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When I met Sally, the Salad Robot

May 25, 2016
Blog: Casabots displays new computerized salad maker at NRA Show...

Chipotle hired big-gun food-safety experts

May 11, 2016
Report reveals Chipotle hired top food-safety experts as consultants and implies that small farms are being cut from chain's supplier family...
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Whataburger art contest comes through with flying colors

May 03, 2016
Blog: Whataburger draws on adult coloring book trend for art contest...
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Sonic offers a square deal on Instagram

Apr 05, 2016
Blog: Drive-In operator to offer Instagram-tailored #SquareShakes in Coachella promotion...

Should Chipotle Mexican Grill own the term 'better burger'?

Apr 01, 2016
Blog: Chipotle Mexican Grill's attempt to trademark the term "better burger" could be a challenge, regardless of any new concept that may follow....

Latest buzz: Beehives at Texas Roadhouse

Mar 29, 2016
Blog: Casual-dining chain installs hives near Kentucky support center...

Howard Schultz: A vocal presidential non-candidate

Mar 24, 2016
Blog: The chairman and CEO has said he is not running for president, but he sure sounds like it...

Hospitality turnover rose to 72.1% in 2015

Mar 23, 2016
Blog: Restaurant and accommodations sector saw fifth consecutive year of increases, Bureau of Labor Statistics reports...

Shake Shack vs. In-N-Out Burger: Let the comparisons begin

Mar 15, 2016
Blog: New York chain opens first of three Los Angeles restaurants...

Restaurants serve up a slice of Pi Day

Mar 11, 2016
Blog: Brands from Pizza Hut to Bojangles' give 3/14/16 special promotional consideration this year...

As internships go, World of Beer taps a top-notch offer

Mar 03, 2016
World of Beer offers three paid internships for social-savvy brew fans....

Burger King ignites a dog fight

Feb 24, 2016
Burger King's hot dog debut ignites a wiener war with 7-Eleven, Checkers & Rally's and Wienerschnitzel...

Will Starbucks loyalty changes benefit Dunkin' Donuts?

Feb 22, 2016
Blog: One Wall Street analyst contends Dunkin' Donuts will steal Starbucks' lower-spending loyalty club members....

How restaurants can ride the celebrity wave

Feb 16, 2016
Pop culture mentions can boost a brand's profile, from Cinnabon to In-N-Out....
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P.F. Chang’s amps up Chinese New Year promos

Feb 03, 2016
Donations will be made from special menu items and social-media postings...


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