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Perkins Restaurant & Bakery Heads to California With 10 Unit Development Deal

Perkins Restaurant & Bakery®, a leading family-dining restaurant serving homestyle comfort classics and fresh-from-the-oven pies, is thrilled to announce a milestone in its storied franchising history. The brand recently signed a groundbreaking 10 unit development deal, marking Perkins first foray into California and underscoring its commitment to bringing its beloved offerings to new communities.

The announcement comes at an exciting period of franchising for Perkins as the brand has experienced a record breaking year of growth....

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May 16 9:42 AM, Urner Barry

Perkins Restaurant & Bakery Is in Its Prime With Weeklong Juicy Deals in Honor of National Prime Rib Day

National Prime Rib Day is April 27, and Perkins Restaurant & Bakery®, a leading family-dining restaurant brand known for its homestyle meals and breakfast-all-day, is making it prime time all week long. Leading up to National Prime Rib Day, from April 22 to April 26, guests can visit a participating Perkins to enjoy 27% off all Prime Rib entrées. The deal gets even juicer on National Prime Rib Day as guests will enjoy a Buy One, Get One...

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Apr 24 8:02 AM, Urner Barry

Flynn Group Expands Portfolio Through Acquisition of Applebee’s Restaurants

Signs Agreement with Applebee’s to Open 25 New Restaurants

Applebee’s, one of the world’s largest casual dining brands, recently signed an agreement with the world’s largest restaurant franchise operator, Flynn Group, with the goal to open 25 new Applebee’s restaurants in the U.S. over the next seven years. This expansion goal is part of Applebee’s development strategy to return the brand to net new unit openings.

Tony Moralejo, President of Applebee’s, said, "After 44 years as the neighborhood dining destination in America, this agreement reinforces...

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Apr 22 2:52 PM, Urner Barry

Applebee’s Launches NEW Whole Lotta Bacon Burger

Applebee’s is bringing home the bacon to guests nationwide with its newest Handcrafted Burger: the NEW Whole Lotta Bacon Burger! Big, bold, and full of bacon, the NEW Whole Lotta Bacon Burger takes flavor to the next level for only $9.99, for a limited time.* Guests can cure their bacon cravings with this decadent burger by dining in or ordering To Go.

The NEW Whole Lotta Bacon Burger features seared Applewood-smoked bacon in a juicy all-beef patty, topped with three slices of bacon, tangy bacon sauce and American cheese...

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Apr 9 9:03 AM, Urner Barry

Perkins Restaurant & Bakery Launches Egg-Ceptional Catering Program Nationwide with Homestyle Faves

Perkins Restaurant and Bakery®, a leading family dining brand, is springing into the Easter season, offering a delectable selection of homestyle favorites at over 180 locations. Perkins is bringing the brand's iconic breakfast, bakery, burgers, and more to help guests stress less with life's special moments. The Perkins catering menu features affordable homestyle favorites with generous portion sizes, all held to the highest freshness and quality standards.

"At Perkins, we're excited to introduce our catering program, bringing our signature dishes to your special moments...

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Mar 22 8:00 AM, Urner Barry

It's a Flavor Eruption! Red Robin Debuts Lava Queso Burger Alongside the Return of a Fan Favorite

Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, Inc. is introducing innovative new flavors beyond imagination with the arrival of the Lava Queso Burger, Chocolate Covered Pretzel Milkshake and more. Plus, the MadLove Burger is making its triumphant return after fans have pleaded for nearly a year!

Starting March 25, burger meets queso with Red Robin's new melty mashup, the Lava Queso Burger! Complete with chipotle aioli, caramelized onions, grilled poblanos and tomato, this decadent burger is topped with a flowing hot cascade of...

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Mar 19 10:14 AM, Urner Barry

TGI Fridays® Cures Busted Bracket Blues with Free Wings for Defeated Game Day Fans

Just in time for college basketball's biggest tournament of the year, TGI Fridays® is ensuring fans finish the season with a win – especially if their team does not. As fans chase after the elusive – and potentially impossible – perfect bracket, TGI Fridays is serving the ultimate rebound for anyone with a losing bracket. Turning L's into W's, the iconic dining chain is offering free wings as a consolation to every fan with a busted bracket.

Available all day, every day from the tournament tip-off...

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Mar 14 11:54 AM, Urner Barry

Friendly’s New Spring Menu Has Fun (and Food) for the Whole Family

Springtime means new beginnings – a new season, new flowers, and new delicious items on the Friendly’s menu. It’s the perfect place to celebrate spring with family, creating memorable moments with craveable dishes and happy endings.

Beginning Wednesday, March 6, these new menu additions are available at all Friendly’s locations:

Turkey Wrap

Healthy and delicious, this wrap features sliced, fresh turkey breast with mild cheddar, diced applewood smoked bacon for a crunchy kick, spring mixed greens, diced tomato and Ranch dressing wrapped up in a soft flour tortilla...

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Mar 12 7:47 AM, Urner Barry

The Cheesecake Factory Reports Results for Fourth Quarter of Fiscal 2023

The Cheesecake Factory Incorporated (NASDAQ: CAKE) today reported financial results for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2023, which ended on January 2, 2024.

Total revenues were $877.0 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2023 compared to $892.8 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2022. The fourth quarter of fiscal 2023 included 13 weeks compared to 14 weeks in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2022. Excluding the impact of the additional week in fiscal 2022, which contributed approximately $78.4...

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Feb 23 10:10 AM, Urner Barry

Fogo de Chão Celebrates the Return of the Porterhouse to the Churrasco Experience for a Limited Time

Fogo de Chão, the internationally-renowned restaurant from Brazil, invites guests to indulge in the premium Porterhouse cut as it returns to the Full Churrasco Experience for a limited time starting today at all U.S. locations, including Puerto Rico. The Porterhouse is an indulgent cut that includes both a New York Strip and Filet that is cooked bone-in, and served sliced tableside, delivering a juicy and rich flavor with every bite. Fire-roasted and seasoned with rock salt, the Porterhouse adds...

