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Black Angus Steakhouse Introduces Special Menu for Fall

With fall comes the latest special menu from Black Angus Steakhouse. In addition to a steak offering, the restaurant company is encouraging diners to drink pink in October.  During the month of October, $1 from the purchase of Pomegranate Punch will go to The Breast Cancer Charities of America.

The Melting Pot Evolves with New Experience-Driven Design

Fondue restaurant chain The Melting Pot lifted the lid on the next stage of its brand evolution, unveiling a fresh restaurant design tailored to reflect what’s most important to its guests. The new model will show in upcoming locations as well as those looking to relocate or remodel, the company said.
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Olive Garden Doesn't Need Delivery to Dominate the Industry

Darden might be the king of simplification, but CEO Gene Lee cautioned against boxing Olive Garden’s sales surge into a single corner. Since the casual leader’s former chief executive, Clarence Otis, announced July 2014 he would step down by year’s end, Darden’s shares have lifted more than 240 percent, which is skyscrapers above the industry standard.

Bad Daddy’s Burger to Open 2nd Greenville Location

Bad Daddy’s Burger is set to open its second Greenville location in McDaniel Village on Monday, September 24.Located at 1922 Augusta Road, Ste. A1-A, Bad Daddy’s will host its official grand opening the following day, Tuesday, Sept.

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.

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.

Cracker Barrel Has a Guest Traffic Problem

Chief executive Sandy Cochran is concerned with Cracker Barrel’s traffic. The casual chain’s same-store sales declined 0.4 percent in the fourth quarter, year-over-year, with average check up 3.1 percent.

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.

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.