Fresh To Order continues growth in Atlanta market

Restaurant opens in Decatur, Georgia.


Details, Details, Details

The restaurant business is all about paying attention to the details. And when it comes to the details, there are two rules to keep in mind: Rule #1: Typically, no single issue is a back-breaker. It’s an accumulation of deficiencies that kills you.

Frozen = Fresh?

I don’t consider myself a complainer of any sort. When you’re in the business, you should have sympathy for the operational challenges faced by all restaurants.

Think Positive - Vote Positive!

There are varying opinions as to when the “Great Recession” began. Arguably, the roots extend back to the start of the housing bubble burst in the back half of 2007.

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Fazoli's salutes Franchisee and Supplier of the Year

Texas-based PastaQuik and Southern Bakeries are recognized for achievements.

Daphne's files for bankruptcy

The 68-unit Daphne's Greek Cafe chain has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. Several Daphne's in Southern California have closed in recent weeks, but it is unclear if more units will close there as part of the bankruptcy. The company...

Daphne's files for bankruptcy

The 68-unit Daphne's Greek Café chain has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.   Several Daphne's in Southern California have closed in recent weeks, but it is unclear if more units will close there as part of the bankruptcy.

Nestle Waters N.A. invests $15.6 million in Sweet Leaf Tea

AUSTIN, Texas — Sweet Leaf Tea Co., the maker of organic, all-natural, iced teas, lemonades and other natural beverages, has announced that Nestlé Waters North America Inc. has made a $15.6 million investment in Sweet Leaf Tea Co.

Quiznos franchisees feel recession pain

Advertising Age: While the recession and banking crisis have hurt the entire restaurant industry, some Quiznos franchisees claim to have been disproportionately affected. The chain has shuttered 150 stores this year.

Organic to Go sales up 72 percent

SEATTLE — Sales at Organic To Go are projected to reach $6.4 million for the third quarter ended Sept. 30, the company said in a preliminary sales release.

Nextep launches outdoor kiosk

TROY, Mich. — Nextep Systems, provider of self-service kiosk solutions, has launched its Nextreme Outdoor Kiosk.

Carrols might have the hottest restaurant stock

The Motley Fool: Since Carrols Restaurant Group's initial public offering hit the market, and the stock price increased $2.20 to $15.20, the company has become quite attractive. Besides being the largest Burger King franchisee, Carrols owns two fast-growing, fast-casual brands: Pollo Tropical and Taco Cabana.

McCurry Restaurant ordered to lose the "Mc" for trademark purposes

The Star: A Malaysian restaurant operator is feeling the heat for using the McDonald's "Mc" trademark for its business. The High Court has ordered McCurry Restaurant to immediately stop using the prefix. Read more

Strange News: Hitler-themed restaurant receives few objections

Associated Press: When a restaurant called Hitler's Cross opened four days ago in a Bombay suburb, the city's small Jewish community was outraged, but there were few other objections. Owner Puneet Sablok insists that the name and theme of his new eatery is only meant to attract attention, with its posters of Adolf Hitler and swastikas.

Starbucks to sell books

Chicago Tribune: In May, Hyperion announced at the annual Book Expo America convention in Washington that it would add a new novel by Mitch Albom to its list. Almost immediately, Hyperion President Bob Miller said, Starbucks officials contacted the publisher to say they wanted the novel to be their first pick for their bookselling strategy.

Super Bowl committee shacks up with Cold Stone Creamery

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — The Arizona Super Bowl XLII Host Committee has a cool new place to call home.

The art of takeout packaging

Research shows that takeout packaging is just as important to consumers as the food. According to a recent Dixie Foodservice survey, 50 percent of consumers said visual presentation and re-heatable packaging were two of the most important factors, other than...

Panda Express considers new service models

No one has to tell Panda Express that Asian food is growing in popularity. With more than 800 locations throughout the United States, Puerto Rico and Japan, Panda Express claims it's the world's quickest-expanding Chinese restaurant chain, with a presence in 36 states.

Restaurant industry continues growth

WASHINGTON D.C. — The outlook for the restaurant industry remained solid in February, as the National Restaurant Association's comprehensive index of restaurant activity was unchanged from its January level.

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