Billy Sims BBQ opens 44th location

The Tulsa, Oklahoma-based chain opened 11 new restaurants in 2014.

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Rearview 2014: Millennials take the wheel

As more and more of their contemporaries move into leadership roles, millennials are moving from the passenger side to the driver's seat.

Rearview 2014: Fast Casual is kind of a Big Deal

The theme was clear in 2014, just as it's been for several years running: Fast casual restaurants are winning. Consumers are drawn to the segment's quality, ambiance and value.

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.

Dickey's in the spotlight for cooking competition show

Dickey's will be the latest brand featured in TNT's cooking competition show "On the Menu." The winning dish will debut as an LTO the day after the episode airs.

'Black Friday' a boon to restaurants, too

Mall-based restaurants can see a significant spike in sales around the holiday season, bolstered by high traffic volumes and consumers' desire for indulgence.

Smashburger CMO: Better burgers are here to stay

Smashburger grew by about 20 percent this year, and it's likely it will continue that pace next year, according to newly-appointed CMO Josh Kern.

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.

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NEWS


Pie Five continues food pantry campaign for newest Wichita opening

Pie Five Pizza Co. has opened its newest Wichita, Kansas, restaurant on Rock Road, across from Bradley Fair.

Jersey Mike's supports Wreaths Across America tribute

Last week, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and Jersey Mike’s Founder and CEO Peter Cancro honored veterans at a special ceremony on Ellis Island. The tribute was part of the nonprofit Wreaths Across America’s annual pilgrimage from Harrington, Maine, to...

Millennial marketing conference registration now open

FutureCast's ShareLikeBuy millennial marketing conference is set for Feb. 4 at the University of Kansas in Lawrence.

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).

Dickey's opens two new restaurants in Florida, California

Dickey's Barbecue Restaurants announced it will open two new units on Dec. 18, one on the Florida Panhandle and the other in California.

Consumer demand for convenience shifting restaurant priorities

As restaurant brands increasingly jockey for more consumer visits, it's more important than ever for operators to keep a strong pulse on what their customers are looking for when they dine out. According to new research from The NPD Group,...

Modmarket features soba noodles, mushrooms on winter menu

Modmarket will add soba noodles to its menu for the first time this winter.

Barnie's CoffeeKitchen to offer special deals on Dec. 22

Guests can get a free cup of coffee and discounts on products during "Santa's White Christmas Day."

Demand for food transparency growing

New research from Technomic finds that most consumers want transparency from restaurant brands about their menu choices. Additionally, two in five consumers cite a rising concern over food additives.

sweetFrog invites choirs to 'Deck the Halls' for video postcard

A video montage of choirs performing the holiday favorite ‘Deck The Halls’ will be created for release on social media.

iQ Food Co. retains DECK Agency as agency of record

DECK will provide public relations, social media, digital marketing and strategic planning services for iQ, a three-restaurant chain based in Toronto.

Interactive Customer Experience Summit coming to Chicago in June

The conference will focus on technologies such as digital signage, self-service kiosks, mobile and tablets, as well as emerging technologies like beacons, virtual assistants and augmented reality.

Blaze Pizza marks two grand openings in Sacramento

Blaze Fast Fire'd Pizza today will open two new Sacramento, California, area locations in Gold River's Town Centre and the Highland Reserve Shopping Center in Roseville.  To celebrate the grand openings, both restaurants will offer free pizzas Dec. 13 from 11 a.m.

JJ's Red Hots Names '12 Days of Hot Dogs' Finalists

The winner will be awarded a $150 Amazon gift card.

Caribou Coffee to offer packs for new Keurig 2.0 carafe

Caribou Coffee has renewed its partnership with Keurig Green Mountain Inc. with a 10-year agreement for the manufacturing, marketing, distribution and sale of Caribou Coffee in Keurig pack formats.

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