Consumer confidence grows, but costs pressure profits

Despite increased consumer confidence, increased costs -- beef is up 39 percent -- are making it tough for restaurants to earn a profit.

Business diners spend 6% more than leisure diners

Concur, a provider of spend management solutions, has released an analysis showing the habits of business diners and their benefits to restaurant revenue. Supported by insights from Table8, the analysis also sheds light on business dining trends in the US...

Syrus Restaurant Information Services adds Android app

Syrus Restaurant Information Services has added an Android app to its restaurant management solutions portfolio to complement its already existing iOS app. According to a news release, the app offers restaurant operators with historical and real-time information on store performance...

Restaurant groups deride lack of Renewable Fuel Standard decision

Last week, the Environmental Protection Agency announced it will delay the 2014 ethanol volume mandate, a move that will continue to affect commodities costs. The announcement was greeted with strong opposition from restaurant industry organizations. "We are disappointed that the...

Firebirds Wood Fired Grill launches new website

Firebirds' new site includes streamlined reservations, click-to-call capabilities, directions, simplified gift card ordering and location-specific content.

Taco Republic offers 'season pass'

Buy a pass and you can eat your choice of three tacos, chips and salsa every day from Dec. 5 through March 5.

Teriyaki Madness hires new director of marketing

Dave O'Connor will focus on marketing the Asian concept nationally and supporting franchisees.

Maui Wowi Hawaiian rolls out Cyber Monday deal

Customers who order online using the promo code "CYBER" will get nearly half off.

Domestic tea sales jump 6%

According to new research from the American Botanical Council, sales of loose, bagged, concentrated and herbal tea in the US increased by 5.9 percent in 2013, totally $1.7B. Ready-to-drink tea sales in the US remained relatively flat at $2.3B. According...

Qdoba experiences double-digit growth in catering sales

Jack in the Box, parent company of Jack in the Box and Qdoba restaurant brands, announced its Q4 and FY results this week. Jack in the Box's Q4 same-store sales were up 3.1 percent at both company and franchised locations. This is compared to a decrease of 0.2 percent during the same period last year. For the fiscal year, ended Sept.

Boston Market catering, takeout up 20 percent over last year

Heat & Serve options have surged 20 percent over last year, and catering is up 18 percent.

Square launches free POS app

The cloud-based point-of-sale solution tracks sales and manages items and inventory.

Intuit, Revel Systems developing QuickBooks POS

The new offering automatically syncs sales, payments, inventory, CRM and payroll data to QuickBooks.

Zoe's comps up 6.3 percent YTD

Zoe's attributes the comp increase to an increase in transactions and product mix, combined with a 1.3-percent increase in price.

Swipely ramping up in the restaurant space

Business insights provider Swipely is managing over $4 billion in annual sales on its cloud-based platform for restaurant, hospitality and retail brands. In the last six months, Swipely said it has doubled sales under management and provides insights on more...

NRA, SBA encouraging shoppers to #DineSmall on Nov. 29

The partnership will encourage shoppers to patronize local restaurants while shopping on Small Business Saturday.

Salata adds vegan proteins

Quinoa, falafel and tofu are available for an additional $2 in a wrap or small salad and $3 in the regular salad.

Chronic Tacos donates $10,000 to No Kid Hungry

Throughout the month of September, Chronic Tacos continued to raise funds for No Kid Hungry through donations and fundraising events, including its Sept. 22 promotion donating 15 percent of all sales made during the day.

ChowNow partners with Yelp for online ordering

Online ordering and marketing platform ChowNow now integrates with the Yelp Transaction Platform to allow restaurants to take orders directly from their Yelp business page.

California Tortilla enters NYC metro market

The Montvale, New Jersey location will be the Washington, D.C.-based brand's first in the New York City metropolitan area.

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