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FAST Act, rent, Maple & Ash
A California bill giving fast-food workers a say in their wages crept closer to becoming law. The legal feud over Maple & Ash takes a new twist. And nearly 4 in 10 restaurants failed to pay rent last month.
July 01, 2022
McDonald’s, Dave & Buster’s, US Foods
Trouble appears to be brewing between McDonald’s and its franchisees. Dave & Buster’s now owns fellow food-and-games chain Main Event. And US Foods’ new distribution center is very environmentally friendly.
June 30, 2022
McDonald’s, Cracker Barrel, America’s favorite chain
Americans’ favorite restaurant chain is not all that surprising. Black McDonald’s franchisees approved a vote of no confidence against the chain’s CEO. And Cracker Barrel is making big changes to its menu.
June 29, 2022
McDonald’s, Mighty Quinn’s, culinary schools
McDonald’s is shaking up its C-suite. One fast casual is actually lowering prices. And culinary school is changing.
June 28, 2022
Roe v. Wade, data security and restaurant mergers
Companies are paying workers to travel for abortions, lobbyists defend loyalty programs in a data security bill, and where are all the mergers.
June 27, 2022
Burger King news, Darden’s margins, duck farmers protest
 Burger King debuted five new burgers, Darden Restaurants reports improved margins, and duck farmers in upstate New York are protesting.
June 24, 2022
Starbucks, Chick-fil-A and barbecue
Starbucks gets accused of labor violations; Chick-fil-A is opening a new type of drive-thru and there was a deal for a barbecue concept.
June 23, 2022
Inflation, supply chain, Krispy (Ice) Kreme
Inflation is hurting restaurant traffic. Krispy Kreme adds ice cream to the menu. And the USDA is investing in supply chain startups.
June 22, 2022
Restaurant stocks, Red Robin, Starbucks
Concerns about the economy have hurt restaurant stocks this year. Red Robin is courting customers who are watching their wallets. And Starbucks loses a key executive.
June 21, 2022
Business interruption insurance, tariffs, Subway
There's a rare restaurant winner in a business interruption insurance case, might tariffs be going away to ease inflation, and Subway continues to lose market share. 
June 20, 2022
McPlant’s face plant, cauliflower rice, Chuck E. Cheese
McDonald’s plant-based burger test isn’t doing so well. Chipotle is trying a new take on cauliflower rice. And Chuck E. Cheese gets a refresh in Florida.
June 17, 2022
Dining out, Chipotle Canada, heatwave
People are dining out more often, rather than ordering in. Chipotle Mexican Grill is steadily growing its Canadian business. And here’s how operators can protect restaurant workers during a heatwave.
June 16, 2022
Little Caesars, Jose Andres, pandemic recovery
Little Caesars hauls in a marketing touchdown. Big chains have recovered from the pandemic. And Jose Andres finally gets a restaurant in a former Trump hotel.
June 15, 2022
Burgerim, Del Taco, Subway
Burgerim’s founder has re-emerged after two years. Del Taco is paying $50 million to settle a wage and hour lawsuit. And your next Subway sandwich might come from a vending machine.
June 14, 2022
Starbucks bathrooms, menu prices, Panera to-go
Starbucks is rethinking its restroom policy. Menu prices continue to soar. And Panera Bread opened a to-go only restaurant.
June 13, 2022
Shake Shack, Domino’s, gas prices
Delays are slowing down Shake Shack’s new store openings. Delivery drivers continue to cause headaches for Domino’s. And what impact will average gas prices over $5 have on restaurant consumers?
June 10, 2022
Velvet Taco, Krispy Kreme, disappearing dining rooms
 Velvet Taco is getting a bigger headquarters. Fast-food dining rooms are continuing to disappear. And Krispy Kreme names a new COO.
June 09, 2022
Cracker Barrel, Tim Hortons, Dave & Buster’s
Cracker Barrel is looking to draw a younger crowd. Tim Hortons is getting rid of seats. And Dave & Buster’s is still waiting for its events business to recover.
June 08, 2022
Starbucks CEO, Sardar Biglari, drive-thrus
Starbucks is looking outside the company for its next CEO. Sardar Biglari wants Cracker Barrel to replace its chief executive. And fast-casual customers are increasingly using the drive-thru.
June 07, 2022
CEO pay, McDonald’s, jobs
CEO pay is climbing, McDonald's is accessing its civil rights record, and job growth continues. 
June 06, 2022
Strike fund, Jack Harlow, Carbone’s vs. Carbone
The Starbucks union created a fund to support worker strikes. Jack Harlow is getting his own KFC meal. And in Texas district court, its Carbone’s vs. Carbone.
June 03, 2022
Taco Bell, USHG, Panda Express
Taco Bell’s newest prototype is almost ready for prime time. Union Square Hospitality Group is calling for gun reform. And your next bowl of orange chicken from Panda Express might be prepared by a robot.
June 02, 2022
Unions, Chick-fil-A, Dunkin’
More than 100 Starbucks stores have voted to unionize. Chick-fil-A is testing delivery robots. And how avocado toast has helped Dunkin’ grow.
June 01, 2022
McDonald’s, Subway, James Beard Awards
McDonald’s won its battle with investor Carl Icahn. Subway is shaking up its franchising strategy. And the James Beard Awards will look different when they return to Chicago next month.
May 27, 2022
Show reflections, Wendy's, Starbucks
A big Wendy’s shareholder might take the company private. The first National Restaurant Association Show in three years has wrapped up. And how marketers should respond when tragedy strikes.
May 26, 2022
Starbucks, restaurant show, Elon Musk
Starbucks is getting out of Russia. The National Restaurant Association Show wrapped up Tuesday. And is Tesla founder Elon Musk getting into the restaurant business?
May 25, 2022
Arby's, Captain D's, Health Nut
Arby's gets into the burger business, Captain D's was acquired by its former owner, and a small salad chain lands a big name investor. 
