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Red Robin Blazes its Own Path to Long-Term Success

Affordability, not discounting. It’s the foundation Red Robin believes will support long-term traffic and sales growth for quarters and years to come. But in the short-term? Challenging an increasingly value-focused casual sector isn’t always going to be pretty.

How to Bootstrap Your Restaurant to Success

Amid the current wave of powerhouse restaurant groups debuting one multimillion-dollar buildout after the next, it’s easy to forget that much of the restaurant industry is still made up of those ragtag owner-operated spots launched with a few bucks and a dream.

Famous Dave’s Returns to Profitability

For the first time since the second quarter of 2016, Famous Dave’s is back in the green. The barbecue chain reported net income of $998,000 in the first quarter, or 13 cents per share, compared to net loss of $1.

Kona Grill Unveils Franchise Growth Plan for China, U.S.

Kona Grill’s sales and traffic remain in the red. But can a summer of changes—both customer facing and internally—engineer a turnaround for the 46-unit brand?Perhaps the biggest move in recent months was Kona’s strategic investment with Nanyan Zheng, the magnate who grew Plateno Group into one of the world’s top five hotel companies with more than 4,400 locations.

Some Company-Run Chili's Hit with Security Breach

Brinker International released a statement May 12 stating that an undisclosed amount of Chili’s guests had their payment card information compromised in a “data incident.” Brinker believes the incident was limited to between March–April 2018, however, the company continues to look into the scope of the breach.

Strong April Sales Hint at Long-Term Restaurant Recovery

The restaurant recovery is in full effect. TDn2K’s latest industry snapshot provided the most promising news in some time, as same-store sales grew 1.5 percent across the dining landscape—the best month since September 2015 based on sales growth.

Applebee's, IHOP Owner Could Soon Add Fast-Casual Brand, CEO Says

Dine Brands hasn’t shied from sharing its long-term plans to fix what ails Applebee’s and IHOP. These broad customer-facing and executive changes, the company hopes, will allow the nation’s largest casual-dining chain to return to growth by the end of 2019.

Del Frisco’s Buys Barcelona Wine Bar, Bartaco for $325M in Cash

Del Frisco’s first-quarter earnings came with a blockbuster announcement for the restaurant company. The parent company of Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse, Del Frisco’s Grille, and Sullivan’s Steakhouse entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Barteca Restaurant Group for $325 million in cash.

Applebee's CEO: Death of Casual Dining is 'False News'

We’ve seen the headlines:“Applebee’s Deserves to Die”— Eater.“Millennials are Killing Chains like Buffalo Wild Wings and Applebee’s.” — Business Insider.Dine Brands CEO Stephen Joyce’s response: Fake news.

Off-Premise Growth Drives Denny's Forward Again

Denny’s took a stock market hit Wednesday (May 2) following a first quarter that came up short in same-store sales, although the performance was split significantly between its company and franchised units.

A Better Chili's Begins to Take Shape

Brinker International spent the first quarter strategizing its turnaround story. The second was about implementation. Now, it’s time for results.The parent company of Chili’s and Maggiano’s Little Italy said during a May 1 conference call that it “started to see momentum with significant changes in traffic” during the third quarter, a period that ended March 28.

Texas Roadhouse Continues to Fire Up Impressive Results

Kent Taylor didn’t need a lot of superlatives to explain Texas Roadhouse’s red-hot April. “When I opened my Christmas presents at Christmas, and I got something I’m not sure I expected, I was [just] happy to see it.

Promotions Power BJ's Restaurants' Recent Surge

With middle-income consumers back to spending at rates expected during an economic recovery and BJ’s Restaurants 2018 initiatives off to a good start, the company’s first-quarter earnings were favorable.