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California Pizza Kitchen Celebrates Moms with the Return of Heart-Shaped Pizzas and Gift Cards

There are many ways to recognize mom or a motherly figure this year and California Pizza Kitchen (CPK), a global restaurant brand dedicated to serving creative California cuisine, is serving up more than one way to help you show her how much she’s appreciated this Mother’s Day.

Available for dine-in only on Sunday, May 8, guests can order any of their favorite CPK pizzas on heart-shaped crispy thin crust for no additional charge and any guest who dines on Saturday, May 7 and...

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May 4 9:26 AM, General News

The NPD Group Announces 2022 Top 50 US Restaurant Chain Rankings

The NPD Group has ranked the top 50 U.S. restaurant chains based on sales estimates representing each chain’s total U.S. system for the year ending December 2021. Recovery was evident for the U.S. commercial restaurant industry in 2021 as pandemic restrictions lifted, vaccinations increased, and pent-up demand led to consumers dining out more. Restaurant online and physical visits increased by 9% in 2021 compared to the 12% decline in 2020. Similar to the overall restaurant trend, aggregate sales for the top 50 chains grew 15%, from...

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Apr 28 8:00 AM, General News

Chicken n' Biscuits by Cracker Barrel™ Enters the Chicken Sandwich Competition

Cracker Barrel Old Country Store® has announced its original virtual brand Chicken n' Biscuits, known for serving up hearty portions of delicious chicken-forward meals and fresh biscuits, will now offer a new, exclusive Homestyle Chicken Sandwich at 400 locations nationwide via DoorDash, Uber Eats and Grubhub. The new Homestyle Chicken Sandwich is built from the brand's quintessential chicken fried chicken – hand-breaded fried chicken with signature breading, perfectly crispy on the outside and perfectly juicy on the inside. The sandwich is adorned with fresh pickles and...

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Apr 8 9:32 AM, General News

Irresist-A-Bowls® Make Flavorful Return to the Neighborhood Starting at Just $8.99

Applebee’s Irresist-A-Bowls are back and tastier than ever. Now and for a limited time, guests can head to their local Applebee’s to savor the moment with fan-favorite Irresist-A-Bowls®, filled with irresistible flavor in each bite. Available for Dine-In, To Go or Delivery, starting at only $8.99 and guaranteed to satisfy all cravings.*

Applebee’s Irresist-A-Bowls® come with generous toppings and are overflowing with so much flavor that guests won’t be able to resist...

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Apr 5 8:42 AM, General News

Friendly's Restaurants Introduces a Dozen Delicious New Menu Items

Calling all those with a big appetite and a sweet tooth, Friendly's Restaurants welcomes guests to indulge in 12 new menu items that bring a mouthwatering twist to salads, burgers, pasta and more. The revamped menu signals a new era for the iconic brand, appealing to a younger clientele while still catering to longtime guests.

"As the third oldest restaurant chain in the United States, Friendly's is far more than just a name, it is a collection of stories, memories, ideas, and the loving guests who have walked through its doors..." 

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Apr 4 9:33 AM, General News

Ruby Tuesday 50th Anniversary Celebration Continues with the Chance to Win $500,000

In celebration of Ruby Tuesday turning 50, the casual dining restaurant is inviting guests to enjoy delicious burgers starting at $8.99 while they spin for a chance to win $500,000, free food and gift cards. As part of the milestone birthday celebration, guests can also try a new birthday cake dessert made specially for Ruby Tuesday from famed Cake Boss Buddy Valastro’s Carlo’s Bakery.

“The past five decades have been full of delicious dishes and celebrations which is why we believe our 50th shouldn’t..."

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Mar 30 9:10 AM, General News

California Pizza Kitchen Signs Two New International Development Agreements

After a strong first quarter, California Pizza Kitchen, the creator of California-style pizza, announced the signing of two new international franchise agreements and plans to open seven international restaurants and two airport locations by year-end. These milestones follow the brand's development momentum in 2021 that included the launch of its domestic franchise program. Unveiled in December, California Pizza Kitchen's domestic franchise initiative marks the first-time that qualified candidates in the United States have an opportunity to own and operate restaurants in key markets nationwide.

