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7 cool server shift contests
Creative contests can help boost morale and performance
NRN Week in Review: January 31, 2014
the 50 power players in the industry
NRN Week in Review: NRN Restaurant Operator Survey
A quick look at the results from NRN's survey of restaurant operators to see what they are anticipating for 2014.
NRN Week in Review: December 20, 2013
NRN wraps up the year with a countdown of the top 10 stories of 2013.
NRN Week in Review: December 16, 2013
Tablets at Applebee's, Olive Garden debuts a new burger, and the NRA's Chef's Survey is in with food trends to look out for
KFC - Festive Feast
KFC offers a limited-time offer family meal in time for the holidays.
Boston Cream Croissant - Eater
See how Nomad's Mark Welker makes a Boston Cream Croissant from beginning to end.
David Chang's Fried Chicken with Caviar - Vogue
The leading chef shares a recipe for a chicken dish.
Seth and Josh Meyers eat nose-to-tail in Amsterdam - Esquire
The brothers head to Amsterdam's Gebr. Hartering restaurant, where the Dutch cooking incorporates all parts of the animal.
Restaurant Debuts Grasshopper Burger - Buzz:60
New York restaurant Antojeria La Popular unveils its new grasshopper burger.
NRN Week in Review: November 22, 2013
Roark acquires CKE, executive shifts at Yum and Smashburger, and NRN debuts the second annual International Top 25 special report.
NRN Week in Review: November 15, 2013
Starbucks pays settlement to Kraft, families with kids lessen restaurant visits and predictions for 2014 food trends.
NRN Week in Review: October 25, 2013
Highlights from this year's MUFSO Supershow, restaurants reevaluate value menus and the hot restaurants of fall from around the country.
NRN Week in Review: September 27, 2013
BK debuts lower-calorie "Satisfries," Darden 1Q earnings miss a "wake-up call" and NRN remembers WFF president and CEO Fritzi Woods.
NRN Week in Review: September 20, 2013
Checkers possibly preparing for an IPO, what's behind the best selling beverages and California is set to increase its minimum wage.
NRN Week in Review: September 13, 2013
Menu moves and other developments at McDonald's, Aramark goes public, and how chains can continue to thrive in China's challenging market.
NRN Week in Review: August 30, 2013
McDonald's soon to roll out chicken wing item, report shows fast-casual restaurants are leading industry growth and how to solve problems through t...
NRN Week in Review: August 23, 2013
NRN tracks 20 chains poised to crack the Top 200. Food trucks and "mash up mania" are just some of the trends from the Western Expo. And a study lo...
NRN Week in Review: August 9, 2013
Darden comments on foodborne illness outbreak at Olive Garden and Red Lobster. Taco Bell begins official test of a waffle taco. CEOs from Denny's a...
NRN Week in Review: July 26, 2013
Second quarter earnings season is in full swing, a look at KFC new fast-casual format, and flatbreads rise on menus.
NRN Week in Review: July 19, 2013
Tips for a better web site from Wingstop, a weekly update on top performers in social media and this week's popular stories.
NRN Week in Review: July 12, 2013
Darden promotes two new executives, Wendy's goes all out marketing its new Pretzel Bacon Cheeseburger and prepared foods at retail locations are se...
Nick Lachey croons tweets about Wendy's new burger
Pop singer and reality TV star Nick Lachey sings the chorus of a song comprised of tweets about the Wendys Pretzel Bacon Cheeseburger at an event ...
NRN Week in Review: June 21, 2013
Johnny Rockets finds a buyer, Starbucks to introduce menu labeling and catch up on coverage from the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen.
NRN Week in Review: June 14, 2013
Taco Bell's Greg Creed offers marketing advice, Denny's Frances Allen provides insight into the company's brand positioning and find out who this y...
S'more for the fans - Dairy Queen
Dairy Queen's new ads follow the theme of Fan food, not fast food." This commercial promotes the S'mores blizzard, which will be the featured Bliz...
NRN Week in Review: May 10, 2013
The latest reports from the first-quarter earning season, executive changes and a preview of NRN's May 13 special report, "Regulation Nation."
NRN at the 2013 Women's Foodservice Forum annual leadership conference
NRN's Erin Dostal sits down with some of the industry's top executives who gathered at this year's WFF conference in Orlando, Fla. Hear about the i...
NRN Week in Review: March 22, 2013
A look at the 2013 Consumer Picks results, a new turkey burger from Burger King, and according to NRN's latest MillerPulse survey, overall industry...
