Fiesta Group's CEO chats about what it takes to run a thriving restaurant

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Pollo Tropical and Taco Cabana have seen explosive growth, which CEO Tim Taft attributes to innovation, technology and great customer service.

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3 ways restaurants can use automation to drive business value

Exactly how is IT automation helping restaurants?

Tips for saving money with merchant service providers

Checkout our list of things to look out for in merchant services to make sure you’re keeping more of your hard earned profits.

Industry gears up for NRA show

The restaurant industry’s biggest show of the year is kicking off Saturday when tens of thousands of restaurant operators and vendors meet in Chicago for the NRA event.

Baltimore restaurants calling for peace

As clean-up efforts continue after the riots in Baltimore, several area restaurants are providing free food and coffee for firefighters, police, the Maryland National Guard, paramedics and EMTs. They are also urging the city’s residents to support solidarity and peace through using the social media hashtags, #peace, #solidarity and #support.

Can digital ordering bridge gap between fast casuals, QSRs?

Digital touch points can offer competitive data as well as personalize a customer's order. It's a race to the top for both fast casuals and QSRs latching on to the potential digital ordering can offer

6 tips to reduce costs and build a healthy savings for your restaurant

Making six easy changes to existing restaurant business practices could save thousands of dollars per year.

​Why manufacturers offer rebates and not net pricing

In a corporate situation, there are pros and cons for both the buyer and the manufacturer to use the rebate system.

Stutz ready to gear up growth for McAlister's

McAlister's Deli plans to add 30 new locations in 2015, and Carin Stutz, its new president, would like to step up the pace even more.

The importance of educating your team about catering

Only through a commitment to education will we have the ability to help others meet a proper standard that can help catering and restaurant leaders adapt to the market changes.

Is Panera 2.0 starting to pay off?

Panera will report on its Q4 and FY 2014 earnings on Feb. 12, and the question on everyone's mind is, "How's that 2.0 thing going?" We sat down with Panera's Blaine Hurst for some background and an update.

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Technomic: Build-your-own concepts fueling fast casual growth

Customization, personalized menu items and staff engagement drive rapid sales expansion for fast casual restaurant brands.

Bareburger using analytics company to help with site selection

Bareburger, a family of organic burger restaurants, is using Buxton's SCOUT platform to identify the best market opportunities for growth in the U.S. and Canada.

Texas GRILLiT to implement millennial-inspired remodel

GRILLiT’s Texas Master Franchisor is working with Frausto Design out of San Antonio to create a new interior restaurant design focused on appealing to its largest target market, millennials.

NRF: Obama’s overtime rules will 'hollow out' management jobs

The Obama Administration’s plan to revise federal overtime regulations would likely “hollow out” low- and mid-level management positions in the restaurant and retail industries and trigger a shift toward more hourly and part-time workers, according to the National Retail Federation.

Paytronix upgrades mobile-app features for restaurants

The company said the new enhancements make it easier than ever before for restaurants and retailers to customize their apps while simultaneously making them easier and more compelling for customers to use.

SCA Tech to sponsor commodity management forum at NRA

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania-based SCA Technologies, provider of category sourcing and margin management solutions, announced it will sponsor the National Restaurant Association's Supply Chain Management Executive Study Group spring meeting May 14-15, 2015.

Wingstop files IPO

Wingstop is the latest fast casual chain to propose an initial public offering of its common stock.

Noodles misses Q1 goals, expects growth

Noodles & Company reported during its earning's call this week that Q1 saw an 18.1-percent growth, increasing revenue to nearly $106 million but still came up short of its estimate of $108.74 million.

Website connects restaurant industry to online marketplace

Pace Public Relations announced its newest client, The Restaurant Zone, a tech-startup designed to help restaurant owners, operators and workers.

BWW sees 20% increase in sales, revenue

Buffalo Wild Wings announced this week that its revenue and sales both increased about 20 percent during Q1.

Panera CEO: Q1 results low because of investment initiatives

Panera Bread Company reported a net income of $32 million for Q1, but admitted that earnings per share came in at $1.41, down 9 percent from the same period last year.

KFC pulls plug on fast casual concept

KFC has closed the doors to KFC Eleven.

Chipotle: No to GMO

Chipotle is officially done serving food made with genetically engineered ingredients.

Freebirds names new COO, moves HQ

Freebirds has moved its headquarters to Texas and named a new COO.

Giardino Gourmet Salads embraces nutritional transparency

The menu at Giardino Gourmet Salads will now show customers exactly what's in their food, thanks to the Miami-based chain's partnership with MenuTrinfo, a nutritional analysis and training firm

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