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FSR 50: Top 10 Family-Dining Chains

Family dining—typically defined by check averages below $12 and with very limited or no alcohol service—faces an all-out battle for relevancy amid sharpening competition and shifting consumer-dining habits.

FSR 50: Top 10 Upscale-Dining Chains

Upscale dining, characterized primarily by dinner-focused concepts with extensive beverage programs and check averages above $50, was battered by the recession's money-saving realities. But things are finally looking up for the restaurant industry's upscale-dining stalwarts—with sales growth and unit growth in 2012 among most of the segment's major players.

FSR 50: Top 10 Restaurant Groups

The nation's top 10 restaurant groups collectively managed more than $33 billion in 2012 revenues and more than 12,000 restaurants .From DineEquity's completed push to franchise 99 percent of the Applebee's system to the retirement of venerable Ruby Tuesday executive Sandy Beall, America's highest-performing restaurant groups made waves of strategic plays to bolster relevancy, heighten profitability, and attract guests.

Raleigh's Sullivan’s Steakhouse Unveils New Menu

Robert Crawford, executive chef of Sullivan’s Steakhouse in Raleigh, is pleased to announce that Sullivan’s has a new menu.  Perfectly capturing the fresh flavors of summer, Sullivan’s revs up its exciting new menu with an abundance of seasonal produce and succulent seafood.

Boom Launches New Menu

Boom’s much-anticipated new menu has officially launched at its University Village location, at 2675 NE Village Lane, Seattle. As part of its expansive menu redesign, Seattle’s favorite Asian restaurant has brought back some of the classics such as Spicy Lemon Chicken Ramen, Beef Udon, and Chicken Katsu Curry, while adding additional gluten-free and vegetarian options.

Twin Peaks will Open Six Locations in Detroit Area

Twin Peaks Restaurants has signed a multi-unit development agreement to open six locations in the Detroit area, the concept’s first restaurants in the state of Michigan.Motor City Peaks, LLC will open all six Twin Peaks restaurants throughout Southeastern Michigan over the next several years.

Allen Corey Joins Quickcue's Board of Directors

Allen Corey, former president and CEO of Craftworks Restaurants and Breweries, has accepted an invitation to join the Board of Directors for Quickcue, LLC. Corey, a well respected member of the hospitality community, brings valuable insight to Quickcue, a growing startup focused on helping restaurants know and serve their guests better.

Restaurants Expand Label into Grocery Stores

Shula’s Steakhouse and La Tasca announced plans to expand their respective brands into the mainstream retail distribution with leading global brand licensing agency Beanstalk.Starting with extension in key food categories inspired by La Tasca’s head chef Antony Bennett’s most popular dishes, Beanstalk will also be looking for licensing partners for La Tasca in non-food classifications such as cookware, publishing and gift items.

Fox and Fiddle to Expand Franchising Into the U.S.

Fox and Fiddle, the award-winning pub concept with locations throughout Canada, has begun franchising with Fransmart, the franchise development company behind the growth of brands like Five Guys Burgers and Fries and Qdoba Mexican Grill.

First Watch Hires New Chief Financial Offer

Award-winning Breakfast, Brunch, and Lunch restaurant First Watch today announced the hiring of Paul Hineman as chief financial officer.Hineman joins First Watch with 20 years experience in the restaurant and finance industry.

Hooters Unveils Contemporary Design in Louisiana

Hooters of America, LLC unveiled a completely new modern look for its Hooters of Slidell, Louisiana, location. The first ground-up prototype delivers a fresh, contemporary, and comfortable dining experience.

Smithfields Chicken 'N Bar-B-Q Helps 6th Annual Joey O Bocce Classic Roll

Forget running or walking – the Joey O Bocce Classic charity tournament is focused on rolling to cure cystic fibrosis – using a bocce ball. While it might seem unlikely, this popular tournament draws dozens of teams to Cardinal Gibbons High School football field for the largest event of its kind in the Research Triangle.