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Feb 20 10:44 AM, Urner Barry

Melting Pot Announces Franchise Growth Incentive

On the heels of another strong year of unit-level sales growth and system-wide remodeling efforts, Melting Pot, a 93-unit experiential dining fondue franchise, has launched a franchise growth incentive, designed to help the brand meet the growing customer demand, as shown through limited Open Table reservation availability in major markets.

Franchise Growth Incentive | Expires July 1, 2024

A candidate or current Melting Pot franchise owner that is approved may execute a new restaurant franchise agreement, paying only a $5,000 franchise fee per unit (discounted from $45,000 * – with a...

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Feb 12 9:00 AM, Urner Barry

Score 20 FREE Boneless Wings at Applebee’s on February 11 for To Go or Delivery

Applebee’s is helping guests score big on game day by offering 20 FREE Boneless Wings – for one day only – for To Go or delivery orders of $40 or more on or the NEW Applebee’s mobile app. On Sunday, Feb. 11, guests can get something the whole team will love with the added convenience of pickup or delivery.*

To take game day to the next level with the 20 FREE Boneless Wings offer at Applebee’s, guests must order online by going to... 

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Feb 1 10:06 AM, Urner Barry

That's Amoré! Maggiano's Little Italy® Celebrates Valentine's Day Signatures

Maggiano's Little Italy® has announced the return of its specially-crafted Valentine's Day dine-in and carryout menus for couples and some decadent seasonal features for the month of February. As a restaurant focused on bringing people together over the joy of delicious food and drink the Italian-American restaurant is looking forward to delivering extra-special romantic offerings to its guests this holiday!

During the month of love, Maggiano's will have mouth-watering seasonal features to indulge in including a Shrimp Parmesan appetizer, Bone-in Veal Parmesan...

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Jan 29 2:42 PM, Urner Barry

Hooters® Paves Way for U.S. Development with Second Generation Real Estate Opportunity

Hooters®, the original American wing joint, outlines flexible store model options to provide franchise owners with location-specific customizability. The iconic restaurant brand showcases how store model flexibility will play a key role in adapting to various market-dependent real estate options as leadership hones in on U.S. franchise development.

One of the keys to Hooters' growth strategy is the opportunity that lies in second generation real estate. Its kitchen design and position of 'heart of the house' equipment, are only one of the main ingredients...

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Jan 24 8:00 AM, Urner Barry

Applebee’s Launches Exclusive Date Night Pass for One Year of Dates

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Applebee’s is helping daters find love – and value – with the NEW Applebee’s Date Night Pass. For the first time ever, and for only $200, guests lucky enough to snag one of these unbeatable Date Night Passes will receive 52 date nights, redeemable beginning February 1, 2024, through January 31, 2025, at participating Applebee’s restaurants nationwide.* Available to purchase on January 22 at 9 a.m. PST, these limited-edition passes will provide up to $30 of food and non-alcoholic beverages during...

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Jan 17 9:59 AM, Urner Barry

Bob Evans Selects PAR Technology’s Punchh® to Enhance Guest Experience and Loyalty

ParTech, Inc. (PAR), a global restaurant technology company and provider of unified commerce solutions for enterprise restaurants, today announced that Bob Evans, the iconic family-style restaurant chain with 437 locations in the U.S. has selected PAR's industry-leading loyalty and offer solution PAR Punchh®. This choice reflects Bob Evans' commitment to enhancing and personalizing customer experiences, creating stronger connections with their guests.

Known for its farm-fresh cuisine and warm hospitality, this collaboration represents a significant step towards enhancing the dining experience...

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Jan 17 8:33 AM, Urner Barry

Panera Bread Warms up National Soup Month With Launch of New Toasted Sourdough Melts and Soup Deal

Panera Bread is excited to announce the newest additions to its sandwich menu alongside the perfect winter warmup deal. Two new toasted Sourdough Melts are available nationwide this week starting at $8.99 at participating local bakery-cafes. New Sourdough Melts are crafted on Panera’s signature Country Rustic Sourdough, expertly toasted to showcase the feel-good flavor of classic grilled cheese that pairs perfectly with Panera’s signature soups this National Soup Month. For guests who want to warm up even more...

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Jan 16 8:00 AM, Urner Barry

Applebee’s® Brings Back All You Can Eat Boneless Wings, Riblets, and Double Crunch Shrimp 

Applebee’s is the place to be in 2024 with the return of All You Can Eat Boneless Wings, Riblets, and Double Crunch Shrimp! Now for a limited time, guests can enjoy an unlimited feast of All You Can Eat Boneless Wings, Riblets, and Double Crunch Shrimp for $14.99* when dining in restaurant.

Guests can savor a variety of flavors with these craveable fan-favorite menu items by starting with Boneless Wings, refilling with Double...

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Jan 9 8:04 AM, Urner Barry

Tim Hortons is Turning 60 and Expanding Across the US

Tim Hortons is proudly celebrating the 60th anniversary of opening its very first restaurant in Canada, the 50th anniversary of establishing Tim Hortons Foundation Camps, and 40 years of serving freshly brewed original blend coffee and always delicious food to communities in the U.S.

The first Tim Hortons restaurant opened on May 17, 1964, in Canada, in Hamilton, Ontario, and the first U.S. restaurant opened in Tonawanda, New York, in 1984. Today, there are over 630 Tim Hortons restaurants across the U.S. and more than 5,700 in...

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Jan 4 4:02 PM, Urner Barry

TGI Fridays® Announces Sale of Select Restaurants in the Northeast to Longtime Stakeholder 

TGI Fridays® today announced the sale of eight previously corporate-owned restaurants in the Northeast to former CEO Ray Blanchette.

With a history of deep involvement and unwavering confidence in the Fridays brand, Mr. Blanchette brings an unmatched understanding of the TGI Fridays business and the restaurant's commitment to delivering excellence for guests. Following the finalization of the sale, Blanchette will lead the locations into a new phase of revitalization.

As TGI Fridays continues executing an era of transformation, the transition is poised to deliver...

