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November 2017

5 Ways to Promote Safety in Restaurants

According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), employers must create a safe working environment. However, employees have a critical part to play in ensuring safety in the workplace.

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.

The Classic Italian Chain Coming to a College Near You

College students are not a new market segment for Amici Italian Café. In fact, two decades ago, the concept was founded by a group of new college grads.As undergraduate in the early ’90s, Chris Torino, like many other college students, worked in the restaurant industry.

Buffalo Wild Wings Sold to Arby's for $2.9 Billion

Buffalo Wild Wings announced Tuesday that it has entered into a definitive merger agreement with Arby’s Restaurant Group. ARG will acquire the casual dining chain for $157 per share in cash, a deal valued at about $2.

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.

Chef Travis Milton Brings a Modern Touch to Appalachian Cuisine

Appalachian cooking is a return-to-roots approach in sourcing, including heirloom varieties of everything from beans to pork. And consumer visibility for the cuisine from the Southern Appalachian region especially has expanded outside the area and throughout the entire country.

Why Buffalo Wild Wings is Betting Big on Esports

A company trip to Madison Square Garden in the fall of 2016 left an impression on Bob Ruhland, the vice president of marketing at 1,200-unit Buffalo Wild Wings. The World’s Most Famous Arena was packed to the rafters with people watching other people play video games.

Bonefish Grill Named America's Favorite Casual Dining Chain

For all the new and exploratory topics driving the future of casual dining, the classics—quality, service, and atmosphere—remain king with consumers.Market Force Information’s annual casual dining consumer preferences and trends study, which polls more than 8,000 consumers, crowned Bonefish Grill as America’s favorite chain.

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.

Texas: Home to 50-Cent Applebee's Beers on Black Friday

Forget the Dollarita. Applebee’s in Texas is taking its discount game a step further, offering 50-cent beers in honor of Black Friday.From November 24 through November 28 (closing time on Cyber Monday), Apple Texas will slash the already low price of its $1 value draft beers in half.

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.

Shareholders Look to Stop Ruby Tuesday Deal

Claiming that the deal “significantly undervalues” Ruby Tuesday, a proposed class of Ruby Tuesday Inc. shareholders filed suit against the company and its impending sale in Tennessee federal court last week.