Recently signed international...

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Mar 30 9:01 AM, General News

Panera Announces New Chef's Chicken Sandwiches

Today, Panera is announcing new Chef's Chicken Sandwiches, available at Panera bakery-cafes nationwide on March 30. The addition to the menu will feature two new seared, chef-crafted chicken sandwiches elevating even the highest of chicken sandwich expectations with each bite. To satisfy every craving, Panera is unveiling two takes on the Chef's Chicken Sandwich: the "Signature Take" and the "Spicy Take." Both handcrafted masterpieces will be available starting at $10.99;* and Panera is confident the combination of its chefs' sandwich expertise along with high quality, Clean ingredients** is worth it, and...

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Mar 22 8:32 AM, General News

Red Robin Reveals New Whiskey River® Backyard BBQ Menu

Red Robin Gourmet Burgers and Brews is bringing the brisket this spring with a new menu lineup featuring the brand's well-known Whiskey River® BBQ sauce. With limited-time items like the Smokehouse Brisket Burger, Smothered BBQ Brisket Chips, and a Pineapple Upside-Down Cake Milkshake, guests can experience the joys of a backyard BBQ without any of the hassle.

The limited-time Whiskey River® Backyard BBQ menu lineup is available now for dine-in, takeout and delivery at participating restaurants nationwide:

- Smokehouse Brisket Burger...

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Mar 21 8:23 AM, General News

BurgerFi Selects Hughes to Support its Expanding Enterprise with Managed Network Services

BurgerFi International Inc. ("BurgerFi"), owner of one of the nation's fastest-growing premium fast-casual and casual dining concepts through the BurgerFi brand, and the high quality, casual dining brand Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza & Wings ("Anthony's"), selected Hughes Network Systems, LLC (HUGHES), an innovator in multi-transport technologies and networks, to upgrade, optimize and manage network infrastructure and digital signage. The move will support BurgerFi's commitment to provide the best restaurant guest experience while continuing its aggressive expansion up the Eastern Seaboard.

"At BurgerFi, we are committed to..."

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Feb 24 8:00 AM, General News

The Counter Spices Up the Burger Game with the New Serrano Burger

The Counter brings the heat with the new, spicy Serrano Burger and two beverages to cool things down. Guests can sip on a chilled glass of Ruffino Pinot Grigio or enjoy a refreshing bottle of Modelo Especial. All three offerings are available now through May 1.

Guests can now enjoy the fiery and cool combinations:

- Serrano Burger - All-natural angus beef with red onion, cheddar cheese, smoked gouda cheese, bacon, serrano pepper and onion mix. Served on a brioche bun garnished with a deep-fried serrano pepper...

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Feb 21 9:39 AM, General News

On The Border Introduces New Border-Style Street Food

On The Border Mexican Grill & Cantina, the world’s largest Mexican casual dining brand, today introduced new menu items featuring authentic Mexican street food. Featuring tacos, tamales, elotes, quesadillas and margaritas, On The Border’s Border-Style Street Food menu brings its fans the ultimate street experience.

“We took inspiration directly from ingredients and recipes found in the taquerias, street carts and local markets of Mexico,” says Edithann Ramey, chief marketing officer at On The Border. “This new seasonal special is big on flavors that our guests will love...”

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Feb 8 8:00 AM, General News

Make A Winning Game Plan this Sunday with Free Wings from Applebee’s

Sports fans are going to want to tune in for this, for a limited time only, Applebee’s® Neighborhood Grill + Bar is offering free wings and free delivery for everyone’s favorite Sunday of the year. Whether watching the game with friends or keeping it low-key, skip the hassle of meal prep and get 20 free Boneless Wings with any purchase over $40 via Applebee’s Delivery and To Go.*

To claim these must-have Boneless Wings, guests can visit or the Applebee’s mobile app...