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Jan 4 9:22 AM, Urner Barry

Perkins Restaurant & Bakery Offers a Magnificent Value-Focused Start to the New Year

As 2024 unfolds, Perkins Restaurant & Bakery®, a leading family-dining restaurant brand known for its delicious homestyle meals and breakfast all day, is launching into the new year with magnificent offers. Starting Wednesday, January 3, 2024, guests can enjoy the fan-favorite Magnificent Seven® for just $7.99. But that’s not all – Perkins is open late for night owls, and late-night indulgence takes center stage with Half Price Apps, available from 9 p.m. to closing time...

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Jan 3 11:44 AM, Urner Barry

Cracker Barrel Old Country Store Elect John Garratt to Board of Directors

Cracker Barrel Old Country Store® (Nasdaq: CBRL) today announced that John Garratt, 55, has been elected to the company's Board of Directors, effective immediately.

Mr. Garratt is the former President and Chief Financial Officer of Dollar General Corporation, a leading national retail chain operating over 19,000 stores in 48 states. Mr. Garratt began his tenure with Dollar General, as Senior Vice President, Finance and Strategy and later served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer from...

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Dec 22 9:12 AM, Urner Barry

TGI Fridays Bolsters Leadership Team with Appointment of Ray Risley to U.S. President 

TGI Fridays®, the world's first casual bar and grill, announced today the hiring of Ray Risley as U.S President and Chief Operating Officer and Nik Rupp as President of International Markets and Chief Financial Officer. Both will report directly to CEO Weldon Spangler as the company continues to implement a growth plan to revitalize the iconic brand globally.

In the role as U.S. President and Chief Operating Officer, Mr. Risley will be responsible for the supervision and management of the operational facets and performance standards of...

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Dec 14 8:00 AM, Urner Barry

O’Charley’s Restaurant + Bar Spreads Holiday Cheer with Special Deals Through the New Year

The holiday cheer will be in full-swing at O’Charley’s Restaurant + Bar with deals and specials all season long.

From Dec. 21 through Jan. 1, 2024, guests will be treated to an O’mazing $20 Family-Style Meal Bundle. With the order of any Family-Style meal online, guests can add a whole pie, a gallon beverage, and an appetizer (spinach dip or pimento cheese dip) for just $20. And from Dec. 28 to Jan. 1, O’Charley’s will take 23% off all online orders...

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Dec 13 2:43 PM, Urner Barry

Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, Inc. Names Meghan Spuler Chief People Officer

Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, Inc. (NASDAQ: RRGB), a full-service restaurant chain serving an innovative selection of high-quality gourmet burgers in a family-friendly atmosphere, today announced the completion of its best-in-class leadership team with the appointment of Meghan Spuler as Chief People Officer, effective Dec. 11. Spuler succeeds Mark Simpson, who joined the company as Interim Chief People Officer in May 2023. Simpson will remain in an advisory capacity until the transition is complete.

“Meghan’s expertise and proven reputation for championing cultures of inclusivity, high...

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Dec 8 8:06 AM, General News

Cracker Barrel Reports First Quarter Fiscal 2024 Results

Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc. ("Cracker Barrel" or the "Company") (Nasdaq: CBRL) today reported its financial results for the first quarter of fiscal 2024 ended October 27, 2023.

First Quarter Fiscal 2024 Highlights

  • The Company reported first quarter total revenue of $823.8 million. Compared to the prior year first quarter, total revenue decreased 1.9%.
  • Comparable store restaurant sales decreased 0.5%, while comparable store retail sales decreased 8.1%.
  • GAAP operating income for the first quarter was $11.4 million, or 1.4% of total revenue, and adjusted1 operating income was $19.0...
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Dec 1 8:00 AM, Urner Barry

Global Growth Continues to Surge for Hooters, Announces Recent Mexico Development

Hooters®, the original American wing joint, expands its global presence as international development continues to surge. The legacy brand and industry leader recently opened four locations across Mexico, and just opened its newest location in Queretaro Antea this month. The iconic brand has made international growth a centerpiece of its overall growth strategy, with prime territories available overseas and in the United States.

Spearheading Hooters massive growth across Mexico is multi-unit franchisee, Hooters de Mexico led by Paolo Pagnozzi. The Queretaro Antea restaurant is the sixth...

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Nov 29 10:12 AM, Urner Barry

Logan’s Roadhouse “Beefing” Up Holiday Offers For A Limited Time

Logan’s Roadhouse, the leading steakhouse known for its scratch-made rolls, mesquite grilled steaks, and ice-cold beer, is thrilled to announce the triumphant return of Prime Rib, just in time for the holiday season. Logan’s invites guests to indulge in a special Prime Rib experience that will be available exclusively on weekends from through February 18, 2024.

The Prime Rib special features a juicy 13 oz. prime rib, seasoned to perfection in Logan’s signature rub, and then masterfully slow-roasted for six hours and hand-carved to order. Logan’s...

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Nov 29 9:32 AM, Urner Barry

Maggiano's Little Italy® Welcomes the Winter Holidays With Festive Flair

Maggiano's Little Italy® is continuing to celebrate the holiday season by providing delicious options for upscale winter gatherings with family-style dine-in, carryout options and winter menu features for December! In the spirit of togetherness, Maggiano's will also have their doors open to anyone who doesn't feel like turning on the oven this Christmas Eve, New Year's Eve and New Year's Day.

From Nov. 30 to New Year's Eve, guests can dine in at Maggiano's for an extravagant three-course holiday menu featuring refined Italian Classics...

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Nov 28 12:00 PM, Urner Barry

Modern Market Eatery First Drive-Thru Location Now Open

Modern Market Eatery, the Colorado-based fast casual concept specializing in scratch-made foods using clean ingredients, has opened the brand's first drive-thru restaurant in Colorado Springs at 3015 New Center Point, Suite 100, in the First & Main Town Center on Friday, Nov. 17.

The new company-owned restaurant is the third Modern Market Eatery location in Colorado Springs. Offering dine-in, drive-thru and delivery options, it will serve the full Modern Market menu, including the new winter menu that launched on Nov. 1, featuring eight brand-new dishes...

