Olo to simplify restaurant delivery with Amazon Restaurants | David Chang gives virtual restaurant a physical store | Former Five Guys franchisees build their own empire
September 22, 2017
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Olo to simplify restaurant delivery with Amazon Restaurants
Olo to simplify restaurant delivery with Amazon Restaurants
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Olo will team with Amazon Restaurants to create a simpler online ordering and delivery process for restaurants called Olo Rails, the company said Friday. Olo's platform provides online ordering for 40,000 restaurants under 200 brands.
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McDonalds & Chili's Rolling Out Curbside Pickup
New pickup programs are quickly adopted by customers, when offered. They make great business sense for merchants looking to capture digital share. But, they also raise a set of common challenges as curbside programs scale and grow rapidly. Download the white paper
Restaurant News
David Chang gives virtual restaurant a physical store
David Chang gives virtual restaurant a physical store
Chang (Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)
Ando, the meal delivery service launched by David Chang, opened its first physical restaurant in New York City this week. A new weekday breakfast menu is available only in the restaurant, and the eatery offers both dine-in and takeout options.
Eater/New York (9/21) 
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Leading Voices
Former Five Guys franchisees build their own empire
Melt Shop, a fast-casual grilled cheese concept created by former Five Guys operators Andy Stern and John Rigos, will start selling franchises. Parent company Aurify has created several other concepts including Little Beet, Fields Good Chicken and MAKE Sandwich.
Nation's Restaurant News (free registration) (9/20) 
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After the storm, restaurants help communities heal
Restaurants hit hard by Hurricane Katrina can serve as a model for eateries that felt the wrath of Harvey and Irma, writes Ian McNulty. Restaurants feed the rescuers in the immediate aftermath of the storms and those that find the means to reopen serve as gathering places as communities recover.
National Public Radio (9/20) 
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Wis. farms find new revenue by turning produce into pizza
Family farms in Wisconsin have begun hosting pizza nights to raise awareness of their products and create a new revenue stream. Pizza and other value-added products such as pesto and salsa are more profitable than selling raw produce, and they allow farmers to forge a connection with consumers by drawing them out to the farm.
Saveur online (9/20) 
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Trips to Italy, boneless wings won readers this week
Olive Garden's addition of a trip to Italy as part of its passport program drew in food and beverage readers this week, along with a story about Buffalo Wild Wings success with a boneless wing promotion. Dairy-related stories topped the most-clicked list, starting with a tale of ice cream brand Halo Top's lean business model.
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Happy Hour
Culinary Spotlight
Baltimore chef finds ways to keep menus local as his brand grows
Spike Gjerde has learned a lot about what it takes to serve hyper-local food on a large scale, opening a butcher shop and a canning facility to serve his Baltimore restaurants. Gjerde is working to expand his network of local suppliers in preparation for the opening of his Washington, D.C., restaurant A Rake's Progress.
Eater (9/19) 
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