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The Former Google Exec Disrupting Mediterranean Cuisine

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.

How a Kids-Eat-Free Promotion Can Boost Sales

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.

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.

Outback Steakhouse's Traffic is on the Rise

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 Stalls in 1Q. But Are Better Days Ahead?

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.

BJ's Restaurants Sales Begin to Turnaround

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.

These Platforms Will Help You Manage Staffing with Uber-Efficiency

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.

Ruby Tuesday to be Taken Private in $146 Million Purchase

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.

How Stone Brewing Stormed its Way Into All 50 states

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.

Restaurants Find a Welcome Home in Boutique Hotels

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.

Oktoberfest Beers to Support the Season

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.