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Mimi’s Café is Now Mimi’s Bistro + Bakery

After 41 years in business, Mimi’s kickstarted a refresh project Monday it believes will strengthen the chain’s connection to France, and help accentuate differentiating traits amid a growing fast-casual category.

'Progressive Wage Laws' Send Restaurants Unlimited into Bankruptcy

Citing “progressive wage laws,” Sun Capital partners-owned Restaurants Unlimited Inc. filed for bankruptcy protection July 6 in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in the District of Delaware. The multi-brand operator, which runs 35 locations across six states, including Kincaid’s and Henry’s Tavern, said rising wages pushed up its annual wage costs by $10.

Inside the Steak-Fueled Evolution of LongHorn

LongHorn Steakhouse headed into 2019 as a tighter, more operationally sound concept. It spent the previous year slicing its menu more than 30 percent, removing complexity throughout the system, increasing the size of steaks, and investing heavy in quality.

Carrabba’s Evolution is All About Customer Experience

Carrabba’s Italian Grill president Michael Kappitt touched on a universal truth for restaurants. “We have competitors everywhere,” he says. But that’s where the generalizations end. There are four independents for every multi-unit Italian brand in the country.

Where Do Local Restaurants Stand in 2019?

The independent restaurant scene is always in flux. According to CHD Expert, the segment represents 68 percent of the total U.S. dining landscape. As of October 2017, there were more than 489,900 total independent units (defined as a establishment with fewer than 10 units by this study).