Author Archive


Nation’s Restaurant News
Rosa Mexicano menu revamp recalls roots
Nation’s Restaurant News
Tom Dillon, who joined Rosa Mexicano as its chief executive about a year ago, is taking the occasion to rework the chain’s whole menu, with new dishes that speak to the restaurant’s authentic Mexican heritage. Before joining Rosa Mexicano, Dillon was …

Share
More

RestaurantNews.com
Bar Trends: Games at the Table
RestaurantNews.com
Table games are a huge trend in the bar and restaurant world. Applebee’s, one of the biggest chains in America, plans to install 100,000 tablets at tables in its restaurants. While these tablets can do many things, like allow customers to order and pay

Share
More

Minneapolis Star Tribune
Restaurant trends for 2014
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Two Lake Minnetonka communities are destined to look back on 2014 as a transformative restaurant year. In downtown Wayzata, Cov Wayzata and 6Smith (pictured, above) have revived prominent lakeside properties — the former Sunsets and NorthCoast, …

Share
More

The Urbanite136-year-old restaurant on top of culinary trendsThe UrbaniteWhile the City of Windsor and neighbourhood business improvement associations are falling behind the food truck trend, The Dominion House Tavernis parking a food truck right in th…

Share
More

RestaurantNews.com10 Restaurant Trends for 2015RestaurantNews.comThe restaurant industry is evolving faster than ever, according to leading food research and consulting firm Technomic. Technology, consumer and menu trends are all revolutionizing foodse…

Share
More

Nation’s Restaurant News
Chicken flourishes on fall restaurant menus
Nation’s Restaurant News
Chicken has long been America’s favorite animal protein, surpassing beef in 1992, according to the Department of Agriculture. But beef remains king in restaurants, where Americans ordered 9 billion hamburgers alone between July 2013 and July 2014, …

Share
More
Industry trends: Consumers will spend more for transparency, authenticity, safety
Pizza Marketplace
During this week’s Fast Casual Executive Summit in Denver, Badaracco and Betsy Craig, CEO and founder of MenuTrinfo, provided their take on what menu trends restaurant operators should be paying attention to, as consumers continue to climb out of the …

and more »

Share
More
Industry trends: Consumers will spend more for transparency, authenticity, safety
Fast Casual
During this week’s Fast Casual Executive Summit in Denver, Badaracco and Betsy Craig, CEO and founder of MenuTrinfo, provided their take on what menu trends restaurant operators should be paying attention to, as consumers continue to climb out of the …

Share
More

Easy Reader
Neapolitan Pizza Trend Hits Redondo [Restaurant review]
Easy Reader
During the last five years one of the hottest national trends has been Neapolitan pizza. It’s a minimalist creation with very few toppings and a very thin crust, and it spends less than two minutes in a special oven, as opposed to five to seven minutes

and more »

Share
More

Forbes
Which Restaurant Chains Really Have Healthy Food? Consumer Picks Vs. Reality
Forbes
An older customer base doesn’t bode well for future trends at Subway. Comparing Health’s list with the customer picks, it appears many bakeries suffer from a perception-versus-reality problem, where customers think of the deli-sandwich sector as

and more »

Share
More
Which Restaurant Chains Really Have Healthy Food? Consumer Picks vs. Reality
Forbes
An older customer base doesn’t bode well for future trends at Subway. Comparing Health’s list with the customer picks, it appears many bakeries suffer from a perception-versus-reality problem, where customers think of the deli-sandwich sector as

and more »

Share
More

U-T San Diego
SD restaurants: Who’s the best?
U-T San Diego
Jeff Josenhans, director of beverage outlets and sommelier at U.S. Grant Hotel: Juniper & Ivy is the restaurant of the year. They nailed the trends without being pretentious, and served a consistent, quality product to go with it. Andrew J. Spurgin

Share
More

Nation’s Restaurant News
Restaurants adapt to middle-class consumers’ cutbacks
Nation’s Restaurant News
Once upon a time, offering a good product at a fair price was a sound strategy for a restaurant. But, for the many restaurants that rely heavily on the middle class, that proposition is no longer good enough, say officials at market research firm The

