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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.