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Kona Grill Names Interim CEO

Struggling polished-casual chain Kona Grill named an interim chief executive officer less than a month after co-founder and CEO Marcus Jundt resigned.Kona Grill’s chief financial officer, Christi Hing, will serve as the company’s executive officer as the search for a new chief executive takes place.

Friendly’s Shutters 23 Restaurants in 'Tough Decision'

Earlier in the year, Friendly’s initiated a strategic assessment of its corporate-owned restaurant footprint, the chain’s CEO, George Michel, wrote in an April 8 letter to franchisees. The company was keeping an “eye toward gonging viability and maximizing resource investment.

Why Cheddar’s Could Be Darden's Sleeping Giant

Bringing Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen up to speed has been quite a journey for Darden. Yet despite the challenges and quarter-to-quarter drag on top-line sales, CEO Gene Lee said the company is more excited today than when they first bought the family-dining brand for $780 million in April 2017.

Bigger, Bolder Grill Combos Return at Applebee’s for $12.99

Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill + Bar guests are in luck with the return of Bigger, Bolder Grill Combos nationwide, starting Monday at participating restaurants. This fan-favorite offers guests the choice of one of five grill combinations, each featuring a pair of entrees and an abundance of sides for the most extreme value.

Hickory Tavern to Open 28th Location Late May in Morrisville

Charlotte-based Hickory Tavern will open their 28th store company-wide in late May at 3201 Village Market Place in Morrisville, North Carolina. In preparation for their opening, Hickory Tavern will be interviewing for hosts, servers, bartenders, line cooks and more throughout the month of April.

For Maggiano's, Authenticity Drives Innovation

We’ve all heard the restaurant peril, “trying to become all things to all people.” But what if we looked at it another way. One of the dangers brands face, especially those with strong guest affinity, is the temptation to chase another restaurant’s core equities.

Flynn Restaurant Group Names New Executives

Flynn Restaurant Group, the largest restaurant franchisee in the U.S., announced an exciting lineup of recent promotions in its operations team, as it offers two longstanding employees fond farewells and best wishes on their retirements.

Red Robin CEO Denny Marie Post Retires

Red Robin’s chief executive officer and president, Denny Marie Post, has decided to retire, the burger brand announced Wednesday afternoon. The move is effective immediately, and the company said it’s formed a search committee to identify her successor.

Abuelo’s Offering Grande Burrito, Durango Burrito for $7.99 on National Burrito Day

On April 4, National Burrito Day, Abuelo’s is offering their Grande Burrito and the Durango Burrito for $7.99, in addition to all-day Happy Hour (open to close) to help consumers celebrate.Since its first opening in 1989, Abuelo’s has consistently been on the leading edge of Mexican cuisine, combining menu creativity, outstanding food and beverage quality, colorful plate presentations and superior service in a true Mexican courtyard atmosphere.

Dave & Buster's Gets Back in the Driver's Seat

In the fall of 2017, Dave & Buster’s started to really vocalize the effects of a changing industry. Not just restaurants in particular, but an “eatertainment” space growing more crowded by the day.

Carrabba’s Adds 50 Percent More Chicken to Signature Dishes

Giving guests more of what they love, Carrabba’s Italian Grill has added 50 percent more of their wood-fire grilled chicken to their favorite pasta dishes and entrée salads for the same price.At locations nationwide, guests will savor that wood-fire grilled taste in their Chicken Cesar Salad, Linguine Positano and Fettucine Carrabba, featuring fettuccine alfredo with wood-grilled chicken, sautéed mushrooms and peas.

Olive Garden Super-Sizes its Value Promise

One of Olive Garden’s biggest menu moves in recent months wasn’t anything fresh or revolutionary. It was a bulked-up version of a classic—Chicken Alfredo, but now with 50 percent more chicken. This aligns with a broader value strategy for Olive Garden that’s also been super-sized lately.

True Food Kitchen Launches Cobb for a Cause, New Spring Menu

True Food Kitchen, the award-winning restaurant brand that has pioneered health-driven dining, announced its “Cobb for a Cause” promotion in support of the Environmental Working Group (EWG), the nonprofit organization that empowers people to live healthier lives in a healthier environment.

Brix Napa Valley Reopens in Yountville

The Kelleher Family, which owns Brix Napa Valley in Yountville, announced that the restaurant has re-opened following a major renovation.A classic Wine Country restaurant located on a heritage property, Brix Napa Valley has long been a local favorite.

Applebee’s $1 Strawberry Dollarita is Back for April

Applebee’s is bringing back the Strawberry Dollarita starting Monday through the entire month of April. And now the drink is being we’re garnished with Twizzlers candy, and it’s still only $1.“Applebee’s is all about providing a fun, memorable experience with friends,” says Patrick Kirk, vice president of beverage innovation at Applebee’s.