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U.S. District Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers, out of Oakland, California, dismissed a lawsuit accusing Starbucks of overcharging customers by underfilling mochas and lattes to reduce milk costs. The class-action suit was filed March 2016 by Siera Strumlauf and Benjamin Robles of California....
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Culver’s
Start to Finish: What Inspires Execs
I didn’t want anything to do with restaurants. My dad saw that I had a passion for the business a long time ago. When I graduated from college, he asked if I’d be the GM of our family’s resort, Farm Kitchen, and I told my dad, “No, absolutely not.” I started filling out résumés for jobs, but nobody...
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Who is an employer? That's the question.
Outside Insights
In order to understand the National Labor Relations Board, you must first know that it is a political body whose majority shares the president’s political persuasion. As a result, until the U.S. Supreme Court rules on a labor law issue, tracking board precedent can be a lot like watching a tennis...
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Chick-fil-A is one of the top quick-service brands.
Industry News
Based on the non-cash transactions of millions of shoppers across the U.S., 1010data used its Merchant Insights to figure out which quick-service brands are winning customers and which still have ground to make up. The platform showcases online versus brick-and-mortar performance and deciphers the...
Illegal Pete’s
Payment Processing
Guests placing an order at Jersey Mike’s can pay for their meal in a variety of ways: credit card, Apple Pay, Google Wallet, online through a delivery-ordering system, through their mobile phones, and more. The New Jersey–based sub sandwich chain prides itself on being aware of upcoming digital...
Sonic continues to offer value-based menu items.
Finance
The word “value” came up 15 times during Sonic Drive-In’s first-quarter review Thursday afternoon. From McDonald’s new dollar menu to Taco Bell’s $1 Nacho Fries to Wendy’s expansion of its 4 for $4 lineup, this value-based race has defined quick service in recent days. But the question is: where...
Comedian George Lopez is diving into the restaurant world.
Web Exclusive
Sometimes the best food concepts are the simplest. But that does not always mean they are the easiest to recreate. They sometimes require years of cooking experience that leads to intuitive kitchen mastery, and translating that homepsun touch into a quick-service setting is not a trick easily...
In-N-Out Burger has a new menu item.
Industry News
In-N-Out Burger’s secret menu is the thing of legend. But as far as actually adding items, the burger chain isn’t exactly one to shake up the board. Perhaps 2018 will be different. In-N-Out, according to the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin and then confirmed by multiple outlets, began serving hot...

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The term “point-of-sale” can be a bit of a misnomer.
The most recent numbers on baseline performance of fast casuals suggest some deep-seated problems in the industry.
Food safety is key to any restaurant.
The food service industry was shaken when restaurant chain Chipotle had multiple, widespread food safety outbreaks, spanning various states.
Luke’s Lobster, &pizza, Flyrite
Diners’ love affair with traditional soda brands has evolved from a match made in heaven to awkward estrangement.
Until fairly recently, when people wanted cakes, cookies, croissants, cobblers, pastries, pies, popovers, muffins, or mille-feuilles, they had absolutely no expectation that the item in question would be anything other than a decadent, high-calorie treat.
Even with the increased frequency of other forms of payment, quick-serve restaurant operations are still largely cash-run enterprises, with cash accounting for more than 30 percent of all transactions. But as cash flow grows, so does the risk.