Share
More
Restaurant Menu Watch: Taco Bell tests Sriracha menu
Nation’s Restaurant News
Greg Creed, chief executive of Taco Bell and future CEO of the Yum! Brands Inc. empire, is fond of saying he wants to turn Taco Bell’s food from fuel to experience. The world certainly seems ready to experience Taco Bell’s new Sriracha menu, which is …

and more »

Share
More

Small Business Trends
Why Did Botto Bistro Ask for Negative Yelp Reviews?
Small Business Trends
Their frustrations with Yelp were further exasperated because ads for competitors were appearing on their restaurant’s listing. So they asked that their page be removed from the site completely only to be told this would violate Yelp’s policies. Vince

and more »

Share
More

WCNC
McDonald’s to customers: Ask about food quality
WCNC
McDonald’s Big Mac sandwich at a McDonald’s restaurant in Robinson Township, Pa. The worldís biggest hamburger chain is confronting unappetizing questions as part of a U.S. campaign to beat back … Irma Zandl, a trends guru, says the video looks like

and more »

Share
More
Restaurants Going The Technology Way
Bidness ETC
One of the trends in the restaurant segment is the modified payment methods at points of sale. The millennials are the key drivers behind this change, given their fascination with technology. McDonald’s had its worse period of sales in August this year

and more »

Share
More

Adweek
The Most Powerful Woman in Restaurants Whom You’ve Never Met
Adweek
You’ve probably never heard of Claire Dorland-Clauzel, even though she’s among the world’s most important culinary figures. Dorland-Clauzel is svp of brands (the French equivalent of the CMO) for Michelin, whose restaurant Red Guide is now in its 114th …

Share
More

Today’s News-Herald
Havasu’s hotel, restaurant, bar tax revenues mirror increased lake use
Today’s News-Herald
Thomas Felke, a manager for the Shugrue’s restaurant chain, said the revenue increases are also reflective of more restaurants creating a larger tax base and increased food, labor and insurance costs. He said the restaurants are seeing positive trends

Share
More

Nation’s Restaurant News
Report: Restaurants see best sales trends in two years
Nation’s Restaurant News
This exclusive series to Nation’s Restaurant News provides insight into the sales and traffic data from clients subscribing to Black Box Intelligence, a financial performance benchmarking company. The views expressed here do not necessarily reflect

and more »

Share
More
Restaurant industry rebounds as diners seek niche concepts
OCRegister
31, 2010 – the Irvine Co. added 28 restaurants to its retail centers. Over the last two years, as of end of August, the Irvine Co. has opened 87 dining establishments. Some of the most popular new additions include Fig & Olive and Red O, both at

Share
More

Nation’s Restaurant NewsRestaurant Finance Watch: What to expect for the rest of fiscal 2014Nation’s Restaurant NewsStephen Anderson, senior restaurant analyst for Miller Tabak + Co. LLC, offered his outlook for the third-quarter results and a preview …

Share
More

Nation’s Restaurant NewsRestaurant Finance Watch: What to expect for the rest of fiscal 2014Nation’s Restaurant NewsStephen Anderson, senior restaurant analyst for Miller Tabak + Co. LLC, offered his outlook for the third-quarter results and a preview …

Share
More
Biz Buzz: Restaurant news
Lincoln Journal Star (blog)
… Department recently, a Mexican restaurant called Copal is going into the Stoneview Center on the southwest corner of 48th and Pioneers. According to the restaurant’s operating statement it will “combine classic Mexican flavors with modern culinary

Share
More

NPRRestaurant Menu Watch: Menu labeling may spur restaurants to cut caloriesNation’s Restaurant NewsAs a government agency predicted nearly a decade ago, requiring restaurants to post calorie information on their menus seems to have resulted in restaur…

Share
More
Chain Restaurants Drop Calories From (Some) Menu Items
ABC News (blog)
“So the beauty of the findings in the new study is that restaurant-goers are potentially eating fewer calories without having to make any behavioral change,” she said. Experts not involved with the study agreed the findings are important. “I think

and more »

