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The Mina Group concepts will be part of the new Crave Collective, which opened in an office park outside Boise this mont...
11/24/2020
Crave Collective brings ghost kitchen with a twist to Idaho

The Mina Group concepts will be part of the new Crave Collective, which opened in an office park outside Boise this month. Operated by Crave Hospitality Group, the collective is a ghost kitchen-meets-food hall with a twist that Devin Wade, CEO and co-founder of Crave Hospitality Group, plans to roll out nationwide. http://ow.ly/trpf50CsN5c

National growth is planned for new hybrid model with 16 host kitchens and its own delivery fleet

Among bright spots in the COVID-19 pandemic, hot dog concept Wienerschnitzel saw sales increase an average 22% between M...
11/24/2020
Video: Wienerschnitzel beefs up drive-thru experience in COVID-19

Among bright spots in the COVID-19 pandemic, hot dog concept Wienerschnitzel saw sales increase an average 22% between May and the end of October. And to accommodate that six-month increase, the company enhanced its drive-thru experience to make it faster and more efficient.
http://ow.ly/iwUP50CtUJx

Hot dog concept sees sales increase 22% with increased efficiency, enhancements

11/24/2020

Market analysts are working to make an unknowable number as knowable as possible with recent updates on expected restaurant closures in the COVID-19 pandemic. http://ow.ly/SoPT50CtQMh

San Antonio-based investor Sardar Biglari of Biglari Capital Group has lost his fifth attempted proxy battle against Cra...
11/24/2020
Biglari Capital loses fifth proxy battle with Cracker Barrel

San Antonio-based investor Sardar Biglari of Biglari Capital Group has lost his fifth attempted proxy battle against Cracker Barrel Old Country Store Inc. (and fourth attempt to gain a board seat), as the company approved all 10 of its nominated board directors “by an overwhelming margin,” the Lebanon, Ten.-based company announced on Nov. 19.
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Cracker Barrel Old Country Store’s shareholders supported all 10 of the company’s directors, despite investor Sardar Biglari’s fourth attempt to gain a board seat

Ruby Tuesday received approval on Friday from the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Del. to begin a sale process...
11/24/2020
Ruby Tuesday receives court approval for bankruptcy sale

Ruby Tuesday received approval on Friday from the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Del. to begin a sale process of the company nearly two months after the Maryville, Tenn. casual-dining restaurant chain filed for bankruptcy on Oct. 7.
http://ow.ly/Ft6x50Ctwjs

The U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware gave Ruby Tuesday parent company RTI Holdings until Dec. 10 to pick a stalking horse in a bankruptcy sale

California Pizza Kitchen has completed its bankruptcy restructuring with an equity transaction that eliminated more than...
11/23/2020
California Pizza Kitchen emerges from bankruptcy

California Pizza Kitchen has completed its bankruptcy restructuring with an equity transaction that eliminated more than $220 million in existing debt from its capital structure, the company said Monday.
http://ow.ly/E8QM50CsFQL

Lenders now hold most of equity; $220 million in debt eliminated in restructuring

RibCrib, the casual-dining rib restaurant based in Tulsa, Okla., saw a difficult road ahead when COVID hit in March. Lik...
11/23/2020
RibCrib’s expansion plans amid the pandemic include a focus on counter-service and off-premise

RibCrib, the casual-dining rib restaurant based in Tulsa, Okla., saw a difficult road ahead when COVID hit in March. Like many other casual-dining restaurants, it saw many layoffs and an uncertain future as dine-in remained closed across the country for months on end.

Garrett Mills, president and CEO of 47-unit RibCrib, thinks new franchise agreements and the rehiring of most of the workforce actually put the brand — and its new prototypes — back on the map for post-pandemic growth. Read his full story.
http://ow.ly/lLZU50CsE3Y

The casual-dining BBQ chain’s CEO Garrett Mills spoke to Nation’s Restaurant News

It’s been a year since Chris Kempczinski took over as chief executive of one of the world’s most popular burger brands. ...
11/23/2020
McDonald’s: 3 big marketing and COVID safety moves made this month

It’s been a year since Chris Kempczinski took over as chief executive of one of the world’s most popular burger brands. During that time, McDonald’s has been rocked by a global pandemic and has had to address accusations of racial injustice at the chain.
http://ow.ly/Y2zt50CsBoy

The chain is collaborating again with J Balvin and is planning to host a COVID-19 roundtable with industry peers.

Los Angeles County shut down outdoor dining in restaurants effective Wed., Nov 25 at 10 p.m., after the five-day average...
11/23/2020
Los Angeles County shuts down outdoor dining as COVID-19 cases surge

Los Angeles County shut down outdoor dining in restaurants effective Wed., Nov 25 at 10 p.m., after the five-day average of COVID-19 cases grew to more than 4,000, the Los Angeles County Public Health Department confirmed on Sunday.
http://ow.ly/MG6g50Csqnh

As the five-day average of coronaviruas cases increases to more than 4,000, restaurants can only offer delivery, takeout, and drive-thru

Piada Italian Street Food  is piloting a traditional QSR-style drive-thru lane, rolling out a new app, and rebooting gro...
11/23/2020
Piada Italian Street Food is taking cues from Chick-fil-A and In-N-Out Burger with new hospitality-focused drive-thru lane

Piada Italian Street Food is piloting a traditional QSR-style drive-thru lane, rolling out a new app, and rebooting growth, executive Matt Harding said during NRN’s latest Extra Serving podcast.

