Macaroni Grill launches new specials, lunch passport, Mix and Match lunch menu

As it moves to further reinvigorate its business, Romano’s Macaroni Grill has launched a new menu and lunch specials, which include a limited-time lunch pass to save guests money. The 85-unit Italian-style casual-dining chain launched the Macaroni Grill Mix and Match (Mix + Match) program, whereby customers can combine any two options on the menu for under $11, or for the same price, they can choose the Unlimited Soup and Salad (Soup + Salad) Program… customers can purchase a Mix and Match lunch pass for $75, giving them access to complimentary lunch for the entire month of August 2018.

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Fast-casual unit growth driving increased traffic while restaurant industry sales flat: NPD

Fast casuals are the only segment in the restaurant industry that are growing traffic, says a report from NPD. The Chicago-based research firm has seen traffic grow 6 percent annually over the most recent five years.  According to the NPD Fall 2017 ReCount restaurant census. The growth leaders among fast-casual chains included Chipotle, Panera, Panda Express, and Raising Cane’s. Fast casuals have appealed to households with incomes of $100K or more.

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Papa John’s takes further action to distance itself from founder John Schnatter

John H. Schnatter. It will no longer sublease office space to Schnatter. This follows the resignation of the former chairman and his removal as spokesperson for the the company, which had already been announced—his Founder Agreement, had already been terminated by the same committee… Papa John’s announced Shnatter’s removal from advertising following use of “N” word.

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Fast-growing fast-casual chains identified in industry trade magazine Future 50

Restaurant Business Online identified several up-and-coming chains in its Future 50. The data is based on 2017 information and estimates gathered by Technomic, Inc. The top five chains in the Future 50 comprise CoreLife Eatery, The Halal Guys, Wahlburgers, Maple Street Biscuit Co., and Honeygrow. Rounding out the top 10 are Bibibop Asian Grill, Babalu Tapas, Cava, Ahipoki Bowl, and Duck Donuts.

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Uber, Venmo partner for seamless payment experience on Uber, Uber Eats

Uber and Venmo have partnered to add the Venmo digital wallet service as a payment method to Uber Eats and the Uber ride-sharing service. Uber riders will be able to pay with a Venmo balance, linked bank account, credit card or debit card so they can easily split the cost. Furthermore, the connectivity between the apps as a major convenience to users… the riding experience can be shared with an emoji that is specific to the Uber-Venmo partnership.

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3 Ways to improve food cost starting next week: Best practices blog

Restaurant challenges remain, including managing the costs of a restaurant business. It remains a focal point within the industry… dishes get sent back to the kitchen; or a sandwich at a deli shop gets dropped now and then; or some food even spoils… Food waste is a real issue. Moreover, dishonest employees who
take food or supplies can really cost you a fortune.

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Starbucks CFO to retire amid major developments at coffeehouse giant

Starbucks will see its chief financial officer, Scott Maw, retire November 30. Maw started with the company as global controller in 2011 and later was promoted to senior vice president of corporate finance. Maw has a background in insurance and financial services, and is a graduate of Gonzaga University.

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Teriyaki Madness adds mobile app to enhance guest experience

Fast-casual chain Teriyaki Madness has added a mobile app. Customers can order for in-restaurant pickup and will also be able to order for delivery in the markets in applicable markets.The Teriyaki Madness app integration for mobile ordering was created by Olo, a leading provider of seamless ordering at restaurants, which connected the app to the chain’s POS provider, Revel. Its rewards and special community features and enticements were designed by Punchh

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