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Cheesecake Factory: Eatery Pulse

The Cheesecake Factory opens new restaurant in Temecula, California

The Cheesecake Factory has opened a new restaurant in Temecula, Calif. The new location, located at 40820 Winchester Road, Suite 2980, has upscale features, including limestone floors, custom wood coumns, hand-painted murals and modern lighting. As part of The Cheesecake Factory system, the restaurant will benefit from an expansive menu selection of over 250 items.

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).

Macaroni Grill Osso Bucco, Fall 2018 Menu: Eatery Pulse Streem

Macaroni Grill adds fall comfort menu as LTO, Braised Lamb Shank, Pumpkin Cheesecake

Romano's Macaroni Grill is focusing on classic comfort foods as it introduces its fall 2018 seasonal menu. The 108-unit Italian-style casual-dining restaurant chain is rolling out eight fall dishes as limited-time offerings: Prosciutto and Cheese Board, Osso Bucco, Braised Lamb Shank, Porterhouse Steak, Pumpkin Cheesecake, and Sea Salt Caramel Gelato.

Starbucks Coffee Ele.me2 Delivery: Eatery Pulse

Off-premises business the new battleground for restaurant chains

Off-premise food popularity was a top dining trend identified this year. As consumers look for more convenience, there is no shortage of chains wanting to bring the food to where the consumers are. For IHOP, the sales momentum it gained in its Q2 2018 quarter was not exclusively due to the initial lift... but also due to a focus on off-premise sales and operational execution. Through the Starbucks-Alibaba partnership, delivery will be launched in Beijing and Shanghai in September, expanding the program to 30 cities and more than 2,000 stores... enables the creation of “Starbucks Delivery Kitchens” within Hema supermarkets.

Macaroni Grill Logo - Eatery Pulse

Macaroni Grill introduces new brunch menu, brunch drinks

omano’s Macaroni Grill continues to build on its sales momentum with a new brunch menu, on the heels of launching its Mix and Match and Unlimited Soup lunch specials. The new brunch menu was communicated through an email blast to customers in late July. The new Macaroni Grill brunch menu is being served until 4 p.m. each Saturday and Sunday. Diners can get a jump on weekend brunch on Sundays, when the Italian-style chain is opening at 10 a.m.

National Cheesecake Day Cinnabon Cheesecake Factory Cheesecake: Eatery Pulse

Cheesecake Factory celebrates National Cheesecake Day with half-price promotion, two decadent new flavors

The Cheesecake Factory announced a promotion during National Cheesecake Day, which is celebrated Monday July 30. For its guests dining in (only), the chain will offer half-price slices at all of its restaurants across the country. All 197 restaurants in the United States will be participating in the celebration, and guests are getting their shot at any one of over 30 flavors. Additionally, Cheesecake Factory is debuting two new cheesecake varieties: Very Cherry Ghirardelli Chocolate Cheesecake and Cinnabon Cinnamon Swirl Cheesecake.