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Feb 7 8:32 AM, General News

TGI Fridays Credits Digital Innovation, Craveable Menu for Industry-Leading Performance

TGI Fridays®, the world's first and most recognized casual bar and grill, today announced its year-to-date financial results with 41 consecutive weeks of same-store sales growth versus pre-pandemic numbers in 2019 and double-digit growth in the back half of 2021. This industry-leading performance is driven by its digital channels, where year-to-date sales volumes are up 290 percent compared to 2019; new revenue streams through virtual restaurants; and continuing to offer the craveable food guests have come to love...


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Jan 21 1:12 PM, General News

TGI Fridays® is Playing Guests' Jams with New Remixed and Remastered Fan-Favorite Classics

Back by popular demand, TGI Fridays®, the world's most recognized bar and grill, is re-introducing fan-favorite appetizers, drinks, and entrées with a NEWstalgic twist – answering the requests of guests from around the globe.

Fridays™ asked its guests which menu items they missed most, those that take them back to a moment in time, much like a favorite song – and the votes are in! Fridays is throwing it back with a new limited-time, Remixed and Remastered menu, featuring a medley of...

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Jan 19 8:29 AM, General News

You Pick 2®: Panera Ignites 2022 Menu with New Soup and Salad Duo

Today, Panera Bread has announced two delicious new menu items curated by Panera's expert chefs: Thai Chicken Soup and Citrus Asian Crunch Salad with chicken. Both items are from Panera's new platform of bold, globally-inspired, authentic flavors that begin rolling out this year. They can be enjoyed alone or as part of the ultimate flavor-packed You Pick 2. Panera's iconic You Pick 2 combination entrees allow guests to mix and match — from comforting and classic to bold and adventurous – into 465 combinations...


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Jan 13 8:57 AM, General News

Red Lobster Opens 2022 With New 3 from the Sea Deal

Seafood restaurant chain Red Lobster has entered 2022 with a brand new deal for its guests, the 3 from the Sea promotion will feature a soup or salad, an individual-sized starter and an entrée for $15.99, don’t worry, each meal comes with Cheddar Bay Biscuits as well.

The offerings in this new deal feature both New Year’s resolution-focused healthy options like the Signature Jumbo Shrimp Cocktail and the Baja Shrimp Bowl.

For those looking to get protein options that live on the land, Red Lobster also...

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Jan 11 10:12 AM, General News

TGI Fridays® Brings Holiday Cheer with New Digital Innovations, Holiday-Themed Menu Items

Topping even pre-pandemic sales numbers in 2019, TGI Fridays® the iconic casual bar and grill, credits 34 consecutive weeks of same-store sales growth to its development of innovative tableside and digital experiences. To build on this transformative momentum this holiday season, Fridays is introducing a new proprietary augmented reality experience, "Top Shelf Elf." By scanning a unique QR code, guests will unlock various content – from festive cocktail recipes to flair bartending. The one-of-a-kind experience is led by the Top Shelf...


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Nov 19 8:01 AM, General News

Dine Brands Global, Inc. Reports Third Quarter 2021 Results

Dine Brands Global, Inc., the parent company of Applebee's Neighborhood Grill + Bar® and IHOP® restaurants, today announced financial results for the third quarter of 2021.

“This was another strong quarter for Dine Brands. We recorded a second consecutive period of both IHOP and Applebee’s beating their competitive sets, average weekly sales for both brands exceeded 2019 pre-pandemic levels, and we delivered a 48% increase in quarter-over-quarter EBITDA. The strength of our two world-class brands, combined with the benefits of our asset-lite business model..."

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Nov 10 8:00 AM, General News

BurgerFi Completes $156.6 Million Acquisition of Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza & Wings

BurgerFi International Inc., the owner of one of the nation’s fastest-growing premium fast-casual concepts through the BurgerFi brand, is announcing the successful completion of its pending acquisition of Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza & Wings (“Anthony’s”) from L Catterton for $156.6 million. Ophir Sternberg, Executive Chairman of BurgerFi commented, “This acquisition marks a significant step forward in BurgerFi’s ongoing growth strategy and transition into a premium multibrand platform.”