NRN Week in Review: March 15, 2013
Not just for ordering anymore, apps for quick-service apps are moving on to games and location-based service. Also this week: a preview of the Cons...
The Leading Edge: Red Robin CEO, Steve Carley
Building the bar and reclaiming the 'better burger' at Red Robin
The Leading Edge: Ignite Restaurant Group CEO, Ray Blanchette
Ignite Restaurant Group on going public, driving growth and handling health care
The Leading Edge: Einstein Noah CEO, Jeff O'Neill
Einstein Noah outlines catering push and digital ordering efforts
The Leading Edge: Dunkin' Brands CEO, Nigel Travis
Food that looks and feels good may be the trend for Dunkin' Brands Inc., according to CEO Nigel Travis. At Dunkin' Donuts in particular, breakfast ...
The Leading Edge: Domino's CEO, Patrick Doyle
Menu strategies, marketing and what else is happening at Domino's from CEO and president Patrick Doyle.
The Leading Edge: Denny's CEO, John Miller
Denny's breaks down coffee, value and building market share
Processing pollock in Alaska
During Alaska's recent pollock season, NRN's senior food editor Bret Thorn went to the Aleutian island of Akutan to visit this seafood processing p...
NRN Week in Review: Feb. 15, 2013
Buffalo Wild Wings announces new pricing system, a look at tea's growing popularity in the United States, and restaurant workforce challenges.
NRN Week in Review: Feb. 8, 2013
Which Super Bowl restaurant ad beat out the competition? Also, Pizza Hut finally reveals its new menu item. And a look at the recent Applebee's soc...
NRN Week in Review: Feb. 1, 2013
Trends in chicken wing sales and commodity pricing look favorable for operators, Superbowl advertising from Taco Bell and Pizza Hut, and a look at ...
NRN Week in Review: Jan. 25, 2013
Brinker sees sales rise as Chili's rolls out pizza. McDonald's to combat global sales challenge by re-establishing value. And a sneak peek of the N...
NRN Week in Review: Jan. 18, 2013
In a special Week in Review from the 2013 ICR XChange in Miami, NRN takes a look at the the financial outlook of the restaurant industry, pizza for...
NRN Week in Review: Jan. 11, 2013
Major executive moves roll through early January and Yum! Brands Inc. lowers 4Q sales guidance for China
NRN Week in Review: Jan. 4, 2013
Starbucks acquires Teavana, social media trends for 2013 and the rise of breakfast sandwiches
2012 Consumer Picks: Insights from Dennis Lombardi
WD Partner's Dennis Lombardi gives a rundown on takeaways from
this year's survey
Hooters 'Lifeguard' commercial
Hooters' new commercials feature two owls acting out inner monologues for potential guests.
Boloco on growth, social media
The fast-growing burrito chain
discusses its use of technology...
Krispy Kreme gearing up for comeback
Despite past troubles, Krispy Kreme is now confident that the iconic brand is making a comeback. The company's CEO and president both talked with N...
Jamba: 'We welcome Starbucks'
Jamba Inc. CEO James White talks about how Starbucks' entrance into the juice segment will affect business. White also gives NRN a rundown of succe...
Denny's sets sights on wider market share
Family dining is where Denny's wants to be. Whether it's offering indulgent menu items or healthful options,...
Smashburger eyes growth
NRN talked with Smashburger CEO and chairman David Prokupek about...
Restaurant are 'haves or have nots' in 2012
Andy Barish of Jeffries & Co. talks to NRN at the
2012 ICR XChange
Analyst says 2012 'the year of the restaurant'
NRN's executive online editor, Sarah Lockyer, discusses
2012 and segments to ...
Tampa, Fla., food truck owner on business
Bryan Goodell, owner of the Wicked 'Wiches food truck, talks about translating a brick-and-mortar restaurant into a mobile operation.
Pita Pit - Dine Out for No Kid Hungry
Pita Pit is participating in Share Our Strength's Dine Out for No Kid Hungry. From September 5th to October 2nd, participating Pita Pit locations a...
Consumer Picks: Family-dining
Dennis Lombardi of WD Partners talks about some of the top-ranked chains and what consumers are looking for in family-dining restaurants as part of...
Consumer Picks: Limited-service segment
Dennis Lombardi of WD Partners talks about some of the top-ranked chains and what consumers are looking for in limited-service restaurants as part ...
Consumer Picks: Full-service segment
Dennis Lombardi of WD Partners talks about some of the top-ranked chains and what consumers are looking for in full-service restaurants as part of ...
