Restaurant News Bites: NYC Restaurant Week, New Orleans Restaurant Promo

Restaurant News Bites: NYC Restaurant Week, New Orleans Restaurant PromoNew York City’s Summer Restaurant Week this year will feature over 320 different restaurants. The event will take place over two weeks between July 11th and July 24th. Saturdays will be excluded from the special Restaurant Week specials. Each participating restaurant will offer a special three course meal for $24 at lunch and $35 at dinner.

New Orleans plans to highlight 40 of the city’s top restaurants this August for the 7th annual COOLinary Restaurant promotion. Diners will be able to eat a three course lunch for just $20 or a three course dinner for $35 or under for the entire month. The city also has over 1200 other restaurants that offer cuisine from all cultures and parts of the world.

KFC has seen great success with its decadent and premium Double Down sandwich in Canada. The chain released the bun-less, fried chicken patty sandwich for the second limited time run earlier this year in June. Demand in the northern country has grown so great that nearly 2 million sandwiches have been eaten so far and supplies may run out in the next few days.

The second quarter of this financial year is expected to be much better for U.S. restaurant brands despite food costs continuing to rise. Profits are forecasted to rise as large chains like McDonald’s and Yum Brands!, parent company of Taco Bell and KFC, expand in Asia. Starbucks is also finding success through the introduction of new single serving cup home brewing supplies.

Listening to children cry or scream while you eat in a restaurant can ruin your meal. The owner of McDain’s Restaurant and Golf Center in Pennsylvania has banned all children under the age of six to preserve the environment for adult diners. Owner Mike Vuick made the decision based on parents’ inability to control the volume of young children.

Hot pot cuisine is fabled to have been invented by the Mongols who had little time for cooking meals between battles. Yum! Brands is betting on the style to be the next big hit in fast food trends. Yum!, which already owns Taco Bell, Pizza Hut and KFC, is working on acquiring the 700+ Chinese locations and few U.S. locations of hot pot chain Little Sheep.

Cracker Barrel Old Country Store has secured a new credit agreement for the next five years. The credit line includes a revolving line of loans for up to $500 million dollars and a term loan of $250 million dollars. The agreement was signed with lenders from Wells Fargo, Merrill Lynch, and SunTrust Robinson Humphrey.

Frankie’s Sammiches began earlier this year as a food cart serving fresh Italian beef sandwiches to downtown Milwaukee. Now the sensation has become a fixed restaurant with the opening of a new storefront. The new restaurant will serve the original Italian beef sandwiches as well as burgers, other sandwiches, side items and Chicago style hot dogs.

Dickey’s Barbecue Pit has become the country’s largest barbecue restaurant chain by constant expansion. Now the restaurant chain is making agreements and plans for California growth. 23 new locations have been planned so far for the state for opening within the next year. The chain currently has 8 restaurants in California.

Zpizza is a national pizza chain that focuses on fresh ingredients and healthy yet tasty food. The new summer salad is a sweet choice for lunch or dinner. The Strawberry Goat Cheese Salad features walnuts, goat cheese crumbles, strawberries and a balsamic vinaigrette dressing over a mix of premium baby lettuces.