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Nation’s Restaurant News
Restaurant Operations Watch: Making the grade — visible
Nation’s Restaurant News
NRN editor and restaurant operations expert Ron Ruggless breaks down what you should be watching in the industry this week. Connect with him on the latest operations trends and news at @RonRuggless and ronald.ruggless@penton.com. RELATED:

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US Restaurant Performance Index posts solid gain
eTurboNews
The Current Situation Index, which measures current trends in four industry indicators (same-store sales, traffic, labor and capital expenditures), stood at 101.8 in August – up 1.1 percent from July and the strongest level in three months. In addition
Restaurant Performance Index Climbs to 101.9 in AugustFoodservice Equipment & Supplies

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An Impresario Shines His Light on the Customer
New York Times
Food writers who were still eating applesauce through a straw when he opened his first restaurant (the Odeon, 1980) write about him with the same reverence that music writers have for Leonard Cohen. He’s “the king of cool,” the restaurateur who “owns

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NPD: Weak global restaurant traffic raises concerns
Nation’s Restaurant News
“Sales trends have been consistent and strong across the industry over the past eight to nine weeks, which bodes well for the future,” said Larry Miller, founder of the monthly MillerPulse report. “The one thing gating our enthusiasm as we head into

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‘Bob’s Burgers’ brunch at Parts and Labor
Chicago Tribune
The dining gods, in their infinite wisdom, broke open the clouds these last six months to deluge Chicago with a number of burger-centric restaurants. I notice three trends with this go-round of openings: 1) The price point for gourmet burgers is

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The Times, Trenton – NJ.com
Trenton Mayor Eric Jackson talks Trenton’s future at business breakfast
The Times, Trenton – NJ.com
Jackson has been in office just shy of 100 days but did not miss the opportunity to point to positive trends in the Police Department, a revived interest in a long-dormant but major, mixed-use development plan and the construction of a new high school

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Morning Agenda: Lehman RevisitedNew York TimesLooking at Whether a Yahoo-AOL Merger Makes Sense | There could be legitimate reasons for Yahoo to consider buying AOL, including that, while Yahoo has struggled to keep up with new advertising trends, AOL …

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Morning Agenda: Lehman RevisitedNew York TimesLooking at Whether a Yahoo-AOL Merger Makes Sense | There could be legitimate reasons for Yahoo to consider buying AOL, including that, while Yahoo has struggled to keep up with new advertising trends, AOL …

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Ocean Drive Magazine
Andreas Schreiner & Mathias Gervais Talk Miami Food
Ocean Drive Magazine
And Schreiner’s Pubbelly Restaurant Group, after much success in Sunset Harbour, recently launched L’echon Brasserie at the Hilton Cabana Miami Beach (6261 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 786-483-1611), the company’s first venture into a hotel environment …

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The Crimson WhilePrices higher at on-campus Chick-fil-A, lower at other restaurantsThe Crimson While… are brought to campus through market research, surveys, focus groups and current trends. In an emailed statement, Denise Schilling, a customer care …

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Entrepreneur
Einstein Bros. Parent Sold for $364.5 Million in Bagel Buyout
Entrepreneur
“For more than a decade, we have worked closely with the Einstein Noah Restaurant Group to execute a turnaround plan, reducing debt and expanding its store footprint,” David Einhorn, president of Greenlight Capital, said in a statement. “JAB is an …
Update: Einstein Noah Bought Out By JAB Holding Company (BAGL)Seeking Alpha (registration)

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Recent crimes in Baymeadows area
WJXT Jacksonville
Published On: 2 h Updated 1 h. Small Text; Medium Text; Large Text. Print; Email. Tweet. This morning’s armed robbery of a McDonald’s restaurant prompts a look a crime trends in the area. Comments. The views expressed below are not those of News4Jax …

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The Creepy Language Tricks Taco Bell Uses to Fool People Into Eating ThereMother JonesOf course, says Jurafsky, language trends are always evolving. What we consider hipster menu language now is not the same as it was a few decades ago. In his book, Ju…

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Quick Bites: Iechyd Da food fight, Mod Mex guacamole, proposed culinary center …The Elkhart TruthHungry for the latest food and restaurant news in Elkhart County? Marshall King shares everything you need to know in the latest installment of Quick Bit…

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Press Herald
Our View: Campaign finance trends are bad for democracy
Press Herald
Dine Out Maine: Pioneering Fore Street still the leader of the pack. After 18 years, the Portland restaurant keeps earning its 5-star status. More Headlines. A chicken satay with bold — and borrowed — flavors · Pimiento cheese making comeback as

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NPR
Movie Theaters Hope To Add Another Dimension To Their Profits
NPR
Some experimental features have been popping up in movie theaters lately. One of them is a so-called 4-D experience. It’s hard to describe in words exactly what a 4-D movie experience feels like, but here’s one attempt: it is intense. During a recent