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Nov 28 8:00 AM, Urner Barry

IHOP® Brings a Bit of Whimsy to New Menu in Celebration of the Release of Wonka

Today, IHOP® announced it is celebrating the magic of Warner Bros. Pictures’ Wonka with a lineup of limited time only offerings inspired by the new film. IHOP is a must-experience dining destination this holiday season with fun, exclusive menu items and offers that need to be tasted to be believed.

Through this partnership, nine whimsical food and beverage items – including new Wonka’s Perfectly Purple Pancakes and Dreamy Lemonade – will bring the joy of Wonka’s world to IHOP guests’ plates at participating...

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Nov 27 9:20 AM, Urner Barry

Holy Cannoli! Carrabba's Italian Grill Has a New App

Authentic Italian cuisine is just a click away with the all-new Carrabba's mobile app, the latest way to taste the flavors and fun of Carrabba's Italian Grill. The app serves a satisfying selection of exclusive benefits including free dessert for downloading with any adult entrée through Sunday, Dec. 3.

"The Carrabba's app was designed to make it easier than ever for guests to dine with us," said Bronze R. Major, Head of Marketing for Carrabba's Italian Grill. "We've added a number of features to enhance...

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Nov 22 11:13 AM, Urner Barry

Indulge in the Essence of the South with O'Charley's Limited-Time-Only “Southern Comfort” Menu

O'Charley's is thrilled to announce the launch of its much-anticipated and limited-time-only Southern Comfort Specials Menu, set to delight taste buds and bring a touch of Southern charm to guests starting today.

The Southern Comfort Specials Menu features a delectable array of dishes that pay homage to the rich culinary heritage of the American South.

Highlights of the new menu include:

  • Pecan Chicken Tender Appetizer — O’Charley’s Famous Chicken Tenders with special pecan breading, served with our own...
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Nov 14 11:46 AM, Urner Barry

Uncle Julio's Announces Leadership Appointments

Uncle Julio's Restaurant Group ("Uncle Julio's") today announced that it has named Scott Lawton as CEO and RJ Thomas as President and Chief Operating Officer, to lead the company and accelerate its growth.

Lawton is a seasoned restaurant executive with more than 20 years of leadership and operational experience. In 2011, he co-founded bartaco, a coastally-inspired restaurant serving upscale street food with 29 locations in 13 states, and he subsequently served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Barteca until its sale to Del Frisco's Restaurant Group in 2018...

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Nov 13 2:03 PM, Urner Barry

Applebee’s Introduces NEW Holiday Combos

The holidays just got better at Applebee’s with four NEW Holiday Combos starting at $13.99*! Warm up this winter with a variety of hearty combos each featuring two popular proteins including Honey BBQ Chicken Breast, Blackened Cajun Salmon, 6 oz. USDA Select Top Sirloin, Applebee’s Riblets, and Double Crunch Shrimp. Each Combo also includes garlic mashed potatoes, steamed broccoli, and crispy onions. Available for dine-in, To Go, and delivery, Applebee’s Holiday Combos are only available for a limited time.

These fa-la-la-la finger lickin' good combos include two delicious proteins...

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Nov 13 9:55 AM, Urner Barry

Spend More Time Making Family Memories with Cracker Barrel's Holiday Heat n' Serve Meals

With the average American spending over nine hours in the kitchen preparing Thanksgiving dinner from scratch, Cracker Barrel Old Country Store® can handle the cooking – all season long – with convenient catering and holiday meal options for any size gathering.

Entertaining just got easier with the return Thanksgiving Heat n' Serve meals and new catering menu items like Country Fried Turkey and Broccoli Cheese Casserole. Plus, popular holiday dishes like Cinnamon Roll Pie are back by popular demand for dine-in or curbside pickup...

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Nov 6 8:00 AM, Urner Barry

TGI Fridays Names Weldon Spangler as Chief Executive Officer

Weldon Spangler, a longtime TGI Fridays board member and highly experienced restaurant executive, has been appointed CEO of TGI Fridays, effective immediately. He succeeds Brandon Coleman, who has resigned for personal reasons.

Mr. Spangler will lead implementation of the growth plan to revitalize the iconic brand on a global scale. There are currently 700 TGI Fridays restaurants in 51 countries offering high quality American food and drinks.

Mr. Spangler brings extensive background in the restaurant industry and his impressive career spans over 30 years of experience, during...

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Nov 1 3:24 PM, Urner Barry

Maggiano's Little Italy® Celebrates the Holidays with Festive Favorites for Thanksgiving

Maggiano's Little Italy® has everyone set for the perfect dinner this Thanksgiving with delicious holiday dine-in and carryout offerings as well as seasonal fall menu features! As a brand known for bringing people around the table, Maggiano's will be open on Thanksgiving Day with an elevated dine-in menu and as well as hot and cold carryout options for up to five people.

Thanksgiving has become an increasingly popular time for the family-focused Italian-American restaurant. This year, guests are invited to celebrate the Maggiano's...

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Nov 1 3:17 PM, Urner Barry

Smokey Bones Announces Partnership with Celebrity Chef Robert Irvine

Smokey Bones today announces that world-class culinary personality and philanthropist, Chef Robert Irvine, will join the Masters of Meat to introduce a limited-time menu, Robert’s Ribfeast, starting on October 31, 2023. Fans are asked to bring their appetites to try this delicious new menu, which will benefit the Robert Irvine Foundation, dedicated to transforming the lives of service members, veterans, first responders and their families. Smokey Bones has committed to donate 10 percent of sales from “Robert’s Ribfeast” promotion, up to $100,000...

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Oct 31 3:40 PM, Urner Barry

Perkins Restaurant & Bakery Unleashes Feastmode for the Holiday Season With New Holiday Menu

Perkins Restaurant & Bakery®, the leading family-dining restaurant brand known for homestyle comfort and all-day breakfast, invites guests to enter feastmode. With an array of holiday offerings, Perkins invites guests to enjoy hearty holiday feastivities with delicious Prime Rib dishes for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Perkins, a name synonymous with comfort food and bakery treats, has been a beloved part of holiday traditions for 65 years. Starting Wednesday, November 8, 2023, participating restaurants will elevate their commitment to ensuring guests have a joyful holiday season...

