bite-sized buzz for November

A roundup of interesting bits of news that came across the editor’s desk in the last month, including a bunch of personnel news, development deals, mergers and acquisitions and more from &pizza, Panera Bread, and The Cheesecake Factory, among others.

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Red Robin Tests Delivery-Only Location

Colorado-based casual-dining chain Red Robin Gourmet Burgers and Brews is testing a delivery-only concept in downtown Chicago. The Red Robin Express test concept operates without a storefront.

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Bobby Flay’s Burger Concept to Open First Airport Location

Bobby Flay’s fast-casual burger concept Bobby’s Burger Palace will open its first airport location, in partnership with Atlanta-based Concessions International, LLC, at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport in early 2018.

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Wayback Burgers Makes Casablanca Debut

Connecticut-based fast-casual Wayback Burgers opened its first location in Casablanca, Morocco. It is the first of eight planned restaurants in the country.

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Three Phases to Technological Success for New Restaurants

The IT industry is constantly evolving, and new technology continues to have a profound impact in restaurants across the country. We are at a point in time where technology is beginning to outpace our imaginations and is changing the way we interact with the world around us. Digital innovations and smart devices have permanently made their way into our pockets, attached to our wrists and integrated into our daily lives in ways we could not fathom 10 years ago.

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Big Data, Better Design

Formerly CEO of Cosi, president of Long John Silver’s and CMO of Subway, Kevin Armstrong recognizes the benefits that good data can bring to the table, especially in times of rapid and dramatic change. Having worked in both executive and consulting roles since 1980, he’s now taking a deep dive into data analytics as the leader of King-Casey’s restaurant consulting team. Armstrong recently shared some thoughts on how data and the insights it yields will increasingly drive not just marketing and menu decisions but also design and development.

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