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Research: Worldwide political uncertainty = unpredictable economies

The wildly fluctuating and uncertain political climate in both the U.S. and Europe may cause some real problems for the economy this year for both areas, while the cumulative effects of over-indebtedness and bad loans could be leading up to a banking crisis in China.

Czech Republic featured in Au Bon Pain menu item

Czech your attitude at the door, as Au Bon Pain is releasing its newest menu item centered around a Czech Republic wedding tradition, according to a press release. The addition, bacon & cheddar kolache [koh-LAH-chee], originated in the eighteenth century...

Tropical Smoothie Cafe to celebrate milestone in March

Eduardo Ramos and Corina Groeger will help Tropical Smoothie Café celebrate a milestone come March 4 — the concept's 50th location in Michigan. "We are thrilled to open the 50th location in Michigan and proud to be a part of...

Restaurant numbers drop as diners stay home

A series of restaurant industry polls and data analyses indicated significant change is underway in the restaurant industry, much of it not particularly good. NPD Group dropped a substantial news bomb this week when it said that the number of...

Dickey's, Kroger serve up sausages

Consumers can now buy Dickey's Barbecue Pit original smoked fresh polish, smoked spicy cheddar and red hot links sausages at 105 Kroger locations in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, according to a press release. "We are proud to launch Dickey's signature...

Sharky's Woodfired Mexican Grill benefits No Kid Hungry

In two months, Sharky's Woodfired Mexican Grill plans to raise $10,000, in partnership with Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute, to support No Kid Hungry. Sharky's will donate $1 for each wild Alaska salmon menu item purchased from Feb. 16 to Apr.

King-Casey, Envirosell release MenuBoard Pro

King-Casey and Envirosell, two restaurant and retail consultant firms, collaborated to create MenuBoard Pro, according to a press release. "The beauty of this data-driven solution is that it is based on methodologies that our firms have proven in the field...

Glenn Lunde tapped as Togo's chief concept officer

Togo's has named Glenn Lunde as its chief concept officer. Lunde will direct brand strategy, marketing and concept development and joins Togo's with over 25 years of restaurant and retail experience, according to a press release. "As a Bay Area...

Nekter Juice Bar expects a big year

Nekter has re-evaluated its growth potential in its three-year forecast and increased its projection from 300 units from 425. "In just six years, Nékter Juice Bar has established its leadership position within the restaurant industry with a retained focus on...

Pei Wei puts former NPC COO in corner office

Former NPC International chief operating officer John J. Hedrick has taken the reins of pan-Asian fast casual brand Pei Wei  as of Jan.

Vitality Bowls to open 24th Cali location

Vitality Bowls cafe will soon open its 24th unit in California under the direction of Chandani Singh who is opening her first location in Santa Clara on March 16, according to a press release. "I have always been passionate about...

Consumer appetite for healthy food boosts Green & Tonic sales

Green & Tonic's same-store Q4 sales rose 22 percent compared to a year ago, and its average unit volumes increased 29 percent, according to a press release. The chain now has five locations, added 20 menu items, redesigned its website...

Zoup readying 1st Seattle location

Franchisee Kari Hingst is prepping to open Zoup's second location in Washington and its first in the Seattle area, according to a press release. "We're thrilled to bring Zoup's award-winning recipes to Seattle," Hingst said in the release. "Zoup is...

Chipotle reduces wait time on digital orders

Chipotle customers will have shorter wait times now that it has completed the rollout of its "Smarter Pickup Times" technology to all its restaurants that offer digital ordering. The technology allows customers who order digitally to benefit from shorter and...

Workers' groups quiet about Trump's pick to replace Hardee's CEO as labor sec nominee

President Trump's latest pick for labor secretary, R. Alexander Acosta, has evoked little response from workers' rights and other organizations supporting restaurant workers' interest. That is a significant difference from the ongoing criticisms levied in the name of Trump's initial choice, CKE Restaurant Group CEO Andrew Puzder.

2 former McDonald's franchisees trade Big Macs for fast casual pizza

Pie Five is going north with its latest opening, while Uncle Maddio's heads south after signing a deal for five restaurants in the Sunshine State. Pie Five's newest restaurant and first Pennsylvania location opens today on Walker Road in Chambersburg....

Dickey's to open 2 Ann Arbor locations

Dickey's will open in two new Ann Arbor, Michigan, locations, one of which is the University of Michigan campus. Husband and wife franchise team William and Rebecca Kaufman are the operators. "I grew up eating Dickey's and I am excited...

Johnny Rockets surveys international growth

Johnny Rockets is undertaking significant expansion overseas, including the opening of locations in Singapore, Mexico, Switzerland, U.K, Caribbean, Pakistan and South Korea, according to a press release. "Johnny Rockets has grown tremendously over the last year, opening 61 restaurants in...

Tom+Chee debuts updated menu

Tom+Chee announced new menu items for its 99 locations, according to a press release. "Our menu has evolved over time, as our staff, franchisees, and customers have shared creative recipes and pushed for fun, new flavor combinations," Tom+Chee Co-founders Corey...

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