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Kona Grill Names Interim CEO

Struggling polished-casual chain Kona Grill named an interim chief executive officer less than a month after co-founder and CEO Marcus Jundt resigned.Kona Grill’s chief financial officer, Christi Hing, will serve as the company’s executive officer as the search for a new chief executive takes place.

Study: Restaurant Sales to Hit $863B by Year's End

The restaurant industry is heading in the right direction. In its annual State of the Restaurant Industry Report, the National Restaurant Association outlined how the business is faring and what operators can expect over the next decade.

Bloomin's Fast Casual Concept, Aussie Grill, to Open in Tampa

Aussie Grill, a fast-casual concept from Bloomin’ Brands, operator of Outback Steakhouse, Carrabba’s, Bonefish, and Fleming's, is expected to open in April. The counter-service version of its iconic steakhouse chain will be located in Tampa.

True Food Kitchen's First CMO Plots a Digital Future

For Shannon Keller, digital is the future of marketing. True Food Kitchen’s newly appointed chief marketing officer, its first in company history, has her sights set on capturing a changing audience and connecting with them beyond the four walls of the restaurant.

Customization Concept Stacked Builds a Plan for Growth

Since Chipotle arrived on the scene, customization has become a major factor in the fast-casual and quick-service industry. However, in the full-service space, it hasn’t caught on quite as quickly. Chefs craft menus from carefully selected ingredients, and a substitution could throw off the flavor of a dish.

US Foods Incorporates Organic Food into Spring Product Lineup

In an effort to introduce restaurant owners, operators, and diners to sustainable options, US Foods continues to develop its Serve Good product line. Since launching in 2016 with 21 products, the line of sustainable products has grown rapidly and now offers operators more than 350 food and non-food options.

J. Alexander’s Shuffles Executive Team

J. Alexander’s Holdings, owner and operator of a collection of restaurants that includes J. Alexander’s, Redlands Grill, Stoney River Steakhouse and Grill, announced a series of changes to its executive team on March 11.

February Freezes Restaurant Sales Yet Again

The restaurant industry hit a bump in the road for the first time since May. Before February, same-store sales growth across the industry was positive for eight consecutive months. Restaurants saw a 0.

Mario Batali Completes Divestment of All Restaurant Shares

Mario Batali’s 20-year partnership with the Bastianich family is officially over. The New York Times reported Wednesday the family bought out Batali’s shares in the Batali & Bastianich Hospitality Group and took over his financial stake in the company.

DOL Poised to Increase Overtime Threshold to $35,000

A new proposal from the U.S. Department of Labor could be unveiled soon that would allow salaried restaurant employees making less than $35,000 annually to become eligible for overtime pay, according to Bloomberg Law.

Cracker Barrel Finds Footing with Off-Premises

Cracker Barrel is settling into the new age of casual dining where off-premises offerings are just as important to some guests as dine-in options. The 659-unit chain is benefiting from the expansion of this segment and looking for ways to grow.

IHOP is Now America's Largest Casual-Dining Chain

IHOP continues to reap the benefits of last year’s eyebrow-raising campaigns as the brand transitions from a breakfast destination to an all-day dining destination.Even though the IHOb promotion debuted last June, IHOP’s sales are still steadily climbing.

Delivery and Customer Service Fuel The Cheesecake Factory’s Comeback

After gaining momentum last year and turning two positive quarters toward the end of 2019, The Cheesecake Factory is continuing its positive streak. Delivery, online ordering, and improved customer satisfaction all contributed to a successful fourth quarter for the California-based company.