilman Fertitta makes a play for more deals.
February 3, 2021
Landry’s merger, New York City dining and hotel ghost kitchens
Landry’s is going public again, hotels are getting ghost kitchens and New York City is getting dining.
February 2, 2021
McDonald’s vaccinations, Bloomin’ virtual, Jack in the Box CMO
McDonald’s is incentivizing vaccinations. Bloomin’ Brands is expanding its virtual concepts. And Jack in the Box has a new marketing officer.
February 1, 2021
Business insurance, McDonald’s and Chipotle curbside
Business interruption insurance could go to the top court in the land, McDonald’s has a good 2020, and Chipotle does curbside service.
January 29, 2021
Chili’s, Starbucks and Cici’s
Chili’s and Starbucks are nearing a full recovery, Cici’s new owners are bullish on the brand and a small city plays David to delivery giants’ Goliath.
January 28, 2021
Fee caps, states reopen and old concepts
States keep pushing delivery fee caps, more restaurants are allowed to reopen, and Lettuce Entertain You dusts off old concepts.
January 26, 2021
NPC sale, Steak ‘n Shake, Tyson
The NPC sale gets the go-ahead, Steak ‘n Shake could end up in bankruptcy and Tyson settles is price fixing claims.
January 22, 2021
Velvet Taco, Boston Market, N.Y. restaurant aid
Velvet Taco picks up the pace, Boston Market has aggressive expansion plans, and New York is promising restaurants tens of millions in aid.
January 21, 2021
Subway closures, Friendly’s owner, Long John Silver’s CEO
Subway is shrinking, Friendly’s has a new owner and Long John Silver’s has named a new CEO.
January 20, 2021
Inauguration uncertainty, delivery sentiments, sales declines
D.C. restaurants deliberate on what to do about the inauguration, industry employers voice uncertainty about how to handle employee vaccinations, and new data shows just how badly 2020 ended.
January 19, 2021
McDonald’s donations, Taco Bell’s potatoes and hotel vaccines
McDonald’s is pausing its political donations, Taco Bell brings back potatoes, and hotels want to be vaccine centers.
January 15, 2021
The best restaurant to work for, BK’s chicken sandwich, cauliflower rice
In-N-Out is the best restaurant employer, Burger King has a new chicken sandwich, and our menu editor takes a look at Chipotle’s new cauliflower rice.
January 14, 2021
PPP returns, Shake Shack, takeout stickiness
The PPP has returned, Shake Shack’s urban restaurants continue to struggle, and Darden’s CEO questions the “stickiness” of takeout business.
January 13, 2021
Shake Shack chicken, McDonald’s takes a stand and Checkers
Shake Shack has a new chicken sandwich, McDonald’s CEO takes a stand, and Checkers gets some cash.
January 12, 2021
PPP II, Dec. jobs, New Orleans says no geaux 
The Paycheck Protection Program is restarting, restaurants lost 372,000 jobs as dining rooms closed in December, and a new company has been formed by industry veterans to buy potential growth vehicles.
January 11, 2021
Wendy’s deal, Burger King, In-N-Out
Wendy’s has a deal with Flynn Restaurant Group, Burger King debuted a new logo and there’s a COVID outbreak at two In-N-Out locations in Colorado.
January 8, 2021
DoorDash, Inspire Brands, D.C. vaccinations
New DoorDash fees pop up in more markets, Inspire Brands hires an international chief and D.C. lays out timeline for vaccinating restaurant workers.
January 7, 2021
Restaurant apps, deals, DoorDash
How restaurants can compete for digital business, deals we’d like to see in the new year and bullishness on Doordash.
January 6, 2021
Wing Zone, McDonald’s and restaurant stocks
Another chicken wing chain gets sold, McDonald’s is debuting a chicken sandwich, and restaurant stocks did surprisingly well.
January 5, 2021
Restaurant vaccinations, federal aid, McDonald’s technology
Foodservice workers are recommended to be next in line for the COVID vaccine, more restaurant relief is on the way and McDonald’s franchisees want some control over the chain’s technology.
