Fast-casual Honeygrow expands in MidAtlantic Region

The Washington, D.C. fast-casual community continues to grow, as Philadelphia-based Honeygrow expands further in the mid-Atlantic region. Honeygrow, which focuses on new and different stir-fry combinations, has already experienced considerable success and popularity in its hometown of Philadelphia and beyond, with 32 locations open across 10 states, with one D.C. location already open in Chinatown, locations in Reston, Pentagon City, and Rockville.

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Macaroni Grill releases new menu, limited-time specials from chain’s history

Romano’s Macaroni Grill is getting a menu makeover, releasing a new menu with several new dishes to add to its offering. Macaroni Grill is also bringing back favorites from its 30-year history at participating locations…Seafood Cioppino, San Marino Chicken, grilled bone-in pork chop, said Holly Wagstaff-Bellomo.

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Pincho Factory promotes Jayson Tipp to CEO

PIncho Factory has named Jayson Tipp, chief executive officer, effective immediately. Pincho Factory serves Latin-inspired kebabs and hamburgers, and currently has five locations, with plans to add 10 stores in the Washington, D.C. market.

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Apps help restaurateurs reduce food waste: Tech in the kitchen

Apps and technologies designed to streamline ordering, invoicing, and inventory have exploded in recent years…ease of use and time-saving benefits, restaurant operators have quickly realized that these apps have huge potential to reduce food waste…while saving owners money on wasted food: Orderly, BlueCart.

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CraftWorks names interim CEO as Srinivas Kumar resigns

CraftWorks Restaurants & Breweries Group, Inc. has accepted the resignation of Srinivas Kumar, who became CEO of the company in 2014. Fred Beilstein III will serve as interim CEO as he continues Mr. Kumar’s work to grow all the CraftWorks brands.

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Broad Street Licensing Group named a Top 20 Global Licensing Agent

The Broad Street Licensing Group (BSLG) has been named one of the “Top 20 Global Licensing Agents” by License! Global Magazine. Ranking number 12 on the prestigious list, BSLG was instrumental in the transition of the Tony Roma’s retail product from CBQ, LLC to Ruprecht Company, a time-honored and renowned meat processor and food manufacturer in Chicago—a transition that begin in May, 2017.

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Popeyes adds Uber Eats restaurant delivery to five cities

Under a partnership with Uber Eats, Popeyes will add delivery to its restaurants in the cities of Chicago, Miami, New York, New Jersey, and Washington, D.C. Using the Uber Eats mobile app and UberEats.com, guests can order menu items to be delivered to their homes or offices.

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Technology finds a sweet spot in D.C. restaurants: RAMW Pre-RAMMYS 2018 Roundtable

At a restaurant roundtable at Church Hall in Georgetown, Washington, D.C., featuring 2018 RAMMY Awards “Restaurateur of the Year” Finalists, a panel of local restaurateurs shared their views on a variety of topics and lessons. At this pre-RAMMY Awards event, sponsored by the Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington (RAMW)….No Wait App…Hank’s App…MarginEdge in Northern Virginia.

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Ways restaurateurs can select the right foodservice distributor: Op-Editorial

Restaurant owners find themselves in a better bargaining position, but some of the biggest considerations in selecting the right distributor partnership have become more complex. Competitive pricing, reliability, distributor perks, convenience and industry know-how are reflective of some of the most important considerations…Independent restaurants will outpace chain sales growth by nearly double (independents to grow +4 to +5 percent vs. chains’ +2 to +3 percent growth).

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PFG reports 3Q 2018 financial results

Performance Food Group Company today announced its third-quarter and first-nine months fiscal 2018 business results: otal case volume grew 0.8 percent
Net sales increased 2.7 percent to $4.3 billion
Gross profit improved 7.2 percent to $558.7 million… “We are pleased with our third-quarter net sales and profitability, said President and CEO George Holm.

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Opportunities abound for fast casuals, despite slowing growth: Report

According to its 2018 Top 250 Fast-Casual Chain Restaurant Report, total sales growth for the top restaurant chains in the segment was just 9 percent in 2017. In 2015, Technomic reported fast casual chain restaurants were growing sales at a 11.5-percent clip. Also unit growth rate in 2015 was 9.8 percent, but in 2017, growth was just 6.1 percent…As U.S. saturation nears, chains have opportunities in underdeveloped markets, including Australia, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, Spain.

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Three protein trends being tapped for successful product development

…Asian Island foods, a trend identified by Chicago-based consultancy Technomic. It has propelled Asian Island chicken on menus. At the same time, consumers are looking for protein alternatives to meat and are driving an interest in the creation of more food products and menu items that tap the nutrition and appeal of pulses and plant-based proteins.

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