Anthony’s, founded in 2002 and headquartered in Fort Lauderdale, FL, is a leading operator of casual...

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Nov 4 8:52 AM, General News

Red Robin Hiring Day Announced For November 4

Red Robin Gourmet Burgers and Brews will host a Red Robin Hiring Day on Thursday, November 4, 2021, to encourage potential Team Members across the country to learn more about the brand and interview for open positions. Over 400 Red Robin restaurants across the country will be participating from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. local time to account for any after-school participants, as Red Robin is now inviting those 17 years and older to apply for select positions. Prospective Team Members can schedule interviews on Red Robin's dedicated website...

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Nov 1 9:33 AM, General News

Applebee’s® Offers Free Meals in Honor of Veterans Day for 14th Consecutive Year

This Veterans Day, Thursday, November 11, Applebee’s® Neighborhood Grill & Bar will give thanks to all active military, veterans, Reserves and National Guard with the offer of a complimentary full-size entrée from an exclusive menu created just for them. And when dining at Applebee’s on November 11, these special guests will receive a $5 bounce back card to redeem for dine-in, To Go or delivery within three weeks.*

For 14 years and counting, Applebee’s restaurants across the country have served 10.3 million free...

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Nov 1 9:24 AM, General News

Chili's Adds Four New Mouth-Watering Big Mouth Burgers To Its Menu

When we say we've got some big news, we mean Big Mouth big. We've elevated the Chili's® Grill & Bar's fan-favorite lineup of Big Mouth Burgers® by adding not one, not two, not even three – but four delectable new Big Mouth Burgers to our menu. But that's not all! Because go big or go home, right? Two of the new Big Mouth Burgers boast two (yes, TWO) beef patties for a full pound of beef!

In other Big Mouth News, after launching Chili's Big Mouth Crispy...

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Oct 29 8:00 AM, General News

On The Border Launches Major Menu Enhancements with New Bold Offerings

On The Border Mexican Grill & Cantina, the world’s largest Mexican casual dining brand, has introduced more than 20 new menu items this past year, including the following that launch today:

- Honey-Chipotle Shrimp Tacos – Crispy-fried shrimp, hand-tossed in honey-chipotle sauce with cilantro, spicy avocado ranch and shredded cabbage.
- Tacos Al Pastor – Braised and seasoned carnitas with pineapple salsa.
- Tacos Al Carbon – Corn tortillas with fajita chicken or steak, served with Jack cheese, pico de gallo, fresh guacamole and roasted red chile-tomatillo salsa.
- Smokehouse Fajitas...

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Oct 5 8:07 AM, General News

Offer Returns to Applebee’s with a Dozen Double Crunch Shrimp for Only $1 with any Steak Entrée

Get a bite of this, Applebee’s fans! Now and through the rest of the month, guests can add some crunch to their meals by adding an order of one dozen Double Crunch Shrimp to any steak entrée for just $1. This delicious deal is available however guests choose to dine – whether its Applebee’s To Go, Delivery or your local neighborhood restaurant, the options are endless!*

Applebee’s Double Crunch Shrimp is battered, fried golden brown and served with cocktail sauce. Order any... 


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Oct 5 8:01 AM, General News

CHKN Not Chicken Announces Series A Funding to Accelerate Retail and Food Service Distribution

CHKN Not Chicken, the plant-based chicken alternative announced today the closing of a Series A round of funding led by Stray Dog Capital. The company will leverage the financing to launch its product assortment into retailers across the U.S. and expand partnerships with Quick Serve and Casual Dining restaurants to bring plant-based chicken products to the food service channel. This launch is the culmination of two years of research and development of its proprietary extrusion, flavor-infusion, and enrobing technology that allows...

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Sep 9 8:36 AM, General News

Wingstop Adds Thighs to Its Menu

Wingstop, the leading technology-focused restaurant brand with more than 1,600 locations worldwide, gained virality this summer with the announcement of its virtual brand, Thighstop. Starting today, thighs are officially joining the Wingstop menu, which means flavor fans can now enjoy delicious, crispy bone-in thighs and boneless Thigh Bites alongside Wingstop's famous wings, tenders, sides and dips.

