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January 2018

Can a Barbecue Chain Ever Rule America's Dining Scene?

By the end of 2016, McDonald’s had amassed 36,900 retail shops globally, Burger King 15,738 outlets, and Pizza Hut 11,000 eateries. While burger and pizza chains have expanded exponentially, consider some of the largest barbecue chains in the U.

Positive Signs Emerge for Brinker, Chili's in Second Quarter

Brinker International saw its business track upward in the second quarter, perhaps providing early proof that recent traffic-driving initiatives are paying dividends. On a per-share basis, the parent company of Chili’s and Maggiano’s Little Italy posted profit of 54 cents, or net income of 25.

Why Social Media—and Smiling—Should Lead Your Marketing Strategy

Editor’s note: This is the latest monthly column with Rom Krupp, the founder and CEO of Marketing Vitals, an analytics software helping restaurants of all shapes and sizes. You can read his column on Twin Peaks here, Abuelo's here, Sonny’s BBQ here, and Hopdoddy Burger Bar here.

The Joys and Trials of Being a Restaurant Owner

Since she was 17, Dana Tanner has been working in restaurants, a span of two decades. And since 2014, she’s been working in her dream job. She’s making less money than she did previously, but she’s happier.

Golden Corral Unveils Its Largest Redesign in Company History

“The response has been overwhelmingly positive,” says Golden Corral president and CEO, Lance Trenary,of the Greensboro, North Carolina, location featuring the restaurant’s new design. “We are very happy to see the excitement that the new restaurant has created for our guests and our coworkers.

Americans to Consume 1.35 Billion Wings for Super Bowl LII

The chicken wing is poised for a big payday in Super Bowl LII. The National Chicken Council released its annual Chicken Wing Report Thursday, and it appears, against all odds, that 2018 is going to be the tailgating staple’s best yet.

Beef ‘O’ Brady’s CEO on What's Next for the Transitioning Chain

Changes are afoot at Beef ‘O’ Brady’s and its sister concept, The Brass Tap. In August, CapitalSpring acquired a majority stake in FSC Franchising Co. LLC, the franchisor of the two chains. A more recent change took place when FSC announced Scott SirLouis as its new chief operating officer.

How Eventide Oyster Co. is Spreading the Love of Maine Seafood

Chefs Mike Wiley and Andrew Taylor may have a fine-dining background, but that hasn’t diminished their love for the tiny clam shacks and no-frills lobster joints that dot the coast of New England. After meeting at Hugo’s in Portland, Maine—where they worked together with partner Arlin Smith under Chef Rob Evans—Wiley, Taylor, and Smith purchased the upscale eatery and founded Big Tree Hospitality in 2012, with the dream of opening their own version of a Maine seafood shack right next door.

2018: A Year of Change for FSR magazine

I’m not a big believer in New Year’s resolutions. The whole idea of them—developing some grand scheme that you parade around to family and friends on Facebook—always felt so contrived, like you were doing it for doing it’s sake.

California Pizza Kitchen Taps Former Ruby Tuesday Leader as CEO

California Pizza Kitchen named Jim Hyatt its new chief executive officer, effective immediately. Hyatt most recently held the same role at Ruby Tuesday, where he was part of the nearly 600-unit casual dining brand’s transition to a privately held company under NRD Capital.

Legendary French Chef Paul Bocuse Dies at 91

Paul Bocuse, the legendary French chef who helped champion “nouvelle” cuisine, although he distanced himself from it later in life, died Saturday at the age of 91. Bocuse’s family announced his death in a statement, saying that “Our ‘Captain’” passed away on January 20, at the dawn of his 92nd birthday.