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Kona Grill Exploring Sale as CEO Resigns

Marcus Jundt, the chief executive of struggling polished-casual chain Kona Grill, resigned from his post, effective March 31, the company revealed in a securities filing Friday. Jundt took over as sole CEO in January, less than two months after Kona Grill said it would try a dual arrangement with Jundt and Steve Schussler.

Red Robin Becomes Largest Restaurant Chain to Serve Impossible Burger

Red Robin takes its menu of innovative, gourmet burgers very seriously, and its newest addition is no joke. Starting on Monday, April 1, guests visiting Red Robin Gourmet Burgers and Brews nationwide can order The Impossible Burger, which delivers all the taste, aroma and beefiness of meat, but is entirely plant-based.

Darden Announces Improvements to Animal Welfare Policy

Darden Restaurants, Inc. today announced an animal welfare policy that encourages higher welfare outcomes for farm animals in its supply chain. As part of the policy, Darden intends to form an external Animal Welfare Advisory Council that the Company will leverage to continually ensure its animal welfare program is based on best available science and industry-wide practices, including developments in outcomes measurement and reporting.

Quaker Steak & Lube Rolls Out New Rewards Program

Quaker Steak & Lube, a casual-dining restaurant featuring unique automotive and gas station themed décor with craveable food and drinks, has announced the launch of its new guest rewards program, Revved-Up Rewards.

Bloomin's Fast Casual Concept, Aussie Grill, to Open in Tampa

Aussie Grill, a fast-casual concept from Bloomin’ Brands, operator of Outback Steakhouse, Carrabba’s, Bonefish, and Fleming's, is expected to open in April. The counter-service version of its iconic steakhouse chain will be located in Tampa.

JINYA Ramen Bar Expanding in Virginia with Reston Location

JINYA Ramen Bar, a Burbank, California based concept that has become wildly popular throughout the United States and Canada, specializing in the innovative combination of gourmet noodles, authentic toppings and specialty broth, announced it will be opening its second location at 11964 Market Street in Reston.

Woody’s Bar-B-Q Heads to Pembroke Pines

With roots firmly planted in the Deep South, Woody’s Bar-B-Q has opted to move even deeper South. Marking the opening of its newest franchise location, Woody’s Bar-B-Q of Pembroke Pines will soon serve barbecue lovers in Broward and Dade Counties.

Brinker International Updates Animal Welfare Standards

Chili’s and Maggiano’s parent company Brinker International has updated its animal welfare standards to include a commitment to working toward elimination of the use of medically important antibiotics in its chicken supply chains, with exceptions for treatment and non-routine control of diagnosed illness.

HOBNOB Tavern in Atlanta Reports Record Growth

As HOBNOB Neighborhood Tavern heads into its 10th year of operation, the casual dining destination is enjoying record success. In the past two years, HOBNOB has expanded beyond its flagship Midtown location, opening well-received outposts in Brookhaven and Dunwoody, going from 25 employees to more than 180, with a fourth location at the popular Atlantic Station mixed-use developed slated to open this fall.

Red Robin Launches Impossible Burger at all 570 Restaurants

Red Robin Gourmet Burgers and Brews will launch its unique interpretation of the Impossible Burger on Monday at all 570 restaurants in the United States.Red Robin’s Impossible Cheeseburger features a delicious, fire-grilled, plant-based Impossible patty, topped with Red Robin’s pickle relish, red onions, pickles, lettuce, tomatoes, mayo and choice of cheese.

Golden Corral Introduces New Easter Holiday Menu To Go Option

Golden Corral is affording customers an opportunity to save time and work preparing an Easter dinner by offering a new Easter Holiday Menu To Go option.Customers can now place online orders for their Easter meals in advance through Golden Corral’s website and pick up a traditional family meal before Easter Sunday at their nearest Golden Corral restaurant.

Olive Garden's Menu Strategy is Tough to Rival

To say Olive Garden has landed on an effective menu strategy wouldn’t do it justice. Let’s just take a two-quarter sample into consideration. Last quarter, the 860-unit chain saw comparable guest counts decline 0.

Friendly’s Appoints 3 New Agencies of Record

Friendly’s Restaurants has appointed three new agencies of record as part of its efforts to reinvigorate the beloved community-oriented brand as consumer dynamics and the restaurant marketplace continue to evolve.