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Is Takeout the Boost Casual Dining Needs?

Casual dining restaurants have been losing ground to competing restaurant concepts for years. Would adding takeout dramatically increase sales? Here's a look at the results of three chains who have tried it.

Denny's Three C's for Success

Cyber data and consumer discontent were not among the three C’s of success for Denny’s. However many times after a company experiences consumer discontent they step up in the minds-eye of the consumers to refocus, retool, and refresh.

Domino’s Sees Consolidation of Fast-Casual Pizza Players

A group of similar fast-casual pizza chains are selling franchises hand over fist, growing from small to bigger. Despite that, competitor Domino's Pizza thinks that consolidation among this new crop of fast-casual franchisors looks likely.

Roy Choi: More Rewards from Running Restaurants than Just Making Money

When weighing investing in a restaurant, the most important consideration we're told to look for is how much of a return on investment can we reasonably expect? But food truck pioneer Roy Choi told a MUFSO audience that running a restaurant can be significantly more rewarding than that. 

McDonald’s Comps Up, Burger King Down in Q3

All Day Breakfast, McPick 2 contribute to postive McDonald's sales in Q3
McDonald's all day breakfast & McPick 2 (Photo by Mike Mozart)

McDonald's and Burger King announced the results for the third quarter, which concluded at the end of September. Same-restaurant sales in the United States for McDonald's was up 1.3 percent.

Rave Restaurant Reports a Downer of a Year

pie fiveRave Restaurant Group Inc. (NASDAQ: RAVE), the Dallas-based holding company of franchisors Pie Five and Pizza Inn, reported plummeting same-restaurant sales in its last quarter for the fiscal year ended June 26, 2016.

McDonald's Burgers Losing Out to Competitors—Can It Make a Comeback?

McDonald's hamburgers aren't good enough anymore, which is a big problem for its franchisees as well as the franchisor. The burgers came in dead last (21st) in a 2014 Consumers Report taste survey, scoring a middling 5.8 on a 1 to 10 scale.

How to Write Better Menu Descriptions that Increase Profits

Long-time menu engineer Gregg Rapp puts forth a set of best practices that restaurant owners can follow to create descriptions that define their establishment and increase profits. 

Yelp Tips for Franchisees

Yelp can make or break your restaurant. The review site is likely the first place people consult before deciding on a place to eat.

Predictive Ordering Appeals to Most Restaurant Operators

In a survey of more than 500 restaurant operators conducted for the National Restaurant Association and sponsored by American Express, 53 percent said that they would implement predictive ordering technology if it were available.