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.

FEATURES


Minimum wage: how restaurants are responding to the 'inevitable'

Many restaurant operators believe a minimum wage increase is inevitable, and they are responding in a variety of ways.

How a hotel became a hot fast casual concept

Marriott transformed its Courtyard food and beverage offerings away from the traditional buffet into a new fast casual format, resulting in a 27-percent jump in guests' intent to recommend and return.

Technology, desire to connect with customer drives Buffalo Wild Wings' success

Based on customer research and feedback, Buffalo Wild Wings invested significantly in defining, delivering and enhancing its brand experience using technology.

COO: Newk's riding high on 'second wave' of fast casual

Jim Greco, newly-appointed COO of Newk’s Franchise Company, sees an opportunity for the chain to supplant early leaders like Panera thanks to culinary-driven menus, open kitchens and exceptional levels of hospitality.

Four ways the game has changed for restaurant brands

Nimbleness, dynamic customer relationships, customization and millennial insights are all key to brand success, says FOCUS Brands CEO Steve DeSutter.

New guide caters to restaurateurs, retailers looking to boost income with ATMs

'How to Profit from ATMs: A Guide for Retailers and Restaurateurs' delivers 40 pages packed with essential information about the business of owning, operating and earning revenue from ATMs.

Chipotle cites increased throughput as a driver behind same-store sales lift

Same-store sales drive strong second quarter results.

Report: Food industry franchising profitability on the rise

More than 70 percent of franchisees surveyed said they would recommend their brand to other candidates – a strong indicator of job satisfaction.

NYC approves soda ban; restaurant association responds

Big-margin soft drinks are good for operators' bottom lines.

Fast casual concepts among fastest growing U.S. companies

Smashburger's growth is down from last year but is still the fastest-growing concept in the segment.

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NEWS


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.

The Habit announces IPO

Shares will be available at a price of $18 per share starting Nov. 20.

Specialty's Café & Bakery gains $37.5M credit facility

The financing from GE Capital will help the 50-unit chain refinance debt and grow.

Zoe's Kitchen announces secondary public offering

Current stockholders intend to offer 3,800,000 shares of common stock, with 570,000 available for purchase to the underwriters.

Zoe's Kitchen buys three franchise units, announces Q3

In addition to acquiring three units in Louisiana, Zoe's Q3 comps will range between 5.7 percent and 5.9 percent.

Fuddruckers same-store sales decline 4.6% in Q4

Luby's combo locations, which feature Fuddruckers and Luby's Cafeteria at one property location, were up 5.1 percent in Q4.

Fiesta Restaurant Group reports increases for Q3

Fiesta Restaurant Group, parent company of the Pollo Tropical and Taco Cabana, reported comp growth for both brands in Q3 2014.

Juice It Up! reports sales, AUV gains in Q3

Juice It Up! reported a same-store sales increase of 11 percent year-over-year in Q3 2014, and an average unit volume increase of 12 percent.

Forever Brands merges with Falafill

The merger kicks off a year of growth for the combined brands, which hope to add 35 new units throughout Chicagoland in the next year.

Potbelly sales increase 0.5 percent in Q3

Same-store sales remain down 1.1 percent year-to-date compared to the same period last year.

Jamba Juice same-store sales jump by 3.8 percent in Q3

Jamba Juice attributed the increase to strong performance by its fresh squeezed juice and whole food blending platform.

No traffic, no problem: Starbucks plans to take the coffee to the customer in 2015

Consumers are staying away from brick and mortar stores in favor of online shopping, slowing traffic growth in Starbucks' stores. Starbucks is navigating the trend by adding mobile order and pay, and launching delivery.

Fast food industry driving global cheese market

Research and Markets has released the "Global Cheese Market 2014-2018" report to their line of products.

Forget Apple: Starbucks wants to rule mobile payments

United States consumers made $1.3 billion in mobile payments in 2013 and the coffee retailer accounted for over 90 percent of those purchases.

NRA: Restaurant Performance Index showed moderate decline in September

Restaurant operators are unimpressed about the direction of the economy.

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