Growing Concepts Concepts that have grown by at least 5% (if less than 50 units). Georgia-based VIVA MEXICO has increased by 1 unit, from 3 to 4 (33% growth).  This is a family/casual concept, open for lunch and dinner, with…

Growing Concepts Concepts that have grown by at least 5% (if less than 50 units). Pacific, WA-based BIGFOOT JAVA (founded 2000) has increased by 3 units, from 25 to 28 (12% growth).  These quick serve coffee shops are open for…

Feeling hungry?  Tummy growling?  Check out the following menu offerings from some of your favorite restaurants and make plans to enjoy breakfast, lunch or dinner with family and friends. Restaurant Operators, let us know what’s on your menu! Applebee’s has…

Growing Concepts   Concepts that have grown by at least 5% (if less than 50 units). Riverside, CA-based MARKET BROILER has increased by 1 unit, from 5 to 6 (20% growth).  This is a family/casual seafood concept, open for lunch…

The Habit Burger Grill Opens Third Bay Area Location in San Mateo, CA With Charity Events Donating 100% of Proceeds To Share Our Strength, The Peninsula Family YMCA, and The Muscular Dystrophy Association Charity Partners San Mateo, CA  (Restaurant News)…

Houston, TX  (RestaurantNews.com)  Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers has celebrated the grand opening of the chain’s newest Copperfield location in the Northwest Houston area with a series of activities, which included free chicken and the presentation of a $1,000 check to…

Dennis Lombardi, an expert on restaurant turnarounds and consultant with WD Partners in Ohio, says the recession hit chains like Olive Garden hard–or rather, it hit their customers. Baby Boomers in particular, he notes, are still reeling, having seen their…

The Kentucky-based restaurant concept has launched a social media-optimized kids program that runs on Mom’s iPads & iPhones. Louisville, KY  (RestaurantNews.com)  Texas Roadhouse, Inc., which operates 355 restaurants in 46 states, has launched a social-marketing enabled coloring app for iPads…

There is a school of thought that says the restaurant business is always a good business – people need to eat. A glance at the sales of many of America’s largest restaurant chains over the past decade quickly dispels this…

Some restaurant chains are turning to the bottle during the rough economy, but the liquoring up has produced mostly headaches, not happiness. Outlets that specialize in quick and cheap daytime meals — including Starbucks, Sonic and Guy & Gallard, the…

The hamburger category may be dominated by the big three — McDonald’s, Burger King and Wendy’s — but smaller chains such as Five Guys, and even smaller chains like Smashburger and The Counter, have bright-looking futures. Most of the biggest…

Zagat has released the results of its annual National Fast Food Restaurant Survey. This year’s survey covers 103 chains as voted on by 6,064 diners. The typical surveyor dined at a fast food restaurant at least once a week. They…

The National Council of Chain Restaurants announced today that OSI Restaurant Partners, one of the largest casual dining restaurant companies in the world, has become its newest member. “We are very pleased to welcome another dynamic chain restaurant company as…

Consumer Reports has published their first ever review and ranking of the major fast food chains in the U.S. Over 36,000 subscribers were polled about their fast food preferences. In-N-Out Burger topped the entire list, and Chipotle Mexican Grill topped…

High prices for gasoline and food and the lingering effects of the Great Recession aren’t good news for restaurant chains, but two KeyBanc analysts say there’s good news, too. In a note to clients Tuesday morning, analysts Brad Ludington and…

Starbucks, just a few years ago a flailing company closing hundreds of locations, has become the No. 3 restaurant chain in the nation, surpassing Wendy’s and Burger King, according to Technomic’s recently released 2011 Top 500 Chain Restaurant Report. For…

Leading fast casual dining chains have seen growth in sales during the last three years, despite the recession and other economic issues in the United States. Total visits grew 17 percent as other dining sales fell, demonstrating the resilience and…

The top 500 largest chain restaurants in the United States all showed growth in sales during 2010, with an average annual rise of 1.8%. Technomic’s annual report on these top chains showed that, despite a slumping economy, total sales among…

McDonald’s Strong Performance Supported by a Large and Frequent Base of Loyal Customers Last week McDonald’s announced another strong sales performance for US stores in the 4th quarter. This marks a year where McDonald’s posted healthy same store sales growth…

In the past few years, the strategy for most regional restaurant chains has been: just survive. In one of the toughest economic environments in decades, the industry norm has been cutting costs and, in many cases, closing stores. The United…

How do restaurants traditionally known for cheese-smothered pastas, buttery breadsticks and fried seafood platters convince diners they’ve got healthier fare that’s worth giving a try? That’s the challenge faced by large restaurant chains that include Orlando-based Darden Restaurants, which is…

Fast food chains with a large presence in China gained ground Monday, after the communist country said it would allow it currency to appreciate against the dollar. That move could be a boost for U.S. restaurant chains who could see…