December 22, 2020
Darden changes, Focus executives, Burger King-Google
Darden embraces pop music fandom, Focus names new executives, and Burger King joins forces with Google.
December 21, 2020
Snooze’s new investor, Front Burner’s new focus, and DoorDash’s new restaurant
Snooze gets a new investor, Front Burner gets a new CEO, and DoorDash has a popular new restaurant.
December 18, 2020
McDonald’s franchisees, delivery guidelines, Brinker earnings
McDonald’s franchisees push back, Chili’s slips, and restaurant and delivery companies set some boundaries.
December 17, 2020
Panera’s culture, DoorDash fees and Starbucks cards
Panera Bread is building corporate culture, DoorDash is taking on delivery fee caps and Starbucks is selling plenty of gift cards.
December 15, 2020
Dave & Buster’s, more dining shutdowns, McDonald’s food giveaway
Worse times for Dave & Buster’s, more shutdowns of restaurant dining rooms, and McDonald’s says it will start giving away food.
December 14, 2020
Starbucks pay, Wendy’s and integration
Starbucks will soon pay $15 an hour, Wendy’s is at an impasse with NPC and restaurants invest in digital integration.
December 11, 2020
Subway, DoorDash, McDonald’s
Subway faces price hikes, DoorDash hits the public market and McDonald’s feels pressure from franchisees.
December 10, 2020
New York restrictions, third-party consolidation, DoorDash IPO
Restaurants in New York are awaiting new clamp-downs, the third-party delivery market is shrinking, and there’s some skepticism around the DoorDash IPO.
December 9, 2020
Chick-fil-A lawsuit, NRA Pressure and no more Sun.
Chick-fil-A sues poultry processors, the National Restaurant Association steps up its pressure on Congress and Sun Capital exits the industry.
December 8, 2020
Joe Biden, restaurant sales and Blue Smoke
Joe Biden gets an earful, restaurant sales struggle and Blue Smoke closes.
December 4, 2020
Stimulus, delivery and Rick Bayless
A new stimulus package could help restaurants, DoorDash takes aim at self-delivery, and Rick Bayless creates a YouTube channel.
December 3, 2020
NPC, Uber-Postmates, restaurant rebels
A big industry auction is called off, a big merger is consummated, and restaurants defy new government orders to curtail their operations.
December 2, 2020
Chipotle brisket, McRib and DoorDash
Chipotle introduces a new protein, DoorDash launches its IPO and the McRib is back, with a catch.
December 1, 2020
Ruby Tuesday, restaurant limits and another chicken sandwich
Ruby Tuesday gets the OK to be sold, more communities restrict restaurants and BurgerFi comes up with a chicken sandwich.
November 24, 2020
Torchy’s, Bonchon and delivery fee caps
Torchy’s gets new investors, Bonchon gets a head headquarters and Washington state gets new delivery fee caps.
November 23, 2020
Wendy’s bids on NPC, Zaxby’s investor, contactless tech
Wendy’s wants to buy NPC, Zaxby’s just got a cash infusion and tech companies are stepping up their contactless products.
November 20, 2020
KFC, COVID and McDonald’s
More states add COVID restrictions, KFC unveils a new prototype and more franchisees join a McDonald’s discrimination lawsuit.
November 19, 2020
Re-closings, delivery caps and Potbelly
Restaurants push back on re-closings, Potbelly risks eviction from corporate headquarters and Chicago proposes a delivery fee cap.
November 18, 2020
Lettuce Entertain You layoffs, NPC bidders and more shutdowns
More states and cities shut down dining rooms, more layoffs at Lettuce Entertain You, and more bidders for NPC International.
November 17, 2020
Chipotle Digital Kitchen, McDonald’s safety, DoorDash IPO
Go inside Chipotle’s innovative new Digital Kitchen, McDonald’s is doubling down on COVID safety and DoorDash has filed for its IPO.
November 16, 2020
Ruby Tuesday, DoorDash and COVID
Ruby Tuesday wants retirement funds, states warn of new rollbacks and DoorDash wants to help restaurants.
November 13, 2020
COVID limits, Lyft, Wendy’s
More cities crack down on dining, Lyft eyes delivery and Wendy’s grows its breakfast share.
