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Industry insights from our journalists

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    Retrieved from Taco Bell on August 20, 2020

    Yum ramps up transformation with new tech deals. How will they impact marketing?

    Broader trends in the QSR category and changing media consumption habits could herald a bigger focus on performance marketing, experts suggest.

    Peter Adams • May 17, 2021
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    Photo illustration by Adeline Kon/Restaurant Dive; photograph by Justin Sullivan via Getty Images

    Help wanted: How chains are adjusting hiring tactics to boost staffing

    Amid an ongoing labor shortage, major restaurant brands are experimenting with mass hiring events, bonuses, pay raises and streamlined application processes to attract much-needed employees.

    Julie Littman • May 11, 2021
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    How the labor shortage is shifting restaurant strategy

    Diners are returning in droves as COVID-19 dining room restrictions ease, but staff are hard to come by, creating a difficult balancing act for operators trying to recoup lost revenue.

    May 11, 2021
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    Up from the ashes: Restaurant CFOs prepare for boom

    Profit-hungry restaurant CFOs blindsided by the pandemic get ready for robust economic growth, offering lessons for leaders in less-stressed industries.

    Jim Tyson • May 10, 2021
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    Adeline Kon/Restaurant Dive

    Now hiring: How the labor shortage is squeezing full-service restaurants

    Foodservice workers burnt out by the segment's recent instability are leaving for other industries or living on high unemployment benefits, sparking a staffing crisis as dining rooms open.

    Julie Littman • May 4, 2021
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    Miami 1 year later: Sunshine, loose restrictions spark restaurant real estate frenzy

    The city's balmy climate and open space — combined with the local government's relatively loose COVID-19 limits — insulated its dining scene from the level of revenue disruption suffered by markets like New York City.

    Emma Liem Beckett • March 26, 2021
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    Adeline Kon/Restaurant Dive

    Washington, DC, 1 year later: Restaurants hammered by protests, insurrection and inauguration restrictions

    While other major restaurant cities struggled to survive pandemic restrictions, District operators also had to contend with government-mandated curfews amid widespread protests and the fallout of the Capitol riot. 

    Emma Liem Beckett • March 24, 2021
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    Adeline Kon/Restaurant Dive

    Chicago 1 year later: Winter froze restaurant sales amid strict restrictions

    Brutally cold weather is a staple of life in Illinois' restaurant capital, but the coronavirus forced many operators into hibernation, risking the future of one of the most impactful industries in the region.

    Julie Littman • March 22, 2021
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    Adeline Kon/Restaurant Dive

    Los Angeles 1 year later: Restaurants feel abandoned amid 'random' restrictions

    California's aggressive response to the COVID-19 outbreak — including two rounds of months-long outdoor dining bans — put pressure on LA restaurants' bottom lines despite state and county aid.

    Emma Liem Beckett • March 19, 2021
  • Wings and curly fries offered from Brinker International's It's Just Wings virtual brand
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    For restaurant chains, marketing virtual brands poses equal challenge and opportunity

    Third-party apps, where most virtual brands live, offer marketers access to consumer data they don't otherwise have — an increasing priority as the data privacy landscape tightens.

    Chris Kelly • March 19, 2021
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    Adeline Kon/Restaurant Dive

    New York City 1 year later: Restaurants faced a 'one-two punch'

    Restaurants in the Big Apple dealt with constantly shifting dining room regulations and a tough winter climate on top of declining sales related to the pandemic.

    Julie Littman • March 17, 2021
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    Adeline Kon/Restaurant Dive

    Seattle 1 year later: Many restaurants are 'just holding water'

    During the pandemic, downtown eateries are struggling to stay in business with no office workers to serve, while neighborhood spots find ways to appeal to the work-from-home crowd.

    Julie Littman and Thai Phi Le • March 15, 2021
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    Adeline Kon/Restaurant Dive

    1 year later: How the pandemic impacted 6 major restaurant cities

    In this series, Restaurant Dive explores how Seattle, New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Miami and Washington, D.C., were impacted by local dining room restrictions, COVID-19 cases, weather and restaurant support programs.

