The Ridge

A destination in the Midwest for golf vacations, weddings and more, The Ridge Hotel in Lake Geneva, Wis., revamped its dining spaces to go along with a new lobby, reception area, coffee bar and other upgrades as part of a $4.5 million renovation.

When David McDougall took the reins as CEO of Back Yard Burgers in January 2013, he had his work cut out for him. A pioneer in the “better burger” segment since its founding in 1987 by Cleveland, Miss., grocer Lattimore Michael, the brand had experienced big highs and big lows.

Dunkin’ Donuts has opened a franchised store at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International airport.

A round up of interesting bits of news that came across the editor’s desk, including milestones for Erbert & Gerbert’s, Johnny Rockets and DineEquity, mergers and acquisitions, links to news you need to know.

“Low and slow” is the mantra for cooking delicious Texas-style barbecue. One Dallas-based barbecue concept is taking a similar approach to its expansion. Fourteen-unit chain Soulman’s Bar-B-Que first opened its doors in 1974 but has only recently opened its first franchised store.

International Dairy Queen has signed a deal to open up 50 DQ Grill & Chill locations in the Republic of Korea over the next five years.

Chef and Brewmaster Jared Rouben opened culinary brewery Moody Tongue in 2014 and recently added a Tasting Room to his Chicago location.