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Oct 31 9:32 AM, Urner Barry

Bob Evans Restaurants Celebrates This Holiday Season with the Return of Farmhouse Feasts

To celebrate the Thanksgiving season, Bob Evans holiday meals allow guests to spend less time cooking and more time making memories – the true meaning of the season. For years, Bob Evans has mastered their signature Thanksgiving recipes to alleviate the burden of making a Thanksgiving meal for its guests. This year, the return of Bob Evans’ Farmhouse Feasts feature a collection of holiday meals to-go that can accommodate gatherings of any size and are packed cold, ready to heat and serve in two hours or less...

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Oct 30 7:58 AM, Urner Barry

Golden Corral Kicks Off The Holiday Season with All the Fixings, None of the Stressing

Golden Corral is serving up Holiday Meal solutions to fit everyone this holiday season so guests can spend more quality time with family and friends for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s. The buffet chain’s holiday offering lineup includes more than just their seasonal Holiday Buffet, guests can also order an entire Holiday Meal To Go or pick and choose from their a la carte side menu, as well as receive a free $10 Bonus Card with $50 Gift Card purchases...

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Oct 27 7:58 AM, Urner Barry

TGI Fridays® Transforms Menu with Revamped Appetizer Lineup, New Salads and Bowl Entrees

TGI Fridays, the world's first casual bar and grill, is continuing its ongoing transformation with the addition of even more bold, in-demand flavors to its menu. Starting today, Fridays™ fans can experience a reimagined appetizer lineup featuring new offerings and revamped classics, a selection of new salad and bowl entrees, and an all-new non-alcoholic beverage to sip on.

"We are thrilled to bring even more momentum to this revolutionary era of growth and revitalization for the Fridays brand," shared Brandon...

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Oct 24 10:14 AM, Urner Barry

Applebee’s® Brings Back FREE Boneless Wings Appetizer on Halloween for Online Orders

This Halloween, Applebee’s is offering a special treat for wing lovers: FREE Boneless Wings with any online purchase of $40 or more for To Go (or delivery) when ordered online at or on the Applebee’s mobile app.*

Back for one day only on Oct. 31 – Applebee's FREE Boneless Wings appetizer is a ‘spooktacular’ deal for guests whether on-the-go or hunkering down for the night. When ordering, guests choose from one of several hauntingly delicious sauces to add to their...

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Oct 24 8:00 AM, Urner Barry

Book it! TGI Fridays® Launches New Party Hosting Service

The originator of the modern-day singles bar, TGI Fridays has long been in the business of social gatherings. Now, the brand is helping Guests bring their celebratory gatherings to life in TGI Fridays restaurants – driving an estimated $5 million in projected incremental revenue in Q4 alone. Addressing a gap in the casual dining space, the brand is one of the first in the category to bring party hosting services to its restaurant.

The new offering, which is part of the brand's transformative growth strategy led by newly appointed...

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Oct 20 8:00 AM, Urner Barry

Taco Del Mar Brings the Heat with its Blazing Scorpion Chicken Flavored with TABASCO® Scorpion Sauce

Now offering spice like no other, fast-casual brand Taco Del Mar is bringing the heat to its restaurants across the U.S. and Canada this fall with a new protein choice – Blazing Scorpion Chicken flavored with TABASCO® Scorpion Sauce – which can be added to any entrée or taco.

Made with tender pulled chicken flavored with TABASCO® Scorpion Sauce, the brand’s hottest, it’s the perfect addition of heat and flavor for adventurous guests looking for a little more excitement in their meals...

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Oct 17 1:35 PM, Urner Barry

California Pizza Kitchen Launches Updated Mobile App with Six Weeks of Exclusive Perks

California Pizza Kitchen (CPK) has launched a revamped version of its mobile app with new guest-friendly features and exclusive perks. Starting October 16, guests who download or update the free app will receive easier access to their rewards, a pay by mobile feature for faster check out in-restaurant, new personalized CPK offers, and access to exclusive weekly specials.

To celebrate the release of the updated app, CPK is gifting members with weekly rewards through November 22...

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Oct 17 8:00 AM, Urner Barry

Rethinking the Brand: On The Border Turns Itself Around!

Operating restaurants in the 2020s has required brands to cast their eyes on just about every aspect of their businesses. From technology and menu innovation to packaging and getting products to customers, the evolution of the restaurant sector in the past 3 years has been transformative. For On The Border, this time frame has required more than refreshing our brand and operations. It has caused us to rethink them.

When the concept was founded in 1982 in Dallas, On The Border was praised for its top-tier margaritas and authentic...

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Oct 4 9:39 AM, Urner Barry

Carrabba's Italian Grill Unveils Four New Recipes to Celebrate National Pasta Month!

Carrabba's Italian Grill, home of authentic Italian cuisine for generations, is setting the table for a special National Pasta Month celebration this October. Linguine lovers, fettucine fans and other pasta-ficionados will be treated to new chef-inspired pasta dishes Oct. 2-29 as the restaurants reveal a new dish each week. Guests can also show their pasta love for a chance to win prizes by entering the #PastaLoversChallenge.

The 'Four Weeks of Pasta' will feature off-menu entrées highlighting new recipes and insider secret...

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Oct 2 1:59 PM, Urner Barry

New Cracker Barrel Rewards™ Brings Guests the Rewards They Crave with the Care They Deserve

Now, every visit to Cracker Barrel Old Country Store® can be even more rewarding with new Cracker Barrel Rewards™. Members of the unique program can earn Pegs (like points) through restaurant or retail purchases and redeem them for rewards. Plus, members can enjoy more of what they love from Cracker Barrel with Birthday, Anniversary and Surprise Bonus Rewards, and one-of-a-kind digital experiences just for being a member.

Earn Pegs toward Rewards
The program is inspired by Cracker Barrel's iconic...

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Sep 21 8:00 AM, Urner Barry

Miller's Ale House Now Serving Brunch 7 Days a Week

Miller's Ale House, the sports-themed casual dining restaurant known for great prices, friendly service and generous portions, introduces its first-ever brunch menu, featuring $9.99 entrees and $5 brunch cocktails served from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday and 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday–Friday.