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Dubuque Telegraph Herald
McDonald’s slump no easy fix; focus is on food and branding
The Columbian
Among them: a food safety scandal at a key supplier in China and some Russian restaurants being shut after unscheduled inspections — retaliation, some suggest, over U.S sanctions imposed in the wake of the Ukraine crisis. … to speak, of brand image
McDonald’s aiming to battle its way out of slumpDubuque Telegraph Herald

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MiamiHerald.com
The Vice Effect: 30 years after the show that changed Miami
MiamiHerald.com
“The hip New York fashion crowd and nightlife entrepreneurs and people that like to hang around models went down here, saw the buildings and said, ‘Heck, this would make a good restaurant, this would make a cool nightclub, or a cool boutique hotel

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Tipping point: Myrtle Beach area restaurants face lawsuits over alleged …The StateOne of the latest trends in the restaurant industry — class-action lawsuits over allegedly illegal tip pools that enrich owners while cheating employees out of their …

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Tipping point: Myrtle Beach area restaurants face lawsuits over alleged …Insurance News NetSept. 28 –One of the latest trends in the restaurant industry — class-action lawsuits over allegedly illegal tip pools that enrich owners while cheating empl…

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St. Cloud Times
7 years later, let’s clear air on smoking ban
St. Cloud Times
Wednesday marks the seventh anniversary of Minnesota’s bar and restaurant smoking ban. It’s had a profound impact on the industry, and …. We were just being sensitive to industry trends, and societal trends.” The adjoining Red Carpet and Keller Bar …

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Tip: How do you bounce back from setbacks?Jackson Clarion LedgerDECK: What do you do to further your professional development? Mike Cashion executive director, Mississippi Hospitality & Restaurant Association: Read, read and read. Specific seminars…

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Fox News
Chef Stephanie Izard: How to deal with picky diners
Fox News
As that debate heats up in the wake of a San Francisco restaurant closing up shop for a night due to picky customer demands, “Top Chef” winner Stephanie Izard contends that when it comes to pleasing guests, the future is in catering to customers

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Sonny’s BBQ goes for new look
Orlando Sentinel
APOPKA — Red paint, white shutters and a cartoon cowboy has been the trademark look for Sonny’s BBQ restaurants for decades. The Winter Park-based chain has thrived on that “down home” feeling since opening its first restaurant in Gainesville in 1968.

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Entrepreneur (blog)Flat Year for Fast-Food Is Bad News for the Restaurant BusinessEntrepreneur (blog)Staff Writer. Covers franchise-related trends and topics. … Visits to quick-service restaurants were flat in the year ending June 2014 compared to th…

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Entrepreneur (blog)Flat Year for Fast-Food Is Bad News for the Restaurant BusinessEntrepreneur (blog)Staff Writer. Covers franchise-related trends and topics. … Visits to quick-service restaurants were flat in the year ending June 2014 compared to th…

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Miami New Times (blog)
Chef Adrianne Calvo: “I’ve Never Been One to Follow Trends
Miami New Times (blog)
Dining in the Dark, the monthly event that started locally here, continues to be integral to the anatomy of the restaurant, selling out within 24 hours of posting on social media. Diners basically eat blindfolded and are guided by their servers. It’s a

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Bellingham restaurant property up for sale
Bellingham Herald
I’ve had a few readers asking about the Osaka Japanese Restaurant at 3207 Northwest Ave. It’s been closed recently and the property is up for sale. The property sale is being handled by Kim & Joe Kwon at John L. Scott. Here’s a link to the listing

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More N.J. restaurants offering early-bird discountsDailyrecord.comMany restaurants have embraced the early dining discount. The association found, in a 2013 restaurant trends survey, that a quarter of family- and casual-dining operators and 36 percent …

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Can Crowdsourcing Tell Us Whether A Burrito Is Any Good?FiveThirtyEightHe used a variety of metrics, including how many reviews a restaurant had, how many of those reviews mentioned burritos, and the average star rating. We then took that list and hudd…

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Business InsiderPizza Hut Could Be An Unlikely Competitor To ChipotleBusiness InsiderDozens of build-your-own pizza chains are expanding across America. Chipotle has quietly built Pizzeria Locale, a modern pizza restaurant that gives customers fresh, p…

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Thousands gather Tuesday for food expo
Montgomery Advertiser
They’ll attend workshops and see demonstrations from more than 250 vendors showcasing everything from the latest trends in produce to craft brewing. There’s even an interactive kitchen at the convention, where national chefs will prepare recipes live.

