Restaurant News Bites: Starbucks, Carl’s Jr., Applebee’s

Restaurant News Bites: Starbucks, Carl's Jr., Applebee's Starbucks Coffee Company is growing exponentially around the world and to facilitate new growth the company has restructured its executive branches. The Starbucks Coffee International department that manages all international locations will be split into the Asia and Europe departments. New Presidents will be hired or promoted to manage the new divisions.

CKE Restaurants, parent company of Hardee’s and Carl’s Jr., is celebrating 70 years since founder Carl Karcher opened his first restaurant. July will be full of promotions, contests and giveaways for both chains. Karcher and his wife began with a  simple hot dog cart on July 17th 1941 and the company now earns over $1.3 billion in profits each year.

Applebee’s is expanding menu options for diners who need a new dose of excitement in their next meal. The new Stacked, Stuffed & Topped entree options combine favorites like steak, grilled chicken and fresh veggies in new ways. The Parmesan Chicken Stack, Provolone Stuffed Meatballs with Fettuccine and Florentine Topped House Sirloin are all now on the national menu.

While large restaurant chains are forecasted to improve, restaurants in New York City are continuing to struggle. Recent research shows that revenues declined 1 percent for the city’s eateries and a total of 7 percent over the last three years. Restaurants owned independently saw the worst drops in profits. Independent operators don’t receive the same advertising support as franchises.

Due to customer demand classic burger chain Whataburger is bringing back the famous Patty Melt sandwich. The two beef patties served on Texas toast with melted cheese are now available, but will be gone again August 15th. The sandwich was only introduced in 2008 but quickly became one of the most popular limited time menu items.

Fazoli’s, one of America’s favorite fast casual chains, is celebrating the return of another summer break by offering .99 cents meals for children this week. Each adult entree allows for the purchase of two child meals at the discounted price. Fazoli’s is a family friendly chain and was voted one of the top 10 menus for kids by Parents Magazine.

Modern Greek restaurant Opa is introducing a new lunch menu and is offering a free meal to guests who would like to try it out. On July 18th guests can receive a traditional pressed Greek sandwich known as a Toast filled with ham and cheese. The meal will also include freshly cut oregano fries.

The newest Red Robin Gourmet Burgers restaurant will soon be open in the Lakewood Center Mall. This will bring yet another Red Robin location to Los Angeles, California. The new location opens its doors on July 25 and will give away free child identification kits as part of a partnership with the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children.