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Activist Pushes Outback to Sell or Spinoff Other Brands

Activist investor Barington Capital Group, L.P. has pushed Bloomin’ Brands for change before. Back in February, the company sent a letter to Bloomin’s chairman and chief executive officer, Liz Smith, along with a detailed presentation that outlined how Barington felt Bloomin’ could improve shareholder value and the performance of its casual brands, Outback Steakhouse, Carrabba’s, Bonefish Grill, and Fleming’s.
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Inside Cracker Barrel's Plan to Win Back Customers

You never want to hear the words “restaurant” and “recall” in the same sentence. All things considered, though, Cracker Barrel’s recent run-in with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission was a mild one.

Rotolo’s Hosts Grand Opening for First Texas Restaurant

Texas’ first Rotolo’s Craft and Crust—the Baton Rouge-based pizzeria known for its good food and good vibes—recently opened its doors at 9250 N. Dallas Pkwy., Ste. 130, in Frisco and is celebrating with a grand opening event on Monday, Oct.

Del Frisco’s Grille Plans Fort Lauderdale Opening in Fall

Del Frisco's Restaurant Group, Inc. is slated to open a new Del Frisco's Grille in Fort Lauderdale on November  14. The restaurant marks the 23rd location for the Del Frisco’s Grille concept. The stylish, modern restaurant will have a vibrant ambiance where life is celebrated around the table.

SPLENDA Yellow Packets Return to IHOP and Applebee’s Restaurants

The iconic IHOP and Applebee’s restaurants and Heartland Food Products Group (Heartland FPG), maker of America’s number one sweetener asked for by name, have announced an amicable resolution of their differences that will bring SPLENDA Brand made-in-America sweetener to IHOP and Applebee’s guests in U.

What's America's Most Frequented Restaurant Chain?

Often when publicly traded brands report quarterly results, the performance is relative to their own success or troubles. Same-store sales, traffic—these indicators measure year-over-year progress or declines, and stack over fiscal calendars to paint a picture of a chain’s financial health.

IHOP Plans First Expansion into Ecuador

Less than three months after announcing that IHOP brand would be expanding to South America for the first time with restaurants in Peru, Dine Brands International announced today a deal that will continue its expansion into the continent by bringing the brand to Ecuador.

Red Robin Adds New Master Cheese Burger to Menu

Red Robin is lighting up its menu with new additions and limited-time offerings for the holidays. Beginning Monday, Red Robin guests can savor The Master Cheese, a new Black Angus burger with a duo of melted extra-sharp Cheddar and Provolone cheeses, Bistro Sauce, dill pickle planks, shredded romaine and tomatoes on a toasted brioche bun and served with Bottomless Steak Fries, which means free refills.

How Outback Got Customers Talking Again

Outback has, mostly, taken its business off the discounting track. Across Bloomin’ Brands entire portfolio, which includes Carrabba’s, Bonefish, and Fleming’s, discounting dropped 19 percent in the second quarter.

Huddle House Earns High Franchise Marks

Huddle House announced that it has been named to Franchise Times’ Top 200+ list, which is an exclusive ranking of the 500 largest franchises. Based on the company’s worldwide system sales and number of locations, Huddle House has been rated number 224 alongside the largest franchises in its industry.

Hooters Offering Free Wings Deal with Uber Eats in Honor of 35th Anniversary

To commemorate Hooters 35th anniversary, Uber Eats has an free offer for fans to join in on the celebration. From October 13-19, Uber Eats is exclusively offering guests a free order of 10 Original Hooters Wings, which has become one of America’s most iconic foods since Hooters first launched in October 1983.