Outside Insights
News of Whole Foods’ acquisition by Amazon last week for $13.7 billion had many people in the tech space abuzz; in the retail sector, people were downright nervous. Big-box retailers like Target, Walmart, and Costco saw their stocks drop (down 3 percent, .5 percent, and 2 percent, respectively, in...
Outside Insights
It takes an independent spirit to run any kind of small business, especially a restaurant business. Picking a location, developing a business plan, and raising capital, hiring staff and obtaining proper permits all while ensuring quality food and service are tasks best led by someone who has a “do-...
Competition
Against the backdrop of gently lapping Atlantic Ocean waves, groups of vacationers—friends, couples, grandparents, toddlers, and teenagers—approach the white clapboard cottage that houses Rita’s Italian Ice of Surf City, New Jersey. The brand is a tourist favorite at resort towns up and down the...
Marc Halperin: Resident F&B Expert
When you hear the phrase “traditional American cuisine,” what are the first foods that come to mind? If you’re from New England, you may conjure up an image of a plate of baked cod or a boiled lobster. If you hail from the Midwest, your idea of traditional American food might be a ribeye steak and...
Industry News
Pizza Hut has reached the 25th year of its Harvest program and surpassed 100 million pounds of food donated to feed those in need. Created through partnerships with community-based hunger relief organizations and an effort to reduce Pizza Hut’s food waste, Harvest benefits 2,500 organizations...
Industry News
One of the reasons quick-service restaurants have taken market share from full-serves can be credited to perception, according to two recent studies. The latest American Customer Satisfaction Index, released on Tuesday, says sit-down restaurants are reporting their worst grades in more than 10...
Industry News
In the second quarter, Sonic Corp. reported same-store sales declines of 7.4 percent year-over-year. It was even more pronounced at company-owned stores, where numbers dropped 8.9 percent and margins plummeted 330 basis points. Understandably, that made Thursday’s third-quarter reveal a bit of a...
Ingredients & Dayparts
Stepping into Tender Greens, a Los Angeles–based fast casual, is like stepping into the Thanksgiving meal of your dreams. The bustling open kitchen is lined with oversized serving bowls of creamy mashed potatoes, red and green butter lettuce with tarragon dressing, and rare albacore tuna grilled to...

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When you hear the phrase “traditional American cuisine,” what are the first foods that come to mind?If you’re from New England, you may conjure up an image of a plate of baked cod or a boiled lobster.
There was a time when kids’ meals were for kids.
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