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$5 Create-Your-Own Combos Return to On The Border

Proving that the only thing better than great value is almost-endless choice, On The Border Mexican Grill & Cantina has brought back their popular $5 Create-Your-Own Combo deal for a limited time. The delicious offer allows guests to select two options from an extensive menu of combo items for only $5.

Catering Could Take Chuy's to New Heights

Chuy’s off-premise business accounted for about 12.25 percent of sales in the fourth quarter. As far as chief financial officer Jon Howie could recall, the number represented the largest mix in the chain’s 36-year history.
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Fogo de Chão Unveils Refreshing New Spring Menu

Fogo de Chão is launching a light and refreshing seasonal menu that features nutritious recipes and bright cocktails sure to put everyone in the mood for warmer weather. From a nutritious gluten-free salad and vegetarian soup to Brazilian-inspired beverages, new spring selections are now available at all Fogo locations nationwide for a limited time.

Taco Mac Secures Fifty Spots in NRAEF Apprenticeship Program

Taco Mac, a 28-unit casual dining restaurant chain based in Alpharetta, Georgia, recently became one of the first restaurant chains to participate in the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation’s (NRAEF) Hospitality Sector Registered Apprenticeship (HSRA) program.

IHOP Announces Free Breakfast for a Year Giveaway

IHOP Restaurants Monday announced the launch of the "IHOP for a Year" giveaway where one lucky, pancake-loving guest will nab the ultimate prize—daily breakfast for free at IHOP for a year. For a chance to win, guests simply need to download the IHOP Mobile App, which launched earlier this year, and track their progress in trying the newest line-up of globally-inspired pancakes by uploading a photo.

How Sam Ballas and East Coast Wings are Winning the Wing War

At first glance, East Coast Wings + Grill’s growth plan might seem bold, perhaps even ambitious: Take a 35-unit chicken-wing chain and build it beyond 100 restaurants. Given the casual-dining landscape, where retraction—not expansion—is the buzzword, East Coast Wings would be bucking the trend.

Applebee's Improves To-Go Experience Nationwide

Applebee’s latest tool in its comeback arsenal has arrived. The casual-dining leader announced Monday (March 12) that its enhanced To-Go experience is now live, and the brand is offering a deal to kick off the platform’s added capabilities.

Del Frisco’s Could Sell Sullivan’s Steakhouse

Del Frisco’s Restaurant Group is exploring strategic alternatives for its Sullivan’s Steakhouse brand, a process that could include a potential sale, executives said in the company’s fourth-quarter review.

Re-Introducing Denny's, the Iconic Brand You Thought You Knew

Denny’s. The brand you thought you knew.Are we talking about the same America’s Diner that has been around since Dwight D. Eisenhower’s first year in the White House? That’s the kind of question chief marketing officer John Dillon wants customers to ask as they sit down to a meal at one of Denny’s 1,735 restaurants around the country.

Taco Mac Unveils March Bracket Showdown

College basketball’s biggest event is right around the corner, and Taco Mac scores a slam-dunk for perfect sports-watching venue with its annual Bracket Showdown, beer specials and Harley-Davidson giveaway.

Bob Evans Offering Fully Prepared Farmhouse Feast for Easter

With Easter fast approaching, families across the country are starting to think about this year’s Easter gathering, meaning hours spent dreaming up the perfect holiday feast, time-consuming preparations, and the daunting task of heavy duty post-meal clean up.

Hwy 55 Burgers, Shakes & Fries to Open 4th Tennessee Location

Already a well-known name in the South and a highly-decorated brand in the restaurant industry and franchising community, Hwy 55 Burgers, Shakes & Fries is expanding its Tennessee presence and bringing its All-American, retro-themed diner to Lawrenceburg, the largest city on the state line between Chattanooga and Memphis.

Bravo Brio Being Sold for $100 Million

BRAVO! Cucina Italiana and BRIO Tuscan Grille parent Bravo Brio Restaurant Group (BBRG) announced Thursday (March 8) that it was acquired by Switzerland-based Spice Private Equity Ltd., an affiliate of GP Investments.