November 12, 2020
McDonald’s technology, Stanford study, Uber Eats-Postmates
McDonald’s is making over its tech offerings, a Stanford University study calls restaurants superspreader sites and Uber Eats’ acquisition of Postmates has received the green light.
November 11, 2020
NPC, McDonald’s and Steak ‘n Shake
NPC International has a big new bidder, Steak ‘n Shake has fewer locations, and McDonald’s might do plants.
November 10, 2020
Flynn, Carrols, Applebee’s
The industry’s largest franchisee is looking to add 1,300 restaurants, Burger King’s largest franchisees is giving up its first shot at units that come up for sale, and Potbelly tempers its closing projection to a quarter of the prior tally.
November 9, 2020
Snap, Chang’s and Fuku
PF Chang’s has a new takeout concept, Snap Kitchen has fewer snaps, and a look at Fuku’s new chicken sandwich.
November 6, 2020
Election results, Reef Kitchens and beer at Panera
Florida votes for a minimum wage hike, Reef Kitchens lands a major investment and a Panera franchisee tests beer and wine.
November 5, 2020
McDonald’s lawsuit, Starbucks closures, Yum Brands sells Grubhub stock
: McDonald’s faces another lawsuit, Starbucks is closing 100 U.S. stores, and Yum Brands has unloaded its Grubhub stock.
November 2, 2020
Taco Bell’s breakfast, Applebee’s chicken wings and Dunkin’s closures
Taco Bell’s breakfast is hurting, Applebee’s chicken wings are soaring, and Dunkin’ restaurants are closing.
October 30, 2020
Chili’s wings concept, Panera’s flatbread and Denny’s hours
Chili’s consider making its virtual brand physical, Panera adds a new menu item and Denny’s wants its restaurants open longer.
October 29, 2020
California operators pushback, Illinois dine-in suspension, Burger King drive-thrus
Restaurant operators in California want a refund, dine-in service is being shutdown in many parts of Illinois, and Burger King is making over its drive-thrus.
October 28, 2020
Bankruptcies, layoffs and lawsuits
Two chains go bankrupt, another chain lays off employees, and McDonald’s defends itself. 
October 27, 2020
Third-party delivery questions, Outback’s new menu, future of BJ’s Restaurants
Uncertainty remains about third-party delivery’s profitability; Outback’s new menu is boosting sales and BJ’s Restaurants is eyeing future strategic initiatives.
October 26, 2020
Chipotle delivery, Wendy’s chicken sandwich and new COVID rules
Chipotle cools on delivery, states update their COVID rules for restaurants, and Wendy’s gives its chicken sandwich a refresh.
October 23, 2020
Moody's upgrade, John Schnatter, secret menus
Moody’s upgrades the restaurant industry, John Schnatter can't get over Papa John's and secret menus are trending in the digital underground.
October 22, 2020
Applebee’s, wintertime blues, home-party hangovers
An Applebee’s franchisee has filed for bankruptcy, winter is threatening to chill consumer spending, and restaurants urge governments to think hard about new data before they roll back dining room capacities.
October 21, 2020
Dining rooms, governors and Topgolf
A new eatertainment chain, fast-food chains ditch dining rooms, and governors push back on COVID requirements.
October 20, 2020
IHOP franchisee, Famous Dave ghost kitchens, PPP loan forgiveness
A major franchisee just picked up 41 IHOP locations, Famous Dave’s is going whole-hog on ghost kitchens and confusion is muddying PPP loan forgiveness.
October 19, 2020
PPP forgiveness, price fixing and business travel
 PPP forgiveness could carry a tax hit, a chicken supplier pays up for price fixing, and business travel faces a long comeback.
October 16, 2020
Wisconsin, Dave & Buster’s and a Potato in Chief
Wisconsin rolls back its rollback, Dave & Buster’s is coming back, and we have a new “potato in chief.”
October 15, 2020
LTOs, Panera, breakfast battles
Top LTOs, Panera’s roaring success with its coffee subscription, and another round in the breakfast wars between McDonald's and Wendy's.
