Cafe Rio Mexican Grill returned Carne Asada to restaurants systemwide starting November 28

Cafe Rio brings back Carne Asada to restaurants systemwide

Limited-time premium steak returns November 28

Cafe Rio Mexican Grill returned Carne Asada to restaurants systemwide. Starting November 28, the fast casual chain’s premium steak is on the menu for a limited time.

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Focus Brands named Brendan Berg SVP of operations for the restaurant category

Focus Brands names former Church’s Chicken exec SVP of OPS, restaurant category

Brendan Berg to lead umbrella OPS group team, supporting Auntie Anne’s, Carvel, Cinnabon, Jamba, McAlister’s Deli, Moe’s Southwest Grill, Schlotzky’s

Focus Brands named Brendan Berg SVP of operations for the restaurant category. The 40-year industry veteran comes to the franchisor of Auntie Anne’s, Jamba, Moe’s Southwest Grill, among other quick-serve chains, from Church’s Chicken. Berg has had the experience of working his way up from team member to executive leadership ranks.

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Wendy’s rolls out Italian Mozzarella Sandwiches, Garlic Fries

Mozzarella Chicken Sandwich, Mozzarella Cheeseburger added to Wendy’s Made to Cave lineup

Wendy’s launched Italian Mozzarella Sandwiches and Garlic Fries. The Mozzarella Chicken Sandwich and Mozzarella Cheeseburger make up the new, limited-time lineup. In addition, Wendy’s added the Italian Mozzarella Sandwiches to the QSR burger chain’s Made to Crave line.

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Brix Holdings named Sherif Mityas chief executive officer and Dawn Petite, brand president for Friendly’s

Brix names Sherif Mityas CEO, Dawn Petite, Friendly’s president

New company chief to oversee Red Mango, Orange Leaf, Smoothie Factory, Friendly’s

Brix Holdings named Sherif Mityas chief executive officer and Dawn Petite, brand president for Friendly’s Restaurant Group. Mityas will now take charge of the restaurant brands of Brix Holdings and Amici Partners. He will oversee Friendly’s, Red Mango, Orange Leaf, Smoothie Factory, SouperSalad and Humble Donuts.

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Applebee’s Sizzlin’ Skillets, including Bourbon Street Chicken & Shrimp, returned to participating locations

Applebee’s returns Sizzlin’ Skillets to restaurants nationwide

Chicken & Shrimp Scampi, Garlic Parmesan Sirloin, Sizzlin’ Cheddar Bacon skillets debut

Applebee’s Sizzlin’ Skillets, including Bourbon Street Chicken & Shrimp, returned to participating locations nationwide. The value-priced, limited-time Sizzlin’ Skillets have been a popular draw for the casual-dining chain. This year, three new skillets—Chicken & Shrimp Scampi Skillet, Garlic Parmesan Sirloin Skillet and Sizzlin’ Cheddar Bacon—join the Bourbon Street faves, including Bourbon Street Steak.

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Fat Brands and franchisee Brame Holdings will open 40 new Round Table Pizza in Texas in 10 years

Fat Brands strikes deal for 80 new restaurants in Texas

40 Round Table Pizza, co-branded Fatburger + Buffalo’s Express stores to open

Fat Brands and franchisee Brame Holdings LLC will open 40 new Round Table Pizza restaurants in Texas in the next 10 years. The development agreement with Brame will also lead to 40 new co-branded Fatburger and Buffalo’s Express stores. As a result of this significant franchising deal, the first handful of new locations will open in Texas in 2023.

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Technomic 2023 restaurant trends: better economy, LSR blurring

Technomic identifies restaurant trends, brighter year for 2023

Optimism in recovery boosted by economic predictions, despite unionizing; fermenting + pickling, nourishing pink ingredients, grain products to shine

With ongoing, yet easing inflation, and the recession looming, the economic environment won’t be easy as we start 2023. However, restaurants will have a much friendlier environment as the year progresses, according to foodservice consultancy Technomic. For now, it is a mixed bag. Workers will continue to organize, demanding better wages and improved working conditions. Meanwhile, fermentation, pink ingredients and grain products will be stars on the menu. These are just some of the predictions in Technomic’s latest whitepaper, “What We Foresee for 2023.”

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