Share
More

USA TODAYLove/hate food trends (and where to find them)USA TODAYIn the spirit of open discourse, we are taking a long, hard look in the bistro mirror, and inventorying the most divisive trends in the food world today. Hey, no one ever said having good …

Share
More
Rewards Network® Releases Report: Two Factors that Impact Return Visits to
PR Web (press release)
Since 1997, FastCasual.com has reported on the important news, events, trends and people in the $23.5 billion fast casual restaurant industry segment. The company reaches a global audience of industry professionals looking to track the latest food and …

and more »

Share
More

Reaching Millennials at your restaurantNation’s Restaurant NewsKruse said that there were three disruptive trends currently affecting society: the rise of the Millennials, the technologically driven economy and the ongoing economic malaise that some pe…

Share
More

Atlanta Journal Constitution (blog)
Bantu: Avalon’s fast-casual Asian noodle bar
Atlanta Journal Constitution (blog)
The Irish-born chef comes from a family of culinary prowess: his father is a European master pastry chef, his family owned their own restaurant in Dublin called Silver Teal, his grandmother worked at Cadbury chocolate’s warehouse, and both of his older

Share
More
Ranking The Restaurants II
Seeking Alpha (registration)
Chipotle’s (5) comparable sales advances continue to lead this relatively robust group of Restaurants. SSS in Q214 of >17% is trend, boosted by a 5-7% spring menu price hike. But while past SSS gains have led to margin improvement, this year’s spike

and more »

Share
More

EntrepreneurFranchise Players: How This Seasoned Franchisee Revived 3 Struggling Baskin …EntrepreneurCovers franchise-related trends and topics. … I was already a multi-unit owner and understood the franchising business model and infrastructure, so…

Share
More

Tampabay.com
Millennials’ influence changing fine dining in Tampa Bay
Tampabay.com
But as with most restaurant trends, this “casualization” may just be one end of a pendulum swing. Kevin Fonzo, chef-owner of K Restaurant and Wine Bar in Orlando, says for now the demand is just not there for traditional fine dining. “I don’t think it

Share
More
Kids choose at one of country’s largest restaurants: the school cafeteria
The Glen Rose Reporter
To meet the ever-evolving and sophisticated palates of even their youngest customers, schools want to offer a broad range of flavor profiles – some reflecting regional preferences and many reflecting restaurant trends – all with reduced sodium and

and more »

Share
More
Kids choose at one of country’s largest restaurants: the school cafeteria
Bloomer Advance (subscription)
To meet the ever-evolving and sophisticated palates of even their youngest customers, schools want to offer a broad range of flavor profiles – some reflecting regional preferences and many reflecting restaurant trends – all with reduced sodium and

Share
More

Nation’s Restaurant NewsHow restaurants can catch consumersNation’s Restaurant NewsBlack Box Intelligence, a leading provider of restaurant industry sales data operated by TDn2K in Dallas, is projecting comparable traffic will decrease 1.9 percent indu…

Share
More

Nation’s Restaurant News
Breaking down 30 years of restaurant traffic trends
Nation’s Restaurant News
There are bright spots — like the breakfast daypart, the fast-casual segment and higher-end restaurants offering middle class consumers an experience to remember. Riggs says operators looking to win won’t forget the Baby Boomers, while building a …

and more »

Share
More
NE Portland’s Stammtisch has good German food, great beer (review)
The Oregonian – OregonLive.com
Stammtisch, literally “regular’s table,” goes beyond pre-teen pleasures. The restaurant, a sister to North Portland’s popular Prost, digs beneath the surface with dishes like that leberknödelsuppe, executing most of the classics with confidence and

Share
More
Traffic success stories: Starbucks
Nation’s Restaurant News
Starbucks Coffee is already in a sweet spot with customers. Its coffee and espresso-based drinks are everyday staples for affluent consumers who can manage the price hikes that the chain has implemented in each of the past two years. “Starbucks is a …

