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.

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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.

Will the shift from credit cards to mobile payments be good, bad, or neutral?

Will the shift from credit cards to mobile payments be good, bad, or neutral for the restaurant industry?

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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.

Dickey's locations set to open in Alabama, Pennsylvania and California

Opening celebrations for all three new restaurants will include pulled pork sandwiches offered for $2, gift card and merchandise giveaways.

Sales up in October for Fazoli's franchisees

The brand also has commitments for 12 new franchised restaurants, including several in travel centers.

Capriotti's franchise group changes name, adds board members

Dixie Foods International Inc., a Papa John's and Capriotti's Sandwich Shops franchisee, has changed its name to Preferred Restaurant Brands. The company has also added six members to its board of directors. CEO Ken Antos said 'Preferred Restaurant Brands' better...

Gusto Wood Fired Grill opens in Atlanta

The concept, which features grilled proteins, is owned by former NFL player Nate Hybl, who played for the Cleveland Browns and the Jacksonville Jaguars.

LivingSocial adds communication platform for merchants

LivingSocial has launched Connect, a communications toolkit for merchants to engage and build relationships with customers acquired through its platform. According to a news release, with the addition of the Connect features to LivingSocial’s Merchant Center, businesses can now: Personalize...

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