Pushing through wage increases and rising operating costs, BJ’s Restaurants finished the second quarter with positive results yet again. The quarter began softly for the polished casual chain—executives attributed the slow start to bad weather in different markets and avocado inflation.
In the middle part of the decade, casual dining sat on an inflection point you wouldn’t be wrong to call a crisis. In the third quarter of 2016, only 34 percent of brands in the category reported positive comparable sales, according to industry tracker TDn2K.
Struggling Kona Grill has a new owner, although it’s far from a stranger. The Scottsdale, Arizona-based brand was dealt to Williston Holding Co. Inc., the company founded by Marcus Jundt. He is one of the polished chain’s founders and served on the board from 2000–2009.
Located at 301 North Pottstown Pike in Exton, Pennsylvania, the PJW Restaurant Group introduces its sixth, and most recent, concept, ChopHouse Grille, a stylish and inviting restaurant with a seasonally inspired menu.
On Tuesday, July 30, The Cheesecake Factory is celebrating National Cheesecake Day by offering dine-in guests any slice of its more than 30 flavors of cheesecake for half price at all of its restaurants nationwide, and introducing its newest flavor: Pineapple Upside-Down Cheesecake.
Monday, July 29 is National Lasagne Day and Carrabba’s Italian Grill wants customers to celebrate with a free lasagna.When guests order any chicken or steak entrée, they’ll receive a free order of Lasagne to take home and enjoy.
As convenience, independents, and technology flood the restaurant lexicon, casual dining has clawed for an identify. That’s far from a new challenge, but there is a movement emerging as millennials mature into the marketplace.
Public School Restaurant + Bar is currently offering a sweet Fantasy Football Party deal for parties of eighto r more. Host your Fantasy Football Draft Party at Public School and receive two free appetizers, two free entrees and wash it down with $5 select draft beers.
Private equity firm Ares Management Group confirmed July 23 that it had made an investment in Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurants. In the deal, Ares bought a minority stake from Connecticut-based KarpReilly, who has held a minority position since 2009.
Boston’s Pizza Restaurant & Sports Bar is staying on top of new drink trends as it debuts its new drink menu and “Appy Hour” nationwide. Guests will be given the opportunity to experience over 20 new drinks added to the Boston’s beverage menu.
In a surprise announcement, family dining chain Cracker Barrel revealed July 23 it has entered into a strategic partnership with Denver-based Punch Bowl Social.Cracker Barrel plans on investing as much as $140 million and taking on a non-controlling position in the eatertainment brand.
Buffalo Wild Wings is gearing up to celebrate its favorite holiday: National Chicken Wing Day. On Monday, July 29, wing enthusiasts can head over to B-Dubs for a free snack size wing with the purchase of any small, medium or large order of wings (boneless or traditional; dine-in only).
Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant announced it has signed a lease in the Buckhead neighborhood of Atlanta. This comes on the heels of its recent announcement to open its newest location in Newtown, Pennsylvania, in the spring of 2020.
This National Chicken Wing Day, Monday, July 29, P.J. Whelihan’s, with 17 locations throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey is offering guests endless wings all day for $15.99. This all you can eat offer is valid in store only and excludes takeout.