October 14, 2020
Lender deals, consumer trends and Cracker Barrel
Chains are handing their keys to lenders; customers are changing again, and Cracker Barrel’s investment in Punch Bowl Social gets scrutiny.
October 13, 2020
Tim Hortons, PPP funds and Famous Dave’s
Tim Hortons plays hardball, the SBA is easing PPP forgiveness, and Famous Dave’s has another partner.
October 12, 2020
Chicken prices, McDonald’s earnings, Kroger ghost kitchens
Indictments are being handed down over chicken prices, McDonald’s sales climbed last month, and grocery giant Kroger is opening ghost kitchens.
October 9, 2020
Ruby Tuesday, PPP loans, McDonald’s baked goods
Ruby Tuesday goes bankrupt, the SBA starts deciding which PPP loans will be forgiven, and McDonald’s is rolling out a new bakery lineup.
October 8, 2020
Chick-fil-A, virtual wing brands, Golden Corral bankruptcy
Chick-fil-A wins another popularity contest, enviers of wings concepts are advised to pick another specialty, and Golden Corral’s largest franchisee goes bankrupt.
October 7, 2020
New York closes, Chuck E. Cheese’s second act and McDonald’s new marketing
Some New York City restaurants could close again, Chuck E. Cheese ponders its next act, and McDonald’s has a new collaboration.
October 6, 2020
Second COVID wave, restaurants do TikTok, independents request aid
The next coronavirus wave could have devastating effects on restaurants, chains are getting the hang of TikTok, and independent restaurants are urging the Senate to help them.
October 5, 2020
Subway’s bread, Jason’s Deli closures and Disney layoffs
Subway’s bread may or may not be bread, Jason’s Deli closes units and Disney is laying off restaurant workers.
October 2, 2020
Arby’s tech, Pizza Hut’s wars, California fires
Arby’s invests in a tech company, Pizza Hut and its largest franchisees continue to squabble, and fires in California destroy one of the nation’s top-rated restaurants.
October 1, 2020
Shake Shack’s digital push, Papa John’s sales, Postmates earnings
Shake Shack is re-imaging what hospitality means, Papa John’s is seeing robust sales, and Postmates’ revenue rose more than 100% last quarter.
September 30, 2020
Restaurant bankruptcies, a new fast-casual concept and Chicago opens its restaurants
A lot of chains filed for bankruptcy, two industry vets create a new concept, and Chicago opens up its restaurants.
September 29, 2020
Florida, franchising and heaters
Another state is fully reopening its restaurants, franchise rules could get an overhaul, and some restaurants are having a tough time finding heaters.
September 28, 2020
Darden slashes support staff, Pizza Hut losing units, 7-Eleven hones in on pizza chains
Darden has slashed its support staff, Pizza Hut might lose a lot of locations, and 7-Eleven is trying to get in on the pizza delivery game.
September 25, 2020
McDonald’s breakfast, delivery scrutiny and catering relief
McDonald’s All-Day Breakfast could be done for, delivery services are under scrutiny again, and catering gets some relief in Washington.
September 24, 2020
Crack Shack investment, third-party delivery boom, Chipotle brings back carne asada
Crack Shack gets some cash, more companies get into third-party delivery, and Chipotle is bringing back its popular carne asada.
September 23, 2020
Crowdfunding, rents and bacon
Sizzler goes bankrupt. Crowdfunding gets popular, more restaurants can’t pay rent and restaurant subscription services. 
September 22, 2020
Culver’s CEO retires, San Francisco to resume indoor dining, Chick-fil-A is testing a new sandwich
Culver’s CEO retires, San Francisco is set to resume indoor dining by the end of the month and restaurant-goers are getting used to robots.
September 21, 2020
New York surcharges, Shake Shack curbside and more closure estimates.
New York independents can issue surcharges, more NLRB news, CDC report on restaurant risks and another bleak estimate of closures.
September 18, 2020
Travis Scott’s burger, Dave & Buster’s layoffs and 7 billion prize tickets
McDonald’s Travis Scott partnership is straining its supply chain, Dave & Buster’s lays off 1,300 workers and Chuck E. Cheese wants to destroy 7 billion prize tickets. In other words, just another day in the restaurant industry.
