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Walk-On’s Expanding Into Tampa Area

Walk-On’s Bistreaux & Bar, a leading full-service family sports bar that provides gourmet takes on game day favorites, will soon be Tampa Bay’s go-to community restaurant next summer. The brand has gained a loyal following for employing the go-getter spirit of a walk-on athlete while providing superior service and mouthwatering All-American menu items with a taste of Louisiana.

California Pizza Kitchen Offering Complimentary Entrée on Veterans Day

California Pizza Kitchen will pay tribute to veterans and active duty members of the U.S. military this Veterans Day, Sunday, November 11, by offering them a complimentary entrée from CPK’s special Veterans Day menu at all participating California Pizza Kitchen locations nationwide.
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Main Event Invites Veterans for Free Food, Fun on November 11

Main Event Entertainment is honoring the brave men and women that protect our freedom with a special offer this Veterans Day.On Sunday, November 11, the ultimate family entertainment destination will honor our nation’s veterans and active-duty military by inviting them to their nearest center for free food and fun all day.

Huddle House Unveils Overhauled Burger Menu

Huddle House has hit refresh on an American classic.The nation’s iconic neighborhood restaurant has rolled out a completely overhauled burger menu. The new burger line, named Big House Burgers and Melts, highlights quality ingredients to help Huddle House deliver on its mission of bringing friends and family together over delicious food, served from the heart.

Growing Lazy Dog Opens in Fresno

Recently named one of 2018’s Great Places To Work, Lazy Dog Restaurant & Bar, the casual dining restaurant known for its handcrafted American food and drink, opened its doors to the Fresno community on October 29.

UNO Restaurants Sells 8 Company-Run Stores to MVPizza

UNO Restaurants, LLC, the owner, operator and franchisor of the UNO Pizzeria & Grill brand, announced the sale of eight company-owned restaurants to MVPizza, LLC as part of a broader re-franchising initiative.

BJ's Sizzling Run Isn't Close to Over

After another quarter of gains, BJ’s Restaurants continued its streak of success in the casual-dining sector. Compared to last year, the 201-unit chain has executed one of the industry’s more impressive turnarounds.

The Cheesecake Factory Appears Ready to Buy Another Chain

While The Cheesecake Factory works to regain sales momentum, the company’s investments are heating up. Matthew Clark, EVP and chief financial officer, outlined the brand’s plans Tuesday afternoon to possibly acquire 14-unit North Italia.

Chili's Comeback Strikes a Sweet Balance

When Chili’s nixed its LTO strategy in April 2017, it wasn’t solely about reducing menu complexity, size, and shifting operational focus to core items—there was a longer-term value play at hand. But developing a loyal base that expects everyday value, as opposed to those who seek it on a case-to-case and promotion-to-promotion basis, took some time to mature.