One expert refers to menu proliferation as an 'infectious disease.'
The lack of complexity helps retain and attract talent, one CEO says.
The collective bargaining agreement is in effect until May 2023.
Restaurant companies are scooping up brands at this point in the pandemic recovery.
The chain's diversity has been legally challenged several times in recent years.
The labor crisis comes as brands face debt, inflation, and growing fear of the Omicron variant.
The new model could accelerate the brand's non-traditional growth.