May 24, 2022
RRF, Ben’s Friends, National Restaurant Association Show
Indies are frustrated by the death of the Restaurant Revitalization Fund. Ben’s Friends is offering a safe space for those in the industry addicted to alcohol and drugs. And the National Restaurant Association Show continues through Tuesday.
May 23, 2022
RRF, recession, ‘de-Arching’
A refill for the Restaurant Revitalization Fund died in the Senate. A recession is beginning to look likely. And McDonald’s found a buyer for its Russian restaurants.
May 20, 2022
Sales, stocks, RRF
Restaurant sales keep growing--and it might have groceries to thank. Yet the industry still had a bad day on Wall Street. And the Senate is expected to vote today on re-upping the RRF.
May 19, 2022
Wingstop, Grubhub, McDonald’s
Wingstop might become a chicken producer and not just a wing-seller. Grubhub’s free lunch promo went awry. And McDonald’s is facing bumpy international waters.
May 18, 2022
Starbucks, McDonald’s, Portillo’s
Starbucks will pay travel expenses for workers to have abortions. McDonald’s is getting out of Russia for good. And Portillo’s new hot dog is a first for the 60-year-old chain.
May 17, 2022
McDonald's, The Lost Cajun, burger chains
There's a mass exodus among McDonald's franchisees, The Lost Cajun has a new owner and burger chains are booming.
May 16, 2022
WOWorks, swipe fees, Dutch Bros
WOWorks is buying a pair of fast casual chains, restaurants are asking for relief on soaring swipe fees and Dutch Bros had a rough quarter.  
May 13, 2022
RRF, inflation, Chipotle Mexican Grill
The Senate is poised to vote on a bill that would re-fill the Restaurant Revitalization Fund. Consumers are expecting the worst when it comes to inflation. And Chipotle Mexican Grill is responding to charges of unfair hiring practices.
May 12, 2022
Hardee’s, Bakers Square, Wing Zone
Hardee’s and Carl’s Jr. are getting a makeover. Bakers Square is getting back to unit growth. And Wing Zone takes a step toward fully automating its restaurants.
May 11, 2022
Starbucks, stocks, Carrols Restaurant Group
Starbucks is facing a federal labor complaint, restaurant stocks are taking a beating, and a big Burger King franchise is performing especially poorly. 
May 10, 2022
Subway, Reef, delivery
Subway operators are having trouble sourcing meat for their sandwiches. Ghost kitchen operator Reef is laying off 5% of its workers. And delivery keeps on growing.
May 09, 2022
Papa John’s, Portillo’s, pickup
Papa John’s is embarking on a unit growth boom. Portillo’s is raising prices. And pickup is becoming king.
May 06, 2022
Starbucks, Denny's, Wingstop
Starbucks workers are getting a raise--unless they’re part of a union. Denny’s is shaking things up in a big way. And Wingstop has good news on chicken prices.
May 05, 2022
Hiring, Burger King, Naf Naf Grill
More hospitality workers quit in March than the month before. Burger King’s same-store sales dipped last quarter. And Naf Naf Grill is trying to get back into growth mode.
May 04, 2022
Chipotle, Popeyes, DoorDash
Two big chains are out with notable new menu items. DoorDash opened another ghost kitchen. And Shake Shack is coming to Thailand.
May 03, 2022
Rents, Outback Steakhouse, Times Square
Restaurant operators are continuing to struggle to pay the rent. Outback Steakhouse says it is done shrinking. And restaurant chains are flocking to Times Square.
May 02, 2022
Domino’s, McDonald’s, Noodles & Company
Domino’s is struggling and looking for solutions. McDonald’s is winning with digital. And Noodles & Company says it needs to charge more for its chicken.
April 29, 2022
Chipotle, gas prices, Wingstop
Chipotle has a need for speed. Gas prices are causing Americans to dine closer to home. And Wingstop wants to double its footprint in Indonesia.
April 28, 2022
Chipotle Mexican Grill, franchisors, Neal Awards
Chipotles prices increases can't keep up with inflation, why franchisors should run some restaurants, and Restaurant Business took home some journalism honors.
April 27, 2022
Taco Bell, Starbucks, and Cinco de Mayo
Taco Bell is hosting a Drag Queen Brunch Tour, Starbucks is sanctioned for firing pro-union employees and Cinco de Mayo comes to menus.
April 26, 2022
McDonald’s, Punch Bowl Social, masks
The Humane Society isn’t happy with McDonald’s. Punch Bowl Social is trying to get back in the game. And Philadelphia is ditching its short-lived mask mandate.
April 25, 2022
McDonald’s, WOWorks, tech funding
A McDonald’s investor continues to bash the chain over its animal welfare policies. A fast-casual franchisor is scooping up two more chains. And tech suppliers are now providing loans to independent operators.
April 22, 2022
Grubhub, Netflix, Chick-fil-A
Grubhub appears to be on the market again. What it and Netflix can tell us about changing consumer habits. And why Chick-fil-A and First Watch are onto something with limited hours.
April 21, 2022
Chipotle, prices, Chili’s robot
Chipotle is putting its money behind tech innovation. Is inflation impacting restaurant spending? And Chili’s is bringing its multi-functional robot to more restaurants.
April 20, 2022
Chick-fil-A, Panera, chicken sandwiches
Chick-fil-A’s average unit volumes are off the charts. And Panera Bread is making changes to its coffee subscription. 
April 19, 2022
Mexican Pizza, Pizza Ranch, IHOP
Taco Bell finally brings back its Mexican Pizza. Pizza Ranch has an on again-off again relationship with its buffet. And IHOP is getting into the virtual brands game.
April 18, 2022
RLC, fast-food prices, Shaq
Fast-food menu prices went down last month. Shaq signed on for another term as Papa John’s spokesman. And a look back at what we learned at the Restaurant Leadership Conference this week.
April 15, 2022
Inflation, casual dining, Dutch Bros
Menu prices keep on rising. 2021 was an up-and-down year for casual-dining chains. And Dutch Bros receives a top industry award. This is RB Daily, your quick look at the industry’s top stories from the editors of Restaurant Business. We’re reporting live today from the second day of the Restaurant Leadership Conference in Phoenix.