September 17, 2020
Western U.S. wildfires, Cracker Barrel rebuffs Biglari, McDonald's debuts Spicy McNuggets
Restaurants out West are now closing patios because of unsafe air from wildfires, Pennsylvania operators are getting a federal reprieve from further shutdowns, Cracker Barrel has thwarted Sardar Biglari’s board appointment and McDonald's debuts a new menu item as it ramps up its marketing efforts. 
September 16, 2020
Restaurant sales, Papa John’s and Tony Vallone dies
Restaurant sales are on track to lose $240 Billion in sales, Papa John’s is planning an aggressive expansion strategy and Tony Vallone dies.
September 15, 2020
Maison Kayser bankruptcy, Burgerim sued, CDC warns about dining
Maison Kayser has declared bankruptcy, Burgerim is the target of a lawsuit and the CDC is warning about a COVID-connection to dining out.
September 14, 2020
Restaurant bankruptcies, Commander’s Palace and the NFL.
One restaurant chain is in bankruptcy, another is out of bankruptcy, and Commander’s Palace is adjusting to the coronavirus.
September 11, 2020
NYC restaurants reopening, joint employer won’t die, and more Marriott layoffs
New York restaurants get a reopening date to resume indoor dining, joint employer rears its ugly head again, and Marriot lays off hundreds at its corporate headquarters. 
September 10, 2020
Luby liquidates, Tropical Smoothie’s sold, Popeyes gets a new leader
Luby’s liquidates, Tropical Smoothie changes hands, and Popeyes has a new chief.
September 9, 2020
More layoffs, Travis Scott and Burger King's new drive-thru
BOKA restaurant group is laying off hundreds of workers, McDonald’s inks a surprising sponsorship with Travis Scott, and Burger King unveils its new design.
September 8, 2020
Restaurants look at UV lights, Focus Brands makes leadership changes, and Shake Shack gets spicy
The coronavirus is having all kinds of impacts on the restaurant industry. Some restaurants are adding UV lights to boost safety, while others are trying new ways to improve staff retention. Meanwhile, the pandemic might be causing more people to move out of cities, which is also affecting restaurants.
September 3, 2020
McDonald’s discrimination lawsuits, another delivery survey and new menu items
McDonald’s is facing another racial discrimination lawsuit, customers have a variety of delivery problems, and chains are pushing new menu items.
September 2, 2020
Red Lobster is acquired, McDonald's ongoing lawsuit, Blue Star files for bankruptcy
Red Lobster is acquired by Asian investors, McDonald's continues it's legal battle against Steve Easterbrook and cult-favorite Blue Star Donuts files for bankruptcy. 
September 1, 2020
Booming franchises, delivery fees and ice cream sales
The franchise business is booming, delivery fee caps are staying, Chipotle's stock is headed for the moon and people are eating a lot of Bruster’s ice cream.
August 31, 2020
New COVID rules, delivery opportunities and returning workers
States are devising new COVID rules, consumers have a delivery preference, and Cheesecake Factory is bringing back workers.
August 28, 2020
More McDonald’s allegations, plant milk flows freely, and restaurants’ K-shaped recovery
More allegations against McDonald's former CEO Steve Easterbrook, plant milk is flowing into menus, and why restaurants’ recovery is shaped like a K.
August 27, 2020
Papa John’s soars, new products proliferate, tempers need calming
Papa John’s continues to soar, new products pour out of test kitchens, and a pop quiz on handling guests who refuse to wear masks.
August 26, 2020
Taco Bell’s drive-thru, new concepts and free burritos
Taco Bell has a lot more drive-thru demand, restaurant chains are developing new concepts and Chipotle is giving away burritos again.
August 25, 2020
Biglari’s Cracker Barrel push, James Beard Award reaction, Fast Acquisition Corp.
Sardar Biglari keeps trying to up his involvement with Cracker Barrel, independent restaurants support the James Beard Awards cancellation and Ruby Tuesday’s founder launches an acquisition company.
August 24, 2020
No beard, no outdoor dining and another SPAC
A James Beard award hiatus, another potential outdoor dining ban in New York, and another SPAC targets restaurants.
