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All it takes is one. When it comes to data security, a restaurant’s defense is only as good as the weakest link in the system, says Varun Badhwar, CEO and co-founder of RedLock, a cloud infrastructure security firm.And big, franchised restaurant chains offer many points of entry for would-be...
Industry News
Chances are you’ve heard KFC is launching a chicken sandwich into the unknown. Come Thursday, the Zinger will ride on World View’s Stratollite, rising some 60,000—80,000 feet above Earth’s surface and into the stratosphere. And you can be there for every step of the journey. The livestream window...
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Restaurant Brands International Inc., the parent company of Burger King, could be facing a $500 million class-action lawsuit from a group of irate Tim Hortons franchisees. The Great White North Franchisee Association is seeking a class-action lawsuit against the company, which also owns Popeyes,...
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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In 2016, more than half of U.S. restaurant IT decision-makers planned to invest in technology to improve customer engagement/guest loyalty. With diners craving more convenience and customization, restaurants are racing to provide faster service and product diversification. As the competition among...
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A quick stroll through the Tech Pavilion at this year’s National Restaurant Association Show hammered home a new reality. Third-party delivery is all the rage in foodservice. It’s this year’s version of the handheld tablet, the kiosk, beacon technology, loyalty apps, and on and on. One key...
Patty Young wanted a business she could leave to her children, so after a 36-year career as a nurse practitioner, she turned to foodservice. Pizza-cone concept Kono To-Go lured her with its uniquely designed product. In the year leading up to the opening of her first store, Young bounced back and...
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Fast Casual
When SuViche first opened in Miami in 2010, the cofounders wanted to do something completely different than what was already available in the marketplace. Their idea? A niche menu—Peruvian-Japanese cuisine in the form of sushi, ceviche, and various specialties, all of it developed by renowned...
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