Ways to improve service
How to get the most out of customer service.
Volume hides a multitude of sins
A downturn economy is the chance to get things done you couldn't during an upturn economy.
The two great enemies of training
Eliminate obstacles that keeps you from effectively training your team members.
The Garbage Burger
A lesson in customer service and sales.
7 ways to sell more beverages
Different strategies to help you sell beverages, whether coffee, beer or an after-dinner drink.
7 ways to increase sales
Tips to make your business more efficient and produce measurable improvements.
How of wow
Truly knowing what guests want is the best way to impress them.
How to find and retain the best people
Learn about "hire power." Managing is a day-to-day negotiation, learn best practices.
4 types of marketing
Find out the type of marketing that works for you and how to best implement it.
Basics of great tableside service
Learn the secrets of providing good customer service for seated guests.
Teaching cost control, selling to anyone under 25
An easy lesson in cost control for young staff members.
12 ways to become better partners with vendors
Get the most out of your relationships with your vendors by covering expectations and strategic goals
6 ways to improve drive-thru speed
Help keep drive-thru service speedy
5 ways to improve drive-thru accuracy
Jim Sullivan gives 5 tips for reducing errors in drive-thru orders
Domino's - Early Week Pick-Me-Up Deal commercial
Domino's highlights the low price of its extended carryout promotion
2011 Restaurant Neighbor Award: Mike Whalen
Whalen raised enough money to open Wildwood Hills Ranch, a year-long retreat for disadvantaged youth....
2011 Restaurant Neighbor Award: Charleston Feed the Need
The general manager of the Charleston Grill at Charleston Place Hotel formed a coalition made up of 52 local restaurants and catering operations to...
2011 Restaurant Neighbor Award: Eat'n Park Hospitality Group
Eat'n Park Hospitality Group in Pennsylvania and Ohio employees bring smiles to the faces of the patients at local childrens hospitals....
2011 Restaurant Neighbor Award: Kona Kai Coffee
Winner in the small business category, Kona Kai Coffee Company in Kent, Wash., provides on-the-job training for homeless and disadvantaged individu...
2011 Faces of Diversity: The CIA and Silver Ventures Inc.
The Culinary Institute of America and Silver Ventures Inc. are winners of the 2011 Inspiration Award from the National Restaurant Association for t...
2011 Faces of Diversity: Berekti and Akberet Mengistu
Hard work has paid off for Ethiopian-born sisters Berekti and Akberet Mengistu, now in their seventh year of running their successful Mesob restaur...
2011 Faces of Diversity: Amporn Vasquez
The Thai-born chef escaped abuse and moved to the United States. The American Dream Award winner is now a mentor to staff members at Pizza by Eliza...
2011 Faces of Diversity: Richard Castro
Richard Castro, a McDonald's franchisee in El Paso, Texas, had big dreams as a child. Today he owns 20 restaurants in the El Paso area and is a men...
Cinnabon's Kat cole on making the most of Millenials
Kat Cole, president of Cinnabon, talks about how to make the most of Millennials both as consumers and as employees at the Elliot Group's BizMix co...
W. Randall Schoch of Desert Island Restaurants
W. Randall Schoch, founder and CEO of Desert Island Restaurants of Scottsdale, Ariz., talks about the Ling & Louie's concept, which his company has...
Chicago-style pizzeria opens in New York - Bloomberg
Emmett Burke, founder of Emmett's in New York CIty, discusses the deep-dish pizza battle.
Panera Breakfast Favorites
The fast-casual chain highlights its Cinnamon Crunch Bagel, Breakfast Power Sandwich and Spinach & Artichoke Baked Egg Souffle.
White Castle inducts 2013 Cravers Hall of Fame
Cravers are special fans of the quick-service burger chain.
Taco Bell joins the quick-service breakfast battle - ABC News
The new breakfast menu
challenges McDonald's Egg M...
Farmers facing drought disaster - CNN
Farmers out West are facing a drought of historic proportions.
Flatizza - Subway
The sandwich chain introduces a new flatbread menu item.
Celebrating 50 years of the Chick-fil-A Chicken Sandwich
The quick-service chain highlights its core menu item.
The Panera Breakfast Power Sandwich backstory
The fast-casual chain reveals what goes into this breakfast menu item.
The Scarecrow - Chipotle
The fast-casual chain releases a companion film with its new app-based game.
Pizza Hut and Chaotic Moon Studios: Interactive table
This interactive table allows consumers to order pizza in-store by building their pie from the crust to the toppings right from their tabletop.
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