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Darden Elects Penn National Gaming CEO to Board

Darden Restaurants, Inc. announced that Timothy J. Wilmott has been elected to its Board of Directors. Wilmott was elected, along with Darden's seven incumbent directors, during the Company's Annual Meeting of Shareholders today.

Del Frisco’s Sells Sullivan’s for $32M to Romano’s Macaroni Grill

In February, just five months after declaring bankruptcy, Romano’s Macaroni Grill attempted to buy Bravo Brio. The operator of BRAVO! Cucina Italian and BRIO Tuscan Grille rejected the acquisition proposal and moved forward with its previously announced $100 million deal with Switzerland-based Spice Private Equity Ltd.
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Why Huddle House is Only Getting Better with Age

In February, Huddle House changed hands for the second time in six years. Private-equity firm Sentinel Capital Partners dealt the 55-year-old chain to Elysium Management for an undisclosed sum. In that span, the family-dining icon retracted its total unit count by 44 units to 349 locations generating more than $240 million in annual systemwide sales.

September 20 is Free Sushi Day at P.F. Chang's

Thursday, September 20 is Free Sushi Day at more than 200 participating P.F. Chang's restaurants across the U.S. This one-day-only event invites dine-in guests to enjoy a free Spicy Tuna Roll or California Roll with no purchase necessary.

Buffalo Wild Wings Names Lyle Tick President

New-look Buffalo Wild Wings has a new president, and he’s not from the restaurant industry. Inspire Brands, the umbrella company of the 1,200-unit brand, Rusty Taco, and Arby’s, announced September 17 that Lyle Tick, managing director for Walgreens Boots Alliance beauty brands business in the Americas, was appointed to the position.

Dave & Buster's to Test Fast-Casual Tacos Concept

While Dave & Buster’s pinpoints 10 percent or more annual unit growth as its top long-term value driver, the “eatertainment” landscape is shifting as quickly as any in the restaurant industry.

IHOP Giving Away Side of Pancakes on National Cheeseburger Day

To celebrate National Cheeseburger Day on Tuesday, IHOP is inviting guests to indulge in the perfect combination of sweet and savory menu items by giving away a free side of its Buttermilk pancakes or limited-time Pumpkin Spice pancakes with the purchase any IHOP Ultimate Steakburger.

Mountain Mike’s Pizza Taps Former KFC COO for Same Role

Mountain Mike’s Pizza, LLC, a leading family-style pizza chain with more than 200 franchised restaurants in California and the West, and known for serving “Pizza the way it oughta be” announced the appointment of Jim Metevier as president and Chief Operating Officer.

Friendly’s Taps Ex-Boston Market Leader as Interim CEO

FIC Restaurants, the operator of Friendly’s, named industry veteran George Michel its interim chief executive officer, the company announced Thursday. Michel replaces former Panera Bread executive John Maguire, who is leaving the chain after six years to accept another job in the restaurant industry.

Zinburger Selling $5 Burgers on National Cheeseburger Day

Zinburger Wine & Burger Bar, the award-winning boutique burger restaurant is celebrating National Cheeseburger Day on Tuesday, September 18. They will offer their Plain & Simple Burger with the option of 8 different cheese toppings.