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Argonne to acquire On The Border

Golden Gate Capital has agreed to sell the 157-unit On The Border Mexican Grill & Cantina casual-dining brand to Argonne Capital Group, the companies said Thursday.Terms of the deal were not disclosed. The acquisition company is Border Holdings LLC, and ... [Published Nations Restaurant News - 3 hours ago]
First reported 10 hours ago - Updated 31 mins ago - 1 reports

Taco Bell develops new fast-casual taco concept

The concept's logo was inspired by a Mexican Day of the Dead theme.Taco Bell Corp. is launching a new fast-casual taco concept designed to capture diners who are not likely to step foot in a Taco Bell.Named U.S. Taco Co. and Urban Taproom, the new concept ... [Published Nations Restaurant News - 10 hours ago]
First reported Apr 23 2014 - Updated 4 hours ago - 1 reports

Chili’s, Maggiano’s 3Q same-store sales rise

Brinker International Inc. reported an 8.3-percent increase in profit for the March 26-ended third quarter as both its Chili’s Grill & Bar and Maggiano’s Little Italy brands reported slight increases in same-store sales.Dallas-based Brinker owns and franchises ... [Published Nations Restaurant News - Apr 23 2014]
First reported 21 hours ago - Updated 6 hours ago - 1 reports

Cheesecake Factory: Winter storms, Easter shift hurt 1Q results

The Cheesecake Factory Inc. said Wednesday that bad winter weather and the Easter holiday shift dampened its first-quarter results. Net income for the April 1-ended quarter fell 11 percent, in part due to costs associated with a pending settlement of ... [Published Nations Restaurant News - 21 hours ago]
First reported Apr 23 2014 - Updated 11 hours ago - 1 reports

Cracker Barrel shareholders ‘overwhelmingly’ reject sale proposals

Cracker Barrel Old Country Store Inc. said Wednesday that preliminary results show shareholders “overwhelmingly rejected” proposals by Biglari Capital and Biglari Holdings Inc. that called for the company to pursue a possible sale.The Lebanon, Tenn.-based ... [Published Nations Restaurant News - Apr 23 2014]
First reported 21 hours ago - Updated 21 hours ago - 1 reports

Famous Dave’s 1Q profit soars, sales decline

Though Minneapolis-based Famous Dave’s of America recorded another quarter of negative revenue and same-store sales, the operator or franchisor of the Famous Dave’s barbecue chain greatly increased its net income. The company slashed general and administrative ... [Published Nations Restaurant News - 21 hours ago]
First reported 21 hours ago - Updated 21 hours ago - 1 reports

5 must-know restaurant news stories: April 23, 2014

A&W hopes to draw baby boomers’ offspring (The New York Times)Lexington, Ky.-based A&W Restaurants continues to update its image using social media to move away from its drive-in legacy from the 1960s and ’70s toward a more contemporary brand that targets ... [Published Nations Restaurant News - 21 hours ago]
First reported 21 hours ago - Updated 21 hours ago - 1 reports

Yum: China, Taco Bell breakfast off to good start in 1Q

Register to view this articleIt’s free but we need to know a little about you to continually improve our content.Why Register?Registering allows you to unlock a portion of our premium online content. You can access more in-depth stories and analysis, ... [Published Nations Restaurant News - 21 hours ago]
First reported Apr 23 2014 - Updated Apr 23 2014 - 1 reports

Casual-dining chains focus on brunch

While quick-service chains compete for customers at breakfast , some casual-dining concepts are focusing on the more leisurely weekend daypart of brunch.Sister chains Brio Tuscan Grille and Bravo! Cucina Italiana have revamped their weekend brunch menus ... [Published Nations Restaurant News - Apr 23 2014]
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First reported Apr 22 2014 - Updated Apr 23 2014 - 1 reports

China recovery drives 18.4% jump in 1Q profit for Yum

Louisville, Ky.-based Yum! Brands Inc. rode an 80-percent improvement in first-quarter operating profit in China to an 18.4-percent rise in overall net income to $399 million for the March 22-ended period. Same-store sales rebounded 11 percent at KFC ... [Published Nations Restaurant News - Apr 22 2014]
First reported Apr 22 2014 - Updated Apr 22 2014 - 1 reports