Listen now.
http://ow.ly/EQhk50Csk92

The Italian fast-casual chain from Ohio is piloting a traditional QSR-style drive-thru lane, rolling out a new app, and rebooting growth, executive Matt Harding said during NRN’s latest Extra Serving podcast.

In-N-Out Burger opened its first two restaurants in Colorado on Friday, creating a frenzy with fans waiting anywhere fro...
11/23/2020
In-N-Out opens first 2 Colorado restaurants, creating a frenzy with wait times of up to 12 hours

In-N-Out Burger opened its first two restaurants in Colorado on Friday, creating a frenzy with fans waiting anywhere from nine to 12 hours to get their hands on the brand's famous Double Double, according to the chain and local police.
http://ow.ly/SDI650CsiA6

The Colorado openings mark the chain's entrance into a seventh state; the two restaurants opened Friday in the greater Denver area and Colorado Springs; local police clock wait times at 12 hours by mid-afternoon.

In-N-Out Burger opened its first two restaurants in Colorado on Friday, creating a frenzy with fans waiting anywhere fro...
11/23/2020
In-N-Out opens first 2 Colorado restaurants, creating a frenzy with wait times of up to 12 hours

In-N-Out Burger opened its first two restaurants in Colorado on Friday, creating a frenzy with fans waiting anywhere from nine to 12 hours to get their hands on the brand's famous Double Double, according to the chain and local police.
http://ow.ly/SDI650CsiA6

The Colorado openings mark the chain's entrance into a seventh state; the two restaurants opened Friday in the greater Denver area and Colorado Springs; local police clock wait times at 12 hours by mid-afternoon.

Calling Culinary Rockstars! Are you a pro at cooking with RITZ Crushed Crackers? Here's a chance to win OVER $5,000 http...
11/23/2020

Calling Culinary Rockstars! Are you a pro at cooking with RITZ Crushed Crackers? Here's a chance to win OVER $5,000 http://ow.ly/61BT50Cm5a4

This week on the Working Lunch podcast, the team from Align Public Strategies takes a deep dive into the labor community...
11/20/2020
Working Lunch: Restaurant industry pushes back on shutdowns

This week on the Working Lunch podcast, the team from Align Public Strategies takes a deep dive into the labor community to discuss their agenda and how they are approaching 2021.

Align Public Strategies dives into labor issues and how to approach 2021

Paycheck Protection Program recipients that “reasonably expect” their loans will be forgiven will not be able to deduct ...
11/20/2020
Here’s what business owners should know about PPP loan deductibility during tax season

Paycheck Protection Program recipients that “reasonably expect” their loans will be forgiven will not be able to deduct expenses associated with their loan this tax season, whether the business has applied for forgiveness or not, the U.S. Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service confirmed on Wednesday. http://ow.ly/3WvT50CqsbG

The U.S. Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service just ruled that PPP loans are not tax deductible

2020 Ritz Crushed Crackers Recipe Contest. Chance to win $5,000! Deadline Nov 30th. http://ow.ly/XlQP50CqhB5
11/20/2020

2020 Ritz Crushed Crackers Recipe Contest. Chance to win $5,000! Deadline Nov 30th. http://ow.ly/XlQP50CqhB5

This week on NRN, the top story was the constantly-evolving restrictions on restaurant dining rooms across the country d...
11/19/2020
Trending this week: Cities, states tighten restaurant dining restrictions

This week on NRN, the top story was the constantly-evolving restrictions on restaurant dining rooms across the country due to coronavirus. Chicago, New Mexico and Oregon entered lockdowns as New York City, San Francisco, Maine and Minnesota tightened restrictions. These came as a Stanford-led study suggested indoor dining may be a cause of COVID-19 “superspreader” events.

The top story was the constantly-evolving restrictions on restaurant dining rooms across the country due to coronavirus.

See what chains across the country added to menus this week with the latest edition of #NRNMenuTracker. http://ow.ly/ykt...
11/19/2020
Menu Tracker: New items from Arby’s, Chick-fil-A and Del Taco

See what chains across the country added to menus this week with the latest edition of #NRNMenuTracker. http://ow.ly/yktk50CphhR

Plus additions at Corner Bakery, Cotton Patch Café, Jamba Juice, Kung Fu Tea, MOD Pizza, Moe’s Southwest Grill, PJ’s Coffee, Sajj Mediterranean Grill, Steak ’n Shake, Sweet Paris, TGI Fridays, Tropical Smoothie Café, Velvet Taco and Wayback Burgers

11/19/2020

Goldman Sachs Merchant Banking Division will be acquiring a “significant stake” in Zaxby’s Operating Co. L.P., the companies said Wednesday.
http://ow.ly/hMx750CpcrL

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