Everything is bigger in Texas, or so the adage goes, and at Apple Texas, that principle is being applied to the range of accepted coupons at 65 Lone Star State Applebee’s. That’s right: this month only, Applebee’s is yet again accepting any and all coupons, gift certificates, and gifts cards—expired or otherwise—for up to 50 percent off food purchases.
Applebee’s has long been on the road to recovery alongside IHOP, and the two casual dining icons received a checkup in the form of parent brand DineEquity’s fourth-quarter earnings report, which came complete with a name change to Dine Brands Global Inc.
Cracker Barrel reported its earnings for the second fiscal quarter of 2018 on February 20, outperforming industry estimates and carrying forward momentum from the first quarter.Restaurant and retail sales boomed for Cracker Barrel, which outperformed the casual dining industry as a whole during the quarter.
In 1918—long before Chili’s, Chipotle, and Moe’s Southwest Grill took the concept nationwide—Tex-Mex food wasn’t being served in Texas, Mexico, or even the very restaurant operated by the creator of the now-ubiquitous cuisine.
Shoney’s has come a long, bumpy way since opening as a drive-in restaurant in Charleston, West Virginia, in 1947.A couple of name changes—from Shoney’s to Big Boy and back again—and 70 years later, “America’s Favorite Dinner Table” has expanded into 17 states.
The American restaurant industry, long shrouded by economic rain clouds, saw glimmers of sunshine break through the gloom in October.On Thursday, TDn2K released its latest Restaurant Industry Snapshot, a weathervane for the food business that aggregates weekly sales from 30,000 restaurants.
Starting Monday, Red Lobster fans will be able to get their seafood fix with an added bonus—and they’ll even be able to reserve a table from home.For every dollar spent, Red Lobster customers now have the opportunity to earn points toward free food as part of the new “My Red Lobster Rewards” program, which launched nationwide.
Hurricane Harvey made landfall on the final weekend of Darden’s first quarter. In that short time, the catastrophic storm left a pronounced impact on the casual dining company’s bottom line. Rick Cardenas, Darden’s senior vice president and CFO, said during a conference call that the day before Harvey hit Texas, where Darden has 99 total units across its brands (including 47 Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen locations), same-restaurant sales for the quarter were up 2 percent.