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Cava Finalizes Zoes Acquisition: Eatery Pulse
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.

Yum Brands 2018 Investor and Analyst Day: Eatery Pulse

Yum Brands to host 2018 Investor and Analyst Day

Yum Brands will be hosting its 2018 Investor and Analyst Day at the New York Stock Exchange on December 5, 2018. The company reported third quarter comparable sales of 5 percent system-wide, consisting of a 8-percent increase at Taco Bell, 7-percent increase at KFC and a less than one-percent decline at Pizza Hut. The event will be webcast live and can be accessed through the Yum! Brands website.

Ajaruli Khachapuri at Supra: Eatery Pulse

Food trends for 2019 and beyond

Food and beverage trends are usually based on more than just flavor profiles. What becomes popular is often based on the mood of the market. The attitude of the consumer is decided by the perceived strength of the economy, collective fears and anxiety, or other often hard to predict factors. On the topic of predicting up-and-comers, top forensic trendologist, Suzy Badaracco, president of Culinary Tides, explains that consumers are not feeling particularly grounded or confident... 2019 food trends

Whole Foods 2019 Food Trends: Eatery Pulse

Whole Foods releases 2019 food trends

Whole Foods Market’s global buyers and experts revealed their food-trend predictions for 2019 in their fourth annual trends predictions announcement. The following are Whole Food's 2019 food trends: Pacific Rim flavors, shelf-stable probiotics, phat eats, next-level hemp, faux-meat snacks, eco-conscious packaging, trailblazing frozen treats, marine munchies, beyond seaweed, snack time, upgrade, purchases that empower.

Turducken Sandwich at Potbelly: Eatery Pulse

Poultry unleashed: Potbelly’s Turducken Sandwich LTO, a food critic review

tbelly Sandwich Shop announced the arrival of the Turducken Sandwich. The sandwich has hit the press hard due to the perception of its uniqueness and excess. The Washington Post’s Tim Carman, a food writer and Cheap Eats critic ate the sandwich twice and offered up his own review on the experience... features a delicious combination of turkey, duck and chicken toasted with cornbread stuffing and topped with a cranberry-honey sauce, mayo, lettuce, cheddar cheese, tomato and seasoning

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Cava Finalizes Zoes Acquisition: Eatery Pulse

Maryland entrepreneurs enter next Cava chapter with Zoes acquisition finalized

Cava has completed the acquisition of Zoe's Kitchen, according to an announcement from Cava November 21. Zoe’s shareholders received $12.75 per share in the all-cash transaction. Panera Founder Ron Shaich had backed the deal, which was funded by his Act II Holdings investment... SWaN & Legend Venture Partners and Revolution Growth.

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National Restaurant Association forges equity deal with Technomic parent for NRA Show oversight

According to an announcement from Technomic, its parent, Winsight LLC, has forged a new deal with the National Restaurant Association, expanding its penetration of the foodservice information services market in the U.S. The agreement for an undisclosed amount will hand over operational oversight of the National Restaurant Association Show to Winsight, and the Association will gain an advisory board seat and an equity partnership with Winsight.

ezCater creates Chief Sales Officer Chief Strategy roles: Eatery Pulse Streem

ezCater bolsters executive team, naming new chief strategy, chief sales officers

ezCater is bolstering is executive suite with new hires after a $100M Series D round of financing. It has named James Rosenstock as chief strategy officer, while tapping Mike O’Hanlon for the ezCater chief sales officer role. The company is quickly positioning itself for growth. This follows the acquisition of Paris-based GoCater. As chief strategy officer, Rosenstock will lead financial, international and corporate development for ezCater.

ezCater new Chief People Officer: Eatery Pulse Streem

ezCater taps Janine Allo as first chief people and culture officer

ezCater announced a new Human Resources executive to support the growth of the rapidly-rising business catering marketplace on the heels of its acquisition of Paris-based Go Cater, a corporate catering ordering and spend-management platform. Janine Allo has been named Chief People and Culture Officer. She comes to ezCater with 25 years of experience helping organizations grow in a changing environment. Allo was recently VP of Global Talent at Flex International, and there she helped the company grow amid a transformation and rebranding initiatives.

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Orange Leaf Veterans Day: Eatery Pulse Streem

Restaurant chains offer up free food on Veterans Day to active, retired military

Restaurant chains are showing goodwill as they look to attract veterans and their families the 2018 Veterans Day weekend. Orange Leaf Yogurt is providing free frozen yogurt to active and retired military at participating stores. The nearly-200-unit chain is providing a coupon online for this offer on its website. At Ruby Tuesday, all military personnel will enjoy a free appetizer... military personnel will receive a free entree at California Pizza Kitchen from a special Veterans Day menu November 11.

PARTY By Taco Bell Eatery Pulse Streem

Taco Bell introduces PARTY by Taco Bell group dining, party kits

Taco Bell has introduced its own group dining program at select restaurants, “PARTY by Taco Bell.” This program, which runs through December 22, seamingly as a test, will allow patrons to reserve tables that include a Taco Bell Party Decor Kit for up to 10 guests to celebrate special occasions.... Where are the PARTY by Taco Bell participating locations?

