Category Archives: National


Mom-and-Pop Joints Are Trouncing America’s Big Restaurant Chains

Leslie Patton | Bloomberg | May 16, 2017 There’s a limit to unlimited breadsticks after all. Americans are rejecting the consistency of national restaurant chains after decades of dominance in favor of the authenticity of locally owned eateries, with their daily specials and Mom’s watercolors decorating the walls. It’s a turning point in the history

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Challenging Year Spurs Technology Investments

Jonathan Maze | Jan 12, 2017 | It’s safe to say that 2016 was a challenging year for the restaurant industry. Take it from the restaurant executives who presented to investors at the ICR Conference in Orlando, Fla., this week: “2016 was challenging,” Papa Murphy’s CFO Mark Hutchens said. “2016 was the most challenging

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NPD: Restaurant Traffic Won’t Improve In 2017

Jonathan Maze | Jan 03, 2017 | A restaurant industry that struggled with weak sales and traffic in 2016 shouldn’t expect much improvement in 2017, according to The NPD Group. Chicago-based NPD expects restaurant industry traffic to remain stalled in 2017, the market research firm said Tuesday. Traffic will also continue its long-term shift

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There’s A Massive Restaurant Industry Bubble, And It’s About To Burst

By: Kevin Alexander | December 30, 2016 | AS SOON AS HE WALKED THROUGH THE DOOR, Matt Semmelhack knew it was over. He’d been away from his San Francisco restaurant AQ for less than a week, but when he got back, it just felt different. It went beyond the usual concerns of the modern restaurateur.

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How To Set Your Restaurant Up For Success

By: Roger Beaudoin | November 28, 2016 | Is your restaurant on fire? All puns aside, I mean is your restaurant really rocking? Your place is on fire when you have lines out the door every night of the week, your competitors are scrambling, the media are singing your praises and your customers are your

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‘Super Size Me’ Filmmaker To Open Quick-Service Restaurant

By: Julie Jargon and Annie Gasparro | November 9, 2016 | In the 2004 film “Super Size Me,” director Morgan Spurlock ate nothing but McDonald’s food for 30 days to demonstrate the negative effect on his health. Now the Academy Award nominee hopes to show the quick-service segment how to do better. This month,

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Food and Restaurant Industry Split About Donald Trump Presidency

By: Julie Jargon and Annie Gasparro | November 9, 2016 | Food is food, but investors in companies that serve it at restaurants are viewing the election of Donald Trump differently than those who invest in businesses that package and sell it to supermarkets. The restaurant industry’s lobbying group said it expects President-elect Trump

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How Pokémon GO Is Revolutionizing Restaurant Marketing

Have you heard? Days after its’ US release, Pokémon GO took over the digital planet! Pokémon GO almost immediately became the number one free app in Apple’s US iTunes store.1 Within two days, it was installed in 5.16% of all US Android devices. Best of all, you can capitalize on the craze—it’s easy and affordable

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It's nice to share space with a steady source of traffic, but it's not always the right move.

Is A Mixed-Use Property Right For Your Restaurant?

The food and dining scene in New York City is constantly flourishing with new, hip restaurants taking center stage. Most recently, it has been common to see one of these restaurants in the corner of a hotel or within a mixed-use property. Take the Michelin-starred Breslin Bar and Dining Room, the newest brainchild of Chef

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How To Keep Competitors From Invading Your Turf

Before signing a lease at a retail center or mixed use development, check to make sure you have some protection against potential competitors. You are all smiles as you drive up to your restaurant. A year after the grand opening, lines are still out the door and your gourmet burger concept is the talk of

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