"With the launch of our brunch menu, we have an opportunity to serve our guests in a whole new daypart for Miller's," said Miller's Ale House CEO Nikhil Khanna. "Whether they are catching an early weekend game...

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Sep 12 9:53 AM, Urner Barry

P.F. Chang’s Enhances Catering Capabilities with Cartwheel

Renowned restaurant brand P.F. Chang’s is revolutionizing its catering capabilities through a strategic collaboration with Cartwheel, the leading enterprise delivery management platform.

Cartwheel recently invested in integrating with ezCater, the most trusted provider of corporate food solutions. This integration further streamlines and optimizes catering management and delivery capabilities for the restaurant chain and centralizes once disparate channels into a single, unified platform. Efficient order and delivery management lead to exceptional customer experiences, which, in turn, drive repeat orders.

P.F. Chang’s has worked with Cartwheel to power deliveries through its online catering channels since...

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Sep 11 8:08 AM, Urner Barry

Veggie Grill Expands Successful Beyond Meat Partnership With Additional Plant-Based Steak Offerings

Veggie Grill, the beloved plant-based restaurant pioneer and acclaimed segment leader best known for serving feel-good food for all since 2006, is deepening its longtime partnership with Beyond Meat with expanded Beyond Steak menu offerings. Committed to sourcing the best-tasting and highest-quality plant-based products possible, Veggie Grill will feature the award-winning Beyond Steak on three existing fan-favorite menu items. The 100% plant-powered restaurant brand debuted the better-for-you steak in April. The overwhelmingly positive response to Beyond Steak...

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Sep 6 10:40 AM, Urner Barry

Fogo de Chão Continues to Grow Strong Global Development Pipeline Through 2024

Fogo de Chão, the internationally-renowned restaurant from Brazil that allows guests to make culinary discoveries at every turn, announced its growth areas through 2024 outlining a significant number of domestic and international leases and development agreements signed with more in the works for later this year. In addition to the 12 signed leases announced earlier this year, the 10 new agreements support the brand’s successful 15% annual growth rate, which has now been met for a third consecutive year...

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Sep 5 1:41 PM, Urner Barry

TGI Fridays Names Brandon Coleman III As New Chief Executive Officer

TGI Fridays said today that Brandon Coleman III has been named Chief Executive Officer. The announcement was made by Rohit Manocha, Chairman of the Board and Co-Founder of TriArtisan Capital Advisors. TriArtisan, the lead investor in TGI Fridays with extensive holdings and deep experience in the restaurant and hospitality industry, conducted an extensive search among internal and external candidates led by the global executive search firm Heidrick & Struggles.

Mr. Coleman will lead TGI Fridays into a transformative next phase revitalizing the brand to position it as a... 

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Aug 30 10:47 AM, Urner Barry

Walk-On's Sports Bistreaux Introduces Bone-In Wings to Its Menu for First Time in Two Decades 

Walk-On's Sports Bistreaux, the renowned sports restaurant and bar concept committed to providing guests with an unparalleled dining experience is pleased to announce after two decades of "winging it" with just boneless wings, the brand is introducing three mouthwatering flavors of bone-in wings to its menu, Buffalo, Sweet Chili and Lemon Pepper Dry Rub, for the first time in its history, finally picking the bone with Walk-On's fanatics and letting traditional wings walk-on to the menu roster beginning August...

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Aug 29 7:48 AM, Urner Barry

IHOP Enhances Online Ordering Experience with Google Cloud AI

Today, Google Cloud and IHOP announced that the restaurant chain is partnering with Google Cloud to enhance its online ordering experience nationwide with AI technology. Logged-in guests ordering from IHOP online will soon see more helpful and personalized options, including suggestions for their favorite IHOP items that they frequently order. The brand is the first in the restaurant industry to use Google Cloud's Recommendations AI technology for online ordering specifically.

Powering IHOP's new food ordering recommendation engine is Google Cloud's Recommendations AI solution, which draws on Google's...

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Aug 25 8:39 AM, General News

Turn up the Heat! Native Grill & Wings Partners with Kickstand Cocktails for Annual Gridiron Classic

Native Grill & Wings, known for its signature wings and vibrant atmosphere, today announces its annual Gridiron Classic fall menu. This year, Native will raise the stakes by partnering with Kickstand Cocktails, the spice-forward vodka canned cocktail brand. The limited menu featuring Kickstand Cocktails flavors and giveaways is available now and will run through Dec. 17.

The Gridiron Classic’s limited-time menu items are sure to provide fans an authentic tailgating experience, regardless of their proximity to the field. Playing into classic football fare, Native...

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Aug 24 7:31 AM, Urner Barry

First Watch Gets Spicy With Mike's Hot Honey Fall Menu Collaboration

Move over pumpkin spice, First Watch is reigniting its partnership with Mike's Hot Honey to bring sweet heat to its new seasonally inspired menu, available nationwide* now through October 29. Headlining the fall menu is the Million Dollar Harvest Hash, created in collaboration between the two brands to combine the fan-favorite honey with First Watch's signature Million Dollar Bacon and house-roasted sweet potatoes. This is the leading Daytime Dining restaurant's second time bringing Chef Shane Schaibly and Mike's Hot Honey founder Mike Kurtz together for a custom...

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Aug 21 8:35 AM, Urner Barry

Bob Evans Restaurants Introduces Irresistible Rancher BBQ Braised Beef

Bob Evans Restaurants has announced “There’s A New Flavor in Town” with three unique dishes aimed to satisfy featuring craveable flavor combinations. Rancher BBQ Beef Dinner, Rancher BBQ Beef Mac & Cheese and Rancher BBQ Beef Burger, are made with farm fresh, braised and barbecued beef, ranch dressing and a sweet and smoky BBQ sauce. All three dishes are available system-wide at lunch or dinner. Each is mouthwatering and packed with flavor – a surefire way to turn heads at any dinner table.

Details of each dish include...