IHOP Adds Innovative Packaging: Eatery Pulse Streem

Protecting a restaurant brand while engaging 3rd party delivery-service providers

Consumers are enjoying restaurant food in the comfort of their own homes and their places of work. Restaurant chains have focused on delivery and takeout as a way to capture the upside of this trend. According to Melissa Wilson of restaurant consulting firm, Technomic, appearing in April at the Restaurant Leadership Conference in Phoenix, restaurant delivery is expected to grow by 12 percent. ..In fact, several high-profile announcements during the summer have highlighted the importance of delivery to restaurant chains. Chipotle, Naf Naf Grill, California Pizza Kitchen, Shake Shack, and Applebee’s...

Burger King Halloween Nightmare King: Eatery Pulse

QSR chains amp up promotions during Halloween 2018 season

Quick-service restaurant chains are amping up their promotions and limited-time offerings during the Halloween season. Burger King is introducing a nightmarish burger called the Nightmare KIng, intended and “clinically proven” to induce increased nightmares. The Nightmare King sandwich contains a quarter-pound flamed-grilled beef patty, 100-percent white meat crispy chicken fillet, melted cheese, thick-cut bacon, mayo and onions on a glazed green sesame seed bun.

Naf Naf Grill Free Delivery: Eatery Pulse Streem
Whole Foods 2019 Food Trends: Eatery Pulse

Whole Foods releases 2019 food trends

Whole Foods Market’s global buyers and experts revealed their food-trend predictions for 2019 in their fourth annual trends predictions announcement. The following are Whole Food's 2019 food trends: Pacific Rim flavors, shelf-stable probiotics, phat eats, next-level hemp, faux-meat snacks, eco-conscious packaging, trailblazing frozen treats, marine munchies, beyond seaweed, snack time, upgrade, purchases that empower.

Turducken Sandwich at Potbelly: Eatery Pulse

Poultry unleashed: Potbelly’s Turducken Sandwich LTO, a food critic review

tbelly Sandwich Shop announced the arrival of the Turducken Sandwich. The sandwich has hit the press hard due to the perception of its uniqueness and excess. The Washington Post’s Tim Carman, a food writer and Cheap Eats critic ate the sandwich twice and offered up his own review on the experience... features a delicious combination of turkey, duck and chicken toasted with cornbread stuffing and topped with a cranberry-honey sauce, mayo, lettuce, cheddar cheese, tomato and seasoning

Sweetgreen Grabs 200M in Funding: Eatery Pulse

Sweetgreen receives $200M in new funding led by Fidelity Investments

Sweetgreen, a health-oriented fast-casual chain, serving creative salads and bowls built around proteins, grains and vegetables, has raised $200M in its latest raise, following a $35M raise just three years ago. This new round was led by Fidelity Investments. Sweetgreen plans to use the investment to further advance its digital platform, it announced... allow the 90-unit chain to advance its supply chain platform through the use of blockchain.

Bojangles Pork Chop Griller Biscuit: Eatery Pulse Streem

Bojangles accepts buyout offer from Durational Capital, The Jordan Company

Charlotte, N.C.-based Bojangles’ announced that it would be acquired by Durational Capital Management and The Jordan Company for $16.10 per share or about $594M... The buyout offer represents a 39-percent premium over the closing share price February 12, 2018, when there was initial speculation of a potential transaction, said the 766-unit chicken and biscuit chain.... a Bojangles’ sale culminated in a report by Reuters September 28 that the company was seeking strategic alternatives.

Building Safe, Inclusive Cultures in #MeToo Era: Eatery Pulse

Building training programs that foster inclusion, safety in the MeToo era

Creating a comfortable, professional, and respectful workplace is vital to fostering an environment that promotes productivity and idea generation in any industry. Today, particularly with the rise of the #MeToo Movement, employers and companies must consider the way in which an employee may feel threatened, anxious, or disrespected. Everyone with a leadership position should be well-equipped to deal with the challenges that come with running a multifaceted and diverse business.... Creating interactive and tailored training sessions that follow the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission guidelines...

Orange Leaf Veterans Day: Eatery Pulse Streem

Restaurant chains offer up free food on Veterans Day to active, retired military

Restaurant chains are showing goodwill as they look to attract veterans and their families the 2018 Veterans Day weekend. Orange Leaf Yogurt is providing free frozen yogurt to active and retired military at participating stores. The nearly-200-unit chain is providing a coupon online for this offer on its website. At Ruby Tuesday, all military personnel will enjoy a free appetizer... military personnel will receive a free entree at California Pizza Kitchen from a special Veterans Day menu November 11.

PARTY By Taco Bell Eatery Pulse Streem

Taco Bell introduces PARTY by Taco Bell group dining, party kits

Taco Bell has introduced its own group dining program at select restaurants, “PARTY by Taco Bell.” This program, which runs through December 22, seamingly as a test, will allow patrons to reserve tables that include a Taco Bell Party Decor Kit for up to 10 guests to celebrate special occasions.... Where are the PARTY by Taco Bell participating locations?