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    Restaurant trend outlook for 2024

    Slow traffic, growing interest in afternoon snacking and trends toward value menus, digital and in-store personalization will shape the restaurant landscape.

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    Boost profits by crafting an irresistible snack experience

    Here are four top tips to help you develop more enticing snack options that will attract additional diners.

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    Potbelly opens shop inside the Pentagon

    The chain is focusing on expanding at military bases and installations, with two shops also set to open at Fort Liberty in North Carolina later this year.

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    Schlotzsky’s hires chief brand officer

    Donna Spangler-Josephson will lead the deli chain’s marketing and branding efforts as it looks to reverse a gradual erosion of its store base.

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    Mr Gatti’s Pizza to open 92 units inside Walmart

    The Walmart partnership and a recently developed c-store model play into the pizza chain’s strategy to expand via non-traditional channels. 

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    Del Taco unveils $2 value menu

    As chains continue to roll out low-price lineups, Del Taco is looking to stand out by offering more than a dozen items under the eye-grabbing price point.

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    Pump & Pantry expands Quiznos partnership

    After a “highly successful” initial rollout over the past two years, the companies decided to grow the deal from four to 10 sites by 2026.

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    Maggiano’s looks to boost traffic with new cocktail menu, ingredients revamp

    The Mixologist Collection, which includes drinks that are mixed tableside, is part of “the first act” in the company’s push to elevate its dining experience.

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    Mod Pizza acquired by Elite Restaurant Group

    The transaction comes several months after the chain closed underperforming locations and will help it avoid bankruptcy, which it was reportedly considering.

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    An inside look at Potbelly’s small-format restaurant

    The company joins a list of chains turning to smaller store footprints as a way to decrease development and operational costs while accelerating growth.

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    Starbucks streamlines beverage making, creates role to speed service

    The Siren Craft System, rolling out across the U.S. and Canada by the end of July, aims to help baristas and managers anticipate demand.

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    ConverseNow buys competitor Valyant AI

    The companies expect the business combination will help speed up the deployment of voice AI at the drive-thru. 

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    Chipotle CFO Jack Hartung to retire after two decades at chain

    Adam Rymer, the company’s current vice president of finance, will become CFO in January.

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    The restaurant labor market in 6 key statistics

    Turnover has fallen in H1 2024, while unemployment and total jobs in restaurants remained steady, indicating a return to pre-pandemic labor market dynamics.

    Updated July 8, 2024
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    Dave’s Hot Chicken to expand into UK, Ireland with 60-unit deal

    Azzurri Group, an experienced franchisee that operates 230 restaurants in the region, will open its first Dave’s location in London during Q1 2025. 

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    Starbucks, KFC, Peet’s Coffee collaborate on citywide reusable cups project

    Closed Loop Partners describes the Petaluma, California, project as a first-of-its-kind initiative for a U.S. city in which reusable to-go cups are the default option across multiple restaurants.

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    How Perkins’ multifaceted refresh aims to accelerate growth

    The company is “elevating and adapting the brand” with its new name, store updates and an upcoming menu overhaul, President Toni Ronayne said in an interview.

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    Subway launches 3 new sandwiches in latest menu update

    This marks fourth time the chain has changed its menu this year as it leans into new products to boost sales.

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    Taco Bell opens ‘early retirement’ community in latest experiential play

    Available exclusively for rewards members, The Cantinas offers senior-inspired recreation and recalls the brand’s groundbreaking pop-up hotel.

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    Restaurant customer satisfaction grows despite rising prices, ACSI finds

    Consumers want premium experiences to help make the meal feel worth the cost, according to ACSI’s Forrest Morgeson.

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    Jack in the Box to re-enter Chicago market in 2025

    The brand, which last operated in the market four decades ago, will start with the development of eight company-operated stores.

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    OSHA proposes rule to protect workers from extreme heat

    The standard would require employers to provide water and rest breaks when high heat creates a hazardous work environment.

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    McDonald’s links with anime series for app-exclusive sauce

    The chain’s collaboration with “Jujutsu Kaisen” to launch its Special Grade Garlic Sauce also includes a tie-up with anime streaming service Crunchyroll. 

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    Weigel’s adds smash burgers to the menu

    The Tennessee-based convenience retailer’s new offering comes in four types in the latest expansion to its foodservice program.

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    Hard Rock appoints cafe division president

    Eric Martino, who has over 30 years of hospitality experience, will oversee operations at nearly 200 eateries around the world.

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    Sonic launches $1.99 value menu

    The chain confirmed its value menu is permanent, in contrast to the temporary discounts offered by McDonald’s, KFC and Burger King this summer.