Restaurant News Bites: T.G.I. Friday’s, Texas Roadhouse, Bonefish Grill

Restaurant News Bites: T.G.I. Friday's, Texas Roadhouse, Bonefish GrillT.G.I. Friday’s has expanded their value offerings with a new Pick 2 for $10 promotion. $10 gets guests an entree with either an appetizer or dessert added on. Entrees include Dragonfire Chicken and Jack Daniels Pulled Pork Sandwiches.

Wendy’s is pairing with Veteran’s Advantage to give veterans new discounts on food and drink throughout the year. Veteran’s Advantage secures deals like this for active and former members of all military branches.

IHOP has awarded their Franchisees of the Year at their annual convention. Mike Ruben was the U.S. Franchisee Of the Year, while Ed Jeske was the International winner. The convention was held in Marco Island, Florida.

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is alleging that the Texas Roadhouse chain refused to hire older workers for front of the house positions. The suit claims that workers over 40 were discriminated against.

Recognizing a hot restaurant is easy once it is completely booked, but catching those about to explode is harder. Checking the common themes that run between hot restaurants helps critics and diners spot the upcoming locations.

New research from the Harvard Business School has shown than gaining a star on a review improves revenue at restaurants by 5 to 9 percent. The research compared revenue reports in Seattle versus star ratings for a variety of restaurants.

Sizzler is working on returning to Chicago. The chain once had 700 locations, but fell to just under 200 due to widespread closings. There are plans to add at least 18 in Chicago over 5 years. Re-entering big markets like Chicago may help turn the brand around.

Bonefish Grill is celebrating National Seafood Month with a new promotional deal. A three-course meal for two is now available that costs less than $20 per diner. The dinner will be available until the end of October.

Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar is adding small plates to its menu. The seven new dishes work well as a light lunch or appetizer with drinks. Options include the Lobster Tempura and Filet Mignon with Shiitake Risotto.

The Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation has approved 48 new grants that will give away over $500,000. This brings the total of donations since 2005 to $3.1 million. 275 communities received funding to make their communities safer.

Mellow Mushroom Pizza Bakers is celebrating this fall with Home Grown Harvest. New menu items include Drunken Fun-Guys, the Ham Orchard Hoagie and the Home Grown Harvest Pie. Flavors include roasted squash, fresh mushrooms and pork.

During the month of October ice cream lovers can enter the 2nd Online Flavor Creation Contest from Baskin-Robbins. Combine 31 base options with different candy, fruit and ribbon options to create your own mix. The best will win free ice cream for a year.

Jack in the Box and Gamestop have teamed up to create the Jack’s Got Game contest for gamers. Instant win prizes of video game consoles, new games and a $5000 Gamestop shopping spree are awarded daily through peel-off stickers.

Good Times Restaurant chain is hiring the talent of 1970’s comedians Cheech and Chong for their new radio campaign. The radio ads will promote the Santiago’s Green Chile items. Sukle Advertising came up with the plan to use Cheech and Chong.

Dickey’s Barbecue Pit is expanding their 70th anniversary celebration. Participating restaurants will offer $1 drinks and pork sandwiches until 3 pm on October 18th. $3 Big Sandwiches will still be available after 3 pm.