"When launching Thighstop as a virtual brand, we knew our fans would be excited to try thighs," said Wingstop's Chief Growth Officer Marisa Carona. "The response was overwhelming, and...


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Sep 9 8:28 AM, General News

IHOP Bolsters Executive Leadership Team With Two New Hires

IHOP® restaurants announced new additions to its executive team, hiring Jacob Barden as Vice President of Development, and Michael Kaufman as Vice President of Strategy and Business Analytics, effective August 2021. Both Barden and Kaufman will report directly to Jay Johns, President.

“Both Jacob and Michael have proven track records of success and a wealth of category knowledge, and we’re thrilled to welcome them both to the team,” said Johns. “With new innovative endeavors, a strong development strategy and the expansion of our menu beyond breakfast, we are bringing..."

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Sep 1 8:56 AM, General News

Dine Brands Global Appoints Martha C. Poulter as Member of Board of Directors

The Board of Directors of Dine Brands Global, Inc. announced the appointment of Martha C. Poulter as a new independent member of its Board of Directors.

Poulter, 54, serves as Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer, Royal Caribbean Group, a role she has held since 2018.

Prior to Royal Caribbean Group, Poulter served as Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer at Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide, Inc., where she was the lead architect of...

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Aug 27 8:39 AM, General News

Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, Inc. Reports Results for the Fiscal Second Quarter Ended July 11, 2021

Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, Inc. reported financial results for the quarter ended July 11, 2021.

Key Highlights

- Restaurant revenue of $272.2 million and Restaurant Level Operating Profit as a percentage of restaurant revenue (a non-GAAP metric) of 15.7%;
- Second quarter 2021 comparable restaurant revenue increased 66.3% over the same period in 2020, and decreased 2.4% compared to the same period in 2019;
- Average weekly sales per fiscal period grew by a total of $2,503 during the second quarter of 2021;
- Off-premises sales comprised 32.8%, 63.8% and...

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Aug 19 10:28 AM, General News

Wingstop Announces New Growth and Technology Structure, Appoints Digital Marketing Lead

Wingstop, the leading digitally-savvy, tech-focused restaurant brand with more than 1,600 locations worldwide, today announced Stacy Peterson will now serve as EVP, Chief Digital and Technology Officer and the promotion of Marisa Carona to SVP, Chief Growth Officer and Stevie Benjamin to SVP of Digital Marketing.

These changes support the significant investments Wingstop is making to drive one-to-one interactions with the more than 25 million guests in its first-party data platform and, with nearly 65% digital sales, support the brand's drive to achieve its...

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Aug 18 8:35 AM, General News

Hard Rock International Appoints Kimberly Manna as New Senior Vice President of Retail and Licensing

Hard Rock, one of the world's most recognizable and iconic brands, announces the appointment of Kimberly Manna as Senior Vice President of Retail and Licensing. In her new role, Manna will draw on more than three decades of experience in the retail industry, including work with companies such as Panama Jack, Sony Pictures Entertainment and Warner Brothers, to drive brand exposure and customer reach through engaging partnerships and various licensing opportunities. Manna will report directly to Jim Allen, Chairman of Hard Rock International...

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Aug 12 8:32 AM, General News

Cracker Barrel Old Country Store Launches New Bacon Menu Items

Cracker Barrel Old Country Store announced that its menu innovation will continue this fall with new additions and limited-time seasonal beverages. Bacon is a breakfast, lunch and dinner staple and will serve as the centerpiece of two new dishes – Bacon Mac n' Cheese and Bacon n' Egg Hashbrown Casserole.

"Care is at the heart of all we do to make the guest experience unique at Cracker Barrel, and part of that is continuing to innovate and offer new menu additions like the flavorful...

