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The Most Talked About Restaurant Headlines of the Week

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By Danny Klein February 09, 2018 Blog
These were the biggest topics from around the industry this past week.
Fans gather at Buffalo Wild Wings to watch sports and cheer, while eating wings and dining out.
The Arby's Factor

This past week started with a pretty decent bombshell. As Arby’s closed on its $2.9 billion deal with Buffalo Wild Wings, the company announced the creation of Inspire Brands Inc. That in itself isn’t too revelatory. When you consider the brand value of Buffalo Wild Wings and Arby’s, having one company direct the other would have confused customers, and led to the dreaded question, “Will there be branded locations?” Of course not (the idea is mildly crazy). So Inspire Brands puts those issues to rest. However, what was interesting was CEO Paul Brown’s comment about the company’s goals to purchase no more than 10 chains, with system wide sales between $1 billion–$4.5 billion each. Any chain pushing that $1 billion barrier is going to be a serious name. Ten of them? That kind of portfolio is hard to even fathom. All I know is I can’t wait to find out who’s next.

Here were the biggest headlines of the week.

Buffalo Wild Wings
  • Fans gather at Buffalo Wild Wings to watch sports and cheer, while eating wings and dining out.
  • Columbia Restaurant's famed dining room, decked out as usual for guests.
  • Beer and wings at Buffalo Wild Wings. The perfect food pairing.
  • Top Chef James Rigato stands in his restaurants.
  • Doritos Locos Tacos at Taco Bell.
  • Beer and pizza paired together at Uno Pizzeria & Grill.
  • Chipotle's iconic store front is shown.
  • Two skewers of three large jumbo shrimp, wrapped in hardwood smoked bacon and brushed with a parmesan butter sauce.
  • A workes pours nitro cold brew from a tap at Dunkin' Donuts new restaurant deisgn in Massachusetts.