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Bottomline Boosters

At its height in the 1980s, Sizzler was a $1 billion powerhouse with more than 600 units nationwide.As the millennium neared, however, the family steakhouse chain encountered hard times, including a 1996 bankruptcy.

November Restaurant Industry Snapshot Released

Black Box Intelligence (BBI), a leading provider of financial and market data for the restaurant industry released their November Restaurant Industry Snapshot today containing sales performance and trends.

Darden to Host Fiscal Q2 Call

Darden Restaurants Inc. will host its Fiscal 2012 Second Quarter conference call next Friday, December 16, at 8:30 a.m. EST . The conference call will be broadcast live over the Internet.Clarence Otis, chairman & CEO, and other senior management will cover subjects including forward-looking information, such as the outlook for the current month or quarter, and the company's previously announced earnings guidance.

Black Friday Gave Restaurants 7.5 Percent Boost

Capital Access Network’s (CAN) Data Services Division released figures today showing a 5.8 percent increase in same store credit and debit card sales at Main Street merchandise retailers and restaurants this Black Friday period (Nov.

Visits to U.S. Restaurants Flat

The U.S. restaurant industry entered 2011 hopeful after ending 2010 with two consecutive quarters of one percent traffic increases, but the continuing economic saga of high unemployment and low consumer confidence kept visits to restaurants flat in the first three calendar quarters of the year, according to The NPD Group, a leading market research company.

How To: Prevent Alcohol Theft At Your Restaurant

Every restaurant is decking the halls at this time of year as diners come in for celebrations, but what many don’t realize is that they could be losing thousands of dollars on alcohol.Employee theft is a $11 billion problem in the U.

2012 Financial Forecast Remains Cloudy

Get ready for more of the same.Financial analysts, consultants and restaurant operators alike seem to agree that 2012 is shaping up to look a lot like its predecessor year.The U.S. economy is likely to grow modestly—about 2 percent—with jobs being added at an anemic pace.

NRA Urges Delay of Internet Domain Expansion

The National Restaurant Association joined more than 80 other business associations and companies in requesting U.S. Department of Commerce Secretary John Bryson to act immediately to urge the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) to postpone a costly and risky new generic top-level domain (gTLD) expansion program that threatens to throw the domain-name market into widespread confusion starting in January.

To Groupon or Not?: Insights on Social Couponing

Daily deals or social coupons carry great potential advantages for hospitality operators, but a poorly structured deal could turn into a nightmare of lost revenue and unhappy customers. Two new reports from the Cornell Center for Hospitality Research (CHR) examine how social couponing is working for hospitality operators and their customers.

CPK Turns on the Cheer with E-Gift Cards

The holiday season has arrived, and to make gift giving even easier this year, California Pizza Kitchen has introduced a new electronic gift card option allowing gift givers the opportunity to send their holiday greetings instantaneously.

Chesapeake House in Myrtle Beach Goes Energy Efficient

For Chesapeake House, a family-owned seafood restaurant located in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, being ahead of the curve has served the business well throughout its 40-year history. The restaurant first ignored location trends to become the founding restaurant on “Restaurant Row,” and today, the business is taking aggressive steps toward becoming energy efficient by installing innovative technology from Efficient Energy America, Inc.

Card Sales on Main Street Continue Decline

Capital Access Network, Inc.'s (CAN) data services division’s Small Business Credit Sales (SBCS) Report indicates that Main Street businesses showed a 2.9 percent decline in Q3 2011 card sales compared to Q3 2010 levels.

Sara Lee Coffee Sold to Smucker for $350M

Sara Lee Corp. (NYSE:SLE - News) will sell the majority of its North American foodservice coffee and tea operations to The J.M. Smucker Company for $350 million.The transaction is expected to close near the beginning of 2012.