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Cracker Barrel Finds Footing with Off-Premises

Cracker Barrel is settling into the new age of casual dining where off-premises offerings are just as important to some guests as dine-in options. The 659-unit chain is benefiting from the expansion of this segment and looking for ways to grow.

Firms Close Sale of P.F. Chang’s

Paulson & Co. Inc and TriArtisan Capital closed their previously announced deal for Chinese chain P.F. Chang’s, the companies announced March 1. Financial terms of the acquisition from Centerbridge Partners, L.

After 'Disappointing' Year, Red Robin Plots its Comeback

Red Robin endured hard-earned lessons in 2018, chief executive Denny Marie Post said Tuesday afternoon, leading the burger brand to outline a full-throttle comeback plan.She admitted the year was, in sum, “very disappointing.

Thirsty Lion Plans 2019 Expansion

Thirsty Lion Gastropub & Grill, a Portland, Oregon-based made-from-scratch kitchen restaurant concept, has been expanding across the West since its launch in 2011, with nine locations in Oregon, Arizona, Texas and Colorado and plans to open two more U.

Uber Eats Waives Delivery Fee at TGI Fridays

TGI Fridays is partnering with Uber Eats to give fans a more convenient, and wallet-friendly, way to indulge in its savory fire-grilled favorites.From February 27 through March 3, TGI Fridays is offering free delivery nationwide through the Uber Eats app.

IHOP is Now America's Largest Casual-Dining Chain

IHOP continues to reap the benefits of last year’s eyebrow-raising campaigns as the brand transitions from a breakfast destination to an all-day dining destination.Even though the IHOb promotion debuted last June, IHOP’s sales are still steadily climbing.

Black Bear Diner Expands in Arkansas

Black Bear Diner, a fast-growing, family dining concept that offers a one-of-a-kind experience and home-style comfort food classics in a friendly, bear-themed atmosphere, today announced it has officially opened its doors in North Little Rock, Arkansas.

BJ's Rides a Red-Hot Year to Long-Term Success

There’s no denying BJ’s Restaurants had a banner run in 2018. But CEO Greg Trojan doesn’t want to become a prisoner of the moment. Taking market share isn’t exactly a revolutionary concept for the 202-unit brand, founded in 1978 and public since 1996 (the company was known as Chicago Pizza & Brewery prior to August 16, 2004).

Famous Dave’s Launches New Rewards App

Famous Dave’s recently announced the rollout of a new rewards app via a partnership with Punchh.The app can be accessed via any smartphone or through the Famous Dave’s website and guests will receive a free sandwich or burger when they initially download the app.

IHOP Reveals New Pancake Flavor, Inspired by Kid Chef Champion

Today, IHOP announced that six-year-old Brody Simoncini of Worcester, Massachusetts has been selected as this year’s IHOP Kid Chef Champion. Part of the IHOP Free Pancake Day campaign, the Kid Chef competition is an annual event that invites kids ages 6-16 treated at a Children’s Miracle Network Hospital to dream up their best pancake creation.

Applebee's Reports Best Run in 25 Years

Headed into 2018, Applebee’s revamped leadership set a goal to become the most improved restaurant brand in America. The target was ambitious for a few reasons. First the obvious one: To that point, nearly every headline about the chain fell into a series of painful categories.

Delivery and Customer Service Fuel The Cheesecake Factory’s Comeback

After gaining momentum last year and turning two positive quarters toward the end of 2019, The Cheesecake Factory is continuing its positive streak. Delivery, online ordering, and improved customer satisfaction all contributed to a successful fourth quarter for the California-based company.

Lazy Dog Opens New Location in Illinois

Lazy Dog Restaurant & Bar, the casual dining restaurant known for its handcrafted American food and drink, has opened a new location in the community of Vernon Hills, Illinois with plans to add a second Chicagoland restaurant in Naperville this fall.

Hooters New Stuffed Wings are Only Available Through DoorDash

Hooters today announced the launch of stuffed wings, its latest chicken wing innovation, which are original-style chicken wings hand-stuffed with either zesty chorizo or cajun jambalaya. In celebration of this national launch, Hooters is teaming up with DoorDash for customers to try Hooters new stuffed wings delivered exclusively through DoorDash before they go on sale in restaurants on February 25.