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This Week in Foodservice

  • Restaurant Revitalization Fund Sparks More Questions Than Answers

    Some operators find more questions than answers regarding the Restaurant Revitalization Fund. The National Restaurant Association reports more operators plan to invest in their businesses. Pizza Chain Lou Malnati’s is reportedly up for sale. Costco brings back its food courts while McDonald’s and Subway bail out Walmart. These stories and a whole lot more This Week in Foodservice.

  • The NRA February Restaurant Performance Index Contrasts the Past with the Future

    The National Restaurant Association’s February Restaurant Performance Index contrasts the past with the future. Several chains report increased sales. Many reports on the economy this week, both government and private, were very positive. Foodservice operators hired heavily in March. Saladworks plans to open 90 non-traditional locations. Technomic Inc. reported that the top 500 chains had total sales decline by 8.0% last year. These stories and a whole lot more This Week in Foodservice.

  • Is Off-Premises Dining Here to Stay?

    Off-premises dining seems to be well established with a lot of consumers. Chipotle is introducing a new store design that features drive up service. Two major restaurant acquisitions were announced. These stories and a whole lot more This Week in Foodservice.

  • February saw a Decline in Retail, Foodservice and Bar Sales

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  • Broadliners Share their Quarterly Results

    This story and more This Week in Foodservice.

  • Restaurant Relief Inches Forward

    Restaurant relief inches forward. Famous Dave’s will test a fast-casual prototype. Consumers flock to McDonald’s for its new chicken sandwich.

  • The Restaurant Performance Index on the Rise, Texas Roadhouse Considers two new Concepts

    The Restaurant Performance Index edged up a bit in January. Household income rose at a near record pace in January. One financial analyst thinks McDonald’s crispy chicken will be a major success. Texas Roadhouse is working on a fast-casual restaurant as well developing a burger chain. These stories and a whole lot more This Week in Foodservice.

  • Total U.S. Retail Sales Improved in January

    Some foodservice industry heavyweights back Foxtrot’s expansion. Bloomin’ Brands virtual chicken concept flies the coop en route to national expansion. A major Jack in the Box franchisee has declared bankruptcy. These stories and a whole lot more This Week in Foodservice.

  • Sociologists Predict Which Pandemic-Related Behaviors Will Stay

    Off-premises dining became a staple for most consumers during the pandemic and it may remain that way long-term. Thanks to an executive order FEMA now pays 100% of costs for restaurants providing food to soup kitchens and food pantries. These stories and a whole lot more This Week in Foodservice.

  • The RESTAURANTS Act of 2021 Makes it to Congress

    DoorDash acquires Chowbotics, maker of the salad-making robot. Virtual restaurants continue to add units at a fast pace. A bill before Congress promises to provide financial aid to restaurants. Restaurant employment declined by 19,400 in January. Restaurant chain Golden Chick chain introduced a new modular design. New York City’s restaurant week was so successful it will now go on for an entire month. These stories and a whole lot more This Week in Foodservice.

  • Restaurant Operators see Light at the end of the COVID-19 Tunnel

    Restaurant operators see some hope on the horizon. Taco Bell claims the top spot on Entrepreneur Magazine’s Franchise 500 list. A legal case has been appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court that may decide if business interruption insurance covers losses due to the pandemic. These stories and more This Week in Foodservice.

  • Starbucks to Distribute Vaccine, Ghost Kitchen Popularity Grows

    Support for ghost kitchens grows. McDonald’s and other chains say stimulus money is driving sales but will it last? Starbucks will help Washington state distribute vaccine. Friendly’s is sold out of bankruptcy to Amici Partners. These stories and a whole lot more This Week in Foodservice.

  • C-Stores see Increase in Sales From Last Year While Overall Retail Sales Fall

    Total U.S. retail sales fell in December, including, unfortunately, foodservice and drinking places. Darden’s pandemic era plan relies on curbside service. More than half of Chipotle’s sales come from digital means and the chain is making major changes to its business. Almost 60% of C-stores saw in store sales increase last year but the number of C-stores declined for the third consecutive year. These stories and a whole lot more This Week in Foodservice.

  • Stimulus Package Arrives as Restaurant Industry Employment Continues to Decline

    The stimulus package is here – all 5,000 pages of it. Could Texas Roadhouse have 1,000 restaurants someday? Wendy’s and the Flynn Restaurant reach an agreement on the nearly 400 Wendy’s units previously owned by the now bankrupt NPC. These stories and a whole lot more This Week in Foodservice.

  • Punch Bowl Social, Garbanzo Mediterranean Fresh Make News in Bankruptcy Court

    Restaurant performance declined sharply in November. Industry leader Darden’s sales are being hammered by pandemic. Punch Bowl Social, Garbanzo Mediterranean Fresh and Rubio’s Coastal Grill made news in bankruptcy court. These stories and a whole lot more This Week in Foodservice.

