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Many restaurants have a love story behind them. But Avocaderia’s romance is an unusual one. Founder Francesco Brachetti fell in love with avocados when he was living and working in Mexico City. He had never eaten one in his native Italy, where they are not part of the pantry. He was taken with the...
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The New York City food company made popular by the Seinfeld TV series has filed for bankruptcy protection. Soup producer and marketer Soupman filed for protection Tuesday, though the company says it has secured a new $2 million bankruptcy loan to finance its working capital needs and allow business...
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Just in case Panera Bread needed any justification for its headfirst dive into digital, the fast casual can now point to one very convincing factor. Or a billion of them.  Panera announced Wednesday that digital sales, including mobile, web, and kiosk, surpassed $1 billion on an annualized basis....
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We’re in a tough business. The fast-casual industry is exciting, but it's hard work and more competitive than ever. It's a constant battle for a share of customer traffic that can be fickle. It’s common knowledge that more that 25 percent of restaurants close the doors within a year. To help you...
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Buffalo Wild Wings is getting back to its counter-service roots. This summer, two small-format restaurants, called B-Dubs Express, will open as pilot stores in the Minneapolis metro market. Each location is around 2,500 square feet and seats 35—50 guests. The brand says the concept is inspired by a...
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As a restaurant operator, you must realize that your employees may be behind your recent food and beverage losses or the POS manipulation scheme you can't seem to pinpoint. They may think they aren’t harming anyone, you will never know, or the chance of getting caught was slim to none. The National...
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Come the end of June, KFC’s Zinger chicken sandwich will truly be in rare air. Stratospheric exploration company World View announced Tuesday it plans to carry the chicken chain’s sandwich during the first extended duration development flight of its high-altitude Stratollite. In other words: KFC’s...
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In a letter sent to Starbucks employees Monday and confirmed by Bloomberg, chief executive officer Kevin Johnson introduced the brand’s latest foray into the food space, along with an optimistic take on a segment that has traditionally tripped up the java giant. Starbucks is currently selling meals...


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