    Restaurant Dive staff • March 15, 2021
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    Brands get back together with experiential marketing in time for Valentine's Day

    Dunkin' and White Castle are among the brands offering in-person experiences designed to be memorable and safe. But are consumers ready?

    Aaron Baar • Feb. 11, 2021
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    Albert Hu. (2020). [Photograph]. Retrieved from Unsplash.

    How restaurants are bringing tech to the table in 2021

    Much of the industry's in-store tech investments have gone toward contactless payment solutions or tableside, but operators are also experimenting with cutting-edge air filtration to make diners comfortable.

    Emma Liem Beckett • Jan. 28, 2021
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    After pandemic slump, M&A will accelerate in 2021

    From distressed deals to buyouts, transaction activity will be diverse as more buyers anticipate high returns on investment when the industry recovers after the pandemic.

    Julie Littman • Jan. 21, 2021
  • Diners at Soothr in New York City October 2020.
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    "Soothr" by Eden, Janine and Jim is licensed under CC BY 2.0

    6 restaurant trends that will shape 2021

    Managing virtual brands and stabilizing labor forces could be challenging in the new year, but curbside, drive-thru and ghost kitchens hold strong growth potential, analysts say.

    Emma Liem Beckett and Julie Littman • Jan. 4, 2021
  • Leona Bell, a housekeeper for Mercy in St. Louis, was among the first to receive the COVID-19 vaccine in the area. Hospitals across the country received the first doses on Monday, Dec. 14 2020.
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    Samantha Liss, Healthcare Dive

    5 questions to ask before adopting a coronavirus vaccine policy

    While the EEOC all but confirmed employers may require proof that employees have received the COVID-19 vaccine, incentives and education may be preferable to mandates.

    Ryan Golden • Dec. 22, 2020
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    Pandemic revs up drive-thru design innovations

    With drive-thru traffic increasing in the double-digits over the last two quarters, QSRs like Arby's, McDonald's, Burger King, KFC and Taco Bell have developed prototypes that better streamline the channel.

    Julie Littman • Nov. 19, 2020
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    Designing with distance: How restaurants are evolving to meet pandemic needs

    Forced air blasted between bar seats. Chef's kitchens encased in glass cubes. Garage-style, floor-to-ceiling windows. Experts predict what could become dominant design assets across the industry.

    Emma Liem Beckett • Nov. 18, 2020
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    Kendall Davis/Industry Dive/Restaurant Dive, data from Marc Nozell

    How Biden's policies on immigration, unions could impact restaurant operations

    The incoming administration is calling for doubling OSHA investigators and a restart package that could help business owners cover costs, such as plexiglass and PPE, to operate safely during the pandemic.

    Aman Kidwai • Nov. 12, 2020
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    "Ronny Emborg" by Lou Stejskal is licensed under CC BY 2.0

    Will ghost kitchens define the restaurant industry's future?

    While investor interest booms and sales have the potential to outpace traditional models, questions linger about how much this emerging market could disrupt business in the long term. 

    Emma Liem Beckett • Nov. 9, 2020
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    Independent restaurants go dark to keep the lights on

    The Independent Restaurant Coalition estimates that as many as 85% of mom-and-pop restaurants could close by the end of 2020. But some of them are finding new life in virtual brands and ghost kitchens. 

    Alicia Kelso • Oct. 26, 2020
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    How ghost kitchens are helping major restaurants recoup lost revenue

    Chains like Famous Dave's and Brinker International were already moving toward delivery-only concepts pre-pandemic, allowing them to more quickly deploy and expand these concepts compared to other restaurants.

    Julie Littman • Oct. 19, 2020
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    How to make ghost kitchens and virtual brands profitable

    Jumping into a ghost kitchen may seem like a way to recoup lost dining room sales during the pandemic, but operators need to consider food costs, labor, marketing and brand equity to help ensure a payoff.

    Julie Littman • Oct. 12, 2020