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Aug 18 7:59 AM, Urner Barry

Cilantro Taco Grill Partners with Armando Christian Perez, aka Pitbull, and Fransmart

Cilantro Taco Grill, the Mexican immigrant-founded fast casual restaurant with more than 15 locations throughout Chicago, has partnered with new investment partners to fuel the brand’s franchise growth. Armando Christian Perez (Pitbull) and Fransmart, the global leaders in franchise development will grow what they believe is the next generation of Mexican fast casual concepts to more than 1,000 units worldwide over the next 10 years, with initial efforts focused on the nation’s top 100 largest markets.

“I invested in Cilantro because I was inspired by...

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Aug 17 3:03 PM, Urner Barry

Fogo de Chão to be Acquired by Bain Capital Private Equity from Rhône Capital

Fogo de Chão (“Fogo”), the internationally renowned restaurant brand from Brazil, today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to be acquired by Bain Capital Private Equity (“Bain Capital”) to accelerate its growth and expansion. Fogo will continue to operate under its current management team, led by Chief Executive Officer Barry McGowan. Funds affiliated with Rhône Capital (together with certain of their affiliates, “Rhône”) have owned Fogo since taking the company private in 2018. Financial terms of the private purchase were not disclosed...

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Aug 16 8:00 AM, Urner Barry

Light Up Your Taste Buds with Bar Louie’s New Dinner Menu Lineup

After indulging on martinis at Happy Hour, Dallas-based chain, Bar Louie, is inviting its guests to stay for dinner with their craveable new Savory Selections dinner menu lineup. Bar Louie is elevating dinnertime offerings from simple bar bites to plentiful savory entrées fit to complete any long day. Bring your clients or friends for a happy hour cocktail, then round out your day with an entrée and wine pairing.

The chefs in the kitchen of the popular late-night chain continue to...

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Aug 10 9:58 AM, Urner Barry

All You Can Eat Boneless Wings are Back at Applebee’s

All You Can Eat Boneless Wings are back at Applebee’s and things are getting saucy! Now for a limited time, guests can indulge in an unlimited feast of Applebee’s fan-favorite Boneless Wings with a choice of six savory sauces and flavors for only $12.99.* Plus, guests can enjoy this unbeatable wing deal with Applebee’s NEW $5 Sunshine Sips. Kick back and cool off for $5 with one of these tasty NEW Mucho Cocktails.

The guest-favorite All You Can Eat Boneless Wings deal includes crispy breaded...

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Aug 8 7:54 AM, Urner Barry

Dine Brands Global, Inc. Reports Second Quarter 2023 Results

“Dine Brands is well-positioned to invest in our brands, drive growth and maximize returns. Despite some market volatility, our business model’s resiliency is evident through consistent financial results, enabling us to pursue long-term growth opportunities, debt reduction and returning capital to shareholders,” said John Peyton, chief executive officer, Dine Brands Global. “Looking ahead, we will continue to maintain our disciplined approach to creating value for stakeholders and demand from our guests.”

Vance Chang, chief financial officer, added, “Our focus, in collaboration with our franchisees, is to drive consistent sales...

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Aug 3 9:33 AM, Urner Barry

Bloomin’ Brands Announces Q2 2023 Financial Results

Bloomin’ Brands, Inc. (Nasdaq: BLMN) today reported results for the second quarter 2023 (“Q2 2023”) compared to the second quarter 2022 (“Q2 2022”).

CEO Comments

“We delivered another strong quarter of results that continues to highlight the benefits of our portfolio,” said David Deno, CEO. “Earnings for the quarter were above expectations and revenues were in line. Our results reflect the investments we are making to elevate the customer experience as well as the ongoing execution of our growth strategy. We remain well positioned to deliver on our long-term goals of growing...

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Aug 1 8:09 AM, General News

P.F. Chang's Announces CEO Transition

P.F. Chang's China Bistro, Inc. (the "Company") today announced that Damola Adamolekun has decided to step down as Chief Executive Officer ("CEO") effective August 1st, 2023. The Board has appointed Rohit Manocha, a shareholder representative and P.F. Chang's board member since 2019, to serve as interim CEO and is working with an independent recruitment firm to conduct a comprehensive search for a successor. Mr. Adamolekun will return to Paulson & Co. Inc. ("Paulson") as a Partner focusing on investments.

"On behalf of the Board and the entire P.F. Chang's team, I want to thank Damola for...

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Jul 31 9:11 AM, Urner Barry

Did Someone Say Free Wings?

With the best chicken wings in town, Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza & Wings, owned by BurgerFi International, Inc. (Nasdaq: BFI, BFIIW) (“BurgerFi”), believes their wings are so delicious and fresh guests need an entire week to celebrate them, not just one day. Beginning July 24 through the 30th (not JUST National Chicken Wing Day of July 29th), wing fans can get sauced with Anthony’s mouth-watering wing specials.

Guests who sign up or sign into Anthony’s Coal Fired Club Rewards program and purchase chicken wings from Monday, July 24 to Sunday, July, 30 will receive a...

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Jul 21 9:30 AM, Urner Barry

Freddy's Frozen Custard & Steakburgers Closes First Half of the Year with 31 New Locations 

Fast-casual restaurant concept Freddy's Frozen Custard & Steakburgers® announced today its strong start to Q3, signing a franchise development agreement led by new franchisee, Ellis Choi, to debut eight new restaurants in LA County, California, a key target market in the U.S. for the brand. This announcement comes on the heels of a remarkable two quarters of growth, ending the first half of the year with more than 480 locations across 36 states. Freddy's has set its sights on reaching 500 units later this year...

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Jul 21 8:01 AM, Urner Barry

Smokey Bones Names Javier Retamar Chief Financial Officer

Smokey Bones, the Masters of Meat, recently named Javier Retamar as the new Chief Financial Officer for the restaurant company headquartered in South Florida.

Retamar is a seasoned and accomplished executive who has had exceptional success in leading teams within cross-functional groups to achieve strategic goals.

“Javier has led an impressive finance career. His strategic and growth mindset will help drive our organization as we look to expand our presence and continue to evolve our brand,” said Hal Lawlor, President and Chief Operating Officer for Smokey...

