TawlaOpened: June 2016Location: San FranciscoOwner: Azhar HashemAverage check: $70Description: Lesser-known dishes from the eastern Mediterranean spotlight the nuance and creativity of the region.Azhar Hashem has always been a disrupter.
When 110 Grill set out to identify how it could attract more guests to its Rochester, New Hampshire, location, plenty of promotional opportunities seemed like potential fits. But with so many families and schools in the area, the nine-unit upscale-casual brand decided on a bold, family-forward approach: a kids-eat-free promotion.
Most business owners would acknowledge that success isn’t possible without turning a profit. But recently, some foodservice professionals around the U.S. are staking their success on community impact through nonprofit restaurants.
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.
Investments made by Bloomin’ Brands to improve the customer experience at Outback Steakhouse has resulted in the first quarter of improved traffic since 2016.Same-store sales were up 0.6 percent at the steakhouse chain, while traffic increased 0.
Chili’s traffic fell nearly 9 percent during the first quarter of its fiscal 2018, which the brand attributed primarily to hurricanes Irma and Harvey. The traffic decline coincided with a 3.4 percent drop in same-store sales, compared to a 1.
Following a promising third quarter due to initiatives like off-premise sales and value offerings, BJ’s Restaurants and Brewhouse remains optimistic about its plans to bring the concept to more markets nationwide.
High chicken wing costs are still plaguing Buffalo Wild Wings.The company reported a Q3 net earnings decrease of nearly 20 percent Wednesday as its cost of sales rose to 30.8 percent of restaurant sales from 28.
With the on-demand economy impacting other industries, from taxis to hotels, it has also taken hold in restaurants in various ways, including staffing.Circumstances that have long been difficult for operators—such as special events that create increased demand or a scheduled worker who becomes a last-minute no-show—can now be addressed immediately through staffing platforms like Jobletics, Wonolo, and Jitjatjo.
Struggling casual dining chain Ruby Tuesday is being purchased by private equity group NRD Capital in a deal valued at $146 million.The price, at $2.40 per share, is a 37 percent premium over Ruby Tuesday’s closing share price on March 13, the day before the company said it would explore strategic alternatives.
Stone Brewing doesn’t have a flagship beer.The California-based brewery may have risen to recognition for its explosively hoppy India pale ales, but it has always embraced variety, leading to international growth over the past 21 years and the spot as the ninth largest craft brewer in the U.
Chef Vitaly Paley doesn’t get to pick when most of his restaurants open—that’s because three of his four restaurants are located in hotels.His staff has to serve three meals per day, and holidays are often the busiest time.
As cool-weather beers come into vogue, a fruited wheat beer or tart gose may not have the same appeal by a campfire as it did on the beach—but a rich porter will pair perfectly. One quintessential autumnal beer is märzen, a malty lager that signals the changing season and is perfect for Oktoberfest.