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Chipotle Mexican Grill opens first Tasty Made burger restaurant

Oct 27, 2016
Blog: Will better-burger concept win over Wall Street?...

Jack in the Box seeks boost from brunch

Sep 28, 2016
Blog: The chain's move isn't so much about the daypart as it is about the wild popularity of breakfast sandwiches...

Panda Express to give away chorks

Aug 19, 2016
Blog: After the chopstick–fork utensil went viral, Panda Express decided to give them away. But is it too late?...

America: Meet the chork

Aug 12, 2016
Blog: Utensil hybrid strikes a chord with the chopsticks impaired...
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Panda Express pays tribute to General Tso’s chicken

Aug 10, 2016
Chain explores history of the dish in marketing campaign...
Cava Mezze Grill

Cava Mezze Grill raises employee pay

Aug 03, 2016
CEO Brett Schulman says a happy team equals a happy business...
Taco Bell Cheetos Burrito

Soon in test at Taco Bell: The Cheetos Burrito

Jul 28, 2016
Taco Bell plans to test a Cheetos Burrito and is expected to roll out Naked Chicken Chalupa, with fried chicken as taco shell, next year....

Chipotle Mexican Grill rethinks real estate development

Jul 22, 2016
Blog: Chipotle Mexican Grill is rethinking location choices to focus on high-performing markets...
Tender Greens

Tender Greens builds infrastructure for growth

Jun 17, 2016
Heads of operations and development in newly created positions....

Pizza Hut reprises Triple Treat Box for summer

Jun 14, 2016
The pizza giant offers special package for two pizzas, breadsticks and cookie deal....

Wall Street sees less negative sales ahead for Chipotle

Jun 07, 2016
Blog: Wall Street analyst predicts sales improvement for Chipotle Mexican Grill in May, June...
Casabots Salad Robot

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...


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