BOULDER, Colo.  (RestaurantNews.com)  The food service industry went into 2011 with high hopes.  After two years of declining sales and visits, it looked like the entire industry was set for a modest gain as the country began to pull out…

While the rest of the country is tightening its belt, Anthony Bruno is piling on the cheese. In the last three years, the owner of Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza has expanded his pizzerias from eight in South Florida to a…

As the restaurant industry slowly recovers from two years of traffic declines, operators are rolling out more and more options to keep the momentum going. There’s more emphasis on nontraditional “day-parts,” such as late-night happy hours or midafternoon snack times;…

Chipotle Mexican Grill, Buffalo Wild Wings, Panera Bread and BJ’s Restaurants are among the top chains that have tantalized diners with tasty food at savory prices. They kept growing during the recession, then ramped up as the economy improved. “They…

Red Lobster is trying to create the ambiance of a small, seaside town in Maine as it rolls out a three-year remodeling plan for its 700 U.S. and Canadian restaurants. The seafood chain is the latest eatery to spruce up…

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…

Poor sales in 2010 prompted several national restaurant chains to throw in the towel and pull out of the Kansas City area. But did that worry two local restaurateurs? Not a chance. Howard Hanna and Ryan Maybee were aware of…

Wagamama, the fast casual noodle chain, has said it believes there is scope for 650 managed sites in the US. Speaking at M&C Report’s Restaurant Conference yesterday, Steve Hill, its chief executive, said they had refined its restaurants in the…

OK, consumer confidence dropped recently, and restaurants ranging from sit-down dinner destinations to burger chains have taken it on the chin. But the confidence of some restaurant entrepreneurs appears undimmed as they look to expand their Atlanta presence with new…