April 13, 2022
Starbucks, masks, CapitalSpring
Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz pushed back against unionization efforts at his chain on Monday. Philadelphia is bringing back its mask requirement for restaurants. And a big restaurant investment firm just raised $950 million. Coming to you this week from the Restaurant Leadership Conference in Phoenix.
April 12, 2022
Denny’s, McDonald’s & Subway, drive-thrus
Denny’s CEO becomes the latest high-profile industry departure. McDonald’s and Subway are growing – despite closing hundreds of restaurants. And drive-thrus are causing headaches for city infrastructure.
April 11, 2022
Top 500, RRF, opening day eats
The Technomic Top 500 is out, and it shows that chain restaurants have largely recovered from the pandemic. The latest effort to replenish the Restaurant Revitalization Fund made it through the House. And baseball’s opening day brought a new lineup of food and drink options to stadiums.
April 08, 2022
RRF, third-party delivery, Dave & Buster’s
Is there some hope left for the Restaurant Revitalization Fund? Restaurants are still struggling to drive delivery orders through their own channels. And Dave & Buster’s is buying a competing food-and-games chain.
April 07, 2022
Chipotle, Starbucks, Federal Donuts
Chipotle is returning to the metaverse with a new promotion. Howard Schultz went against the grain by ending share buybacks at Starbucks. And Federal Donuts got a big investment to fuel its growth.
April 06, 2022
Howard Schultz, Jean-Georges, Bill Allen
Howard Schultz is back at Starbucks and already making big decisions. One famed operator of high-end restaurants just scored a multi-million dollar investment. And industry veteran Bill Allen is the new chairman of the board of the parent company of some growth-focused fast casuals
April 05, 2022
Recession, Papa John’s, Teriyaki Madness
Despite a strong economy, recession concerns are growing. Papa John’s sold 90 locations to a large franchisee. And Teriyaki Madness is making the best of a marketing oops.
April 01, 2022
Gas prices, fine dining, interest rates
Gas prices are hurting restaurant sales and profits. Fine-dining chains had a good year. And why higher interest rates won’t stop the hot market for restaurant acquisitions.
March 31, 2022
Labor, McDonald’s CEO, spring menus
Restaurant workers keep quitting. McDonald’s CEO got a fat paycheck last year. And spring menus are rolling out in full force.
March 30, 2022
Pork, pricing power, Applebee’s
A dispute over how pigs are raised has made its way to the Supreme Court. An Applebee’s franchise exec was fired over his idea for lowering wages. And why restaurants may have more pricing power than it appears as food costs rise.
March 29, 2022
Inspire, restaurant aid, Howard Schultz
It was a banner year for Inspire Brands. There appears to be some tension between two major industry lobbying groups, and labor organizers have some advice for the new temporary leader of Starbucks.
March 28, 2022
Sweetgreen, Darden, McDonald’s
Sweetgreen is plotting a drive thru. Outgoing Darden CEO Gene Lee is pontificating on the state of full-service restaurants. And McDonald’s is making progress on its diversity efforts.
March 25, 2022
First Watch, Charley’s Philly Steaks, The Melting Pot
First Watch is finally raising prices. Charley’s Philly Steaks is busting out of the mall. And a fondue chain is seeing a post-pandemic boom.
March 24, 2022
Travel rebound, Andy Wiederhorn, bankruptcy
Business and leisure travel could be making a comeback, which is good news for restaurants. A steakhouse chain filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. And why Fat Brands CEO Andy Wiederhorn said he’s not surprised that he’s being investigated by the feds.
March 23, 2022
Szechuan Sauce, Panera, indie grants
McDonald’s and Panera Bread are adding some hot new items to their menus. Historic restaurants could be eligible for $40,000 grants. And the District of Columbia is suing Grubhub over alleged deceptive practices.
March 22, 2022
Fazoli’s, Burger King, franchising
Another chain restaurant CEO is retiring. Burger King wants out of Russia. And senators are moving forward with efforts to regulate franchising.
March 18, 2022
Howard Schultz, Chippy, Applebee’s
Howard Schultz is back at Starbucks. So how might that affect unionization efforts at the chain, which, by the way, thinks it can double its unit count by 2030.
March 17, 2022
Starbucks, Wingstop, gas prices
Starbucks shareholders are weighing in on unionization. Charlie Morrison’s resignation as Wingstop CEO raises more questions than it answers. And high gas prices are forcing third-party delivery providers to pay more.
March 16, 2022
Russia, Famous Dave’s, quitters’ regrets
Russia is threatening restaurant companies that closed locations in the country. The owner of Famous Dave’s is making another acquisition or two. And why some people who quit their restaurant jobs wish they hadn’t.
March 15, 2022
Red Robin, Starbird, gestation crates
Red Robin is finally seeing some green shoots. Starbird is getting ready to franchise. And slow progress is being made on a hot-button animal welfare issue.
March 14, 2022
Inflation, gas prices, inflation
Restaurant menu prices hit another record high in February, and many consumers say they could start cutting back on dining out. Meanwhile, skyrocketing gas prices could put a pinch on food delivery.
March 11, 2022
Ukraine, Bd’s Mongolian Grill, tip cred
The dire situation in Ukraine continues to have ripple effects on US-based restaurant chains. Bd’s Mongolian Grill is shaking up its menu. And a union-backed group has created a legal advice hotline for servers.
March 10, 2022
Russia, Google, Rasa
McDonald’s and Yum Brands take action on their restaurants in Russia. A restaurant company is suing Google. And a small Indian fast casual concept lands some funding.
March 09, 2022
Prices, Burger King, Famous Dave’s
Third-party delivery prices are soaring. And, perhaps unsurprisingly, so are gas prices. Burger King is riffing on its Whopper. And Famous Dave’s is entering the drive-thru arena.
