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What's Driving The Cheesecake Factory's Turnaround

The Cheesecake Factory, Inc.’s first quarter earnings call for 2018, held April 25, found the executive team hopeful for the future. In its 2017 fourth quarter earnings call, the brand had laid out a new year plan of action that involved a focus on digital initiatives with a delivery-integrated point of sale system and a social media marketing strategy.

Lessons from Chicago's First Family of Italian

The newest restaurant in the Italian Village Restaurants group, Vivere, is over 30 years old. The oldest, The Village, is more than 90, opened in 1927 by Alfredo Capitanini and claims to be Chicago's oldest Italian restaurant.

How Chef Competitions are Bettering the Restaurant Industry

"We’ve been here before,” says Aaron Gregory Smith, executive director of the United States Bartenders’ Guild (USBG), which puts on about 10 competitions annually. Instead of calling the rise in competitions in the food and beverage industries a “boom,” Smith calls it “more of a roller coaster.

Crafting a Beverage Menu with a Sense of Place

I don’t know what I expected as a Kentuckian traveling in bourbon country, but I liked what I found in Chef Newman Miller, the co-owner and partner at the Harrison-Smith House restaurant in Bardstown, Kentucky and Maker’s Mark’s chef-in-residence at the Star Hill Provisions restaurant on the distillery’s property.

Traffic Boom Gives Outback, Bloomin' Brands Hope for Strong 2018

After Barington Capital Group representing a group of shareholders released a letter to Bloomin’ Brands, Inc. chairman and CEO Liz Smith on Feb. 21, calling for sweeping changes in the company’s brand and leadership structure, as well as marketing and financial strategy, many were anticipating the earnings report released the following day to be poor.

Shareholders Ask for Sweeping Changes at Bloomin’ Brands

Barington Capital Group, representing a group of shareholders of Bloomin’ Brands, Inc., sent a letter and 87-slide presentation to Elizabeth Smith, chairman and CEO of Bloomin,’ on Feb. 21 recommending the company implement a variety of measures to improve long-term value.

Golden Corral Unveils Its Largest Redesign in Company History

“The response has been overwhelmingly positive,” says Golden Corral president and CEO, Lance Trenary,of the Greensboro, North Carolina, location featuring the restaurant’s new design. “We are very happy to see the excitement that the new restaurant has created for our guests and our coworkers.