Red Lobster launches first ghost kitchen, located in South Loop Chicago

Delivery-only outlet may be first of many

Red Lobster opened a ghost kitchen in Chicago—its first. The South Loop Chicago outpost will help serve a multitude of customers in the Chicago market. Grubhub, DoorDash, Uber Eats, and Postmates will fulfill the orders from this delivery-only ghost-kitchen location.

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Nathan’s Famous launched Wings of New York, which it will operate as a virtual restaurant concept via delivery

Nathan’s Famous launches virtual Wings of New York concept in Tri-State area

Wings and waffles brand debuts on third-party platforms

Nathan’s Famous launched Wings of New York, which it will operate as a virtual restaurant concept via delivery. The All-American New York-style eatery will feature wings prepared in the tradition of New York City, as well as Harlem-style chicken and waffles. Initially, Wings of New York will only be available in the New York Tri-State area exclusively through delivery.

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Applebee’s Neighborhood Bar and Grill returned the 2 for $20 Value Menu, which now features the Southwest Steak Bowl, for a limited time

Applebee’s returns 2 for $20 value menu with Southwest Steak, adds $5 Sleigh Bell Sips

Sleigh Bell Sips part of Mucho Cocktail line

Applebee’s Neighborhood Bar and Grill returned the 2 for $20 value menu, which now features the Southwest Steak Bowl, for a limited time. The 2 for $20 in 2020 features a choice of one appetizer and two select entrees to share. Glendale, Calif.-based Applebee’s also rolled out $5 Sleigh Bell Sips as part of the Mucho Cocktail line, as it ushers in its holiday season promotion.

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Papa John’s grew revenues 17.1 percent to $472.9M and comp sales by 23.8 percent year over year, continuing its latest string of solid sales growth The pizza chain has been focusing on diversifying its menu

Papa John’s maps road to continued success as comp sales increase 23.8 pct in 3Q

As pizza chain adds new corporate stores, it also considers refranchising

Papa John’s grew revenues 17.1 percent to $472.9M and comp(arable) sales by 23.8 percent year over year during its third quarter of 2020, continuing its latest string of solid sales growth The pizza chain has been focusing on diversifying its menu through new introductions and limited-time offers. What resulted was an increase in ticket and an expansion of sales while growing channels, including third party delivery, where mix has tripled from 2 percent to 6 percent over the last six months, noted executives on a third-quarter earnings call.

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The restaurant industry is adapting to the pandemic and putting safety first and modifying their operations to recover business

Restaurants able to adapt operations, menu, embrace safety during COVID-19 health crisis

Diners rate restaurants more favorably when ordering restaurant-direct delivery

The restaurant industry is adapting to the pandemic and putting safety first and modifying their operations to recover business. The environment is challenging as the United States sees yet another wave of coronavirus and state and local governments implement restrictions. Consumers remain hesitant about dining out overall, although there may be regional differences. In response, restaurants have turned to off-premises business, simplifying the ordering process, making operational modifications, including menu changes, and embracing the health & safety of diners and employees.

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All-natural, hormone-free chicken-wing concept Atomic Wings will open a relocated location at 980 Second Avenue, New York City in November

Atomic Wings to open relocated site on Second Avenue in Manhattan

Local franchise partner plans continued growth across Northeast

Antibiotic and hormone-free chicken-wing concept Atomic Wings will open a relocated location at 980 Second Avenue, New York City in November. This is a relocated storefront restaurant that replaces a commissary kitchen shop on 49th Street. A multi-unit franchise partner, Fahad Samad, will operate the new unit.

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Restaurant chains are extending special offers during Veterans Day 2020 for Military veterans and service personnel

During Veterans Day, restaurant chains offer free food, drink to military service members, veterans

Local heroes to be treated to free food, drink

Restaurant chains are extending special offers to military veterans and service personnel during Veterans Day 2020. As a show of appreciation for their service and to celebrate the day, LSR and FSR brands will treat customers to free food and drink. BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse, Torchy’s Tacos, Dunkin’, and Starbucks have activated sweet deals during the holiday.

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Denny’s launched a new Melts lineup and Bowls menu, banking on the popularity of comfort food

Denny’s launches Melts, Hot Bowls as winter approaches

Comfort dishes launched to heat up diner interest, sales

Denny’s launched a new Melts lineup and Bowls menu, banking on the popularity of comfort food. Denny’s Melts comprise hot, cheesy grilled sandwiches that come with wavy-cut fries. The Grand Slamwich—a play on the Denny’s classic Grand Slam breakfast—serves up scrambled eggs, sausage, bacon, ham, and American cheese inside potato bread grilled with a maple spice spread.

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