Back Yard Burgers sees turnaround with return of seasoned fries

Did bringing back seasoned fries save Back Yard Burgers? It might have been the start, according to a story in the Tennessean. The chain has enjoyed 15 straight months of same-store sales gains since bringing back seasoned fries and other...

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Holy jalapeno! How hot will menus get?

Sriracha, according to CCD Innovation, is in 2014 what chipotle was in 2009.

Restaurants fire up promos for Fourth of July holiday

From menu rollouts to marketing campaigns, some concepts are in the spirit.

Consumer Reports: Low chain restaurant scores should be a ‘wake-up call’

Food quality now trumps location convenience for restaurant consumers.

Capriotti's CEO: Franchising an attractive option for those burned in the Great Recession

Morris' passion for Capriotti's food and proven concept took him from franchisee to top exec.

Pollo Tropical's streamlined menu, focus on accuracy boost AUVs

Increased efficiency, improved accuracy lead to gains for Pollo Tropical.

Federal Donuts hopes to kickstart 'radical' hospitality with partnership

If Rooster Soup Co.'s crowdfunding effort gets off the ground, its profits will be donated to helping those in need.

Salata’s growth driven by consumer demand for clean eating

Guests also want more vegetarian proteins, such as quinoa, tofu and falafel, as well as sauces and spices.

Exploring the role of whole grains in the food industry

'If you can pronounce the ingredients, it's probably good for you,' said Cynthia Harriman, director at Oldways and The Whole Grain Council.

'Stealth health' menu approaches are on trend

Kids also want more healthful options from restaurants.

bd's Mongolian Grill aims for incremental sales lift with new drink offerings

The company is broadening its craft beer selection to remain on trend.

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Robeks adds melon and mint to seasonal menu

Robeks fresh juices and smoothies is adding three new items featuring melon and mint to its seasonal menu. In many markets locally-grown fruits and produce will be used. "With these refreshing summer menu choices, we are keeping in step with our motto at Robeks — 'Healthy never tasted this good,'" CMO Chad Bailey said in a news release.

Villa Enterprises adds hibiscus, mango, pomegranate tea flavors

Villa Enterprises has added new flavored iced teas including hibiscus, mango and pomegranate at its restaurant concepts, Green Leaf’s and Bananas Smoothies & Frozen Yogurt, participating locations for a limited time. Also, Green Leaf’s & Bananas has kicked off a...

Coco’s Bakery launches menu redesign, new ingredients

Coco’s Bakery Restaurants Inc. has announced today a complete redesign and rollout of its new Core Menu, featuring new ingredients and never-frozen steaks. "Consumers, including our regular customers, are becoming more health conscious and seeking out more fresh and natural...

Hai Street Kitchen & Co. launches Screaming Tuna Roll

Hai Street Kitchen & Co recently added the Screaming Tuna Roll to its menu. The Screaming Tuna Roll features raw, chopped Yellowfin Tuna mixed with kimchi, gochujang sauce and sesame oil rolled-up with pickled mango, lettuce, carrot, cucumber, red onion...

Genghis Grill launches new summer drinks

Genghis Grill announced the limited launch of three new summer drinks. Available at restaurants nationwide for $2.99 each, the new Strawberry Summer line features blends of tea, mango, lemonade and watermelon along with strawberries.  The drinks will only be available through Sept.

Chef Nick Graff joins Noodles & Company as director of Culinary R&D

Noodles & Company recently announced the appointment of Chef Nick Graff as director of Culinary Research and Development. Graff will oversee the development of the company’s in-restaurant menu, new catering program, seasonal limited time offerings and the selection of all...

Boston-area Bruegger's Bagels will offer burgers for a limited time

Bruegger’s Bagels will offer two free burgers available for a limited time at 21 of its Boston bakeries. The Bistro Burger is topped with cheddar cheese, secret sauce, lettuce, tomato and pickled onions on the guest’s choice of bagel. The...

Fresh To Order adds bison burger to menu

Fresh To Order announced today it's adding a new bison burger to its menu, along with a new fruit and two new desserts to its summer offerings. The bison burger is prepared fresh to order on a flame grill in...

Wayback Burgers to give away free hot dogs

Wayback Burgers announced recently it will be giving away free hot dogs to the first 50 customers on July 23 to celebrate National Hot Dog Day. In addition, hot dogs will also be buy one, get one free for the...

Zaxby's brings Fried Pickles back to summer menu

Zaxby’s announced today it is bringing back Fried Pickles as a limited time offer menu item and is also featuring its Grilled Chicken Sandwich Meal. Both are available in all Zaxby’s restaurants. “My colleagues and I don’t just work at Zaxby’s, we are also fanatics for the food,” CEO Zach McLeroy said in a news release.

Woody’s Bar-B-Q launches trio of LTO sandwiches

Woody’s Bar-B-Q will launch its “Cluck, Moo, & Grunt” trio of LTO sandwiches beginning July 21. The collection includes: Cluck: Featuring fried chicken tenders, topped with a tangy petal sauce, fried onion straws, cheddar cheese, sliced tomato, crisp lettuce and...

Smashburger tops off menu with organic arugula and mushrooms

Smashburger announced the addition of organic arugula and organic mushrooms on its menus nationwide. The additions join Smashburger's other organic options, which include HONEST Fresh-Brewed Organic Teas and Apple Juice, and Horizon Organic Milk. The company is also in the...

Fuddruckers establishes second location in Italy

Fuddruckers announced recently the debut of its second Italian location in partnership with new franchisee Vinum et Alia. The 3,490-square-foot fast casual restaurant is located at Via Saronnese 12, approximately 20 miles northwest of Milan between Castellanza and Legnano. The...

Ethnic cuisine expected to play a larger role in next five years

New research from IBISWorld takes a look at some of the trends emerging in the foodservice industry, and suggests where operators must adapt. According to the report, changing population demographics and more health-conscious consumers are driving these trends.

Boston Market adds BLT Rotisserie Chicken Burger for limited time

Boston Market announced the addition of its BLT Rotisserie Chicken Burger to its menu through Aug. 24. The BLT Rotisserie Chicken Burger features the chain’s signature rotisserie chicken, thick cut Applewood bacon, lettuce, tomato and roasted garlic avocado aioli on a sesame brioche bun.

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