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    Ghost restaurant calculator

    Thinking about developing a ghost kitchen business plan? Use this calculator to crunch the numbers and determine profitability.

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    McDonald’s sues meat companies for accusations of pork price-fixing

    Smithfield, Tyson, JBS and Hormel are among the processors the fast food giant claims have worked together since 2008 to inflate the price of pork.

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    Taco Bell embraces soccer, Latin culture in new ad

    The chain looks to capitalize on the World Cup in a new soccer-themed campaign featuring a diverse array of talent.

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    DoorDash lays off 1,250 employees

    Early in the pandemic, the company hired fast to keep up with growth and wasn't as disciplined about curbing operating expenses, said CEO Tony Xu.

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    Popeyes teams with National Urban League to grow franchisee diversity

    The civil rights organization will help Popeyes screen and recruit diverse franchisees as the brand continues its U.S. expansion, the chain said.

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    How new verticals boost DoorDash’s momentum

    The delivery giant’s expansion into convenience, grocery and other retail has helped it reach new customers and increase loyalty on its platforms.

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    Fat Brands opens first tri-branded restaurant in California

    Menu items from Fatburger, Buffalo’s Express and Hot Dog on a Stick will be served in this location, which expands the company’s co-branding strategy. 

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    How DoorDash became the dominant US food delivery company

    By focusing on communication with restaurant merchants, the aggregator has built products and features based on operator needs.

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    Smoothie King adds 3 executives to C-suite

    The chain added chief marketing, information and people officers in a leadership shakeup intended to focus the company on growth.

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    2 Peet’s Coffee locations file for union elections

    Inspired by Starbucks’ union drive, Peet’s workers in Davis, California, are petitioning the National Labor Relations Board for an election with Workers United.

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    Dutch Bros hires True Food Kitchen CEO as president

    Christine Barone will join the coffee chain beginning next quarter and will help the brand reach its 4,000 unit target from its current count of over 600 units. 

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    Franchise spotlight: Berkeley-based Grégoire cooks up growth plans

    Founder Grégoire Jacquet, who opened his namesake restaurant in 2002, has conceptualized culinary hubs that will prepare items for nearby franchisees.

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    SBA to disburse $83M in last of unallocated RRF funds

    The Small Business Administration's earlier projection of $180 million of unspent funds was inaccurate, according to a report.

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    How a second drive-thru lane boosted sales for an A&W franchisee

    After investing $80,000 in the drive-thru renovation, franchisee Anthony Walker said drive-thru sales went “through the roof” and total roughly 65% of sales.

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    These 14 restaurant chains hired new CEOs in 2022

    From Domino’s to Starbucks, some of the industry’s biggest players brought on new leadership to plot growth fueled by post-pandemic sales recovery.

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    Jack in the Box predicts unit growth in 2023

    A year after relaunching franchising, the chain is targeting positive net unit growth for the first time since 2019 and plans to operate in 40 states by 2030.

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    Drive-thru expansion is riddled with challenges, but restaurants reap the rewards

    Chains are developing smaller stores, adding second drive-thru lanes and anticipating delays as they grow this off-premise channel.

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    Franchise spotlight: Freddy’s targets 1K units with help of existing franchisees

    The fast casual chain has a pipeline of 600 units and hopes to reach 800 locations by 2027.

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    DoorDash will let customers gift DashPass subscriptions

    This holiday promotion, which includes nearly $40 off an annual subscription, could boost DashPass membership and user retention.

  • TravelCenters of America continues foodservice expansion with fifth Black Bear Diner location

    The new location adjacent to a TA travel center in Amarillo, Texas, will seat up to 113 guests within a 5,398-square-foot space.

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    Papa Johns taps chief people and diversity officer

    Elias Reyna, who served under former Chief People Officer Marvin Boakye, is returning to the pizza chain after a brief stint with ABM Industries.

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    Why Chipotlanes are Chipotle’s future

    As early as 2019, the Mexican chain saw promise in its digital pickup lanes, and now plans to include them in the bulk of its restaurant pipeline.

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    Domino’s will deploy over 800 electric vehicles to enhance delivery fleet

    The chain, which has been working to bolster its delivery workforce, said these vehicles could attract drivers who don’t have their own cars. 

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    Le Pain Quotidien, The Little Beet, Table By Little Beet combine to form Convive Brands

    The company will encompass 70 restaurants, which were previously operated by Aurify Brands, under CEO Jon Weber’s leadership. 

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    Krispy Kreme agrees to $1.1M settlement in DOL wage violation probe

    The doughnut chain admitted no wrongdoing after an investigation alleged widespread and systematic underpayment of workers for overtime.