Share
More

St. George Daily Spectrum
A real sommelier, or just a pretender with a pin?
St. George Daily Spectrum
Such certification, he wrote, “seems to come with a fundamental misunderstanding of what it truly means to be a sommelier, and the reinforcement of this trend is slowly eroding the respect we should have for people that work in restaurants, while

Share
More
Restaurant Menu Watch: McDonald’s tries Chorizo Burrito
Nation’s Restaurant News
McDonald’s, long the quick-service breakfast leader, has been trying something new since August: a breakfast burrito with dark-meat chicken. The Chorizo Burrito is made with scrambled eggs, dark-meat chicken flavored with “Chorizo Seasoning,” Roma …

Share
More
Seven Trends Brides Need To Know
STLtoday.com
Greg Ziegenfuss, Executive Chef of Butler’s Pantry, says that 2014 brides and grooms have moved beyond the standard catering fare and expect restaurant-quality. Grilled beef tenderloin filet with cabernet shallot demi-glaze, eggplant napoleon, and

Share
More

Eater NY
In Defense of Schiller’s Liquor Bar, One of New York’s Great Restaurants
Eater NY
If anything, it’s better now than a decade ago; the burger got the obligatory LaFrieda beef upgrade a few years back, and the menu has kept up with the trends of the day, adding a kale salad, oysters, and the like over the years. In a tweetstorm this

Share
More

Yahoo Food
Tiger Woods: Advice From the Pros On Opening a New Restaurant
Yahoo Food
Here’s something you may have heard: Running a successful restaurant is harder than it looks. But relax! We’ve compiled a reading list to help you navigate the roller-coaster ride, from how to do your homework right to those first shaky weeks of service.
Tiger Woods to open Florida restaurant next yearWPEC

all 108 news articles »

Share
More

Nation’s Restaurant News
Restaurant desserts celebrate autumn’s bounty
Nation’s Restaurant News
Autumn has arrived and pastry chefs, such as Michael Moorhouse of WP24 Restaurant in Los Angeles, are celebrating the season’s bounty by rolling out modern holiday desserts featuring seasonal ingredients. “The infusion of seasonal harvest ingredients …

Share
More

Nation’s Restaurant News
NRA: Restaurant Performance Index shows solid gain in August
Nation’s Restaurant News
Traffic trends also improved in August, with 45 percent of restaurant operators reporting an increase, rising from 41 percent in July. By comparison, 31 percent of operators reported a decline in customer traffic in August, falling slightly from 34
Restaurant Performance Index Registers August GainRestaurantNewsRelease.com (press release)
Restaurant index rises for first time in three monthsMeat & Poultry (registration)
US Restaurant Performance Index posts solid gaineTurboNews

all 13 news articles »

Share
More

Froyo, Anyone? The 5 Fastest Growing Small Restaurant FormatsWall St. Cheat SheetAccording to Restaurant Business Magazine, the trend toward trendier, upscale, or seemingly upscale fast-casual restaurants continues, piggybacking, perhaps, on the overwh…

Share
More

The GA Voice
Midtown about to be hit with ‘tidal wave’ of new restaurants
The GA Voice
This too is consistent with new restaurant trends whether Japanese or not. Expensive fish and a focus on alcohol mean higher profits. Twelve pieces of sashimi cost $29.95, for example, but that’s adequate for two. Add seven pieces of nigiri sushi and a

Share
More

Tallahassee.com
Buon appetito: Eat, drink and dance at Moda
Tallahassee.com
The new, chic Italian restaurant and lounge brought a taste of La Dolce Vita onto the College Town scene in mid-September. “Moda,” as co-owner Giuseppe Cangelosi will explain to anyone who asks, means “trend setting” in Italian. And that’s exactly what

Share
More

New York Times
36 Hours in Copenhagen
New York Times
So even as food trends wax and wane, Copenhagen continues to surprise. … The celebrated restaurant Noma is still the country’s reigning culinary king, but a likely successor is Amass Restaurant, which opened last year in a quiet, out-of-the-way location.

Share
More