March 08, 2022
COVID, jobs, Sweetgreen
Some restaurants aren’t ready to lift their COVID safety requirements. The industry added more jobs last month. And for Sweetgreen, workers’ return to offices can’t come soon enough.
March 07, 2022
McDonald’s, Domino’s, Applebee’s
McDonald’s ice cream machines are giving the chain a headache. Domino’s has hit a rough patch. And Applebee’s is taking a different approach to growth.
March 04, 2022
SOTU, Wendy’s, Applebee’s
President Biden’s State of the Union address included details that should interest restaurants. Wendy’s is targeting markets both big and small as it grows. And Applebee’s and IHOP are undergoing a techy transformation.
March 03, 2022
Domino’s, Wendy’s, technology
Domino’s CEO is retiring as the chain faces multiple challenges. Wendy’s bought nearly 100 restaurants from franchisees. And technology isn’t just for limited-service brands.
March 02, 2022
Steak n Shake, Chipotle, DoorDash
Steak n Shake was profitable last year for the first time since 2017. Chipotle is opening a new office in the Buckeye State. And DoorDash is acquiring an ordering startup.
March 01, 2022
Starbucks, delivery, Carrols Restaurant Group
A pro-labor survey says Starbucks customers support unionization. How long will the omicron-fueled delivery boom last? And labor and commodity costs hit a big Burger King franchisee’s earnings.
February 28, 2022
Invasion and inflation, vax mandates, Noodles
Russia’s invasion of Ukraine could mean even more inflation for restaurants. Cities are starting to end their vaccine mandates for dining in. And Noodles took a major hit from omicron.
February 25, 2022
Restaurant taxes, Firehouse Subs, Jack in the Box
 Restaurants are asking the IRS for help. Firehouse Subs is doing something it hasn’t done in more than a decade. And Jack in the Box is still looking toward unit growth.
February 24, 2022
Wiederhorn, SEIU, Icahn
The CEO of Fat Brands is being investigated by the feds. The union behind organizing efforts at Starbucks steps into the spotlight. And McDonald’s fires back at activist investor Carl Icahn.
February 23, 2022
Shake Shack, Carrabba’s, Mountain Mike’s
Shake Shack remains in rebuilding mode. Business at Carrabba’s Italian Grill is suddenly booming. And the Mountain Mike’s pizza chain is ready to grow.
February 22, 2022
Restaurant sales, avocados, Carl Icahn
Restaurants’ recovery appears to be flagging. And now they might run out of avocados. Also, Carl Icahn is threatening to start a pork-related proxy fight with McDonald’s.
February 18, 2022
Wingstop, Denny’s, Tim Horton’s
Wing prices are finally headed down, Wingstop says. Denny’s needs to get back to 24-7 operations. And Tim Horton’s is on a roll.
February 17, 2022
3,000 Chipotles, chicken sandwich wars, Flippy
The National Restaurant Association named its next CEO. Chipotle marked a big milestone. And the chicken sandwich wars have wounded Popeyes.
February 16, 2022
McDonald’s, tip credit, DoorDash
McDonald’s franchisees have extra reason to be speedy. An activist group is plotting to kill the tip credit. And DoorDash appears to be taking a close look at robots.
February 15, 2022
Burgerim, avocado-slicing robots, digital sales
Burgerim’s fast but flawed growth was aided by the SBA. Chipotle is testing some cutting-edge new technology. And fast-food chains are getting more digital orders.
February 14, 2022
Inflation, Chipotle Mexican Grill, 7Shifts
Prices continue to soar. Chipotle keeps looking for more workers. And this labor software company has closed another massive funding round
February 11, 2022
Chipotle, Yum, price sensitivity
Chipotle could be coming to a mid-size city near you. Yum Brands opened more restaurants last year than it ever has. And customers seem to be OK with higher menu prices.
February 10, 2022
Packaging, Wingstop, pricing
The cost of packaging is about to go up for some restaurants. Wingstop just took another step toward becoming 100% digital. And two big restaurant chains have not been shy about raising prices recently.
February 08, 2022
Jobs, delivery, Papa Johns
There’s surprisingly good news on the jobs front. But some potential bad news for delivery. And Papa Johns is reporting some operational difficulties.
February 07, 2022
Wingstop, Jimmy John’s, wing prices
Wingstop and Jimmy John’s unveiled futuristic new prototypes. And there should be plenty of chicken wings to go around for the Super Bowl -- but they’ll cost you.
February 04, 2022
Chili’s, Starbucks, Domino’s
Omicron posed some obstacles for the parent of Chili’s and Maggiano’s. Same goes for Starbucks. And Domino’s is trying to get you to pick up your own pizzas.
February 03, 2022
Starbucks, delivery, shift drinks
Another day, another handful of Starbucks stores pushing to unionize. Why restaurants should continue to be wary of third-party delivery. And some restaurants are shifting their stance on shift drinks.
February 02, 2022
McDonald’s Starbucks, Panera Bread
McDonald’s loyalty program is booming. Starbucks CEO got a major raise. And you can now order at your table at Panera Bread.
February 01, 2022
McDonald’s, unions, bread
McDonald’s plans to start opening new restaurants again. The number of Starbucks stores facing unionization keeps growing. And bread is making a comeback at restaurants.
January 31, 2022
McDonald’s, consumer trends, California
McDonald’s is riding high, with record sales and profits. Consumers are still all-in on delivery. And California has a new paid leave requirement.
January 28, 2022
Jersey Mike’s, Reef, FSRs
Jersey Mike’s is in the market for a small chain. Reef was accused of stealing employees to help launch airport operations. And full-service restaurants have lost market share.
January 27, 2022
Omicron, vaccine mandate, Fuzzy’s Taco Shop
How big of an impact has omicron had on restaurants? The federal vaccine mandate is officially dead … or is it? And Fuzzy’s Taco Shop is the latest fast casual to get into the drive-thru game.
January 26, 2022
RRF, McDonald’s, Tony Roma’s
Half of restaurants say they won’t survive without more federal aid. A dismissed McDonald’s lawsuit is back. And Tony Roma’s is developing a fast-casual spinoff.
