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IHOP Celebrates Top Franchisees and Vendor Partners of The Year

IHOP franchisees and vendor partners were recently awarded top honors by the brand for their work to deliver great food and service to guests along with providing care to their communities. In front of an audience of their peers from around the world, honorees were recognized for their leadership, operational excellence and service.

Cracker Barrel Searches for the Right Balance

The rise in off-premises dining catalyzed sales across casual dining in 2018. But there was always a question of what stage 2 would look like when the first incremental surge subsided. Unlike many limited-service brands, sit-down restaurants face a far more disruptive model.

Buffalo Wild Wings' Jammin’ Jalapeño Returns by Popular Demand

Sauce superfans spoke and Buffalo Wild Wings listened: Jammin’ Jalapeño is officially back. After being retired from the menu three years ago, fans went to extreme lengths to demand that Buffalo Wild Wings bring back their favorite wing sauce: they amassed more than 1,000 signatures on a Change.
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Kona Grill Unveils Bigger, Better Happy Hour

Kona Grill—a casual-upscale restaurant brand known for its diverse take on contemporary American favorites, award-winning sushi and handcrafted cocktails—is bringing a bigger and better happy hour to its guests.

Main Event Makes Colorado Debut in Highlands Ranch

Main Event Entertainment—the nation’s fastest-growing bowling-anchored dining and entertainment destination—made its Colorado debut on November 19 at 64 Centennial Blvd. in Highlands Ranch.The newly built 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, billiards, shuffleboard and a games gallery featuring over 120 of the latest interactive and virtual video games.

Firebirds' Secret to Being the Unchained Chain

One of the challenges of scaling a mid-sized restaurant chain is the notion that, well, you’re a chain. Beyond the power of recognition that crosses state lines, how do you compete with local, independent spots that appeal to the community-based diner? How do you unchain the chain, in other terms, and erase the sterile stereotype of corporate eateries?Perhaps the most compelling tool is local-store marketing, an approach that can ultimately determine if your restaurant chain is just another location in the community, or truly part of the community it serves.

Red Lobster Launches Create Your Own Ultimate Feast for Holidays

Red Lobster is giving guests even more reasons to celebrate this holiday season with the introduction of the new Create Your Own Ultimate Feast event. For a limited time, guests can choose four of 10 craveable selections to create their perfect plate including offerings like Red Lobster’s Signature Creamy Lobster Alfredo, and classic favorites, such as Wood-Grilled Sea Scallops and Garlic Shrimp Scampi.

Bloomin’ Brands is Killing Discounting and Boosting Profitability

Bloomin’ Brands reinvigoration of Outback has, rightfully so, grabbed headlines in recent months. If you look back to the first quarter of fiscal 2017, the company shuttered 14 restaurants and followed by refranchising 54 corporate stores to longtime franchisee partners.

PJW Restaurant Group Names Jim Fris Chief Executive Officer

Bob Platzer, founder of PJW Restaurant Group, the largest and most successful family-owned restaurant group in the Delaware Valley, has named hospitality veteran Jim Fris Chief Executive Officer as Platzer assumes the Executive Chairman role.

Quaker Steak & Lube Unveils New Menu

Together with its franchise partners, Quaker Steak & Lube announced the launch of its new menu, which includes many fan-favorite classics along with new flavor combinations to provide guests with fresh and on-trend dining options, while staying true to the restaurant’s roots.

Famous Toastery's Rapid Rise to Better-Breakfast Stardom

When Brian Burchill and Robert Maynard opened the first Famous Toastery in Huntersville, North Carolina, in 2005, they had no idea they would be where they are today. The duo wanted to open a better-breakfast restaurant that excelled in excellent service and food.

Shoney’s Serving Up Buffet, To-Go Meals on Thanksgiving

Shoney’s will serve as America’s Dinner Table this Thanksgiving, as it has without equal for more than 70 years.On Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 22, Shoney's will feature its homestyle, All You Care to Eat, Freshly Prepared Thanksgiving Day Feast, starting at $14.

Red Lobster Now Offering Give a Gift, Get a Gift Gift Card Promotion

Red Lobster’s Give a Gift, Get a Gift holiday gift card promotion makes for the perfect gift or stocking stuffer for the seafood lover in your life.Right now, for every $50 you spend on Red Lobster gift cards, in-restaurant or online, you will receive a bonus card—good for $10 off on a future visit in the month of January.