Menu Development


  • Guests play arcade games at Dave & Buster's.
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    Dave & Buster’s sees customer satisfaction growth despite higher game prices

    Guest satisfaction scores are at historical highs, and CEO Chris Morris believes there is room to increase game prices without taking a hit.

    By Bryan Wassel • June 18, 2024
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    Subway dips into more snack items with latest menu addition

    Three new Footlong Dippers will further enhance the company’s Sidekicks menu, which has sold nearly 30 million items since it launched in January.

    By June 18, 2024
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    Wawa’s Hoagiefest continues a run of foodservice value deals

    With 62% of U.S. consumers eating less fast food due to inflation, c-stores and restaurants are leaning more into discounts and promotions.

    By Brett Dworski • June 18, 2024
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    Pizza Hut launches largest topping revamp in over a decade

    The QSR also added Chicago Tavern-Style pizza to its menu and claims to be the first global pizza chain to offer this type of thin crust. 

    By June 18, 2024
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    Noodles & Company appoints chief concept officer

    Scott Davis, who joins the troubled chain after serving as president and chief concept officer at CoreLife, was also concept chief at Panera for nearly three decades.

    By June 13, 2024
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    EG America to debut $5 meal deal

    The convenience retailer is beefing up its foodservice program with the new promotion, which will be available from mid-June through early September.

    By Brett Dworski • June 11, 2024
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    What operators can learn from Red Lobster’s downfall

    While the full-service chain’s food options have remained relatively unchanged during the past few decades, restaurants like Angry Crab Shack have found success by constantly innovating.

    By June 11, 2024
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    Bojangles launches catering through ezCater partnership

    The channel is expected to provide a sales boost, especially with average catering orders about 10 times larger on average than digital transactions.

    By June 10, 2024
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    Taco Bell brings Kellanova’s Cheez-It to the menu

    The Big Cheez-It Crunchwrap Supreme and Big Cheez-It Tostada feature a cheesy cracker that is 16 times larger than its typical snacking size.

    By Christopher Doering • June 6, 2024
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    Q&A // Meet the exec

    How &pizza’s CEO brought the cool back into the brand

    Mike Burns, now seven months into his tenure at the pizza chain, turned the music up in stores and told employees to be who they are as part of reviving the brand’s culture.

    By June 6, 2024
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    Sponsored by MARS Foodservices

    Is your dessert menu hitting the sweet spot?

    Streamlined dessert options can increase kitchen efficiency and a focus on cross-training gives confidence to all staff to handle a variety of tasks.

    June 3, 2024
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    Blaze Pizza remakes its menu with 5 new signature pizzas

    Diners can expect eventual changes to all of the menu, including salads, desserts, folded pizza, toppings and drizzles, CMO Christian Kuhn said. 

    By May 31, 2024
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    McDonald’s disputes claims prices have risen 100%

    Joe Erlinger, McDonald’s U.S. president, said pricing on the Big Mac has gone up 21% since 2019 and is in line with inflation.

    By May 30, 2024
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    Cava to add grilled steak to core menu

    The item yielded positive sales mix in Boston and Dallas tests and will fill a “perceived gap” after the chain removed beef meatballs over a year ago.

    By May 29, 2024
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    4 restaurant industry forecasts from the NRA Show

    Gen Z’s demand for photogenic beverages and frustration over financing struggles loomed large over the event as operators strategized how to solve consumer pullback.

    By May 23, 2024
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    Inside CosMc’s: Slow drive-thru service may undercut customization’s perks

    McDonald’s spinoff brand, which targets Gen Z with highly caffeinated drinks and snacks, is a “learning lab” that needs work to compete with legacy QSRs.

    By May 22, 2024
  • A photo of a pizza with shredded pork, bacon, onions and pickles against a white background. A hand is pulling one slice away from the pizza.
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    3 major c-store chains make foodservice updates

    GPM Investments is adding a famous hot dog brand to more than 450 stores, while Casey’s and 7-Eleven both updated their pizza lineups.

    By Jessica Loder • May 20, 2024
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    Pizza Hut hits drive-thrus to get consumers to ‘cheat’ on their burgers

    The chain’s delivery drivers will appear at competitor drive-thrus with a QR code on their back windows to offer the new Cheeseburger Melt.

    By Aaron Baar • May 16, 2024
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    Harris Teeter takes on fast food chains

    The grocer is offering a rotating selection of prepared foods for $5 at a dozen stores in the Washington, D.C., area.

    By Sam Silverstein • May 13, 2024
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    Portillo’s four-pronged strategy emphasizes drive-thru speed

    The chain is working to improve staff deployment and food throughput as part of an overhaul plan, as drive-thru speeds lag 2019 numbers. 

    By May 8, 2024
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    Sweetgreen targets dinner customers with steak

    The salad chain is following up the successful rollout of protein plates last year with steak, which accounted for nearly one-fifth of dinner orders in a pilot. 

    By May 7, 2024
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    Denny’s virtual brands engage Gen Z, fuel off-premise growth

    By leveraging slow dayparts like dinner and late night, the casual chain’s three delivery-only brands are increasing sales and capturing younger demographics.

    By May 3, 2024
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    Back to Basics: What builds a good snacking menu?

    Diner demand for specific snack items depends on their mood, time of day and ease of travel, experts said, opening up an array of traffic-boosting innovation opportunities for restaurants. 

    By Danielle McLean • May 1, 2024
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    Chipotle pulls plug on Farmesa fast casual concept

    Farmesa Fresh Eatery marks the third spinoff that the company has attempted but shuttered in the past decade. 

    By April 26, 2024
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    Domino’s adds New York Style Pizza to menu

    As the most popular style of pizza in the country, the new crust option could continue transaction and comp sales momentum noted during Q4. 

    By April 15, 2024