January 25, 2022
Burger King pizza, Krispy Kreme, Back Yard Burgers
What surprising menu item did Burger King once add to its lineup? Krispy Kreme is thinking beyond doughnuts. And Back Yard Burgers is ready for its comeback.
January 24, 2022
McPlant, Friendly’s, Dutch Bros
McDonald’s plant-based burger is popping up in more locations. One family dining chain is getting into the fast-casual business. And Dutch Bros has a focus that’s wider than coffee.
January 21, 2022
Pricing pushback, Starbucks, Taco Bell Business School
Starbucks canceled its plans to require vaccinations. Taco Bell is starting a business school. And customers are beginning to push back against higher menu prices.
January 20, 2022
Starbucks, restaurant closures, Pendulum
More Starbucks unionization is afoot. Temporary closures are hurting restaurants’ bottom lines. And the Pendulum investment group is looking to widen who has access to restaurant capital.
January 19, 2022
Vax mandate, bankruptcies, China
With Biden’s vaccine mandate blocked, the administration is shifting gears. Many independents are facing bankruptcy. And China has become a chain restaurant hot spot.
January 18, 2022
Vaccine mandate, Hopdoddy, Potbelly
The federal vaccine mandate is likely no longer in play. Hopdoddy has acquired a similar better burger chain. And Potbelly is celebrating its 45th birthday by making some changes.
January 14, 2022
Menu prices, Reef, and Wingstop for breakfast
Restaurant menu prices keep on rising. Reef is making some changes after a rash of health violations. And Wingstop is bringing breakfast to soccer fans.
January 13, 2022
Domino’s, Starbucks, Shake Shack
Domino’s is re-thinking value. Starbucks unionization continues. And will omicron undo Shake Shack’s comeback?
January 12, 2022
Omicron, AI, and the spiciest QSR sandwich
Restaurant chains are feeling the pressure of omicron. Checkers is adding automation to its drive-thrus. And Arby’s unveils a spicy superlative.
January 11, 2022
Papa Johns, jobs, Lost Cajun
Papa Johns is embarking on a major international expansion. Restaurants are closing the pre-pandemic workforce gap. And The Lost Cajun is once again looking to grow. 
January 10, 2022
RRF hope, taco subscriptions, vaccine mandate
There’s renewed hope for more federal restaurant aid. Taco Bell is offering subscriptions. And the Supreme Court will take a look at Joe Biden’s federal vaccine mandate.
January 07, 2022
Subway, Beyond Chicken, Del Taco
Subway has a craving for larger franchisees. KFC is getting into the plant-based chicken business. And Del Taco is re-thinking value.
January 06, 2022
Omicron, quitting, LEANguini
The latest COVID surge made it an unhappy holidays for many restaurants. Nearly 7% of hospitality workers quit in November. And Noodles and Company has a new healthy pasta option.
January 05, 2022
A look at the industry’s biggest stories of the year
2021. It was a year that should have brought pandemic recovery to the restaurant industry. Instead, it brought still more challenges and tough questions for operators already struggling to recover from the brutal year before. Labor shortages. Supply chain headaches. Inflationary pressures. Those were just some of the big industry issues covered by Restaurant Business in 2021
December 24, 2021
COVID boosters, McDonald’s franchisees
COVID booster mandates are gaining some traction (and controversy) in the restaurant industry. And the number of McDonald’s franchisees is shrinking.
December 23, 2021
Omicron hits the restaurant industry
Independents across the country are closing temporarily as the omicron variant surges. At the same time, more cities are imposing vaccine mandates for diners.
December 22, 2021
Vaccine mandate, TikTok, Krispy Kreme
The federal vaccine mandate is getting pushed back. One social media platform is launching a virtual restaurant brand. And investors aren’t so sweet on Krispy Kreme. 
December 21, 2021
Gene Lee, never-ending pasta, golf concepts
Darden CEO Gene Lee is retiring. Olive Garden hints at an end to its Never-Ending Pasta Bowl. And another food-and-golf concept is teeing off.
December 20, 2021
McDonald’s settlements, Chipotle, Subway
McDonald’s is settling lawsuits with a former leader and a franchisee. Chipotle is rolling out a new prototype without a dining room. And Subway’s remodeling plans keep getting way-layed.
December 17, 2021
Delivery, sales, ezCater
The most popular Grubhub order of 2021 is almost impossible to believe. Restaurant sales continued to rise in November. And ezCater is eyeing an IPO.
December 16, 2021
Starbucks, Lyft, McPlant
The push by Starbucks workers to unionize is spreading to a new city. There’s a new (and very big) player in restaurant delivery. And is the McPlant ready for prime time?
December 15, 2021
Impossible Foods, Old Country Buffet, McDonald’s
Impossible Foods is starting a restaurant. The former owner of Old Country Buffet is in trouble with creditors. And McDonald’s settles a discrimination lawsuit.
December 14, 2021
Fertitta, menu prices, CPK
Tilman Fertitta is backing out of his go-public deal. Menu prices haven’t been this high since Reagan was president. And one casual dining chain is selling franchises for the first time in its history.
December 13, 2021
McDonald’s, Freddy’s, pandemic recovery
McDonalds is investing millions to make it's franchises more diverse, restaurants recovery from COVID will be uneven, and Freddy's Frozen Custard is recognized for its fast growth. 
December 09, 2021
Del Taco, vaccine, food trends
Jack in the Box is buying up a taco chain. New York City is expanding its vaccine mandate. And Technomic is out with its 2022 food trends.
December 07, 2021
Raising Cane’s, jobs, omicron
Raising Cane’s says it will never go public. Restaurant hiring slowed in November. And the parent of Applebee’s doesn’t seem too concerned about the latest COVID variant.
December 06, 2021
Fertitta, vaccines, tipping
A big restaurateur is trying to back out of a merger. The president wants you to get your employees vaccinated. And diners just might be becoming better tippers. 
