Chain Restaurants

As Sales Decline, Cracker Barrel Plots a Path Forward

Despite results that “performed below our internal expectations,” Cracker Barrel raised its earnings guidance for the fiscal year following its third-quarter report. Sandra B. Cochran, the company’s president and CEO, said during a conference call that marketing and advertising didn’t deliver the sales and traffic the brand hoped.

Can Off-Premise Dining Save the Restaurant Industry?

As casual dining chains struggle to maintain market share, many brands are looking to off-premise occasions to cushion against ongoing challenges in the segment. Executives from several large casual dining chains pressed the growing importance of carry-out and delivery orders in recent quarterly earnings calls with investors.

Hickory Tavern Giving Away Burgers to Veterans on Memorial Day

Hickory Tavern, the social gathering spot, where the neighborhood is drawn by a lively bar, great food and a passion for entertainment and sports, will honor America’s fallen military members on Memorial Day (May 29) at all 27 locations in 16 communities by offering a free hamburger to all veterans and active duty military.

Denny's Names Michael Furlow Chief Information Officer

Denny’s Corporation today announced the appointment of Michael Furlow as senior vice president of information technology and chief information officer (CIO). Mr. Furlow is a seasoned restaurant executive with more than 30 years of restaurant and technology experience at several restaurant brands, including most recently as CIO at Red Robin Gourmet Burgers.

New York City Doesn't Care About the Menu-Labeling Delay

Springtime in New York just got a whole lot more interesting. Forget the federal government, the Big Apple announced Thursday that it plans to enforce the same calorie-labeling laws recently delayed (again) by the Food and Drug Administration.

Joe's Crab Shack, Brick House Face Murky Future

Ignite Restaurant Group’s Securities and Exchange Commission filings revealed some alarming sales declines during what appears to be a transitional period for the parent company of Joe’s Crab Shack and Brick House Tavern.

Famous Dave’s Refranchising Company-Owned Stores

In the next 12 to 24 months, company-owned Famous Dave’s will be a thing of the past. But in the meantime, the chain could close additional stores, CEO Mike Lister said in a conference call.The 173-unit chain reported comparable-restaurant sales declines of 4.

Main Event Entertainment to Open in Gilbert, Arizona

Main Event Entertainment, the nation’s fastest-growing bowling-anchored dining and entertainment destination, is opening its third Phoenix-area center—located at 1735 S. San Tan Village Pkwy in Gilbert—on Tuesday, May 23.

Wild Wing Cafe Announces Opening of New Location in Gastonia

Wild Wing Cafe, the destination for “hot wings, cold beer and good times,” announced that it will open a new Gastonia, North Carolina, location in Franklin Square. This opening will be the company’s third corporate location in the greater Charlotte area, and its first in Gastonia.

Optimism Surges as Red Robin Beats 1Q Expectations

Red Robin CEO Denny Marie Post addressed the “hot topic of off-premise” business during the company’s first-quarter earnings call on Tuesday afternoon. The conversation took place as shares of Red Robin jumped more than 15 percent in late trading following a better-than-expected report and boosted guidance.

BRIO Tuscan Grille, BRAVO Cucina Italiana Now Offering Catering To-Go

Memorable events require delicious cuisine, and for those with a busy schedule, BRIO Tuscan Grille offers the perfect solution to make any event with four to 50 guests unforgettable. BRIO’s new Catering Packages, presenting only the finest and freshest ingredients, include Catering Pans, Family Bundles, Catering Bundles and Create Your Own Pasta Station options.

The Cheesecake Factory Named Casual Dining Brand of the Year

Brand equity is no longer movement-proof. The shifting demographics of the restaurant industry are finally catching up with companies, shows Harris Poll’s 29th edition of its annual EquiTrend Study. The data, which is collected from more than 100,000 U.