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What are Austin’s next big desserts? Local experts weigh in
CultureMap Austin
Fixe hasn’t opened yet, but the restaurant’s pastry team already knows what trends they’re walking into later this year. “2014 has seen a resurgence of modern renditions on classic desserts. With a steady wave of new technique, chefs are reinventing

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Restaurant Menus Get Lean and Mean
Healthy Eats (blog)
While the average menu in 2008 included nearly 100 items, today most of them list only 93, Wonkblog’s Roberto A. Ferdman notes, citing information from Datassential Menu Trends. Menu length has hit an eight-year low, and as old restaurants take to …

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Restaurant Menus Get Lean and Mean
Healthy Eats (blog)
While the average menu in 2008 included nearly 100 items, today most of them list only 93, Wonkblog’s Roberto A. Ferdman notes, citing information from Datassential Menu Trends. Menu length has hit an eight-year low, and as old restaurants take to …

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NorthJersey.com
Noise from Riverdale restaurant bothers some residents
NorthJersey.com
In an interview with Suburban Trends, Lt. James MacIntosh said he has driven up to Cotluss Road and has heard some noise coming from the restaurant. “It seems to be the way the building is shaped that it almost acts like a megaphone. It kind of

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Trending@NRN: Yum banks on emerging trends
Nation’s Restaurant News
Brands, Jimmy John’s and Panda Express each are taking advantage of positive trends driving the restaurant industry forward, from new cuisines and new technologies to eager investors looking to drive growth. On the flip side, McDonald’s and Darden are …

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Americans are tired of long restaurant menusWashington Post (blog)Industry-wide, the average menu size has fallen to fewer than 93 items this year in the United States, after reaching a peak of nearly 100 items per menu in 2008, according to data colle…

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Dining Out: The Rogue Gentlemen
Richmond Times-Dispatch
In the September issue of Bon Appetit, the magazine’s restaurant editor Andrew Knowlton noted when writing about the best restaurant trends of the year, “today’s most interesting bar menus are minor works of art.” Maher and Hoskins are looking to do

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Dining Out: The Rogue Gentlemen
Richmond Times-Dispatch
In the September issue of Bon Appetit, the magazine’s restaurant editor Andrew Knowlton noted when writing about the best restaurant trends of the year, “today’s most interesting bar menus are minor works of art.” Maher and Hoskins are looking to do

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Technomic: Innovative Beverage Options Increasingly Drive Restaurant VisitsVending TimesMenu Insights — showcases top beverage trends for leading restaurant and retail chains and utilizes MenuMonitor data to reveal changes in beverage items, flavors a…

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Millennials buying in to restaurant brands that embrace philanthropy
QSRweb.com
Like so many trends shaping the restaurant industry, millennials are driving cause marketing efforts. “As generations change, the trend will continue,” Topliff said. “This generation has shown that they are very much into social responsibility.” Cause

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Innovative Beverage Options Increasingly Drive Restaurant Visits, Finds
VendingMarketWatch
Menu Insights—showcases top beverage trends for leading restaurant and retail chains and utilizes MenuMonitor data to reveal changes in beverage items, flavors and brands over the past two years. Consumer Insights—analyzes consumer preferences and …

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The deviled egg trend continues to grow
SFGate (blog)
In fact, most of the last few restaurants I’ve reviewed or am in the process of reviewing — Monsieur Benjamin, Urchin Bistrot and Causwells — feature them. However, they are flavored in many ways: with a lobe of sea urchin and salmon eggs at Urchin

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BDS innovates for new semester
The Brown Daily Herald
“They’re out and about, seeing what’s out there in current restaurant trends and different trends in colleges and universities,” Janet Parris, Verney-Wooley dining operations manager, said of BDS, adding that the staff then works to bring these

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Small Business Trends
Dinner Lab Uses Pop-Up Locations to Create Smarter Restaurants
Small Business Trends
In many industries, technology and data have provided ways for entrepreneurs to take some of the guesswork out of starting a business. Dinner Lab is continuing that trend for the restaurant industry. And Bordainick thinks this will lead to “smarter

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Trends
Eater National
restaurant-hopping-new-trend.jpg Apparently the latest and greatest new dining trend is something called “restaurant hopping.” Similar to bar hopping, “people go to a different restaurant for every course” though that can pose a challenge: “It’s

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Trends
Eater National
restaurant-hopping-new-trend.jpg Apparently the latest and greatest new dining trend is something called “restaurant hopping.” Similar to bar hopping, “people go to a different restaurant for every course” though that can pose a challenge: “It’s

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Trends
Eater National
restaurant-hopping-new-trend.jpg Apparently the latest and greatest new dining trend is something called “restaurant hopping.” Similar to bar hopping, “people go to a different restaurant for every course” though that can pose a challenge: “It’s

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Menu trends: Consumers demanding ‘foods with benefits’
QSRweb.com
The restaurant industry is on the cusp of a major change that will impact every segment – from campus dining to fine dining – and consumers are behind the wheel, driving this trend. It’s a different ballgame than it was before, when chefs and vendors

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