December 03, 2021
Burger King wants its drive-thrus to be faster. The NLRB takes a rare step to help unionized restaurant workers. And KFC is poised for growth behind its chicken sandwich.
December 02, 2021
Velvet Taco, restaurant recovery, gift cards
A quirky taco chain has a new owner. Publicly traded restaurant chains are bouncing back from their 2020 lows. And so is the popularity of restaurant gift cards.
December 01, 2021
Unionization, casual dining, Subway
Yet another chain is plotting unionization. Is the new COVID variant scaring off casual dining investors? And, no, Subway isn’t getting sold.
November 30, 2021
MOD Pizza, meat, Jack in the Box
Add yet one more restaurant chain to the long list of IPOs this year. Operators are finding a local answer to meat supply challenges. And which burger chain is eyeing aggressive price hikes?
November 24, 2021
Starbucks, Amazon and disappearing cashiers
Customers can order coffee without even taking out their wallet at the latest Starbucks location. But what does that say about the future of the cashier position?
November 23, 2021
Starbucks, Subway, re-franchising
Your quick morning dose of the restaurant news you need, every weekday, from the editors of Restaurant Business.
November 22, 2021
French fry vodka, mocktails, Portillo's
Your quick morning dose of the restaurant news you need, every weekday, from the editors of Restaurant Business.
November 19, 2021
Vaccine mandate, Fogo de Chao, used equipment
Your quick morning dose of the restaurant news you need, every weekday, from the editors of Restaurant Business.
November 18, 2021
Papa Johns, Domino's, hot menu trends
Your quick morning dose of the restaurant news you need, every weekday, from the editors of Restaurant Business.
November 17, 2021
Firehouse Subs, McDonald’s, vaccine mandate
Your quick morning dose of the restaurant news you need, every weekday, from the editors of Restaurant Business.
November 16, 2021
Unions, quitting, Kura Sushi
A Starbucks unionization vote in Buffalo could have wide-reaching implications for restaurant chains. A lot more restaurant workers quit their jobs in September. And Kura Sushi’s sales are taking off.
November 15, 2021
In-N-Out, Taco Bell, Carrols
In-N-Out is not moving to Florida. A big Taco Bell franchisee is sold. And Carrols Restaurant Group battles skyrocketing costs
November 12, 2021
Inflation, inflation, inflation
Restaurant menu prices are higher than ever because of higher food and labor costs, which have not surprisingly become restaurants’ No. 1 concern
November 11, 2021
Panera IPO, Sweetgreen, Sysco
Yet another group of fast casuals is going public. Sweetgreen has set the terms for its IPO. And Sysco is seeing major cost inflation.
November 10, 2021
US Foods, McDonald’s CEO, Starbird
Food inflation continues. McDonald’s CEO is apologizing. And growth brand Starbird Chicken just nabbed a big investment.
November 09, 2021
GJ Hart, jobs, Papa John’s
The CEO of Torchy's is retiring, restaurant hiring improved in October, and more people are eating Papa John's but not necessarily more often.  
November 08, 2021
Vaccine mandate, earnings news, BurgerFi
Vaccine mandate, earnings news, BurgerFi
November 05, 2021
Chicken, pork, elections
Protein prices are causing all sorts of problems for restaurants. But Tuesday’s elections might provide better news.
November 04, 2021
Fazoli’s, Bloomin’ Brands, Chipotle
Fat Brands is buying yet another restaurant chain. Bloomin’ Brands is battling high commodity prices. And Chipotle is testing a new chicken recipe.
November 03, 2021
Supply chain, Burger King crypto, Sonic
Restaurants want Joe Biden to punch up his supply chain plan. Burger King is rewarding loyalty members with cryptocurrency. And Sonic Drive-In adds tipping to its app.
November 02, 2021
Starbucks, Raising Cane’s, robots
Starbucks is investing in its pandemic recovery. Raising Cane’s is raising wages. And robots are getting a higher profile in restaurants.
November 01, 2021
Vaccine mandates, Starbucks, tip credit
New York’s vaccine mandate has hurt restaurants. Starbucks is giving workers a raise. And the Department of Labor put new limits on the tip credit.
October 29, 2021
McDonald’s tech, Dig, Sweetgreen
McDonald’s is selling off its voice-ordering division. A plant-focused fast casual nabbed a major investment. And COVID vaccine requirements could hamper Sweetgreen’s growth plans.
October 28, 2021
Sweetgreen, Grubhub, Tim Hortons
Sweetgreen is big on digital. Grubhub explains why it fell behind. And Tim Hortons is having issues at dinner.
October 27, 2021
Burger King, Grubhub, EEOC
Burger King doesn’t want diners clipping coupons. An activist investor has major qualms about the Just Eat-Grubhub deal. And the EEOC made a surprise vaccine announcement. 
October 26, 2021
Rapid Fired, Papa John’s, Reef
Rapid-Fired Pizza was acquired by a franchisee. Papa John’s COO is leaving. And Reef hits a snag in New York City. 
October 25, 2021
Portillo’s, Culver’s, salmonella
Portillo’s is now a publicly traded company. Will Culver’s Curderburger make a comeback? And the source of a widespread salmonella outbreak has been found.
October 22, 2021
Brinker, In-N-Out, drive-thrus
Expect Brinker’s menu prices to rise. In-N-Out is rejecting one city’s vaccine mandate. And communities are warming up to drive-thrus.
October 21, 2021
Buffets, Caribou, Toppers
A group of buffet concepts is accused of misusing PPP funds. Caribou Coffee wants to go national. And Toppers Pizza sets its sights on growth.
October 20, 2021
Krystal, Hooters, Daniel Boulud
Krystal is getting into artificial intelligence. Hooters is defending its new uniforms. And restaurateur Daniel Boulud remains all-in on fine dining. 
October 19, 2021
Workers, sales, Wings & Rings
Restaurants are adapting to fewer workers. Meanwhile, sales keep surging. And The chain formerly known as Buffalo Wings & Rings is making some changes.