August 21, 2020
Wingstop is capitalizing on the pandemic, a tweet that changed the industry, NYC's dine-in reopening plan
Wingstop is capitalizing on the chicken wings boom, a Popeyes tweet that changed the industry, NYC operators demand a dine-in reopening plan and federal help in developing managers. 
August 20, 2020
Hotels & Airport restaurants are in serious trouble
HMS Host lays off thousands, Waitr is thinking consolidation, and breakfast continues to boom for First Watch.
August 19, 2020
Domino's wing makeover, a CEO dispute and an about-face
A chicken wing gets a makeover, McDonald’s continues its ongoing legal battle with its former CEO, and Potbelly does an about-face on PPP.
August 18, 2020
Ghost Kitchens, shrinking menus and shrinking restaurants
Ghost kitchens are becoming increasingly popular, Restaurant menus and the industry itself is shrinking, and virtual concepts are growing.
August 17, 2020
Fat Brands acquisition, virtual concepts are on the rise, esports become restaurant's entertainment
Another legacy chain is acquired, a  virtual concepts approach the 100,000 mark, and esports fill the void left for restaurants by limited pro-sports broadcasts.
August 14, 2020
Brinker’s virtual concepts, Red Robin, Ark Restaurants struggles
Brinker International is heavily investing in virtual restaurant concepts, Red Robin is speeding up its turnaround initiatives and Ark Restaurants is facing mounting uncertainty.
August 13, 2020
Assessing the delivery boom, new capacity caps and Steak ‘N Shake closes more restaurants
Delivery app companies settle in, restaurant capacity limits tighten, and Steak ‘N Shake cuts losses, but closes more restaurants.
August 12, 2020
McDonald's scandal, Chicago restaurants suffer more misfortune
X-rated evidence on McDonald’s prior CEO, Checkers finds a tailwind in consumers’ reluctance to dine out, and a Chicago landmark suffers more misfortune in its home city of 79 years.
August 11, 2020
Restaurants and bars are hiring again, dining out becomes political
Restaurants and bars are hiring back workers more than any other industry. Democrats and Republicans are divided on dining out and the coronavirus pushes Uber to pivot.  
August 10, 2020
More fast-food chains close, Independents struggle, Potbelly is back from the brink
Another fast-food chain is closing restaurants, independent restaurants continue to struggle and Potbelly is back from the brink. 
August 7, 2020
Wendy’s breakfast, Il Mulino bankruptcy, Starbucks strategy
Wendy’s is thankful for breakfast, Il Mulino is filing for bankruptcy protection and Starbucks is shaking up its loyalty program.
August 6, 2020
Independent restaurant closures, more chain bankruptcies, NYC rent dilemma
More independents close, another chain goes bankrupt, and New York City restaurants can’t pay their rents.
August 5, 2020
Whatburger CEO, capping delivery commissions, Starbucks commuters
Whataburger has a new CEO, more cities are capping third-party delivery commissions, and Starbucks has a commuter problem.
August 4, 2020
Shake Shack real estate, restaurant closures and executive changes
Shake Shack has a real estate problem, Jack in the Box needs a new CFO, and restaurants are closing locations.
August 3, 2020
Herman Cain, California Pizza Kitchen and Dunkin’
Herman Can dies, California Pizza Kitchen files for bankruptcy and Dunkin’ announced its closing hundreds of locations.
July 31, 2020
RB Daily: Second round of PPP, Wingstop's winning streak, Denny's hiring issues
Editor-in-Chief Jonathan Maze and Editor at Large Peter Romeo discuss PPP borrowers potentially getting a shot at a second loan, Wingstop's second quarter growth, hiring issues stymying Denny's operating hours and more. 
July 30, 2020
RB Daily: New podcast, McDonald's closures, Chipotle masks
"RB Daily" is a new daily podcast delivering the latest restaurant industry news and insights hosted by the editors of Restaurant Business Magazine.   In the inaugural episode, Editor-in-Chief Jonathan Maze and Editor at Large Peter Romeo discuss McDonald's latest store closures, Chipotle's mask mandate and more. 
July 28, 2020