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August 2019

Famous Dave's Has a New Story to Tell

Roughly 18 months ago, Famous Dave’s was one transaction away having zero corporate stores. In the second quarter of fiscal 2019, the brand reacquired eight franchises to bring the company-run count to 29.

How to Deliver a Safe Gluten-Free Dining Experience

Finding experienced, talented restaurant staff is a tall order in the best of times, but today’s tight job market makes finding reliable help particularly challenging. For restaurants that offer gluten-free dishes—an important option in Italian concepts especially—high turnover and vacancies can place added pressure on management, who must ensure that even inexperienced employees follow safe food-handling procedures.

At Denny’s, the Brand Revolution Continues

Family-dining chains around the country can relate to Denny’s plight. A lot can change in nearly seven decades. And while no legacy brand wants to drift from its brand values, holding steady, no matter how stubbornly, is a recipe for disaster, too.

With Patio Season Comes Pests for Restaurants

Summer months are some of the busiest for restaurants and diners with outdoor patios, rooftop bars and screened-in seating areas. But while business is booming, pests are making their way closer to these outdoor dining spaces.

Chuy's Benefits from a Smart Approach to Growth

At the back-end of 2018, Chuy’s put the brakes on new-market expansion. This wasn’t a reactionary decision as much as a preemptive one. The Tex-Mex chain was working internally on an eSite tool capable of presenting a psychographic profile of top areas.

Restaurant Sales Feel the Burn in July

Some pundits have approached restaurant growth with caution in recent quarters. Is there a ceiling to off-premises expansion? What is the limit to price taking? Are these methods sustainable fixes to counteract fewer visits? July’s results might provide a glimpse into that future, if innovation doesn’t keep pace.