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Oprah Bets Big on True Food Kitchen

If ever a single individual could usher in the next wave in dining—or fitness or reading or philosophy—it would almost certainly be Oprah Winfrey. News broke Wednesday that Winfrey would be investing an undisclosed sum in health-focused chain True Food Kitchen.

Famous Dave's Finds its Sweet Spot

This past May, Famous Dave’s turned a corner. The Minnetonka, Minnesota-based barbecue brand reported its first quarter of profitability since Q2 of 2016, posting net income of $998,000, or 13 cents per share, compared to net loss of $1.
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Zea Rotisserie & Bar Headed to Ridgeland in Mississippi

Zea Rotisserie & Bar, part of Taste Buds Management, will soon open its location in Ridgeland, a suburb of Jackson, Mississippi, in The Renaissance at the Colony Park. With an anticipated opening of Q3 2019, the restaurant will feature an expanded bar area, communal seating and outdoor dining options as well as an exposed kitchen.

Romano’s Macaroni Grill Hits the Comeback Trail

In Frank Sinatra’s “That’s Life” he crooned, “Each time I find myself flat on my face/I pick myself up and get back in the race.” And that description fits Romano’s Macaroni Grill, a full-service Italian eatery based in Denver that has faced severe doldrums, but is showing recent signs of bouncing back.

Maggiano's Little Italy Offering BOGO Delivery Deal on July 10

Today, when guests order Maggiano's Little Italy for delivery through DoorDash, they can take advantage of a delicious offer while saving on the cost. Guests who order Maggiano's' Spaghetti and Meatball pasta will receive a second order of Spaghetti and Meatballs (for the first 5,000 entrees) compliments of the chef, plus no delivery fees.

All You Can Eat Riblets & Chicken Tenders Return to Applebee's for $12.99

All You Can Eat Riblets & Chicken Tenders are back at Applebee's Neighborhood Grill + Bar for only $12.99. Guests can now enjoy an unlimited abundance of saucy goodness of tender Applewood-smoked pork riblets dripping in Honey BBQ or Spicy Texas BBQ sauce, and chicken tenders, juicy, breaded and piled high and dunked in Honey Dijon mustard, served with endless classic fries and a serving of coleslaw for only $12.

STK Expands with San Diego Opening

The ONE Group Hospitality, Inc. announced the opening of its third Southern Californian venue—STK San Diego. Located at the boutique Andaz San Diego hotel in the lively Gaslamp Quarter, the opening marks continued expansion of STK brand and its second opening of 2018.

J. Alexander’s Promotes 6 to VP Roles

J. Alexander’s Holdings, Inc., owner and operator of the J. Alexander’s, Redlands Grill, Stoney River Steakhouse and Grill, and Lyndhurst Grill collection of restaurants, announced the promotion of six executives to Vice President of J.

IHOP is IHOP Again, Leaving IHOb (But Not Burgers) Behind

The IHOb experiment is over. IHOP officially flipped its name back to the traditional moniker Monday (July 9), nearly a month removed from its social-media busting June 11 announcement. IHOP took to Twitter and Facebook again to break the news, saying on Facebook: "We're giving away 60¢ short stacks on July 17 from 7a-7p for IHOP's 60th birthday.

Black Bear Diner Launches Community Investment Program

Black Bear Diner, the fast-growing, family dining concept that offers a one-of-a-kind experience and home-style comfort food classics in a friendly, bear-themed atmosphere, announced a new philanthropic program to improve local coffee-growing communities in Nicaragua.

Kona Grill Refreshes Menu with More than 25 New Items and Cocktails

Kona Grill, a casual-upscale restaurant brand known for its global fusion of contemporary American favorites, award-winning sushi and specialty cocktails, is bringing a fresh batch of global flavors to the table with more than 25 new menu items and handcrafted cocktails.

Guests Can Now Order Red Lobster's Crabfest To Go Online

With summer in full swing, calendars are booked with outdoor get-togethers. From tailgates to barbecues, everyone is enjoying fun with family and friends. This summer, Red Lobster is making it easy to turn up the notch on traditional barbecue fare, and make crab the star of any party.