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Aug 11 8:27 AM, General News

OpenTable Launches New Safety Tools for Diners and Restaurants

In this next chapter of the pandemic, restaurants and diners are facing new hurdles as they look to navigate changing restrictions, masking and vaccination requirements and more. While in NYC the rules are clear - as of August 16 you must show proof of vaccination to dine indoors - in other cities the rules vary. To help, OpenTable, the world's leading provider of online restaurant reservations and part of Booking Holdings Inc., rolled out updated safety precautions, which now include details on COVID-19 vaccine requirements, and Direct Messaging to streamline communication between restaurants and diners.

"Dining demand in the U.S. is down 13% compared to just one month earlier with cities like Minneapolis, Seattle and New York showing significant declines. Just as restaurants were starting to rebound from...

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Aug 10 8:26 AM, General News

Dine Brands Global Reports Second Quarter 2021 Results

Dine Brands Global, the parent company of Applebee's Neighborhood Grill + Bar and IHOP restaurants, announced financial results for the second quarter of 2021.

“Our strong second-quarter results reflect the perseverance of the Dine Brands system as comp sales for both brands improved significantly. I’m thankful to our teams who have worked so hard to serve our guests and enhance the restaurant experience,” said John Peyton, chief executive officer of Dine Brands Global, Inc.

Mr. Peyton added, “Both Applebee’s and IHOP continue to make meaningful progress in a challenging environment. Relative to 2019, Applebee’s posted its best quarterly comp sales performance in over...

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Aug 6 8:19 AM, General News

Red Robin Announces Limited Time Offerings for Summer 

Red Robin Gourmet Burgers and Brews is spicing things up this summer by inviting guests to gather around the table with its new Summer Heat Wave menu items. Available for a limited time only, this delectable lineup is a perfect blend of heat and flavor.

Guests cherish their moments of connection at Red Robin, especially in the hot months of summer. They can opt for a sizzling Scorpion Gourmet Burger with bottomless fries; share Red Robin's Scorpion Wings with flavor-seeking friends and family; complement their meal with...

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Aug 4 8:32 AM, General News

Bloomin' Brands Announces 2021 Q2 Financial Results and Strong Operating Margin Expansion

Bloomin’ Brands, Inc. reported results for the second quarter 2021 (“Q2 2021”) compared to the second quarter 2020 (“Q2 2020”).

CEO Comments

“Q2 represented another quarter of strong results. We are well positioned to grow sales and capture additional market share,” said David Deno, Chief Executive Officer. “We are making great progress improving margins, increasing cash flow and retaining off-premises sales as dining rooms have reopened. Our sales momentum has...


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Aug 2 8:23 AM, General News

Wingstop Reports Fiscal Second Quarter Financial Results

Wingstop announced financial results for the fiscal second quarter ended June 26, 2021.

Highlights for the fiscal second quarter 2021 compared to the fiscal second quarter 2020:

  • System-wide sales increased 15.8% to $589.7 million
  • 45 net new openings in the fiscal second quarter 2021, an increase of 13.1%
  • Domestic same-store sales increased 2.1%
  • Domestic restaurant AUV increased to approximately $1.6 million, compared to $1.4 million in the prior fiscal second quarter
  • Digital sales increased to 64.5% of sales, compared to 63.7% in the prior fiscal second quarter
  • Total revenue increased 11.9% to...
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Jul 28 10:37 AM, General News

Thighstop's Take on National Chicken Wing Day: 'Save a Wing, Eat a Thigh'

This National Chicken Wing Day on July 29 comes amidst a national chicken wing crisis. Restaurant brands are widely bowing out this year, and consumers are left wondering where they will get their fix. But Thighstop, Wingstop's new virtual food brand, is giving the famous holiday new flavor by repositioning it as "Thighstop Thigh Day."

On one of the more popular food holidays among fans and foodies alike, Thighstop is determined to keep the celebration going by offering two free bone-in thighs with qualifying purchases on July 29. Available through or DoorDash, the two free bone-in thighs are...

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Jul 23 8:24 AM, General News

Ruby Tuesday Introduces Libby’s BBQ for Summer

Ruby Tuesday has announced the addition of Libby’s BBQ with a new feature menu this summer. Originally crafted in the Ruby Tuesday kitchen as a delivery-only concept, Libby’s BBQ offers smoky, tender, saucy BBQ entrees and is now available to order at all Ruby Tuesday locations for dine-in, Ruby TueGO and delivery for a limited time only.

