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World of Beer Bolsters Leadership with Executive Hires

World of Beer/Bar & Kitchen, a neighborhood gathering spot for beer-lovers with more than 65 locations across 20 states and three countries, announced two new additions to its corporate leadership team: CFO, Kevin MacCormack, and VP of Marketing, James Buell.

Romano’s Macaroni Grill Emerges from Bankruptcy

Romano’s Macaroni Grill announced February 22 it has emerged from Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Mac Acquisition LLC, the owner of the Italian chain, filed for bankruptcy protection October 18, citing a shift in customer preference and an “overall downturn for the casual dining industry.

Applebee’s to Close 60–80 Restaurants in Turnaround Year

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.
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The Cheesecake Factory Prepares to Launch Fast Casual Spinoff

More than a year after the company hinted at a limited-service spinoff, The Cheesecake Factory is making good on its word with plans to open a pilot fast casual later this year.The news came amid the casual-dining chain’s fourth-quarter earnings report Wednesday, February 21.

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.

Boston's Launches Spring Menu, Including Stuffed Chicken

Sticking to its unwavering commitment to offer nothing but fresh, quality food, Boston’s Pizza Restaurant & Sports Bar announced the launch of its new spring menu. Starting February 19 through May 20, guests can enjoy a variety of lighter fares at Boston’s locations nationwide including Grilled Romaine Salad, Roasted Pepper Pizza and Stuffed Chicken.

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.

Buffalo Wild Wings Launches New Beer Series

Buffalo Wild Wings recently launched the B-Dubs Brew Series, offering Fans a unique and authentic beer drinking experience through a rotating tap series that is committed to the new, the exceptional, and the revolutionary.

Here's Why Texas Roadhouse is Cooking the Competition

Texas Roadhouse isn’t immune to some of the crunches facing casual dining. The 527-unit brand stared down labor inflation in 2017 and raised prices about 0.3 percent across its U.S. system. But, as chief executive officer Kent Taylor put it Tuesday afternoon during a conference call, Texas Roadhouse is “feeling some very cool vibes for 2018.

Cracker Barrel Continues Strong Run Into Second Quarter

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.

Shoney's Hosting Seafood Fest in Time for Lent

Seafood season is back and Shoney’s is casting the widest net.Shoney’s, the iconic, All-American restaurant brand, which celebrated its 70th anniversary in 2017 of being America’s Favorite Dinner Table, is honoring the Lenten period, when seafood is at the top of everyone's wish list, with several freshly-prepared seafood offerings and a new dessert.

Main Event to Make Delaware Debut on March 6

Main Event Entertainment is set to make its Delaware debut at 2900 Fashion Center Blvd. in Wilmington next to Christiana Mall on Tuesday, March 6.The new 50,000-square-foot center features 22 state-of-the-art bowling lanes with unique technology and luxury seating, laser tag, a gravity ropes course and zip line, billiards, shuffleboard and a games gallery featuring nearly 120 of the latest interactive and virtual video games.

Metro Diner to Open 50th Location in Sarasota on March 13

Metro Diner is quickly expanding and making its mark on comfort food with the celebration of its 50th diner in Sarasota, Florida, on March 13. Known for adding flair to an extensive menu of traditional diner dishes, each location is recognized as the place where the locals eat.