Just how does social couponing work? Computer users sign up with one or more social couponing companies, each of whom negotiates discounts — usually 50 percent to 90 percent off — with local restaurants. Every day, subscribers receive an email…

White Castle, a family-run restaurant famous for its innovative steam-grilled-on-a-bed-of-onions Original Slider, has a special offer for those who crave its one-of-a-kind taste for Chicken Rings. Until August 27, America’s first hamburger fast-food chain will offer 20 Chicken Rings for…

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;…

Websites offering a one-day-only deep discount on local dining are actually helping restaurants attract new customers. Research by Technomic shows that a majority of diners who used discount sites returned later and paid full price. They also were likely to…

Boston Market $1 off any $10 Purchase Expires 7/22/11 Carl’s Jr. Free Medium Coca-Cola Zero With purchase of any Charbroiled Turkey Burger Expires 6/20/11 Dairy Queen Get Two Blizzard Treats for the price of one Expires ? Del Taco Free…

When Steve Hepokoski used his first Groupon coupon at W.A. Frost in St. Paul, he surreptitiously slid it under his plate. “It felt awkward using a coupon at a restaurant with linen tablecloths and an extensive wine list,” said Hepokoski,…

Restaurants across the nation are stepping up to offer tax weary Americans a break this year with special deals and offers.  Following is a sampling of what restaurant guests can look forward to. Arby’s has declared Friday, April 15 as…

Toast Mom, Dad or the accomplished Graduate at BRAVO! Cucina Italiana (BRAVO!) and BRIO Tuscan Grille (BRIO). The BRAVO | BRIO Restaurant Group (NASDAQ: BBRG) concepts are encouraging guests to celebrate Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and Graduation this year by…

According to a new survey by OpenTable, Inc., a leading provider of free, real-time online restaurant reservations for diners and guest management solutions for restaurants, the OpenTable Spotlight program offers restaurants an effective way to attract valuable first-time patrons and…

Bruegger’s, a national bagel leader with more than 300 locations across the U.S., is offering IRS-weary guests its popular Big Bagel Bundles for just $10.40. Because of this year’s tax day extension, Bruegger’s will offer the deal from April 15…

This recent January was not a good one to be in the restaurant business in downtown Hartford. Heavy snow narrowed the city’s byways and made on-street parking all but impossible. Plus, workers fled the city at the first suggestion of…

T.G.I. Friday’s restaurants are adding more choice, recognition, and surprises to its Give Me More Stripes loyalty program, an industry first when introduced in April 2008. Based on recent research and guest feedback on more than 300 potential features and…

The French have given Americans a lot to celebrate over the years – the Statue of Liberty, some cheap real estate (remember the Louisiana Purchase?) and a delicious buttery bread called a croissant. As a savory salute to the latter’s…

Location, location, location may be the mantra to live by in real estate, but in the dining out world these days, it’s value, value, value. Restaurateurs caution, however, that value doesn’t have to mean discounting. As restaurant owners look to…

Outback Steakhouse is inviting customers to share a Sweetheart Meal with someone special this Valentine’s weekend. Available at one down under price, this shared dinner for two includes a Bloomin’ Onion; two Outback Special Sirloins; choice of freshly made sides…

Chili’s Grill & Bar is giving a free Brownie Sundae to all 675,000-plus of the brand’s Facebook fans to celebrate the social site’s seventh birthday. The coupon will be available starting Friday, Feb. 4 at 8 a.m. CST via a…

Qdoba Mexican Grill, known for its wide variety of handcrafted, fresh and innovative Mexican cuisine options, rolled out Qdoba Rewards nationwide today, an enhanced electronic program that shows appreciation for Qdoba’s loyal guests by giving them greater flexibility and opportunities…

The restaurant industry appears on the road to recovery, but it will remain a slow, bumpy ride, according to the NPD Group, which expects restaurants will continue to offer deals to lure customers. Traffic to restaurants was basically flat last…

Restaurant.com is running Cyber Monday restaurant deals, but you’ll have to act fast because this deal ends soon.   Now through Tuesday, November 30th, Restaurant.com offers restaurant diners nationwide an opportunity to save 80% on restaurant gift cards and certificates.  Restaurant gift cards…

“A good deal? That’s a tricky question,” says Chris Youngers, co-owner of Cafe Trio on the Country Club Plaza. Groupon has sold more than 2,600 half-price coupons to Cafe Trio. Youngers admits he won’t make much money off the deal,…

Restaurant chains, much like their customers, are finding it hard to give up on deals. Amid signs of a slower-than-expected recovery, Brinker International Inc.’s ( EAT) Chili’s Grill & Bar and O’Charley’s Inc.’s (CHUX) are both resurrecting prior discounts to…

Restaurants across all segments of the restaurant industry offered a host of deals and discounts over the past two years to entice recession-ridden consumers to visit. With signs that the economy may be improving, restaurants now will be trying to…