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    Chipotle CEO: Chain nearly halfway to goal of 7K North American stores

    The fast casual chain continues its expansion tear despite labor shortage challenges, construction delays and inflation, and 80% of new units built in 2022 will feature a Chipotlane. 

    By April 27, 2022
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    Starbucks hires McDonald's alum as CTO

    Deb Hall Lefevre joins the coffee chain on May 2, marking Starbucks' third executive change since Howard Schultz became interim CEO on April 4.

    By April 26, 2022
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    White Castle plans takeout-only unit next to its busiest restaurant

    The new 1,800-square-foot unit in Orlando, Florida, will only offer pickup and delivery for digital orders as off-premise restaurant demand holds steady.

    By April 22, 2022
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    Papa Johns taps Inspire, Domino's alum as chief restaurant officer

    Joe Sieve will oversee the pizza chain's operations for both company-owned and franchised units in North America. 

    By April 20, 2022
  • Denny's CEO to retire amid growing exodus of restaurant chiefs

    The casual chain is currently searching for a replacement for John Miller, who will step down later in 2022 after 11 years. 

    By April 8, 2022
  • Red Lobster CEO resigns after less than a year

    Kelli Valade, who joined the company in August, recruited a new CFO and expanded the executive team with newly created roles of CMO and CIO.

    By April 5, 2022
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    Hardee's, Carl's Jr. parent names ex-Caribou exec as CFO

    CKE is one of the latest QSRs to launch a digital loyalty program, an offering that has emerged as a key area of competition. 

    By Kaishi Chhabra • April 1, 2022
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    Gopuff laying off 3% of its global workforce

    The rapidly expanding company is cutting hundreds of positions as it faces funding challenges and a need to realign as a global business.

    By Jeff Wells • April 1, 2022
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    Papa John's refranchises 90 units in Texas with Sun Holdings

    The move will give Sun Holdings, which will open 100 new Papa John's units in Texas by 2029, the scale to support new restaurant development.

    By March 31, 2022
  • Red Lobster snares restaurant exec for CIO role

    IT veteran Cijoy Olickal joined the company Monday and will report directly to CEO Kelli Valade.

    By Roberto Torres • March 30, 2022
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    Sbarro will open 100-plus units with c-store focus in 2022

    The pizza chain's franchising partnerships will place the brand in Village Pantry, Turkey Hill and KwikShop locations.

    By March 25, 2022
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    Sweetgreen to open first drive-thru in Chicago suburb

    The fast casual's first drive-thru for digital pickup orders, dubbed "Sweetlane," is part of its strategy to test new store concepts and bolster online sales.

    By March 24, 2022
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    Arby's CMO dishes on Pusha T diss track

    To launch a spicy fish sandwich, the QSR tapped the rapper to take shots at McDonald's and the Filet-O-Fish.

    By Chris Kelly • March 23, 2022
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    Gopuff names new head of Kitchens division

    Amelia Riba brings international experience to the role, having previously served as chief brand officer for Pizza Hut in Europe and Latin America.

    By Jeff Wells • March 21, 2022
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    Torchy's Tacos founder returns as CEO

    Mike Rypka led the taco chain between 2006 and 2018 and succeeds former CEO GJ Hart, who retired in November.

    By March 18, 2022
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    Starbucks shareholders urge for 'neutrality' in face of union's spread

    Seventy-three shareholders representing $3.4 trillion in assets are concerned with the optics of alleged retaliatory firings and "captive audience meetings."

    By March 17, 2022
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    Chipotle tests Chippy, a tortilla chip-making robot

    The artificial intelligence-powered technology was created with Miso Robotics, and is being piloted in Irvine, California.

    By March 16, 2022
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    Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson retiring, Howard Schultz returning as interim chief

    The coffee giant hopes to find a permanent company chief this fall. In the meantime, Schultz takes the reins as the pandemic ebbs and a union drive sweeps across stores.

    By Updated March 16, 2022
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    Wingstop's CEO steps down after 10 years

    Charlie Morrison will be succeeded by President and Chief Operating Officer Michael Skipworth, who joined the brand in December 2014. 

    By March 15, 2022
  • Red Lobster taps Bloomin' Brands alum as CFO

    David Schmidt succeeds Craig Pommels, who left Red Lobster to become CFO of Cracker Barrel in December.

    By March 14, 2022
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    How US restaurant chains are responding in Russia

    McDonald's, Starbucks and Yum Brands are just a few legacy restaurants ceasing store operations, development and more as the Ukraine war escalates.

    By Updated March 17, 2022
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    Starbucks, McDonald's temporarily close units in Russia

    The major restaurant chains now pausing operations in the region include Yum Brands, Starbucks, McDonald's and Papa John's.

    By Updated March 9, 2022
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    Famous Dave's debuts first drive-thru concept in Salt Lake City

    The unit will be tested for six months to a year before determining possible expansion plans, said Jeff Crivello, CEO of parent company BBQ Holdings.

    By March 8, 2022
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    Jack in the Box trolls McDonald's over broken ice cream machines

    The first effort from the QSR's new public relations and integrated campaigns agency of record uses competitive sparring tactics to tap into culture.

    By Chris Kelly • March 3, 2022
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    Friendly's opens its first fast casual restaurant

    The 2,700-square-foot restaurant includes seating for 45 customers, a dedicated space for curbside pickup and online ordering for pickup or delivery. 

    By March 2, 2022