Now through September, Ruby Tuesday guests can try Libby’s BBQ entrees starting at $9.99. The all-new Libby’s BBQ menu includes tender, smoked beef brisket and...

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Jul 15 9:45 AM, General News

P.F. Chang's Expands To Go Concept to Meet Consumer Demand for Takeout

P.F. Chang’s is expanding its P.F. Chang’s To Go concept with two new locations in key markets as the global restaurant chain continues to meet demand for easily accessible Asian cuisine, adapting to the evolution of dining across the country.

The concept, which launched in 2020, features a smaller footprint, creating access to elevated Asian cuisine in high-density metropolitan communities, allowing more guests to experience the P.F. Chang’s Asian favorites they know and love. P.F. Chang’s To Go is a convenient format that provides a solution for...

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Jun 29 8:18 AM, General News

Lightlife and Field Roast Team Up with Boston Pizza to Offer Plant-based Options 

Greenleaf Foods, SPC, owner of leading plant-based brands Lightlife® and Field Roast™, and Boston Pizza, a casual dining restaurant in Canada, together are kicking off the outdoor dining season with two new menu items made with plant-based protein. Available now through Labor Day, the restaurant will offer a Lightlife Plant-Based Burger and a pizza featuring Field Roast Plant-Based Italian Sausage Crumbles.

We believe people should have great-tasting plant-based options whether they’re cooking at home or eating out,” said Dan Curtin, President of Greenleaf Foods. “Boston Pizza is celebrated for...

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Jun 23 8:26 AM, General News

Bloomin’ Brands Promotes Mark Graff to Executive Leadership Team

Bloomin’ Brands, Inc. announced the promotion of Mark Graff to Senior Vice President of Business Development and Financial Planning for Bloomin’ Brands. Graff will lead the company’s business development team, including asset and franchise development, in addition to his existing financial planning responsibilities. He will also join the Executive Leadership Team.

Graff has held various finance and investor relations roles with Bloomin’ Brands during...

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Jun 22 10:04 AM, General News

Ruby Tuesday Appoints George Evans and Kathy Buckley to Executive Team

Ruby Tuesday is welcoming two new members to the executive team with the promotion of George Evans to chief operating officer and the appointment of Kathy Buckley as chief financial officer. With a combined 55 years of retail and restaurant experience, Evans and Buckley will serve as instrumental leaders on the Ruby Tuesday team.

“We are pleased to announce the addition of George and Kathy to the Ruby Tuesday team,” said Shawn Lederman, chief executive officer for Ruby Tuesday. “They both have tremendous experience in the restaurant industry and will be...

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Jun 22 8:24 AM, General News

Wingstop Launches Virtual Kitchen Thighstop

Thighstop, the new thigh concept with more than 1,400 locations nationwide, is addressing consumer's fear of a chicken wing shortage head-on by hacking chicken wing brand Wingstop and giving thighs the attention they deserve. Beginning today, fans nationwide can enjoy tasty new options available on and through the brand's exclusive delivery partner DoorDash.

With a focused menu designed to keep taste buds craving more, Thighstop encourages guests to try thighs, which are one of the juiciest and most flavorful parts of the chicken. Chicken fans can now enjoy delicious, crispy thighs, served naked and sauced and tossed in 11 bold, distinctive and craveable flavors – the same 11 flavors that catapulted Wingstop to flavor fame. In addition to bone-in thighs...

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Jun 22 8:23 AM, General News

Red Robin Market Expansion Plan will Feature Donatos Pizza in More than 200 Restaurants by Year-End

Red Robin Gourmet Burgers and Brews continues its focus on off-premise growth announcing the expansion of its Donatos® Pizza partnership into key territories for the brand. The Ohio-based Donatos Pizza partnered with Red Robin in June 2018, offering its famous pizzas as part of Red Robin's already robust menu offerings. After much success in early launch markets, the two chains have grand plans for adding more locations this year as part of an aggressive market expansion plan.

