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La Brea Dining Group Names Clay Sanger COO

La Brea Dining Group, known for the JINYA Ramen Bar brand and Robata JINYA, recently appointed Clay Sanger as COO. Sanger brings over 30 years of experience to the Los Angeles-based restaurant group.

Marriott International Expands Relationship with PepsiCo

PepsiCo and Marriott International announced a multiyear agreement, naming PepsiCo as the beverage provider for Marriott International’s legacy brands, as well as Starwood brands acquired in 2016. The new deal is incremental to the 25-plus year relationship between PepsiCo and Marriott.

Temazcal Tequila Cantina Opening New Store in Framingham

Temazcal Tequila Cantina, a vibrant Mexican eatery and tequila bar well-loved in Boston’s Seaport District, is expanding to Framingham and set to open Labor Day weekend. Fans of upscale Mexican cuisine will get their fix at 155 Worcester Road across from Shoppers World plaza, just west of the Natick Mall.

Boston's Offering BOGO Deal Wednesday in Honor of 20th Anniversary

In honor of its 20th anniversary, Boston’s Pizza Restaurant & Sports Bar (Boston’s), invites guests nationwide to partake in its Fan Appreciation Day. The special offer, valid Wednesday only, invites groups in for lunch to celebrate with buy one get one free lunch.

Toast Integrates with BevSpot

Toast, the fastest-growing restaurant management platform in the U.S., announced its integration with BevSpot—the only all-in-one food and beverage inventory management and ordering solution available globally—to empower restaurants and bars with sales performance insights to make smarter, more profitable decisions.

California Pizza Kitchen Now Offering Cauliflower Crust in Kids Size

California Pizza Kitchen announced that the restaurant’s popular Cauliflower Pizza Crust is now available in a smaller, 7-inch size made just for CPKids Meals and CPK’s Lunch Duos. CPK became the first national restaurant brand to offer Cauliflower Pizza Crust when it introduced the full-size option in January 2018.

Seaport Food Lab Unveils Lineup of 2018 Chefs

The Howard Hughes Corporation unveiled the Seaport Food Lab 2018 Lineup presented by Chase Sapphire. The Seaport Food Lab—the Seaport District’s experiential hub for today’s leading culinary visionaries—celebrates its second year by bringing female creativity to the forefront.

Kona Grill Taps SMG to Enhance Customer Experience

Service Management Group, a global customer experience, employee engagement and brand research partner to more than 500 brands, announced a new partnership with upscale casual restaurant brand Kona Grill.

Girl Scouts Add New Cookie: Caramel Chocolate Chip

Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) announced that a new cookie, Caramel Chocolate Chip, will join the 2019 Girl Scout Cookie season lineup, as a gluten-free offering with limited availability in select areas.

Twin Peaks' Sales, Traffic Surge in Record-Breaking Quarter

Twin Peaks is continuing to accelerate its success with record-breaking comparable sales growth and affirmative plans for expansion.On Monday, the Dallas-based company announced comparable sales and traffic that show the brand far out-performing the casual dining sector, according to sales data from Black Box Intelligence, a restaurant industry financial performance benchmarking company.