October 18, 2021
McPlant, Domino’s, Freddy’s
McDonald’s plant-based burger is coming to the U.S. Domino’s sales fell for the first time in a decade. And Freddy’s is shaking things up in the drive-thru.
October 15, 2021
Menu prices, immigration rules, Iron Hill Brewery
Food prices continue to soar. Workplace immigration oversight is changing. And Iron Hill Brewery has a new CEO.
October 14, 2021
Portillo’s, jobs, BurgerFi
Portillo’s has set terms for its IPO. A lot of restaurant workers quit their jobs in August. And BurgerFi explains why it bought a pizza chain.
October 13, 2021
Jobs, Subway, Grubhub
Restaurant hiring is slowing down. A judge sides with Subway in a fishy tuna lawsuit. And Grubhub’s founder is parting ways with the company.
October 11, 2021
Employee exodus, McDonald’s, urban markets
More than half of hospitality employees plan to quit their jobs. McDonald’s is thanking teachers with free meals. And downtown business districts remain slow coming back.
October 08, 2021
Los Angeles, Old Country Buffet, Raising Cane’s
You’ll likely need to be fully vaccinated to dine at a restaurant in Los Angeles. An acquisition likely means the end of Old Country Buffet and its sister concepts. And Raising Cane’s is going to the extreme to hiring 10,000 workers in the next 50 days
October 07, 2021
Commodity costs, Chick-fil-A, Chipotle
There’s good and bad news on commodity costs. Teenagers still love Chick-fil-A. And Chipotle could settle a lawsuit over overtime pay.
October 06, 2021
Salmonella, social media, Kitchen United
A restaurant-related salmonella outbreak is continuing to spread. Restaurant marketers had to think fast during a social media outage. And Kitchen United acquired a fellow ghost kitchen company.
October 05, 2021
Lou Malnati’s, First Watch, All Day Kitchens
Lou Malnati’s pizza chain has a new owner. First Watch raised $170 million in its IPO. And ghost kitchen operator All Day Kitchens napped $65 million in its latest funding round.
October 04, 2021
Savory Fund, rent, McRib
Independent restaurants could score $1 million for their businesses. Operators are struggling to pay rent. The returning McRib might face some competition.
October 01, 2021
Sales slowdown, Casa Bonita, Papa John’s
Restaurants’ labor challenges are hurting sales. The creators of “South Park” saved a beloved Denver restaurant. And Papa John’s is hoping for more big franchise deals.
September 30, 2021
Franchising, Portillo’s, Papa John’s
A franchising investigation is being mounted. Portillo’s has ambitious growth plans. And Papa John’s unveiled a major development deal.
September 29, 2021
Tech and taxes, McDonalds, Subway
Restaurants are using technology to fudge their taxes. McDonald’s is grappling with how to boost staff vaccinations. And Subway still has too many restaurants.
September 28, 2021
Reef Kitchens, hot chicken, supply chain
Reef Kitchens is growing very quickly. Hot chicken chains are super hot right now. And prepare for continued supply chain disruptions.
September 27, 2021
Alcohol shortage, Darden Restaurants, vaccine mandate
A major alcohol shortage is causing problems for restaurants and bars. Darden Restaurants is seeing success with efficiencies.
September 24, 2021
Toast, First Watch, Starbucks
Toast makes a soaring debut on the public markets, First Watch sets terms for its own IPO, and Starbucks plans to build greener stores.
September 23, 2021
Subway, OSHA, RBI
Subway’s brand refresh appears to be working. OSHA is drafting new restaurant safety rules. And Burger King’s owner vowed to cut its emissions in half.
September 22, 2021
Labor, Dave’s Hot Chicken, Texas Roadhouse
The labor shortage at restaurants persists. Dave’s Hot Chicken just nabbed a big-name investor and Texas Roadhouse is getting serious about growing its fast-casual spinoff.
September 21, 2021
Chick-fil-A, robot delivery, proof of vaccination
Chick-fil-A’s CEO is stepping down. Robot delivery could be here sooner than you think. And Seattle will require proof of vaccination from diners.
September 20, 2021
Unions, restaurant sales, Del Taco
Unionization is a hot topic right now. Restaurant sales are flat. And Del Taco faced some surprising difficulties creating its quesadilla-taco mashup.
September 17, 2021
Chick-fil-A, Dutch Bros, DoorDash
Chick-fil-A unveiled plans for its new virtual brands, Dutch Bros made a splash with its IPO, and DoorDash is suing New York City again. 
September 16, 2021
Yum Brands, food prices, Toast
Yum has no plans to mix its restaurant brands. Food prices continue to skyrocket. And tech giant Toast is significantly boosting its IPO goals.
September 15, 2021
Taco Bell, Uber Eats, FSTEC
Taco Bell is testing a taco subscription. Uber Eats is offering tiered pricing. And the FSTEC conference is full of surprises.
September 14, 2021
Vaccines, Burger King, delivery suit
How will restaurants navigate the new vaccine mandate? Burger King is turning its attention to operations. And the three big delivery companies are suing New York City.
September 13, 2021
Supply chain, delta, Chipotle
Supply chain challenges continue to disrupt major chains. The delta variant appears to be slowing restaurant sales. And Chipotle is again leveraging TikTok as part of its innovative digital strategy.
September 10, 2021
IPOs, Sweetgreen, Mongolian Concepts
Wall Street is getting an innovation infusion. Sweetgreen’s co-founder and CEO is issuing an apology. And the parent company of FlatTop Grill has a new CEO.
September 09, 2021
First Watch, Dutch Bros, Big Chicken
First Watch is joining the IPO crowd. Dutch Bros has revealed its IPO terms. And Shaquille O’Neal-backed Big Chicken has big plans.
September 08, 2021
McDonald’s, Fat Brands, PizzaRev
McDonald’s ice cream machines are causing some headaches. A look inside the Fat Brands-Twin Peaks deal. And struggling fast casual PizzaRev has been acquired.
