March 2017

Ignite Restaurant Group Readies for Possible Sale

Ignite Restaurant Group, parent company to Joe’s Crab Shack and Brick House Tavern + Tap, is up for sale. Whether that deal includes one or both iconic brands remains to be seen.The company’s board of directors announced Monday that a process has begun to pursue the sale of the business, “which could be sold as an entirety or through the separate sales of its two restaurant brands,” according to a release.

5 Hyper-Local Beers You Need to Be Drinking

Sourcing local ingredients, and even foraging, has become the norm for restaurants across the country.Whereas a list of local ingredient sources used to always grace menus to let customers know where the food came from, now some restaurants don’t bother taking up space with all the farm names.

2016 Was Not a Year of Growth for the Restaurant Industry

BDO USA released its FY 2016 edition of The Counter, its annual benchmarking update that analyzes the operating results of publicly traded restaurants.Aligning with other forecasts, the report found that sales continued to lag across the industry as uncertainty around the U.

Is Training Limiting Your Restaurant's Potential?

At the heart of any successful foodservice business is a well-defined, meaningful training program. My work is primarily in the franchise market, and the ability to scale or replicate your business is enormously impacted by the quality and consistency of business training.

The Results Are Out: Craft Beer is Still Going Strong

The gushing industry that is craft beer isn’t anywhere near kicking. At least not for the small and independent brewers out there.In 2016, according to data from The Brewers Association, craft brewers saw a 6 percent rise in volume on a comparable base and a 10 percent increase in retail dollar value.

The Battle for Buffalo Wild Wings Wages On

This probably wasn’t the kind of March Madness Buffalo Wild Wings was hoping for.As the sports-centric chain unrolls its ambitious NCAA Tournament marketing campaign, a battle between its management and an activist investor is unraveling on the public forum.

Big Data and How it Can Fuel Restaurant Growth

With over 40 years in the restaurant industry, most notedly as CEO of a restaurant chain with over 150 locations, Ward Olgreen, from Marketing Vitals, shares his perspective on the value of big data for industry growth.

3 Takeaways from Darden’s Bombshell Announcement

Coinciding with the brand’s announcement of its Q3 earnings results, Darden Restaurants will add casual dining brand Cheddar’s to its portfolio that includes Olive Garden and LongHorn Steakhouse.Why Did Darden Take This Gamble? Read More About it HereFrom expanding to-go offerings to focusing on real estate, here’s a look at how the company continues to improve its restaurants and how it plans to integrate Cheddar’s.

Why Darden is Taking a $780 Million Gamble on Cheddar’s

It isn’t every day that a major casual dining company precedes a financial review with a $780 million jolt. In this sector of the industry especially, it has become commonplace for organizations to huddle and guard their assets.

Spanish Fare Hits the Bull’s-Eye at Growing Bulla Gastrobar

Guests dining at Bulla Gastrobar, located in the Coral Gables and Doral communities of Miami, as well as Winter Park, Florida, usually have no idea that they’re frequenting a rapidly expanding chain of restaurants that will see three more sites open in Tampa, Atlanta, and Texas in the second quarter of 2017, and a fourth shortly afterward in Charlotte, North Carolina.

A Cleveland Restaurateur Embarks on Bold Mayoral Run

Brandon Chrostowski sent out an email with the subject line “Thank You!!!” In the second paragraph, he revealed that he was taking a leave of absence from his four-year-old restaurant. The reasoning was a bit atypical.

Exploring Greyfield Inn, Georgia's Culinary Refuge

Imagine having to take a ferry from an island to the mainland whenever your restaurant requires basic ingredients and kitchen supplies. One other caveat: You only get one day a week to do this. Located on the remote Cumberland Island off the coast of Georgia, some describe Greyfield Inn as a smaller, coastal version of the James Beard Award–winning Blackberry Farm, which is hidden in the Tennessee Smoky Mountains.