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6 tips to reduce cost and build a healthy savings for your restaurant

Making six easy changes to existing restaurant business practices could save thousands of dollars per year.

The 'Fight for 15': Workers and restaurants battle for minimum wage

An already contentious issue, organizations including the International Franchise Association, the Service Employees International Union and others drafted statements explaining how they think the wage campaign will impact the industry.

Squadle and Triton Partnership Provides Easy Access to Essential Data for Restaurants

Retail and restaurant managers will see clear benefits to the simplification of data access.

Sponsored by: Triton

Leading from the front lines: If you show the path to success, others will follow

At the end of the day, true leaders know how to inspire their teams to reach for something bigger.

BJ's Restaurants exec discusses benefits of chain's mobile app

Tim Hackbardt, VP of Marketing for BJ's Restaurants, talks about the many ways the chain's mobile app improves the customer experience.

In-store Marketing Creates Loyal Restaurant Customers

The task of marketing your restaurant doesn't stop when you get customers in the door. The next step is to keep them coming back.

Sponsored by: High Wide & Handsome

Back to the future: 6 innovative technologies saving restaurants money and changing the industry

The restaurant of the future is here, with technological innovations that enable faster, more efficient and more profitable operations than ever.

Social media is a must, but not enough: tips for getting creative

Owners need to look outside the box and develop strategies that seamlessly integrate with customers’ always-on and always-connected world.

Why digital ordering is a 'must have' for your restaurant

It's a race to the top for both fast casuals and QSRs latching on to the potential digital ordering can offer.

This gay-marriage thing isn't going away: what your restaurant needs to consider when taking a stance

With increasing support for and legalization of gay marriage among the majority of Americans, particularly millennials, it's worth considering how engaging in controversial issues like this one will impact your restaurant.

Pizza Hut executive discusses importance of mobile customer engagement

Baron Concors, Chief Digital Officer at Pizza Hut, discusses why it's important to think mobile first.

Where’s the beef: Restaurants experimenting with lean proteins

The trend of consumers embracing lean proteins is one that many restaurants are embracing in an effort to help offset the cost of beef, which increased 25 percent last year.

Guide to running a successful mobile RFP process

This comprehensive guide will help you make an educated decision about which vendors to choose for your business.

Building loyalty with mobile: Where to start?

Eric Buckner, Senior Product Manager - Mobile for Sears Holdings, discusses where to start when considering a mobile loyalty program.

8 things restaurants should do before building a website

Not sure where to begin? Here are eight things eateries should consider before starting the website building process.

San Francisco Soup Company executive discusses the restaurant's use of BLE beacons

Clayton Chan, COO for San Francisco Soup Company, discusses the restaurant chain's use of BLE beacons.

Persona slated to open 3 locations in southeast

Persona Wood Fired Pizzeria has inked a development agreement for three restaurants in the Southeastern United States, including South Carolina, North Carolina and Georgia.

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Encourage Millennial spending with healthy fare, good deals, study says

Their biggest complaints, according to the research, are that restaurants are too expensive, that it's cheaper to eat at home and that they feel better about cooking at home because it's healthier and tastes better.

Customers spend more across restaurant categories with mobile apps

Fast casual, according to the research, is the most likely restaurant category to report mobile ordering, at 1 percent of the segment's total traffic.

Burrito chain brings loyalty program to Google Wallet

Currito's presence in Google Wallet comes just one month after Google announced plans to pre-install Google Wallet on all Android phones.

Korean-inspired fare, Chipotle-style leads to doubled-digit sales growth

The company's same-store sales growth reached double-digits, leading to plans for nearly 20 stores slated to open in the next two years.

Fast casual success attributed to speed, cost, nutrition

The fast casual sector has grown by more than 550 percent since 1999, and Americans spent more than $21 billion at fast casual stores in 2014.

MasterCard's mobile ordering app powers new Harlem restaurant

The app, embedded with MasterPass, enables consumers to pay their bill when they're ready to leave an establishment.

California Pizza Kitchen CEO talks droughts, wages, 'next chapter'

California Pizza Kitchen's CEO talks with Fox News Business news.

KFC China to rival Starbucks with premium coffee rollout

KFC expects to offer premium coffee in 2,500 of its 4,500 stores in China by the end of the year.

Panera to increase buyback to $750M, refranchise 73 stores

Panera Bread announced that it is increasing its buyback authorization to $750M and plans to sell and refranchise 73 of its company-owned stores.

New regulations bill will lead to 'costly litigation,' IFA says

Leaders of the International Franchise Association urged lawmakers in California to oppose Assembly Bill 525, which the organization believes would pose "additional and unnecessary regulations on franchise small businesses."