  • December Sees a Flurry of Convenience Store Acquisitions

    November retail sales were discouraging. A restaurant sues its insurance company for non-payment of business interruption policy. Schlotzky’s focuses on off-premises business with two smaller store prototypes. These stories and more This Week in Foodservice.

  • Two Restaurant Chains Hit Bumps in the Road

    Wendy’s disputes the Flynn Restaurant Groups’ move to buy NPC International. McDonald’s locks horns with some of its franchisees over the elimination of rebates and the cost of technology. These stories and a whole lot more This Week in Foodservice.

  • From Rapid Tests to Gift Cards: Restaurants are Getting Creative

    Restaurants get creative to reassure customers and keep them safe. Gift Card sales at Christmas can significantly affect a restaurant chain’s annual financial performance. Ghost kitchens continue to expand. These stories and a whole lot more This Week in Foodservice.

  • Restaurants Showed a Modest Gain in October

    Restaurants showed a “modest gain” in October. A MSNBC story documents the problems restaurants have encountered with the pandemic. The National Retail Federation predicts fairly strong sales for this Christmas season. Two major studies report a decline in consumer confidence in November. The Charleys Philly Steaks chain signed a deal to put its restaurants in Walmart stores. These stories and a whole lot more This Week in Foodservice.

  • Restaurant and Bar Sales Declined Slightly in October

    Sales at foodservices and drinking place sales declined slightly in October. Luby’s has been approved for liquidation by its stockholders. Bankrupt NPC International has attracted attention from a variety of suiters, including the Flynn Restaurant Group and Wendy’s. Starbucks will give its employees a pay raise. These stories and more in This Week in Foodservice.

  • Famed Economist Pleads the Case for Government Assistance

    Restaurants need government assistance now. Papa John’s grows its business by adding new customers not selling more food to existing ones. A Stanford study that refers to restaurants as COVID-19 “superspreaders” is highly flawed, according to the National Restaurant Association. These stories and more This Week in Foodservice.

  • Optimism is in the Air for Three Major Foodservice Distributors

    Some encouraging data emerges from the quarterly earnings reports of the three major foodservice distributors. Foodservice operators hired 192,000 employees in October. Wendy’s recorded its highest comparable store sales in 15 years and is turning to the drive thru to keep things moving. These stories and a whole lot more This Week in Foodservice.

  • The Restaurant Performance Edged up Again in September

    The restaurant performance edged up again in September. White Castle will expand its test of robotics. Bloomin’ Brands seems convinced it has a winner with its delivery only concept, Tender Shack. These stories and a whole lot more This Week in Foodservice.

  • Potential Stimulus Package Could Assist Many Restaurants

    A stimulus package emerges that will hopefully assist a lot of restaurants. The Food Institute finds some surprising facts in Yelp data. The survival of restaurants may depend on their landlord. McDonald’s is one of the top 10 most valuable brands in the world. These stories and whole lot more This Week in Foodservice.

  • U.S. Retail Sales Beat the Forecasts for September

    The September increase in U.S. retail sales beat the forecasts. Via 313 Pizza has received an investment from the Savory Fund. These stories and a whole lot more This Week in Foodservice.

  • Some Restaurant Chains see the Slower Period as an Opportunity for Growth

    The National Restaurant Association’s Performance Index changed little in August. Some restaurant chains see the slower period as a chance to grow. The chance of Congress passing a stimulus bill to aid restaurants before the election seems to be unlikely. Ruby Tuesday has filed for bankruptcy. These stories and a whole lot more This Week in Foodservice.

  • Industry adds 200,000 jobs in September

    After languishing in Congress for months the stimulus program for restaurants is by no means a done deal. Restaurants and bars added 200,000 jobs in September but the industry remains down 2.3 million employees for the year. Fatburger Brands introduced a fast-casual version of Hurricane Grill & Wings.

  • Tallying the Pandemic’s Impact on Foodservice

    J. Alexander’s recovers faster than forecast. The famous Commander’s Palace reopens. Wall Street prefer fast feeders over full-serve operators. These stories and a whole lot more This Week in Food Service.

  • August Sees Increase in U.S. Retail Sales

    U.S. retail sales increased in August but at a much slower rate than earlier his summer. Starbucks may not be able recover its lost sales until employees return to their offices. New York City will allow some restaurants to add a 10% pandemic surcharge to dining room customer’s bills. Texas now allows restaurants to utilize up to 75% of their dining room capacity. These stories and a whole lot more This Week in Foodservice.

  • While the Industry Overall Continues to Struggle, Some Companies are Flourishing

    Why is Smoothie King smiling? Bloomin’ Brands launches a virtual chicken chain. New York City restauranteurs finally have a date to reopen indoor dining. These stories and more are in This Week in Foodservice.

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