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Google Maps product was well on its way to becoming indispensable to the restaurant industry, but new announcements sign...
05/08/2019
Google Wants to Tell You What to Eat

Google Maps product was well on its way to becoming indispensable to the restaurant industry, but new announcements signal Google's continued interest in the space across a wide variety of products. https://skft.it/2Vm4aIe

Google Maps has already asserted itself as a do-it-all app in the restaurant industry. It's a true online-to-offline experience, facilitating everything

After 32 years on the restaurant scene, you couldn’t blame Chef Rick Bayless for kicking back. Instead, he’s rolling up ...
05/07/2019
Innovative Restaurateurs: Rick Bayless Is Still Stretching His Wings

After 32 years on the restaurant scene, you couldn’t blame Chef Rick Bayless for kicking back. Instead, he’s rolling up his sleeves, carefully minding each of his businesses — from airport locations to Chicago flagships — with care. https://skft.it/2H8G8rs

Rick Bayless, easily one of Chicago’s most famous chefs, was supposed to spend 2018 working on a memoir. Instead, he opened another new restaurant. And he

Operators have no choice but to figure out how to make delivery work, whether on their own or through aggregators. Who w...
05/06/2019
Apps Take Center Stage in Chipotle’s Food Fight

Operators have no choice but to figure out how to make delivery work, whether on their own or through aggregators. Who will ultimately have more control over the other has yet to be determined. https://skft.it/2WsPrYm

Digital ordering and food delivery have moved beyond talking points and pilot programs to become big money-makers.

Analysts forecasted a slowdown in job growth in April, especially after March numbers were revised down. But restaurants...
05/06/2019
Job Growth in U.S. Restaurants Remains Steady in April

Analysts forecasted a slowdown in job growth in April, especially after March numbers were revised down. But restaurants and the overall U.S. economy proved resilient. https://skft.it/2PNVRyF

Analysts feared the worst heading into the Bureau Labor of Statistics update on the U.S. economy Friday, but both restaurants and the nation’s private

Alain Ducasse is a living legend with 20 Michelin stars and 30 restaurants bearing his name. Though he is famous for run...
05/06/2019
Interview: Alain Ducasse on Running a Successful Restaurant Empire

Alain Ducasse is a living legend with 20 Michelin stars and 30 restaurants bearing his name. Though he is famous for running France’s gilded dining rooms in its most expensive venues, the chef has recently expanded his business at a breakneck pace by focusing on multi-cultural cuisine and more affordable restaurant concepts. https://skft.it/2DMlj2T

Chef Alain Ducasse is a businessman who does not like to talk about money. In French culture, especially in the upper echelons of Parisian society, it is

Travelers, whether for work or leisure, want to dine at local restaurants. If they can't venture out, easy restaurant de...
05/04/2019
DoorDash Partners With Wyndham Rewards at 3,700 U.S. Hotels

Travelers, whether for work or leisure, want to dine at local restaurants. If they can't venture out, easy restaurant delivery is the next best option. Wyndham Rewards and DoorDash have them covered. https://skft.it/2IXtu0A

No room service? No problem. DoorDash has partnered with Wyndham Hotels & Resorts to offer free food delivery to hotel guests at 3,700 properties in

A blend of espresso and smart digital strategy propelled Dunkin' to its best performance in years. Thanks, mobile apps a...
05/03/2019
Dunkin' Proves it Can Run on Espresso

A blend of espresso and smart digital strategy propelled Dunkin' to its best performance in years. Thanks, mobile apps and delivery. https://skft.it/2WjiUUr

After an aggressive espresso rollout flattened same-store sales late in 2018, Dunkin’ got back on track, and then some. The coffee chain reported its best

Learn how mobile technology is helping empower owners to run their businesses more efficiently and boost profitability. ...
05/03/2019
Webinar: How Mobile Can Help Restaurants Improve Their Efficiency Game

Learn how mobile technology is helping empower owners to run their businesses more efficiently and boost profitability. Register for the webinar!

In our upcoming webinar, we’re taking a closer look at how mobile technology is helping empower restaurant management and their staff to more efficiently

The international market provides ample opportunity for expansion as U.S.-based companies like DoorDash continue to atte...
05/03/2019
DoorDash Plans Significant Canadian Expansion in 2019

The international market provides ample opportunity for expansion as U.S.-based companies like DoorDash continue to attempt to keep up their pace of rapid growth. https://skft.it/2ISxVJN

Operating in over 4,000 cities and counting, DoorDash has set its sights on international expansion, starting with our neighbor to the north. On

The sooner the better, as order ahead could be a bigger sales channel than delivery. https://skft.it/2GPWCmW
05/03/2019
Taco Bell Tests Order Ahead on Grubhub

The sooner the better, as order ahead could be a bigger sales channel than delivery. https://skft.it/2GPWCmW

Taco Bell wants to put its chalupas and double decker tacos in as many hands as possible, and Grubhub is happy to assist. Yum Brands CEO Greg Creed told

OpenTable Buys Venga: In an industry where diner data is gold, knowing how to use it to run a better business is mission...
05/02/2019
OpenTable Acquires Guest Management Platform Venga

OpenTable Buys Venga: In an industry where diner data is gold, knowing how to use it to run a better business is mission critical to success. https://skft.it/2WmDO5k

OpenTable is one step closer in its mission to be a one-stop-shop for restaurant technology solutions, as parent company Booking Holdings announced the

Denny's is the latest chain this earnings season to talk up the importance of delivery for their business, as it gradual...
05/02/2019
Denny's Off-Premise Business Continues to Fuel Growth

Denny's is the latest chain this earnings season to talk up the importance of delivery for their business, as it gradually sells company-owned stores to franchisees. https://skft.it/2ISFEYr

