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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Schlotzsky's unveiled its first double drive-thru Design 1000 prototype restaurant in Oklahoma City

Schlotzsky’s double drive-thru Design 1000 store unveiled in Oklahoma City

One lane designed exclusively for delivery orders; seatless restaurant also has walk-up window

Schlotzsky’s unveiled its first Design 1000 prototype restaurant in Oklahoma City. It was announced in the fourth quarter of 2020, along with Design 1800, the single drive-thru. In contrast, Design 1000 features two drive-thrus that were created on each side of the restaurant. This prototype reinforces the commitment of Schlotzsky’s to off-premises business, the sandwich chain announced in a statement.

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Applebee’s Neighborhood Grille + Bar rolled out a new Sunset Mana Rita and Tipsy Shark, part of its just-released Seaside Sips

Applebee’s Sunset Mana Rita, Tipsy Shark cocktails roll out

New Seaside Sips latest in casual-dining chain’s Mucho Cocktails collection

Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill + Bar rolled out a new Sunset Mana Rita and returned its Tipsy Shark as part of Seaside Sips. These are the featured Mucho Cocktails, priced at $5 each. In this rotation, Seaside Sips are headlined by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s ultra-premium Teremana Blanco Tequila.

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WOWorks acquired Barberitos Southwestern Grille and Cantina and Zoup! Eatery

WOWorks acquires Barberitos Southwestern Grille and Cantina, Zoup!

Parent of Saladworks, Garbanzo Mediterranean Fresh continues to build empire of fast-casual brands that beat to their own rhythm

WOWorks acquired Barberitos Southwestern Grille and Cantina and Zoup! Eatery. The parent of Saladworks, Frutta Bowls, Garbanzo Mediterranean Fresh, and The Simple Greek will be adding the two brands, which the companies feel share a “common core DNA,” to the fast-casual portfolio.

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