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Little Caesars Launches App Ordering and Automated Dispensers to Speed Up Carry Outs

Automated pick-up stationLittle Caesars announced Monday that it is introducing a streamlined, faster way for customers to grab a pizza. It is launching a self-service mobile order pick-up station, which it claims is the first of its kind in the quick service restaurant industry.

San Francisco Offers to Buy Crime-Plagued McDonald’s Restaurant

A McDonald’s unit located next to Golden Gate Park in the Haight area of San Francisco has been a hotbed of crime and undesirable activity, such as small-time drug-selling, loitering, “hamburglaries” and a shooting inside the restaurant last Thursday. The goings-on have generated endless complaints from its neighbors. The city says it wants to fight crime by buying the location, demolishing the restaurant and quite possibly replacing it with affordable housing.

Potbelly Considers Selling the Firm as Q2 Shop Comps Drop

Potbelly shop front windowPotbelly Corporation [NASDAQ:PBPB) reported a poor showing on Friday in its second quarter financial results of 2017, which ended June 25. Amidst the earning miss, it also reported that it is looking for a strategic sale of the company.

The Ugly Truth: Are Your Employee Handbook Policies and Non-Compete Agreements a Recipe for Litigation?

A question often asked by employers is whether they are legally required to have an employee handbook, and the answer is “no.”  A much better question to ask is whether it is a good idea for employers to legally protect themselves with a well-drafted and up-to-date employee handbook, and the answer to that question is a clear and definitive “yes.” 

NYPD Cops Refused Service at Dunkin’, Unions React with Boycott

A clerk at a Brooklyn Dunkin’ Donuts/Baskin Robbins store allegedly refused to serve two policemen who were in line to buy ice cream around noon on a hot summer day, prompting retaliation from NYPD police unions against the chain.

Restaurant Delivery Economics: What Could It Be?

We all know restaurant delivery has become the opportunity dejour, hopeful talk on delivery has recently caused security analysts to lift their entire restaurant industry perspective (see Morgan Stanley, John Glass, July 2017).

CEO Praises Burger King Franchisees as They Post 3 Percent Same-Restaurant Growth in Q2

Home of the WhopperRestaurant Brands International Inc. (NYSE:QSR), parent company to quick service chains Burger King, Tim Hortons and Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen, announced robust comparable sales of 3.0 percent for its U.S. Burger King restaurants in the second quarter of this year versus the same period last year.

Denny’s Outperforms Expectations, Franchisees Have Strong Second Quarter

Denny’s Corporation (NASDAQ:DENN), an operator and franchisor over a chain of 1,724 restaurants, reported on Tuesday a strong performance for its second quarter, which ended June 28, 2017.

Ruth’s Company Restaurants Grow Traffic and Comps in Q2

Ruth's Chris Steak HouseRuth's Hospitality Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:RUTH) reported its unaudited financial results last week that show its company-owned same-restaurant sales are growing as are revenues from its franchising activities.

Independent Micro Restaurant Chains Grow in Big Cities

Although total independent restaurant unit counts have declined by 4 percent from a year ago, micro-chain units, that is to say a small chain from three to 19 units, are increasing in major U.S. cities, says a major foodservice researcher.