Restaurant News Bites: Arby’s, Golden Corral, Carl’s Jr.


Restaurant News Bites: Arby's, Golden Corral, Carl's Jr.The Wendy’s/Arby’s Group has successfully sold the Arby’s chain to Roark Capital. The original company will be renamed The Wendy’s Company immediately. Roark Capital now owns over 20 franchise brands including Arby’s. The Wendy’s Company will retain a 18.5 common stock holding in the brand.

Golden Corral has added new seafood menu items to its expansive buffet line-up with the introduction of Pan Seared Scallops, Shrimp and Tilapia. New sauces to top your freshly cooked seafood include spicy Alfredo sauce, lemon piccata sauce and scampi sauce. For light and tasty sides you can pair linguine or rice pilaf.

Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s once tried to appeal to young male consumers with sexy burger ads and cheaper foods, but now the chain is seeing improvement as it becomes more upscale. Focusing on higher quality menu items like turkey burgers has brought the parent company CKE Restaurants back into rising instead of falling sales and growth.

Asheville may be known for its food scene, but the town has had a standing ban on food trucks and mobile food services for the past 25 years. The Asheville Downtown Commission is hearing the arguments of both residents interested in food trucks and city center retailers that don’t want them. About 75% of residents polled were in favor of overturning the ban.

Chili’s $20 Dinner for Two menu proved to be very popular as the economic recession worsened. Now the chain is adding more options for diners who need an inexpensive night out. The Hatch Chile Cheeseburger, Chicken Club Quesadillas and Santa Fe Sizzling Skillet are all on the $20 menu. Two of the additions use the mild green Hatch chile for flavoring.

Sonic restaurants are celebrating July as both National Hot Dog Month and Ice Cream Month with new menu additions. The Baja Dog will be available for a limited time and features pepper jack cheese, jalapenos and onions over an all-beef frank. The Sundae Shakes mix top quality Classic Hot Fudge, Strawberry Dream and Turtle ice cream with milk.

Taco Bell is making improvements to attract customers to spend more time in each location. Free Wi-Fi will be added to all national locations by 2015. The chain also plans to install new television displays in restaurants that show a mix of sports, entertainment and news content.

Wine Enthusiast Magazine has named the Barcelona Restaurant & Wine Bar as one of the top 100 Best Wine Restaurants for 2011. The director of the restaurant’s wine menu also manages one of the biggest Spanish wine programs in America. The restaurant chain combines a lively tapas bar atmosphere with the warmth and intimacy of a wine bar.

Hot N Juicy Crawfish will open their newest location in Orlando, Florida on July 9th. The chain features Louisiana style seafood dishes, and of course hot and fresh boiled crayfish. The chain built up a following at their Las Vegas and Washington D.C. locations. All Hot N Juicy Crawfish locations use only fresh local seafood or top quality ingredients that are flown in daily.