September 03, 2021
Fat Brands, Chipotle, vaccine tech
Acquisitive operator Fat Brands bought another restaurant chain. Chipotle is shaking up its rewards program again. And restaurants are using technology to help enforce vaccine mandates.
September 02, 2021
Tom Bene, Potbelly, Chipotle
The National Restaurant Association is looking for a new leader. Potbelly is going back to the drawing board. And Chipotle is focusing on farm-fresh peas for its newest menu item.
September 01, 2021
McDonald’s, Wingstop, Bojangles
The delta variant is complicating McDonald’s plans to reopen dining rooms. Wingstop has a new COO. And Bojangles is closing restaurants to give employees a break.
August 31, 2021
Delivery lawsuit, Burgerim, rent
Chicago is suing some major third-party delivery providers. Franchisees burned by Burgerim are finding new opportunities. And a shocking number of restaurant operators couldn’t pay their August rent.
August 30, 2021
Wendy’s fries, fee caps, indies’ advantages
Wendy’s is changing its french fry recipe. New York City makes its delivery fee cap permanent. And independent restaurants have at least a few things going for them.
August 27, 2021
Jack in the Box, Colectivo Coffee, hiring
Jack in the Box is handing out lots of free food. Employees of a 20-unit coffee concept have voted to unionize. And restaurants around the country are getting extra-creative with recruitment and retention initiatives. 
August 26, 2021
Delta damage, RRF, Sweetgreen
Restaurant sales are starting to feel the impact of the delta variant. The industry is again pushing for a new round of Restaurant Revitalization Funding. And Sweetgreen buys a robotic restaurant.
August 25, 2021
Subway, Taco Bell, Wing Zone
Subway has high hopes for international growth. Taco Bell has a new, high-profile spokesperson. And Wing Zone is investing in its tech and operations to speed up its growth.
August 24, 2021
Q2 winners, C3, tip credit
Steak, chicken and pizza were winners in Q2. The parent of TGI Fridays is investing in a virtual brand company. And opponents of the tip credit are mounting a new offensive in New York.
August 23, 2021
Vax mandates, delta wariness, plant-based chorizo
A group of New York restaurants are asking the state to overturn the city’s vaccine mandate. Restaurant leaders are wary of the delta variant. And Chipotle is testing plant-based chorizo.
August 20, 2021
COVID uncertainty, Brinker, July sales
Restaurants are wondering how long the summer sales boom will last as COVID cases rise. Chili’s parent company is launching another virtual brand. And restaurants had another good month in July.
August 19, 2021
Vaccine guidelines, McDonald’s donuts, Pokemoto
New York unveiled the guidelines for its vaccine mandate. McDonald’s wants to join a class-action lawsuit against chicken suppliers. It’s also serving donuts for a limited time.
August 18, 2021
Domino’s, OSHA and Famous Dave’s
Domino’s overtakes Pizza Hut, OSHA says get masked and Famous Dave’s is looking for deals.
August 17, 2021
Vaccine cards, liquor authority, online ordering
Restaurants will need to be checking vaccine cards in New Orleans, in Texas the liquor authority might punish you for checking vaccination status, and online ordering isn't seeing a tip from dine in's return. 
August 16, 2021
Employee retention credit, Flynn hotels, Burger King
The federal infrastructure bill could limit a key restaurant relief program. Greg Flynn adds to his hotel portfolio. And Burger King’s parent invests in a home cooking platform.
August 11, 2021
Earnings season, delta, Domino’s
Restaurant earnings are rebounding from a year ago. But the delta variant of the coronavirus is looming in the background of that recovery. And Domino’s is making plans to surprise and delight its customers.
August 10, 2021
COVID rules, seafood prices, KFC
Restaurant workers are bearing the brunt of enforcing new COVID restrictions. Seafood prices have more than doubled this summer. And KFC is expanding in big cities. Welcome to RB Daily, a quick look at the top industry news of the day from the editors of Restaurant Business. I’m Joe Guszkowski, senior editor at RB.
August 09, 2021
Denny’s, Noodles, pumpkin spice
Denny’s bounces back. Noodles is raising its prices. And a new shortage is frustrating the industry: Equipment.
August 05, 2021
New York City, McDonald’s, casual dining
New York City diners are going to need their COVID shots. McDonald’s is seeing an uptick in interested workers. And casual dining is in the midst of a rebirth.
August 04, 2021
Restaurants feel effects of delta surge
New York calls for stricter vaccine requirements in restaurants. McDonald’s is mandating mask-wearing in some locations. And the delta variant could stunt the return of urban concepts. 
August 03, 2021
Popeyes, Burger King, BJ’s
Popeyes is feeling the chicken sandwich heat. Burger King continues to slump. And BJ’s got dinged for having a surplus of beer.
August 02, 2021
Danny Meyer, delivery data, joint employer
Danny Meyer’s restaurant group will require vaccinations. Delivery providers are dealt a blow in New York. And the joint employer rule is tightening up again.
July 30, 2021
Mask guidance, McDonald’s, Subway tuna
The CDC updated its face-mask guidance for restaurants. McDonald’s says staffing problems are improving. And Subway fights back against a lawsuit about tuna.
July 29, 2021
Chick-fil-A, New York City, San Francisco
: Chick-Fil-A’s unit volumes are eye-popping. New York City’s mayor said restaurant customers there may need to show proof of vaccination. And hundreds of bars in San Francisco will require proof of COVID vaccination to enter.
July 28, 2021
Popeyes nuggets, McDonald’s, By Chloe
Chicken nuggets make their debut at Popeyes. Two Black McDonald’s franchisees allege more discrimination. And By Chloe is changing its name.
July 27, 2021
Domino’s, IPOs, franchising
Domino’s is getting slammed by the labor shortage. Even more restaurants are making plans to go public. And franchising is red hot right now.
July 26, 2021
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 09, 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 08, 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 07, 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 06, 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 01, 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 09, 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 08, 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 07, 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 04, 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 03, 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 02, 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