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It’s Just Wings: A Blueprint for the Future?

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A number of big restaurant chains have seen their sales skyrocket during the pandemic — now they’re inventing their own “independent” concepts While the current upending of the restaurant industry has flattened many independent restaurants, big chains like Domino’s, Del Taco, and Wing Stop have seen their sales surge. These multinational concepts possess better quality technology and coveted drive-thru’s, and their substantial resources have allowed them to easily pivot to the new normal. Now they’re pushing ever forward to satisfy customer’s perennial desire for comfort foods while borrowing a page from today’s trends. Brinker International, parent company of Chili’s and…

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Gen Y starting to do a 180 on dining out

Despite the media barrage to believe that young adults almost live at fast food places, the research reality is quite the opposite. Traditionally the restaurant industry’s heaviest users, young adults are cutting back significantly on dining out, especially amid high unemployment, according to new research from The NPD Group. Here are the numbers: research over…

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Got health? More foodservice establishments are tapping into this new market

Did you know that almost 1 in 10 people have some form of a food allergy which forces them to eat food that does not contain high fructose, wheat, nuts or proteins that are not injected with hormones and antibiotics? On a recent trip to a new Whole Foods Market in Irvine, CA, I was…

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Urbane Cafe creates a point of difference

We are always looking at restaurants concepts that require a low capital investment, delivers a strong ROI and easy to execute against.  Moreover it needs to be scalable, have a clear point of differentiation and provide a craveable product with a memorable guest experience. Last week I drove 90 miles in LA traffic ( 3…

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Pit Fire Pizza, a “crust you can trust”

You may remember a couple of months ago when I wrote about Pizza being the “next big thing” in the restaurant industry. Being a native New Yorker and well traveled restaurant consultant, I must admit that there are quite a few things I know about what makes pizza amazing. My partners and I literally travel…

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Chipotle Watch Out!

If you haven’t had the chance to visit Café Rio, now is the time! Headquarted in Salt Lake City, Utah, Café Rio is fast expanding Mexican fast casual food concept with over 30 locations in Utah, Nevada, Idaho, California, Colorado, Arizona and by the end of this year, Virginia and Boise. What makes a restaurant…

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More restaurants today utilize online-ordering systems to increase sales

You’re hungry, it’s almost 15 minutes until lunch, but today you’ve only got half an hour to purchase and eat your meal. Without hesitation you hop onto the corner deli’s website to order your favorite pastrami sandwich. Browse. Click. Order. Pickup. This is a common scenario consumers go through each day – using new technology…

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