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March 2019

How to Step Up Your Kids Menu Game

Perfectly cooked ribeye steak, chicken-thigh bravitos with a piquillo pepper sauce, and alcohol-free Nojitos made with fresh-squeezed juice are just a few tasty treats found on kids menus these days. “As a parent myself, I know there’s nothing better than finding a spot where both the adults and kids have favorites on the menu,” says Jonathan Rohland, culinary director of taqueria chain bartaco with 17 locations nationwide.

Buffalo Wild Wings Launches New Ad Campaign for March Madness

As expected, Buffalo Wild Wings is continuing its annual tradition of going all-out for March Madness. The brand unveiled a fresh campaign Wednesday—its first since the start of NFL season and Buffalo Wild Wing’s second under new CMO Seth Freeman—called “That’s March Madness.

Del Frisco’s to Slow Growth in 2019 as Integration Ramps Up

Del Frisco’s Restaurant Group entered 2019 a far different company than it began 2018. From just an asset standpoint, the company’s restaurant base upped 20 percent. Even with the purchase of Barteca Restaurant Group (bartaco and Barcelona Wine Bar) on June 27 for $325 million, DFRG still is a relatively small company in the publicly traded restaurant space, with 75 restaurants across 16 states.

Are You Holding Your Restaurant Back?

Have you been in the following situation?Revenue has flattened. You have tried to get growth back on track, but something has changed and what worked before isn’t doing its job anymore.How did you react?Some do get their mojo back by thinking differently (more on this at the end).

J. Alexander’s Shuffles Executive Team

J. Alexander’s Holdings, owner and operator of a collection of restaurants that includes J. Alexander’s, Redlands Grill, Stoney River Steakhouse and Grill, announced a series of changes to its executive team on March 11.

How Kenji López-Alt is Making Kids Food Fun for All

Wursthall restaurant & bierhaus in downtown San Mateo, California, follows protocol when it comes to a certain type of customer. As soon as they are seated at the table, the server alerts the kitchen to their presence.

32 Restaurant Stars on the Rise

Talent hides in every corner of the restaurant, from an unassuming dishwasher to the anonymous social media wizards behind Instagrams that drive traffic. Someday these folks will be the next big chain’s CEOs, senior level VPs in today’s emerging brands, or leaders of restaurants of their own, but right now we think they deserve the spotlight for the work they’ve already put in.

Catering Expansion Paves the Runway for Chuy's

Turn the calendar back a year and Chuy’s off-premises sales were breaking records. At 12.25 percent, the mix was the largest in the chain’s 36-year-history to date. One of the biggest reasons for optimism was catering.

February Freezes Restaurant Sales Yet Again

The restaurant industry hit a bump in the road for the first time since May. Before February, same-store sales growth across the industry was positive for eight consecutive months. Restaurants saw a 0.

A New Proposal from the DOL Sets $35K Overtime Threshold

The U.S. Department of Labor shared late Thursday a highly anticipated proposal to change overtime pay requirements. The proposal states that workers covered by the Fair Labor Standards Act who make less than 35,308 per year (or $679 per week), unless exempt, are automatically eligible for time-and-a-half pay for all hours worked beyond 40 a week.

Bloomin’ Brands Announces CEO Succession Plan

Bloomin’ Brands announced an executive bombshell ahead of its March 11 investor day. The company will implement its chief executive officer and chief financial officer succession plan, effective April 1, it said Friday morning.