Complex tax code hurting franchises, IFA says

The International Franchise Association is encouraging lawmakers to pursue comprehensive tax reform as a way to support the franchise industry.

Your Pie celebrates 7 years, launches Maple Bacon Gelato

Your Pie announced the latest of the brand's seasonal Craft Pie Series, the new Maple Bacon Gelato.

CREAM inks 13-unit expansion deal for Northern California

CREAM, a San Francisco-based fast casual dessert franchise specializing in ice cream sandwiches and other confections, has inked a franchise deal for 13 new locations.

Penn Station inks 10-unit agreement for Atlanta area

The company has opened more than 290 locations in 15 states with only two store closings in 30 years.

Pie Five expands footprint in Chicago

The new restaurant marked Pie Five's 41st location.

Taxpayers picking up $9 billion tab due to low restaurant wages, study says

The release of the report comes a day before the National Restaurant Association's annual lobby day on Capitol Hill.

The Melt partners with Whole Foods nonprofit to fund school gardens, food education

San Francisco-based The Melt, a chain of 100 percent all-natural, fast casual eateries, announced Whole Kids Foundation is the company's new 'Round-Up' partner.

Canada-based Wok Box enters California market with 37-unit deal

The agreement states that the company will develop the 37 restaurants from Kern County up to the Oregon border, with the first slated to open in the San Francisco Bay Area in the first half of 2015.

Fazoli's receives fundraising award, rolls out create-your-own-pizza

Fazoli's received the COEX Innovation Award for Marketing/Service for its ongoing fundraising efforts and food donations to Feed the Children. Fazoli’s also introduced its next generation products and service style at its 15 Lexington, KY locations.

Pieology expands in Northern California

The new store seats approximately 85 guests inside and 20 outside.

Native Foods Cafe celebrates spring with new vegan menu items

Spring dishes are offered alongside the daily menu of 100 percent plant-based dishes.

Blaze launches in Nashville, prepares for Las Vegas and Chicago openings

The Chicago and Las Vegas restaurants will feature a selection of wine and craft beer.

Russo's forms partnership to expand brand, interest potential franchisees

The partnership between Guidant Financial, BoeFly.com and Russo's is part of Guidant's Funding Assurance program to help franchisors expand their brands.

Q1 same-stores sales growth best since recession, study says

Dallas, Texas-based TDn2K, provider of workforce, sales and social data for the restaurant industry, reported that Q1 final results for its "Restaurant Industry Snapshot" data for March show same-store sales growth of 2.8 percent, the best for the industry since the recession.

IFA: key to continuing job growth is tax reform, revising work week definition

Franchise businesses will create jobs at a faster pace than the overall economy in 2015, as it has in each of the last four years.

Fired Pie expands footprint in Arizona with 5 new locations

Arizona fast casual Fired Pie announced the opening of its tenth location at Scottsdale Fashion Square.

MOOYAH expands to Arlington, intros 'Millionaire Sweepstakes'

Dallas area fast casual MOOYAH Burgers, Fries & Shakes announced the opening of its 25th DFW area MOOYAH location and its first Arlington location.

Noodles & Company unveils low-carb pasta bowls

Noodles & Company unveiled its newest menu items for spring: BUFF Bowls.

Pieology selects former California Pizza Kitchen exec as VP

Richard Pineda is now vice president of supply chain, and Hans Milberger is director of construction.

Top 10 social media performers includes mix of QSR, pizza, fast casual

Toronto, Ontario, Canada-based technology and data company Engagement Labs released its top 10 quick service restaurants based on social media performance on Facebook and Twitter.

ChowNow provides Google Wallet to customers 'at no additional cost'

ChowNow updated restaurant clients' ordering apps to include Google Wallet as of today at no additional cost.

IFA advocating for SBA to develop 'reasonable standards' for franchises

IFA stated that franchisors and franchisees should not be considered "affiliated" solely because of contractual rights and obligations.

Pieology expands footprint in Kentucky, Alabama, Michigan

The Louisville location will seat approximately 100 guests.

Schlotzsky's to make tax day 'Lotz Better' with free sandwich

The brand's "Tax Day Bites" social media campaign will encourage guests to take a photo inside the restaurant with their free sandwich and upload it to Facebook, Twitter and/or Instagram, using the hashtag #TaxDayBites.

Starbucks to unveil decade-long research benefiting 'more than a million farmers' globally

In collaboration with the Costa Rican Coffee Institute, the company will release a decade of agronomy research available for commercialization.

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