Red Robin plans to add Donatos pizza to approximately 120 additional restaurants by the end of 2021, resulting in more than 200 locations. In Q2 of 2021, 41 Red Robin locations rolled out Donatos, including...

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Jun 21 11:49 AM, General News

Inspire Brands Names Kate Jaspon Chief Financial Officer

Inspire Brands announced changes within the Chief Financial Officer role. Kate Jaspon has been named Chief Financial Officer of Inspire following the announced retirement of David Pipes. Jaspon was previously CFO of recently acquired Dunkin’ Brands where she spent more than 15 years in Finance and Treasury roles.

Jaspon will transition into her new role this month and will oversee all accounting and reporting, tax, financial planning and analysis, internal audit, as well as manage Inspire’s relationships with lending institutions, investors, and the financial community.

“Working with Kate while Dunkin’ and Baskin-Robbins were joining the Inspire family, it became clear that she was...

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Jun 17 10:19 AM, General News

Denny's Introduces New Menu Items for Summer 

As Americans begin to return to dining rooms, Denny's has a new set of options for those looking for a taste of summer, including the introduction of a monthly Spotlight Stack, a highlighted pancake dish from Denny's collection of fresh buttermilk pancake stacks.

First up on the menu just in time for Flag Day and July Fourth: The Red, White and Blue Pancake Breakfast kicks off summer with festive colors and flavors for dine in, delivery or take out. The new creation features a stack of pancakes crafted with fresh buttermilk and blueberries and topped with freshly sliced strawberries, a drizzle of cream cheese icing and a dollop of sweet, whipped cream, served up with...

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Jun 15 8:25 AM, General News

Chili's Introduces New Chicken Sandwich

For a limited time only, the Chili's Chicken Sandwich is here. Starting today, My Chili's Rewards members across the nation can try the new chicken sandwich on its exclusive 3 for $10 menu through June 30.

The sandwich is a buttered and toasted brioche bun, drizzled with Chili's new Secret Sauce, topped with a tomato slice, a piece of hand-battered and hand-breaded fried chicken breast drizzled with more Secret Sauce, topped with lettuce and the other half of the buttered and toasted brioche bun. Also...

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Jun 2 8:21 AM, General News

Red Robin Gourmet Burgers Reports Results for the Fiscal First Quarter 

Red Robin Gourmet Burgers reported financial results for the quarter ended April 18, 2021.

Key Highlights

  • As of the end of our fiscal fifth period, all Company-owned restaurants have re-opened indoor dining rooms with varying levels of capacity;
  • Restaurant revenue of $318.7 million and Restaurant Level Operating Profit (a non-GAAP metric) of 15.7%, an increase of 690 basis points over the same period...
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May 26 9:54 AM, General News

Wingstop Announces Minority Investment in Wingstop UK Franchisee 

Wingstop announced a minority investment in the UK business, which is operated by its UK franchisee, Lemon Pepper Holdings Ltd. This investment follows strong performance in the UK and underscores the brand's confidence in the market as a key growth lever for global expansion.

"We are thrilled to partner with the Lemon Pepper team as they grow their brand presence in the UK, a market with tremendous long-term potential," said Wingstop CFO Michael Skipworth. "We believe this strategic use of our capital will strengthen the development pipeline in that market and I am excited to...

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May 26 8:27 AM, General News

Cracker Barrel Reports Third Quarter Fiscal 2021 Results

Cracker Barrel Old Country Store reported its financial results for the third quarter of fiscal 2021 ended April 30, 2021.

Third Quarter Fiscal 2021 Highlights

  • The Company continued its sales recovery during the third quarter with both restaurant and retail comparable store sales improvements compared to the second quarter. Driven by the reopening of dining rooms and strategic sales initiatives, the Company further rebuilt its sales volumes.
  • Versus the third quarter of fiscal 20191, comparable store restaurant sales decreased...
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May 26 8:25 AM, General News

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