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1. McDonald's to roll out revamped menu in May

Restaurant SmartBrief | Apr 23, 2015

McDonald's will unveil a turnaround plan and menu revamp next month, aimed at stemming the tide of falling sales, CEO Steve Easterbrook said Wednesday. The chain reported a 2.6% slide in domestic same-store sales in the first quarter, and said it had decided to close 350 underperforming stores in the U.S., China and Japan, in addition to 350 previously announced global closures. New York Times (tiered subscription model), The (04/22) Washington Post (tiered subscription model), The (04/22)

2. Buffalo Wild Wings launches speedy lunch option

Restaurant SmartBrief | Apr 21, 2015

Buffalo Wild Wings has launched a new weekday program aimed at getting lunch guests in and out in 40 minutes or less. The B-Dubs Fast Break Lunch program is different from the chain's usual strategy of encouraging sports fans to linger while watching the game. Nation's Restaurant News (free registration) (04/20)

3. Sysco pushes back against FTC effort to block U.S. Foods merger

Restaurant SmartBrief | Apr 22, 2015

Sysco Corp. filed a memorandum Tuesday opposing the U.S. Federal Trade Commission's injunction on its proposed merger with rival distributor U.S. Foods. The FTC claimed that the $3.5 billion merger would violate antitrust laws, but Sysco argues that "FTC's flawed logic on the structure of the local food-service distribution market led to dubious analysis of market share," and the deal would actually increase competition in the foodservice industry. Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model), The (04/22) Reuters (04/22)

4. Yum to give KFC franchisees a cash infusion

Restaurant SmartBrief | Apr 23, 2015

Yum Brands will spend $185 million over the next three years to help KFC franchisees in the U.S. remodel, upgrade kitchens and advertise, as part of a deal that gives the parent company control over domestic marketing. The brand has rebounded in the U.S. after several years of slower sales, booking a 7% same-store sales rise in the first quarter. Nation's Restaurant News (free registration) (04/22) Entrepreneur online (04/22)

5. Hooters parent builds burger portfolio

Restaurant SmartBrief | Apr 20, 2015

Chanticleer Holdings, which operates or franchises more than 400 Hooters restaurants, has been acquiring small burger concepts beginning with the 2013 purchase of five-restaurant American Roadside Burgers. Since then, the company has snapped up The Burger Company, BGR: The Burger Joint and BT's Burger Joint, and its expansion plans will focus on international and U.S. markets, said CEO Mike Pruitt. (04/20)

6. Food sellers see bigger payoffs from data collection

Restaurant SmartBrief | Apr 20, 2015

Restaurants and retail food businesses are finding more ways to use the data they collect to improve their operations and boost sales. Examples range from pop-up Dinner Lab, which will use guest feedback to craft menus as it opens brick-and-mortar restaurants, to Kroger, which has seen 95% of its growth come from existing Kroger Plus loyalty cardholders. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Food & Beverage (04/20)

7. Chipotle books record quarter, despite pork shortage

Restaurant SmartBrief | Apr 22, 2015

Chipotle Mexican Grill did more than $1 billion in sales in the first quarter, setting a new record, despite a pork shortage that took carnitas off the menu at a third of the chain's 1,800 restaurants. The chain expects to have pork back on the menu at all eateries by the fourth quarter, said co-CEO Steve Ells. New York Times (tiered subscription model), The (04/21) CNBC (04/21)

8. Your next best hires are from these 10 schools

Restaurant SmartBrief | Apr 23, 2015

Participants in the National ProStart Invitational get better every year. Meet the 2015 winners. Blank (04/23)

9. Chipotle, partners to expand Pizzeria Locale to 4 units

Restaurant SmartBrief | Apr 21, 2015

Cincinnati Enquirer (tiered subscription model), The (04/20)

10. Starbucks reports strong Q2 sales, profit growth

Restaurant SmartBrief | Apr 24, 2015

Starbucks booked a 7% rise in second-quarter sales, the company said Thursday, indicating that criticism of the chain's efforts to encourage conversations about race hasn't hurt business. Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model), The (04/23)

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