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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new, Green Chile Brisket debuted at Taco Cabana locations. Green Chile marks the return of brisket to Taco Cabana’s menus

Taco Cabana adds Green Chile Brisket to menu

Fast casual adds brisket in variety of formats

A new, Green Chile Brisket debuted at Taco Cabana locations. Green Chile marks the return of brisket to Taco Cabana’s menu. This year, the restaurant chain has been doubling down on menu introductions and LTOs (limited-time offers) to attract new customers and keep its fan base coming back.

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Aurify Brands, the owner of The Little Beet, completed its purchase of Maison Kaiser through a Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceeding, and will expand Le Pain Quotidien into 10 locations in New York City

Aurify completes purchase of Maison Kayser, expands Le Pain Quotidien across New York market

The Little Beet owner begins converting Maison Kayser locations

Aurify Brands, the owner of The Little Beet, completed its purchase of Maison Kayser through a Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceeding, and will expand Le Pain Quotidien into at least 10 additional locations in New York City. Through the purchase of bakery-cafe chain Maison Kayser entities and assets, and their conversion, Aurify will now continue to grow the footprint of Le Pain Quotidien, which it acquired in June, also in a bankruptcy proceeding.

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FIC Restaurants, the company operating as Friendly’s, has agreed to sell itself in a bankruptcy proceeding to Amici Partners Group, LLC

Friendly’s plans to sell itself to Amici Partners Group via bankruptcy proceeding

Sale to Souper Salad chain owner could be completed this year

FIC Restaurants, the company operating as Friendly’s, has agreed to sell itself in a bankruptcy proceeding to Amici Partners Group, LLC. After having its brand revival plan interrupted by COVID-19, the chain will file a petition for bankruptcy protection under chapter 11, which executives say will facilitate the sale to Amici. Friendly’s expects to be able to transfer all 130 of its stores to the restaurant group.

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