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...

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Of note on social media: Panda Express 'joy spotting' campaign

An eight-hour social media campaign yielded a 389-percent increase in mentions of the brand on Twitter and a 24-percent increase in followers.

7 tips for getting Millennials to stay in love with your brand

How do brands keep once-smitten customers from getting bored and breaking up?

Having a loyalty app will help increase your bottom line

Membership in loyalty programs is growing at a rate of 26.7 percent and loyalty programs can increase a brand’s market share by 20 percent.

MAD Greens maximizing menu boards by integrating social

Lucas Clarke, director of marketing for the Colorado-based salad concept, shares some insights into MAD Greens' integration of digital signage and social media.

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.

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.

5 tips to promote upcoming events at your restaurant

Work with local businesses and non-profits to promote your restaurant’s event, tie them to your event theme and encourage a co-sponsorship.

Four reasons digital screens are more than menu boards

Engaging digital signage can be a key differentiator in the customer experience by educating guests about menu items, driving craving, reducing perceived wait times, and more.

Restaurants beefing up offerings despite rising protein costs

Operators are so undeterred by rising protein costs that menu mentions of protein across the board have risen 67 percent in the last five years.

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NEWS


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.

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.

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.

Blaze ignites Knoxville opening with free pizza giveaway

Fast casual concept Blaze Pizza is celebrating the opening of its Knoxville store by giving away free pizza.

Panda Express on the lookout for 'joy'

Panda Express focusing on 'joy' during Thanksgiving season with social media promotion.

Pei Wei adds crunch to sushi offerings

The Teriyaki and Wasabi Sushi Crunch rolls are topped with crunchy tempura flakes.

Farmer Boys bringing back bread bowls

Customers can choose from Broccoli Cheese soup, Clam Chowder, or chili served in a bread bowl from now through early March.

Front Burner Brands adds brand, marketing leaders

Maryellen Torres joined Front Burner Brands this summer as its first-ever chief brand officer, while Michele Whaley became the company's new senior director of marketing.

La Madeleine rolls out holiday catering and gift options

La Madeleine announced several holiday promotions, including catering and gift options. "When the flavors of the holiday season come to mind, it's a nostalgic combination of comfort and tradition" said Susan Dederen, vice president of culinary, in a company press...

Boston Market gears up for holidays

Boston Market served more than 41,000 whole turkeys, nearly 3 million pounds of mashed potatoes and more than 13 million pieces of cornbread in November and December last year.

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