Corporate Operations: Page 5


  • A bank of windows below a red sign that says "Chipotle." A man stands in the background inside the restaurant.
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    EEOC alleges Chipotle supervisor pulled on, removed Muslim worker’s hijab

    The case may point to the need for anti-harassment training for managers.

    By Emilie Shumway • Sept. 29, 2023
  • A Starbucks union member speaks into a megaphone
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    NLRB dings Starbucks for cracking down on union T-shirts

    Employees also were illegally barred from writing customer-provided, pro-union monikers on cups, among other violations, the NLRB found. 

    By Emilie Shumway • Sept. 28, 2023
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    Menu development

    Restaurants big and small are experimenting with their menus to align with the preferences of on-the-go diners and mitigate the impact of rising food costs, supply chain disruption and shrinking consumer discretionary funds. 

    By Restaurant Dive staff
  • Burger King gets a fresh look
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    Burger King buys 32 franchisee units at bankruptcy auction

    The chain bought the units, which are in Montana, Utah and Wyoming, from a sale of Meridian Restaurants Unlimited locations.

    By Sept. 28, 2023
  • Walk-On's CFO Chris Porcelli and Chief Development Officer Jennifer Pecoraro-Striepling
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    Walk-On’s adds CFO, CDO to its leadership

    Chris Porcelli and Jennifer Pecoraro-Striepling join the chain as CFO and chief development officer, respectively, as Walk-On’s builds up its c-suite.   

    By Sept. 27, 2023
  • A promotional image of some Panera items offered through catering.
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    Panera doubles down on catering with ezCater partnership

    About half of the fast casual’s 2,100 restaurants will appear on the catering platform initially, with hundreds more to be added in the coming months. 

    By Sept. 27, 2023
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    Sweetgreen adds in-store loyalty offer

    This rewards expansion could grow frequency among Sweetgreen customers, 50% of whom order on-premise.

    By Sept. 26, 2023
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    Chick-fil-A expands supply chain footprint with North Carolina distribution center

    The 120,000-square-foot facility, owned by the restaurant chain’s distribution subsidiary, is slated to open in Q3 2024.

    By Kelly Stroh • Sept. 25, 2023
  • A Panera store.
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    Panera Brands shuffles board as it preps for IPO

    Michael Tattersfield, who is resigning as CEO of Krispy Kreme in January, oversaw the doughnut chain as it went public in 2021.

    By Sept. 25, 2023
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    Eataly names North American CEO, shares expansion plans

    The upscale retail and restaurant chain has tapped Tommaso Brusò for the top post as it looks to open 20 stores in the region over the next five years.

    By Catherine Douglas Moran • Sept. 25, 2023
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    McDonald’s will raise royalty rate on new US restaurants by 25%

    The fee change increases operator royalty rates from 4% to 5%, but most of the Golden Arches’ franchising revenue will still come from rent, CNBC reports. 

    By Sept. 22, 2023
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    Cracker Barrel debuts rewards program to drive sales, traffic

    The chain hopes that the platform, which launched nationwide Wednesday, can improve performance after retail and restaurant sales missed Q4 expectations. 

    By Sept. 21, 2023
  • A portrait photo of Kitchen United CEO Atul Sood.
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    Kitchen United promotes Atul Sood to CEO

    The ghost kitchen company remains focused on building a sustainable business model for decades to come, Sood said. 

    By Sept. 18, 2023
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    Shipley Do-Nuts rolls out tier-based loyalty program

    Do-Happy Rewards, which was piloted in company-owned locations earlier this year, already has 40,000 members.

    By Sept. 18, 2023
  • Former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz before the Senate HELP committee.
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    Howard Schultz resigns from Starbucks’ board

    Schultz’s departure is unlikely to change day-to-day matters at the company, BTIG said, but may deprive Starbucks of his “magic touch” with the brand.

    By Sept. 14, 2023
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    Del Taco gets new president

    Tom Rose takes the helm at the QSR brand as it refranchises large numbers of stores and pushes for a return to net unit growth.

    By Sept. 13, 2023
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    Domino’s boosts rewards points with new loyalty program

    The pizza chain cut the order minimum required to earn orders points from $10 to $5, and added new redemption choices like drinks and stuffed cheesy bread.

    By Sept. 12, 2023
  • CKE CMO Jennifer Take and CFO Mike Lenihan
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    CKE appoints CMO, CFO

    The new executives join the company during an ongoing brand overhaul at Hardee’s and Carl’s Jr.

    By Sept. 6, 2023
  • Whataburger Digital Kitchen, the chain's first digital-only unit, opened in Austin in September.
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    Whataburger opens first off-premise-only unit

    Whataburger's digital kitchen, which debuted in Austin this week, features external ordering kiosks, pickup lockers and a mobile pickup lane.

    By Updated Sept. 7, 2023
  • A portrait photo of Suzie Tsai, Bonchon U.S.'s new chief growth officer.
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    Bonchon US appoints chief growth officer

    Suzie Tsai brings considerable experience from On the Border and Brinker to the Korean chicken chain as it looks to double its American footprint.

    By Sept. 1, 2023
  • Regina Cheung is Pokeworks new CEO.
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    Pokeworks promotes CFO to CEO

    Regina Cheung will continue to serve as CFO as the brand focuses on entering new markets and boosting franchisee profitability.

    By Aug. 31, 2023
  • Panera's expanded dinner offerings from 2019.
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    Panera’s smaller menu test may rollback its dinner focus

    In what appears to be a company memo shared by employees on Reddit, flatbread pizza and a number of hot entrees are on the chopping block, along with some baked goods and the children’s menu. 

    By Aug. 29, 2023
  • TGI Fridays CEO Brandon Coleman in a dark suit.
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    TGI Fridays promotes CMO to CEO

    Brandon Coleman III takes the reins as the chain experiments with virtual brands, a new loyalty structure and major menu overhaul in a growth push. 

    By , Aug. 29, 2023
  • An image of Michael Montagano, CEO of Dog Haus, wearing a dark suit
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    Dog Haus appoints new CEO from Kitchen United

    Michael Montagano is joining Dog Haus as its first CEO. He will lead the chain as it grows its franchising system and off-premise sales.

    By Aug. 28, 2023
  • A rendering of a remodeled Pretzelmaker unit.
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    Pretzelmaker to rebrand, remodel stores

    The chain's makeover will touch everything from its logo to employee uniforms and physical restaurant design, Fat Brands Chief Brand Officer Mason Wiederhorn said.

    By Aug. 23, 2023
  • A Boston Market in Oakland California. The NJDOL has order work to cease at 27 New Jersey locations.
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    New Jersey DOL issues stop-work orders at 27 Boston Markets over wage complaints

    The chain faces a flurry of lawsuits from workers, creditors and vendors, including allegations it has failed to pay hundreds of workers.

    By Aug. 17, 2023