Denny’s growth strategy remains tied to expanding delivery and refranchising its company-owned stores, even as the latter eats at net sales in the short

As far as Pizza Hut is concerned, the company cannot construct next gen stores fast enough, especially with foot traffic...
05/02/2019
Pizza Hut Delivery Works, Dine-In Does Not

As far as Pizza Hut is concerned, the company cannot construct next gen stores fast enough, especially with foot traffic down in recent quarters. It will surely leverage its new $5 value menu and expanding Grubhub partnership to lure customers back. https://skft.it/2Li2fzG

Pizza Hut's growth strategy reflects what pizza fans have known for decades: Delivery works. Yum Brands CEO Greg Creed re-explained this strategy on the

Sure, RBI can — and should — have high hopes for the company's growth, but Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen has a long way to g...
04/30/2019
Restaurant Brands International Knows Popeyes Can Do Better

Sure, RBI can — and should — have high hopes for the company's growth, but Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen has a long way to go before it competes on Burger King's level. http://bit.ly/2J4feSQ

Restaurant Brands International (RBI) will be the first to admit that it has yet to take full advantage of the potential sales opportunity in Popeyes, the

A new loyalty program offers Tim Hortons an opportunity to learn more about its customers. What the program means for th...
04/30/2019
Loyalty Is the Answer to Tim Hortons' Sales Woes

A new loyalty program offers Tim Hortons an opportunity to learn more about its customers. What the program means for the chain's overall sales will soon be determined. http://bit.ly/2GUcLcd

Tim Hortons' new loyalty program will soon provide a much-needed boost to the Canadian coffee giant’s sales, according to parent company Restaurant Brands

When you're trying to get a grip on sustainability practices and plastics use, asking users to report what restaurants a...
04/22/2019
Yelp Asks Reviewers to Weigh In on Single-Use Plastics

When you're trying to get a grip on sustainability practices and plastics use, asking users to report what restaurants are doing is a solid strategy by Yelp.
http://bit.ly/2UtfBbK

Noise level, price point... plastics? As part of a new initiative, Yelp will ask reviewers if restaurants are eco-friendly, it announced Monday. The

Fancy McDonald's wasn't resonating with consumers. Not every idea is a winner, and it's better to cut losses now. http:/...
04/18/2019
McDonald's Drops Signature Crafted Recipes Line

Fancy McDonald's wasn't resonating with consumers. Not every idea is a winner, and it's better to cut losses now. http://bit.ly/2ZftUUZ

Not every innovative idea is going to be a hit, even at McDonald's. The fast food chain will roll back its premium Signature Crafted Recipes offerings on

Google Maps has become a daily must-use for plenty of people. As its parent company looks further into the restaurant bu...
04/17/2019
Google Maps Could Be the Do-It-All Restaurant App of the Future

Google Maps has become a daily must-use for plenty of people. As its parent company looks further into the restaurant business, Maps could become an indispensable superapp for the future of restaurants. http://bit.ly/2Urd1CQ

What once started as a kind-of three-dimensional database of the world has evolved in to a moneymaker for its parent company.

Uber Eats and Grubhub have both publicly cited losses on discounted fees charged to chain partners in financial document...
04/16/2019
Uber Eats' Chain Partnership Strategy Is a Risky Business

Uber Eats and Grubhub have both publicly cited losses on discounted fees charged to chain partners in financial documents. One can only imagine the case is the same for DoorDash, who's IPO is likely not far behind.http://bit.ly/2GmNFCh

The fortunes of Uber Eats, the fastest growing part of Uber right now, are tied to its reliance on a handful of partnerships with big chains that include

Uber Eats has proven that it has the runway to generate a significant portion of Uber's overall revenue, but food delive...
04/15/2019
Uber Has a New Growth Story, Just Not a Profitable One

Uber Eats has proven that it has the runway to generate a significant portion of Uber's overall revenue, but food delivery is a volatile business. The service may be winning big contracts with McDonald's and Starbucks, but that isn't necessarily translating into more profits. http://bit.ly/2InOe0T

If you want to believe that Uber Technologies Inc. can transition from a money-losing ride-hailing company to a money-losing global “platform,” then you need to believe that Uber Eats will become a powerhouse business. Uber’s food delivery effort needs to be Example A for the company’s diver...

Pizza chains inking deals with third-party delivery companies will force independent pizzerias to make a choice: pay mor...
04/11/2019
Big Pizza's Delivery Moves Turn Up the Heat on Small Pizzerias

Pizza chains inking deals with third-party delivery companies will force independent pizzerias to make a choice: pay more to services to keep order counts coming or unplug and go at it alone. http://bit.ly/2VDUUeu

Mom and pop pizzerias may have beat pizza chains to third-party delivery marketplaces years ago, but added competition from new entrants Pizza Hut and

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Year 2 of Skift Table

This time last year, Skift Table didn't (really) exist.

Months earlier, we had brought Kristen Hawley, founder of the Chefs+Tech newsletter, into the Skift family because we loved what she did — explaining the ongoing evolution of the business of dining out — and how she did it — an addictive weekly newsletter.

But we also knew we wanted to invest more in it and grow the brand into something new. The first step was a new name, which turned out to be not so hard. Skift had already become synonymous with change and transformation in the travel industry, and we thought that putting it side-by-side with "table," one of the more traditional symbols of hospitality, was the right fit.

To kick it off, we invited Danny Meyer of Union Square Hospitality Group and René Redzepi of the growing noma empire to speak at our Skift Global Forum last September. Under the newly christened banner of Skift Table, they shared insights about the restaurant industry to 1,000+ professionals from hotels, startups, tourism boards, airlines, and more.

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Domino's and its peers are still smart. But I did just order a chicken sandwich from Shake Shack on an app, so rivals aren't far behind.