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NRN senior food editor Bret Thorn takes stock of which of his food predictions hit the mark — and which were way off — in 2016. http://ow.ly/KqXc3089UNz
In a monthly series, menu trend analyst Nancy Kruse and NRN senior food editor Bret Thorn debate current trends in the restaurant industry. For this installment, they look back at the year in menu trends.
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Most of us are familiar with the famous quip from legendary former U.S. House Speaker Tip O’Neill, “All politics is local.” http://ow.ly/Htqp3089Emo
Become the types of neighbors that cities want to protect
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According to a Reuters report, CEC Entertainment Inc., parent to the Chuck E. Cheese’s and Peter Piper Pizza child-oriented chains, is in talks for an initial public offering in the last half of this year. http://ow.ly/47N93089C3k
CEC Entertainment could file in last half of year, sources tell Reuters
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Schlotzsky’s has added shrimp and brisket to its permanent menu. http://ow.ly/Uk0M3087pHS
New proteins are part of permanent menu
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Restaurant industry same-store sales fell 2.4 percent in December http://ow.ly/y9Yc3087o3X
A steep decline in casual-dining traffic led to the industry’s weakest performance in years
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Denny's is now offering $4 value menu items http://ow.ly/TsEb307UBn8
The family dining chain now offers twice as many $4 value menu items for a limited time.
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Smoothie King offers meal replacement smoothies http://ow.ly/JOVp30865g2
The chain offers over 20 meal replacement smoothies under 400 calories.
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Pizza Hut pledged to fill 11,000 job openings, including many as it gears up for its busiest sales day, on Feb. 5, Super Bowl Sunday. http://ow.ly/h2La3089UBE
Company plans hiring blitz leading up to Super Bowl weekend
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McDonald’s Corp. is going big with the Big Mac this year http://ow.ly/zayT3089DhC
Chain serving its signature sandwich in two new sizes
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Dunkin' Donuts brews coffee for all of the NHL http://ow.ly/qnhu30864Wd
The chain is brewed for all the moments that make hockey unlike any other sport.
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Ruby Tuesday Inc. debuted its new Garden Bar systemwide Tuesday, after testing it in several markets last year. http://ow.ly/KK313087pzc
Casual-dining operator cites salad bar as key brand differentiator
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Chick-fil-A will be opening a location outside of Las Vegas http://ow.ly/8QeE30864IO
The chain will open its first restaurants right outside of Las Vegas.
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