Taco Bell will unveil Taco Bell Defy, one of its most innovative designs, In Brooklyn Park, MN

Taco Bell Defy in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota to reimagine drive-thru service

Vertical food drop, digital pick-up screens, video communication with staff to enhance, expedite drive-thru customer experience

Taco Bell will unveil Taco Bell Defy, one of its most innovative restaurant designs, in Brooklyn Park, Minn. June 7. Consisting of a four-lane drive-thru, Taco Bell Defy includes a proprietary vertical lift that sends Taco Bell items directly to awaiting customers.

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Velvet Taco will open in the South End of Charlotte, North Carolina

Velvet Taco opens in South End, Charlotte, North Carolina

New location of hip fast casual lands in vibrant, bustling neighborhood of Charlotte; marks third North Carolina opening

Velvet Taco will open in the South End of Charlotte, N.C. The new location at 2170 Hawkins Street opens Monday, May 30. The South End neighborhood reflects a lively and vibrant nightlife scene, with a collection of restaurants serving elevated cuisine.

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Fat Brands acquired Nestlé Toll House Café by Chip from Crest Foods, according to an announcement

Fat Brands acquires Nestlé Toll House Café by Chip

Executives at multi-brand franchisor anticipate economies of scale, increased competitive positioning in cookie-and-ice-cream space

Fat Brands acquired Nestlé Toll House Café by Chip from Crest Foods, according to an announcement. The purchase includes 85 cafes in the United States. The acquisition of Nestlé Toll House Café by Chip will bolster Fat Brands’ competitive positioning in the cookie and ice cream space.

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Wing Zone partnered with Miso Robotics to install Flippy 2 in future builds

Wing Zone to include Miso Robotics’ Flippy 2 in future restaurant builds

Robotics advancements will be incorporated in upcoming openings in Southern California

Wing Zone partnered with Miso Robotics to install Flippy 2 in future builds of its restaurants. The move follows a February announcement by White Castle indicating it would deploy Flippy 2s in 100 future locations. Wing Zone said it is the first fast-casual brand to “spec food robotics in its operations at this level.”

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54% of consumers are dining out less due to inflation per CORE Foodservice Division. 1/3 of consumers are trading down

Consumers dining out less, rank price more important: Acosta CORE report

About a third of consumers are choosing less expensive restaurants, deploying tactics to save money on meals

Despite inflation, consumers continue to dine out; but with prices rising, 54% of consumers are dining out less often. This is one of the observations that sales-and-marketing firm Acosta revealed via a recently-released report from its CORE Foodservice Division. Moreover, according to “The Why? Behind the Dine,” about a third of consumers are trading down rather than not going out, opting to eat at less expensive restaurants due to inflation. These diners are also seeking deals and choosing less expensive meals, indicates the report, which utilized an online survey to gather consumer insights.

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Black Tap Craft Burgers and Beer will open new locations in Dallas, Miami and Nashville next year

Black Tap Craft Burgers to open in Dallas, Miami, Nashville by early 2023

Black Tap Nashville earliest among new locations opening within in 2022, 2023

Black Tap Craft Burgers and Beer will open new locations in Dallas, Miami and Nashville by early 2023. Married couple and founders Chris Barish and Julie Mulligan will expand their brand of burgers and CrazyShake milkshakes to 21 locations worldwide. After the three openings, the burger chain will operate in six states and nine countries.

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