Inspire Brands announced it had hired Michael Haley as president and managing director of International

Inspire Brands names Michael Haley president of International

Former Pret a Manger to lead international growth post Dunkin’ acquisition

Inspire Brands announced the hiring of Michael Haley for the role of president and managing director of International. The former executive from Pret A Manger will now be charged with the growth of the international portfolio of Inspire Brands and the development of stores outside the United States, which number 9,000.

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Pokeworks, a fast casual serving up poke bowls, developed a new Cruise-Thru Lane prototype, a mobile order-ahead drive-thru

Pokeworks develops new order-ahead drive-thru Cruise-Thru Lane

Fast casual eyes mobile order-ahead drive-thru revenue opportunity

Pokeworks, a fast casual serving up poke bowls, developed a new Cruise-Thru Lane prototype. The 60-unit chain’s version of mobile order-ahead drive-thru will debut this year as new restaurants are opened. The Hawaiian-style poke chain appears to be on the right track and on trend. With the fast-growing adoption of order-ahead within the industry, customers are getting acclimated to convenience in the off-premises restaurant experience.

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Rubio’s Coastal Grill rolled out Impossible seasoned meat as a plant-based menu option. The fast-casual chain will debut the protein today

Rubio’s Coastal Grill adds plant-based Impossible seasoned meat to menu

Three featured dishes added to spotlight Impossible protein

Rubio’s Coastal Grill rolled out Impossible seasoned meat as a plant-based menu option for a limited time. The fast-casual chain will debut the protein on the new Impossible Taco Salad, Burrito Especial, California Bowl, and as a substitute for chicken and steak on entrees. There are a growing number of consumers incorporating plant-based food and drink into their diets and limited-service chains have been responding.

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Dunkin’, a subsidiary of Inspire Brands, partnered with MorningStar Farms to introduce a new Southwest Veggie Power Breakfast Sandwich

Dunkin’ rolls out Southwest Veggie Power Breakfast Sandwich LTO

New, plant-based sandwich launches as consumers focus on healthy choices

Dunkin’, a subsidiary of Inspire Brands, partnered with MorningStar Farms to introduce a new Southwest Veggie Power Breakfast Sandwich. The limited-time plant-based offer launched nationwide at participating Dunkin’ locations. The Black Bean Patty from MorningStar is served up on a multigrain thin after being stacked with an egg white omelet created with spinach, bell peppers, and onions, topped with aged white cheddar cheese.

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Capriotti’s announced its acquisition of Wing Zone, a 68-unit fast-casual chain in the prized chicken category of the restaurant industry. Pizza and chicken-wing chains...

Capriotti’s acquires Wing Zone chain, plans ghost-kitchen-heavy franchising future

Purchase reveals big bet on off-premises opportunity

Capriotti’s announced its acquisition of Wing Zone, a 67-unit fast-casual chain in the prized chicken category of the restaurant industry. Pizza and chicken-wing chains have been some of the most popular categories of limited-service during pandemic lockdowns and hunkering down. As this has developed, consumers have accelerated their rate of tech adoption and put a premium on tasty, delivery-friendly food.

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Ordering and payment systems are likely the biggest digital differentiator in the short-term, notes David Henkes, senior principal at foodservice consultancy Technomic, Inc. Chipotle

How restaurants can shine in a digital world

Restaurant operators excel with implementation of technology

Restaurants can stand out in a digital world by implementing technology solutions that appeal visually, speed convenience, organize and increase sales and promote safety–especially during a pandemic. Creating a frictionless ordering process is key to appeasing homebound or home-based consumers. Ghost kitchens, whether cloud-based or dark kitchens, while trendy at first, are now keys to survival and growth. And artificial intelligence is enhancing a variety of ordering and tracking functions for multi-unit operators.

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The impact of COVID-19 on travel and tourism has cascaded over to the restaurant industry. Added to the economic impacts of the coronavirus

Downturn in tourism impacts restaurant industry: analysis

National Restaurant Association reports impact of fewer travelers, tourists

The impact of COVID-19 on travel and tourism has cascaded over to the restaurant industry. Added to the economic impacts of the coronavirus, like business closures and capacity restrictions, is the impact of fewer people traveling. according to the National Restaurant Association.

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