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Mellow Mushroom Adds Burgers to the Menu

October 1 signaled a new day for Mellow Mushroom. Since 1974, the Southeast pizza purveyor, with 200 locations, has expanded its menu to include versatile fare from oven-roasted wings to avocado hoagies to calzones, but still has managed to stray away from one dining staple: the burger.

Denny's Unveils ‘Tastes of the Holidays’ menu

Denny’s is unwrapping festive flavors this month with its new limited time “Tastes of the Holidays” menu. “As America’s Diner we love to feed people, especially over the holidays when people come together to celebrate, share good food and make memories with their loved ones,” says John Dillon, chief marketing officer for Denny’s.

World of Beer Breaks Out First Seasonal Menu

As the season turns over into fall, Chef Mark Adair and the World of Beer staff are enjoying an elementary truth. With colder weather in sight, and events like Oktoberfest still lucid in patron’s minds, beers—and specifically pumpkin varieties—are even more coveted than usual.

Restaurants Turn Focus to Oktoberfest Flavors

An Oktoberfest theme, featuring a beer called OctoberFest, based on a menu item actually starring in Germany. Darryl Mickler, the senior director of research and development at Hard Rock International, admits this was one limited-time offering that didn’t need to stretch the brand’s creative outlets.


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Set for the Holidays

Attribute it to the season, to social evolutions, to an increased awareness of health, nutrition, and lifestyle management—whatever the reason—food is top of mind. “Right now, in America, we’re at our greatest level of food consciousness,” says Maeve Webster, senior director at Datassential.

Bel Air Bar + Grill Brings New Chef and New Menu to Los Angeles

Chef Chris Emerling has joined Susan Disney Lord’s Bel Air Bar + Grill In Los Angeles as chef de cuisine to launch an entirely new menu in October. Chef Emerling is a recent East Coast transplant who plans to create California cuisine as he feels it should be, food without borders, where nothing is off limits.

Old Chicago's Winningest Football Season Yet

Adjusting menus to each season has gone completely mainstream in restaurant culture. Right now at Old Chicago, the focus is not so much on growing seasons, and much more on football season. During the 17 weeks of the NFL season, the sports bar concept has been driving up incremental sales and engaging customers with creative promotions that focus on both money-saving perks and experience-based offers.

Johnny Rockets Debuts New Stuffed and Double-Stacked Burgers

Starting Tuesday, guests at Johnny Rockets restaurant chain can enjoy its burgers, now double-stacked and stuffed. In August, Johnny Rockets' culinary team announced that they were involving consumers in menu development for the brand's ongoing limited-time menu offerings.

Coffee and Tea on Tap

Kombucha tea and iced coffees are just some of the new beverages flowing from the bar.From cocktails to wine to coffee, operators are dedicating draft lines to drinks beyond the traditional brew. Beverages on tap remain fresher for longer and offer a unique experience—bold flavors with an eye-catching presentation.