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Jul 20 1:53 PM, Urner Barry

Hard Rock Steps into Next Era of Lionel Messi Partnership with Launch of New Messi Chicken Sandwich

To welcome the soccer legend to the U.S., new namesake menu item is now available globally at Hard Rock Cafe locations and Select Hard Rock Hotels & Casinos via In-Room Dining

Hollywood, FL (Restaurant News Release) Hard Rock International is once again teaming up with global brand ambassador, Lionel Messi, to launch a new namesake menu item “Made For You by Leo Messi” – the Messi Chicken Sandwich. Inspired by one of the soccer legend’s favorite Argentinean dishes growing up, the new “Milanese style”...

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Jul 12 2:48 PM, Urner Barry

Bonefish Grill Shakes Things up with a New Daily Social Hour Experience 

Bonefish Grill, everyone's favorite casual dining restaurant for land and sea fare, is launching a new Social Hour that serves up good times with an all-new style.

The innovative experience, which brings people together to enjoy a craveable menu of Bonefish Grill favorites and creative cocktails in a spirited yet relaxed setting, launches Monday, July 3 at 3 p.m. and will be available daily at all locations.

"Our curated menu of sharable dishes, featured premium spirits, and...

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Jul 5 9:56 AM, Urner Barry

Denny's Unlocks Unprecedented Value with Launch of Gamified Rewards Program

Denny's , America's Diner, has launched its revamped Denny's Rewards program, providing guests valuable monthly offers and introducing personalized challenges that unlock never-before-seen rewards. Once members join at or with the Denny's App, their digital wallet will hold offers, fun challenges, and keep track of rewards so they can easily redeem them for the Denny's flavors they crave.

"Denny's provides an incredible bang for your buck, and now our rewards challenges take value to a whole new level," said John Dillon, Denny's President. "At a time when...

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Jul 3 8:09 AM, Urner Barry

Perkins Restaurant & Bakery and Huddle House Accelerate Multi-Unit Franchise Growth

Ascent Hospitality Management, parent company of Huddle House and Perkins Restaurant & Bakery®, continues to build momentum in 2023 with several consecutive multi-unit agreements.

In the past five months, Ascent Hospitality Management has closed five multi-unit agreements for a total of 14 restaurants across five different states, including Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, and Texas.

“Multi-unit deals are a testament to an entrepreneur’s confidence in the Ascent Hospitality Management brands and the leadership teams. We prioritize supporting our franchise partners by offering a winning...

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Jun 28 7:56 AM, Urner Barry

Denny's Baconalia Menu Returns to America's Diner Nationwide After 10-Year Hiatus

Calling all bacon lovers! Denny's is ready to satisfy your cravings for crispy strips, answer your pleas for the ultimate pork, and feed your bacon obsession with the triumphant return of its Baconalia menu. Returning to all Denny's locations after a 10-year hiatus, this limited-time menu features seven craveable bacon-centric creations, making this the biggest and best Baconalia yet.

From June 21 through August 29, fans can feast on mouth-watering dishes such as Premium Bacon Loaded Pancakes™, the Triple Bacon Sampler...

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Jun 20 11:52 AM, Urner Barry

TGI Fridays® Unveils Major Menu Evolution with New Grilled & Sauced Menu

TGI Fridays is launching an all-new menu to serve Fridays™ fans with exciting innovation and irresistible flavor. Available now, the brand's elevated Grilled & Sauced menu lets guests customize the TGI Fridays menu like never before with a selection of bold, flavorful sauces and top quality proteins to mix and match however they'd like.

"This is the biggest change to the TGI Fridays menu since we first launched Whiskey Glaze in the 90s," said Brandon Coleman III, President at TGI Fridays US. "Our guests love bold, exciting...  

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Jun 13 10:04 AM, Urner Barry

Perkins Restaurant & Bakery Appoints Diana Garcia-Lorenzana Vice President of Marketing

Perkins Restaurant & Bakery®, a leading family-dining restaurant for more than 60 years, has named industry veteran Diana Garcia-Lorenzana as Vice President of Marketing. She is a results-oriented marketer that will lead the Perkins marketing team in building loyalty with a younger consumer audience base, reaching consumers digitally and conveying the brand’s legacy story.

Garcia-Lorenzana joins Perkins Restaurant & Bakery® from Darden Restaurants, where she was VP of Digital Marketing and CRM. While at Darden...

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May 31 9:46 AM, Urner Barry

Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, Inc. Reports Results for the Fiscal First Quarter Ended April 16, 2023

Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, Inc. a full-service restaurant chain serving an innovative selection of high-quality gourmet burgers in a family-friendly atmosphere, today reported financial results for the fiscal first quarter ended April 16, 2023.

Highlights for the First Quarter of Fiscal 2023, Compared to the First Quarter of Fiscal 2022:

  • Total revenues are $418.0 million, an increase of $22.4 million compared to 2022.
     -Comparable restaurant revenue(1) increased 8.6%.
     -Ninth consecutive quarter of positive comparable restaurant revenue(1) growth...
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May 25 8:40 AM, Urner Barry

Texas Roadhouse, Inc. Appoints Southwest Airlines Veteran Chris Monroe Chief Financial Officer 

Texas Roadhouse, Inc. announced today that Chris Monroe has been hired as Chief Financial Officer, effective June 28, 2023. Mr. Monroe has over 34 years of financial experience, including the past 30 years at Southwest Airlines. He most recently served as Senior Vice President of Finance and Treasurer.

As the Company’s principal financial officer, Mr. Monroe will be responsible for overseeing the Company’s accounting, financial reporting, investor relations, tax, treasury, internal audit, and financial analysis functions.

“We are excited to have Chris join our team. Chris brings valuable...

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May 19 9:29 AM, Urner Barry

O’Charley’s Announces New “Smash Hit” Burger Lineup

O’Charley’s Restaurant + Bar is inviting guests to “meat” their all-new “Smash Hit” Burger lineup beginning May 22. This rollout arrives just in time for National Burger Day on May 28, when guests will receive $5 off any burger that day.

The all-new smash burgers are the same 7 ounces guests love but are grilled so that the edges are nice and crispy and the flavor gets big and bold, giving them a bun-in-a-million taste. The irresistible new burger lineup is wide-ranging...

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May 19 8:00 AM, Urner Barry

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