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November 2017

Chef Kieron Hales Marries Fine Dining with Country Life

Like many chefs, Kieron Hales takes inspiration from the changing seasons. But Hales splits with his peers in other aspects of the dining experience—specifically, the location. Instead of turning out dishes in a trendy, urban restaurant, the chef hosts his operation at a 42-acre farm and special events venue about 20 minutes northwest of downtown Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Try This Trick to Reengage Your Team

Whether you are a franchisor or franchisee, you want each of your restaurant locations and its employees to make more money. Challenges being placed on already thin margins make it difficult to keep up with the increased demands from labor, food costs, rent, and more.

Cracker Barrel Plans to Ramp Up Off-Premise in 2018

Cracker Barrel’s off-premise future was the key focus of the chain’s first quarter—a mixed start to the fiscal 2018 calendar that sent shares down about 4 percent in Tuesday trading.Sandra B. Cochran, the brand’s president and chief executive officer, said in a conference call that Cracker Barrel spent much of the quarter on the rollout of its enhanced off-premise platform.

Inside the Rise of Cold-Brew Cocktails

One of my favorite New York City hangouts is the petite Amor y Amargo in the East Village, where bracing libations starring herbaceous bitters are the house specialty. Several years ago, the bar introduced its ambitious Double Buzz series, whipping up cocktails on Sunday afternoons made with single-origin coffees from a rotating cast of craft roasters.

Activist Targets Outback Steakhouse. Is a Sale Next?

Shares of Bloomin’ Brands skyrocketed more than 12 percent Monday afternoon when activist hedge fund Jana Partners announced an 8.7 percent stake in the casual dining company. Notably, the fund revealed in a securities filling under “Purpose of Transaction” that, with the assistance of the other reporting persons, it intends to have discussions with Bloomin’s board of directors and management regarding topics, including “a review of strategic alternatives including exploring a sale” of the company.