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Hurricane Grill & Wings Debuts Winter Specials, Vegan Impossible Burger

FAT Brands Inc. parent company of Hurricane AMT, the restaurant franchise, which includes Hurricane Grill & Wings, Hurricane BTW, Hurricane Dockside Grill and Hurricane Sports Grill, announces their limited-time winter menu items, as well as the permanent addition of the Impossible Burger.

Dave & Buster’s Offering Free Impossible Burgers on November 13

Dave & Buster’s will celebrate the national launch of Impossible Burgers with free Impossible Burgers at all 117 locations throughout the United States and Puerto Rico while supplies last.The Dallas-based restaurant and entertainment concept launched the Impossible Burger in September as part of a their Crafting Craveability and Health Halo initiatives, which promote a chef-crafted menu featuring quality ingredients.

Logan’s Roadhouse Names Industry Vet Tim Kaliher President

On the heels of its merger announcement with CraftWorks Restaurants & Breweries, Logan’s Roadhouse tapped industry veteran Tim Kaliher chief operations officer and brand president.Before Logan’s Roadhouse, Kaliher was COO of Black Bear Diners, Inc.
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Golden Corral Once Again Hosting Free Buffet for U.S. Military

On November 12, for the 18th consecutive year, Golden Corral restaurants across the country will once again thank more than 300,000 active duty and retired United States military personnel for their service with a free dinner buffet and beverage, while also raising donations for DAV (Disabled American Veterans).

Rusty Bucket to Host Companywide Hiring Blitz

Rusty Bucket Restaurant & Tavern is hosting a hiring blitz for all restaurant locations companywide. Open interviews will be held November 12-13.The hiring blitz will take place from 11 a.m. to 10 p.

Kona Grill's Goal: Become America's Best Happy Hour

Kona Grill wants to become “America’s best happy hour." Getting there is going to take some heavy lifting. The polished 44-unit chain witnessed a same-store sales drop of 14.1 percent in the third quarter, driven primarily by a double-digit decrease in customer traffic.

Twin Peaks Fires Up Stellar Results

With a 6 percent increase in third quarter comparable same store sales and an almost 3 percent climb in comparable same store traffic, Twin Peaks is showing no signs of slowing down. In fact, Knapp-Track, a respected barometer of restaurant performance, ranked Twin Peaks No.

Weather, Labor Costs Slow Down Progress for Chuy’s

For Chuy’s, issues like persistent inflation of labor costs and the aftermath of a rainy hurricane season continue to squeeze the company’s profitability. Chuy’s president and chief executive officer, Steven Hislop, said it was a challenging third quarter for the company.

Houlihan's Introduces Bowl-Themed Menu for Fall

Houlihan's is constantly innovating and the Test Kitchen project is a way for their chefs to continue experimenting with culinary ideas. Their latest venture is the new fall menu that launched October 30.

The Lost Cajun Expands in Greenville

The Lost Cajun, a family-friendly restaurant focused on authentic Cajun food and hospitality, continues its expansion in Greenville. The Louisiana-based franchisor has opened its second location in Greenville on November 5, 2018.

Shoney’s Hosting All You Care To Eat Buffet for Veterans

Nothing says “Thank You” like an incredible breakfast and Shoney’s is going to prove it, as the iconic all-American restaurant brand will thank our nation’s veterans and troops with a free All You Care To Eat, Freshly Prepared Breakfast Bar when Veterans Day is being observed as a federal holiday: Monday November 12 from open—11 am.

Shrinking Tilted Kilt is Being Sold for $10

Tilted Kilt and its retracting unit count are being sold for $10. ARC Group, Inc., a restaurant holding company that owns 26-unit Dick’s Wings & Grill, outlined its plans to acquire the brand this week after first announcing the deal in June.

Bennigan’s Prepares to Land in Ohio

Steubenville, the town renowned as the birthplace of Dean Martin, the “King of Cool,” will soon have a new claim to fame with the arrival of Bennigan’s, the iconic brand beloved across the globe for its chef-driven, made-from-scratch American fare and friendly Irish hospitality.

Former Darden Vet Joins FoodFirst Global Restaurants

FoodFirst Global Restaurants, the owner of BRIO Tuscan Grille and BRAVO Cucina Italiana announced Dave Pickens, an industry veteran who’s worked his way up through restaurants, as its new president and chief operations officer.

Red Robin Wants to Get Back to Being Red Robin

While Red Robin took steps to improve its service and marketing strategy during the third quarter, the results were still disappointing for the company, even with new training and systems in place. Chief executive Denny Marie Post said, “for now, we are, by no means, pleased with our performance through Q3, we are heartened by the energy and commitment of our teams as we have reengaged all of our frontline leaders and team members to regain our operational edge.