In with the new

NRN editor-in-chief Any good restaurant needs a refresh once in a while, whether to keep up with the newest consumer tastes and preferences, modernize operations or take advantage of developments in technology.No refresh is more public than an update ... [Published Nations Restaurant News - Apr 22 2014]
First reported Apr 22 2014 - Updated Apr 22 2014 - 1 reports

Menu Tracker: New items from Wendy’s, Domino’s, Checkers, more

Rally’s, Charley’s Grilled Subs, Charleys Philly Steaks, Noodles & Company, Culver’s, Fazoli’s, Firehouse Subs, Whataburger and Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza also introduce new menu items.Contact Bret Thorn at bret.thorn@penton.com .Follow him on Twitter: ... [Published Nations Restaurant News - Apr 22 2014]

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...Asked whether he wanted to see Darden shake up management and remove CEO Clarence OtisClarence Otis JrJr Smith said, "So is Mr. Otis, in a hot seat? I think he is in a hot seat."
"Hattie shares our passion for preparing a pipeline of talent to increase gender representation in the executive ranks of foodservice companies from 15 percent to 30 percent,” continued Gambardella, who is vice president of the Wendy s global account team for Atlanta-based Coca-Cola Refreshments."
In Panera Bread CEO Ron Shaich's vision of the future, every restaurant could have "a different menu for every person.” Panera and others are bringing his vision closer to reality, making it easier for diners to order exactly to their preferences instead of picking from a rigid set of menu items like they did in the Dark Ages. That could either be a food utopia or a diner's nightmare. It just all depends on what kind of eater you are."
"We knew that along with rolling out this great kitchen equipment, we had to have great foods to accompany it, too,” Schaefer said. On the other hand, without the speed and precision of new cooking gear, such as the impinger conveyor oven and combi oven, she noted, “we probably wouldn’t have flatbreads on the menu.”"

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Argonne to acquire On The Border [Published Nations Restaurant News - 3 hours ago]
Taco Bell develops new fast-casual taco concept [Published Nations Restaurant News - 10 hours ago]
Yum: China, Taco Bell breakfast off to good sta... [Published Nations Restaurant News - 21 hours ago]
5 must-know restaurant news stories: April 23, ... [Published Nations Restaurant News - 21 hours ago]
Famous Dave’s 1Q profit soars, sales decline [Published Nations Restaurant News - 21 hours ago]
Cheesecake Factory: Winter storms, Easter shift... [Published Nations Restaurant News - 21 hours ago]
Lessons in Leadership: Dan Cathy, Chick-fil-A [Published Nations Restaurant News - Apr 23 2014]
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Lessons in Leadership: Kelly C. Baltes, Cheddar... [Published Nations Restaurant News - Apr 23 2014]
Cracker Barrel shareholders ‘overwhelmingly’ re... [Published Nations Restaurant News - Apr 23 2014]
Casual-dining chains focus on brunch [Published Nations Restaurant News - Apr 23 2014]
Chili’s, Maggiano’s 3Q same-store sales rise [Published Nations Restaurant News - Apr 23 2014]
China recovery drives 18.4% jump in 1Q profit f... [Published Nations Restaurant News - Apr 22 2014]
In with the new [Published Nations Restaurant News - Apr 22 2014]
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Papa Murphy’s sets terms for IPO [Published Nations Restaurant News - Apr 22 2014]
McDonald's to focus on consumer-driven changes [Published Nations Restaurant News - Apr 22 2014]
WFF names Hattie Hill CEO, president [Published Nations Restaurant News - Apr 22 2014]
McDonald’s 1Q U.S. same-store sales fall 1.7% [Published Nations Restaurant News - Apr 22 2014]
Finding common ground on animal welfare [Published Nations Restaurant News - Apr 22 2014]
Six franchised Smashburger units up for auction [Published Nations Restaurant News - Apr 22 2014]
Coffee production could be in jeopardy - CNN [Published Nations Restaurant News - Apr 22 2014]
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Mama Fu’s smaller unit targets delivery, carryout [Published Nations Restaurant News - Apr 21 2014]
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Firehouse Subs introduces low-calorie menu [Published Nations Restaurant News - Apr 21 2014]
Quiznos spoofs popular TV show [Published Nations Restaurant News - Apr 18 2014]
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