Sweetgreen Grabs 200M in Funding: Eatery Pulse

Sweetgreen receives $200M in new funding led by Fidelity Investments

Sweetgreen, a health-oriented fast-casual chain, serving creative salads and bowls built around proteins, grains and vegetables, has raised $200M in its latest raise, following a $35M raise just three years ago. This new round was led by Fidelity Investments. Sweetgreen plans to use the investment to further advance its digital platform, it announced... allow the 90-unit chain to advance its supply chain platform through the use of blockchain.

Bojangles Pork Chop Griller Biscuit: Eatery Pulse Streem

Bojangles accepts buyout offer from Durational Capital, The Jordan Company

Charlotte, N.C.-based Bojangles’ announced that it would be acquired by Durational Capital Management and The Jordan Company for $16.10 per share or about $594M... The buyout offer represents a 39-percent premium over the closing share price February 12, 2018, when there was initial speculation of a potential transaction, said the 766-unit chicken and biscuit chain.... a Bojangles’ sale culminated in a report by Reuters September 28 that the company was seeking strategic alternatives.

Building Safe, Inclusive Cultures in #MeToo Era: Eatery Pulse

Building training programs that foster inclusion, safety in the MeToo era

Creating a comfortable, professional, and respectful workplace is vital to fostering an environment that promotes productivity and idea generation in any industry. Today, particularly with the rise of the #MeToo Movement, employers and companies must consider the way in which an employee may feel threatened, anxious, or disrespected. Everyone with a leadership position should be well-equipped to deal with the challenges that come with running a multifaceted and diverse business.... Creating interactive and tailored training sessions that follow the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission guidelines...

Orange Leaf Veterans Day: Eatery Pulse Streem

Restaurant chains offer up free food on Veterans Day to active, retired military

Restaurant chains are showing goodwill as they look to attract veterans and their families the 2018 Veterans Day weekend. Orange Leaf Yogurt is providing free frozen yogurt to active and retired military at participating stores. The nearly-200-unit chain is providing a coupon online for this offer on its website. At Ruby Tuesday, all military personnel will enjoy a free appetizer... military personnel will receive a free entree at California Pizza Kitchen from a special Veterans Day menu November 11.

PARTY By Taco Bell Eatery Pulse Streem

Taco Bell introduces PARTY by Taco Bell group dining, party kits

Taco Bell has introduced its own group dining program at select restaurants, “PARTY by Taco Bell.” This program, which runs through December 22, seamingly as a test, will allow patrons to reserve tables that include a Taco Bell Party Decor Kit for up to 10 guests to celebrate special occasions.... Where are the PARTY by Taco Bell participating locations?

IHOP Adds Innovative Packaging: Eatery Pulse Streem

Protecting a restaurant brand while engaging 3rd party delivery-service providers

Consumers are enjoying restaurant food in the comfort of their own homes and their places of work. Restaurant chains have focused on delivery and takeout as a way to capture the upside of this trend. According to Melissa Wilson of restaurant consulting firm, Technomic, appearing in April at the Restaurant Leadership Conference in Phoenix, restaurant delivery is expected to grow by 12 percent. ..In fact, several high-profile announcements during the summer have highlighted the importance of delivery to restaurant chains. Chipotle, Naf Naf Grill, California Pizza Kitchen, Shake Shack, and Applebee’s...

Outback Steakhouse: Eatery Pulse Streem

Delivery, offsite business, CRM deployment drive sales momentum for Bloomin’ Brands, Outback in Q3

More than 25 percent of sales for the combined chains of Bloomin’ Brands—Outback Steakhouse, Bonefish Grill, Carrabba’s Italian Grill and Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar—in the very near future, said Elizabeth Smith, CEO for Bloomin’ Brands on a Q3 investor conference call September 29. The company benefited from having added 240 locations across the system thus far, and Bloomin’ Brands expects to add another 200 units by the end of this year... about 70 to 80 percent of Carrabba’s and Outback stores are “eligible” to be delivery restaurants (urban/suburban vs. rural).