Restaurant News Bites: Wendy’s, Pizza Hut, Steak ‘n Shake, Burger King


Restaurant News Bites: Wendy's, Pizza Hut, Steak 'n Shake, Burger King

Wendy’s is testing a formula aimed at the fast-casual set with a do-it-yourself sandwich or burger.  In testing at two Wendy’s locations in Columbus is a build-it-yourself option for burgers or chicken sandwiches.  Continue reading . . .

Pizza Hut, the country’s largest pizza chain, seems to be losing favor with American diners. The 56-year-old pizza restaurant’s same-store sales in the U.S. have fallen for seven consecutive quarters as competitors Domino’s and Papa John’s have seen sales increase.  Continue reading . . .

A national doughnut tour may seem like a dream for some, but for Durham restaurateur Tom Ferguson, it was integral to starting his business.  Ferguson owns Rise Biscuits and Donuts, a breakfast and lunch joint that opened in 2012. The restaurant is Ferguson’s third venture and launched its franchise brand this summer.  Continue reading . . .

Last week, Chipotle posted extremely impressive earnings, beating all the analyst’s expectations by a long shot.  In comparison, McDonald’s reported another quarter of lackluster sales growth in the United States. Over the last several years, McDonald’s has been struggling to stay relevant while fresher concepts like Chipotle seem to be printing money. Why is that?  Continue reading . . .

It’s only natural that the boom of new healthy and sustainable fast-food chains would provoke an eye roll.  But the new crop of healthy fast-food start-ups – Sweetgreen, LYFE Kitchen, Tender Greens and Native Foods – are not companies trying to dress themselves according to the latest fad. They are chasing a multibillion dollar market of well-off moms and Millennials who are demanding healthy and sustainable food that’s also convenient.  Continue reading . . .

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