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Romano’s Macaroni Grill Hits the Comeback Trail

In Frank Sinatra’s “That’s Life” he crooned, “Each time I find myself flat on my face/I pick myself up and get back in the race.” And that description fits Romano’s Macaroni Grill, a full-service Italian eatery based in Denver that has faced severe doldrums, but is showing recent signs of bouncing back.

Are Full-Service Restaurants Up to Speed with Consumers?

Pressed for time, a growing number of customers want to dine as quickly as possible and get in and get out of restaurants rapidly. To meet their client’s changing needs, many full-service eateries are introducing strategic practices to meet their guests’ needs such as curbside pick-up, paying the check by tablet, and quick and inexpensive power lunches.

In Tech Era, Why Service is More Important than Ever for Restaurants

In many businesses—perhaps best exemplified by Amazon—artificial intelligence and data analytics are driving the way to capture audience and boost revenue. And while these technological tools have their place in restaurants, some owners contend that old-fashioned customer service, getting to know your clientele and making them feel special, counteract the increased competition from prepared meals and at-home delivery services.

Can Mexican Chains Keep Pace with the Health-Conscious Movement?

Who could resist sitting down to a chicken burrito filled with cheese, rice and beans, a scrumptious quesadilla or delectable nachos topped off with a margarita? Sit-down Mexican chains such as On the Border, Abuelo’s, Cantina Laredo, and Uncle Julio’s, to name a few, have been capitalizing on satiating consumer preferences for tasty Mexican food for decades, which has led to expansion in many cases.

Can a Barbecue Chain Ever Rule America's Dining Scene?

By the end of 2016, McDonald’s had amassed 36,900 retail shops globally, Burger King 15,738 outlets, and Pizza Hut 11,000 eateries. While burger and pizza chains have expanded exponentially, consider some of the largest barbecue chains in the U.

Why the Classic Steakhouse Still Reigns in America

Restaurant fads arrive almost daily these days. Ramen and Asian fusion are in, restaurant kiosks proliferate, and tablet eateries, executed without servers, are spiking, and The New Yorker recently profiled a “pan-Soviet fusion” eatery located in, where else, Brooklyn? But there’s one trusty standby that never seems to fade: the classic steakhouse.

Eatertainment: The Next Frontier for Casual Dining

When two savvy entrepreneurs launched Dave and Buster’s, a 40,000-square-foot eatery in a Dallas warehouse in 1982, where diners could play games, they likely didn’t know it would result in a new restaurant concept: “eatertainment.

Yelp and TripAdvisor: Friend or Foe?

For many restaurateurs and general managers, reading Yelp and TripAdvisor reviews has become a daily routine, like drinking coffee.Take Liam Seide, owner and general manager of Denizen, a swanky wine bar and eatery in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

Marco Canora: A Fine-Dining Chef with NYC Street Smarts

You’d think restaurateur Marco Canora would be sitting pretty. After all, the chef was named Best Chef for New York City at the 2017 James Beard Awards. His restaurant Hearth, located in the East Village, has been humming along since 2003 and it still generates a steady fan following long after the initial buzz.

Punch Bowl Social: The Next Big 'Eatertainment' Chain

“Would you like to play ping-pong after you finish your meal?” might be an apt question for a server to ask a customer at the fast-growing Denver-based restaurant chain Punch Bowl Social. It’s opening its 11th outlet by the end of 2017 and plans six more (in 2018).

A Michelin-Starred French Chef Takes Roost in NYC

Most 71-year-old French chefs who have earned three stars from Michelin are contemplating retirement and maybe retreating to a summer place in Monte Carlo or Nice. But not Antoine Westermann. He earned his three stars at Le Buerehiesel in Strasbourg, France.

The World's Best Chefs Join the Club

The Chefs Club is bringing global and domestic culinary talent to prepare meals and offer original recipes at its eateries in New York and Aspen, Colorado. It operates like the James Beard House, the renowned non-profit membership club that invites the best domestic chefs to prepare meals for foodies in New York City.