Restaurant Performance Index remained elevated in January

The RPI – a monthly composite index that tracks the health of and outlook for the U.S. restaurant industry – stood at 102.7 in January, which represented the fourth consecutive month above the level of 102.

On the Menu: Chasing the chill with spicy new options

With most of the country in a deep freeze for the last two weeks – and little relief in sight – spicy foods are a welcome sight on menus. A couple brands are bringing the heat this week with new menu items.

NCCR 'applauds' efforts to repeal corn ethanol mandate

Small business restaurant owners in all segments of the chain restaurant industry, including quick-service, fast casual and table service restaurants strongly support legislative efforts to repeal the unnecessary ethanol mandate, according to a statement from the National Council of Chain Restaurants.

Potbelly CFO resigns to take another position

Potbelly Corporation has announced that Chief Financial Officer Charles Talbot will be leaving Potbelly to accept a senior leadership position with another company outside of the restaurant industry.

McDonald's, Buffalo Wild Wings, Coca-Cola CEOs to headline Women's Foodservice Forum

Women’s Foodservice Forum announced that Buffalo Wild Wings CEO Sally Smith, Coca-Cola Chairman and CEO Muhtar Kent and McDonald’s CEO Don Thompson will be keynote speakers for the 2015 WFF Annual Leadership Development Conference.

Romano's Macaroni Grill expanding 'Kitchen Counter' service

Romano's Macaroni Grill is expanding its fast casual "Kitchen Counter" concept to dinner.

Hot, spicy and smoked make up half of all socially shared flavors

The National Pork Board in partnership with Crimson Hexagon analyzed more than 30 million Facebook, Instagram and Twitter food posts with Crimson Hexagon's ForSight Tool to discover what makes up an American meal.

Costa Vida Fresh Mexican Grill added 41 new units to pipeline in 2014

Costa Vida will be opening new locations in Denver, Vancouver/Portland, Atlanta, Tampa/Sarasota and Northern California this year. Costa Vida will have additional locations popping up in Utah, Arizona, Texas, Idaho and Illinois this year.

Meatheads teams up with Blackhawks star to save pit bulls

Meatheads will be offering a special hot dog on its menu this spring, "The Bickell Dog," created in honor of Chicago Blackhawks Left Winger Bryan Bickell and his wife Amanda and their charity, The Bryan and Amanda Bickell Foundation.

Garden Fresh announces best monthly sales in the last six years

The increase includes and 8 percent bump from refreshed restaurants located in southern California.

bd's Mongolian Grill listed in HealthyDiningFinder.com

bd's Mongolian Grill has landed a spot on HealthyDiningFinder.com.

Smoothie Factory reports 60% growth in 2014

Smoothie Factory Juice Bar announced it added 20 new locations in 2014, for a total of 52 locations under its new parent company, BRIX Holdings LLC.

Fast casual, pizza chains recognized as 'most allergy-friendly'

AllergyEats, a guide to allergy-friendly restaurants in the United States, has just released its 2015 list of Most Allergy-Friendly Restaurant Chains nationwide.

Jersey Mike's partnering with 120 local charities for 'Month of Giving'

Jersey Mike's Subs will join forces with more than 120 local charities throughout the month of March for the company's 5th Annual March "Month of Giving" fundraising campaign.

On the move: Which brands signed deals and opened new units this week?

Winter weather hasn't put the freeze on growth for several fast casual concepts. Capriotti's, Jersey Mike's Subs, Manny's Neighborhood Grilles and Mediterranean Cafes and Newk's Eatery all signed deals for new units, and many more units opened this week.

Beef patties recalled due to possible Listeria

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) and Kenosha Beef International have received no reports of illness.

Research and Markets publishes US pizza market report

Research and Markets has published the "Pizza Market in the U.S.: Foodservice and Retail, Second Edition" report.

Researchers predict alternative proteins will make up one-third of market by 2054

Plant proteins, insects, algae, and synthetic biology sources may make up over 50 percent of the alternative protein market by 2054.

Middleby acquires high speed slicing unit

The Middleby Corporation announced it will acquire the assets and the manufacturing facility of the High Speed Slicing business unit of Marel, which has annual revenues of approximately $15 million USD.

EarthLink launches managed security monitoring service

Managed network and cloud solutions provider EarthLink Holdings Corp. has unveiled a new Managed Security Monitoring Service designed to actively monitor customers' network, servers, routers, Point of Sale (POS) devices, laptops and desktops.

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