Virtual Currency: The Next Disruptor in Payments

Virtual currency, such as Bitcoin, is the next disruptor in payments. Adoption is on the rise and consumers want places to spend their bitcoin.

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Will Chipotle raise prices again in 2015?

Another price increase may be on the horizon as Chipotle navigates high beef costs, and the pork supply issue could take a $2 million chunk out of the bottom line in Q1 2015.

Bigger isn't always better: the case for limited menus

Limited menus for QSRs and fast casual restaurants have financial and operational benefits.

Three takeaways from Starbucks' Q1 2015 report

Starbucks' consistent success comes down to three things: a strong loyalty program, excellent operational execution and product innovation.

State of the Union puts minimum wage, 30-hour work week, joint employer issues in the spotlight

It's been a busy week in Washington. From the State of the Union address to the Supreme Court to more on the minimum wage, here's a round-up of hot public policy topics for restaurants.

Is Zoës Kitchen poised for a breakout year?

Going public landed $42 million on the Mediterranean-inspired concept's balance sheet, and Zoës Kitchen is ready to put those dollars to work growing its footprint.

Pizza Inn Holdings Inc. hopes investors will RAVE about new name

Pizza Inn Holdings Inc., the parent company of Pie Five Pizza Co. and Pizza Inn, has announced that it is changing its name to RAVE Restaurant Group Inc., reflecting the company's transition to a multi-brand group.

What it takes to build long-term vision

Write down where you want to be in one year, three years or five years as a way to better understand where you are headed and how you are going to get there.

Competition for talent among hot trends for employers in 2015

The upswing in the economy means competition for talent will heat up in 2015. That means employers need to up their game when it comes to attracting and retaining the best team members.

Digital strategy produces 119% jump in Tijuana Flats' online ordering

A simplified website, local SEO optimization, Pandora ads and special events for bloggers helped lift sales and drive traffic to Tijuana Flats stores.

The four 'Cs' driving Jason's Deli's success

Jason's Deli racks up around $2.5M in AUVs. It's achieving that success by sticking with its core strengths, listening to customers, maintaining control and building strong company culture.

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Fiesta Restaurant Group posts positive Q4 and FY 2014 results

Pollo Tropical's comps rose 6.6 percent in 2014, while Taco Cabana posted a 3.3 percent increase.

Qdoba same-store sales increase 14 percent in Q1

Qdoba Mexican Grill reported a 14 percent same –store sales increase system-wide in Q1 2015, with a 12.9 percent increase for company-owned stores and a 15.1 percent increase for franchise stores, according to a release.

Rave Restaurant Group release Q2 financial results

Rave Restaurant Group Inc., parent company of Pizza Inn and Pie Five Pizza, reported financial results for Q2 2015 ended Dec. 28.

Fazoli's posts 13.6 percent same store sales increase for January

Fazoli's franchisees and company units posted a combined 13.6 percent same-store sales increase in January – more than double that of their quick-service competitors, which grew at a rate of 6.1 percent.

Giardino Gourmet Salads posts 4.3% same-store sales increase for 2014

South Florida-based Giardino Gourmet Salads finished off the last quarter in 2014 with a 4.3-percent increase in same-store sales, which marks 16 consecutive quarters of positive sales since 2011.

Mars Drinks adds Peet's to workplace coffee offerings

Mars will offer Peet's French Roast, Café Domingo and Columbia Luminosa in its proprietary, recyclable Freshpacks.

Fazoli's franchisees report 12.2% sales increases in December

Franchisees were up 12.2 percent year-over-year, and company-owned units were up 8.4 percent in December.

Tropical Smoothie Cafe posts 11.4-percent comp growth in 2014

Tropical Smoothie Café wrapped up 2014 with 11.4-percent sales comps, a 28-percent increase in new franchise agreements, 55 new stores and AUVs of $526,000.

Top stock pics for 2015 dominated by QSR, pizza, fast casual

Quick-service, fast casual and pizza brands dominated top picks in the 2015 Best Restaurant Stock Pick Competition hosted by ICR.

NRA announces BAR event

The National Restaurant Association is expanding its beverage and alcohol program at the spring NRA show.

Chipotle will discuss Q4, FY 2014 results on Feb. 3

Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. has announced that it will host a conference call to discuss fourth quarter and full year 2014 financial results on Feb.

Researchers use text-mining software to predict success, failure of DC restaurants

The computer-assisted text analysis was more accurate at predicting restaurants' demise than ratings alone (although it is most powerful when used in combination with numerical ratings).

Luby's sets release date for Q1 2015 report

Fuddrucker's parent company will release Q1 2015 financial results after the markets close on Dec. 17.

Jamba partners with Peak Franchise Capital for refranchising effort

Peak Franchise Capital, based in Irving, Texas, will help facilitate the sale of Jamba stores in key California markets, including San Francisco, San Diego and Sacramento.

In 5 years, your whole day could revolve around Starbucks

Just when you thought the coffee behemoth can't possibly get any bigger, it announces a five-year plan to grow even more through non-traditional venues,expanded dayparts, mobile ordering and delivery.

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