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September 13, 2019
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Atlanta-based Huddle House to buy Perkins Restaurant & Bakery
Huddle House will acquire Perkins Restaurant & Bakery for an undisclosed amount, in a deal scheduled to close Oct. 21, the companies said. Memphis, Tenn.-based Perkins has 342 restaurants in North America and Huddle House, based in Atlanta, has no plans to change the names of any Perkins eateries.
The Commercial Appeal (Memphis, Tenn.) (free content) (9/12),  The Business Journals (tiered subscription model)/Memphis, Tenn. (9/12) 
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Noodles to give staffers instant access to pay
Noodles & Company will team with Even, a pay-advance app, to give employees instant payment options and other perks. Starting Sept. 25, the app will also offer employees tools to help them budget and manage their money.
Restaurant Business online (9/12) 
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Chick-fil-A will update packaging to tout antibiotic-free chicken
Chick-fil-A met its goal of eliminating antibiotics from its chicken supply in May, earlier than expected. The chain will revamp its packaging next month to reflect its "No Antibiotics Ever" commitment.
Restaurant Business online (9/12) 
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US Foods earns conditional approval for SGA purchase
US Foods has earned conditional approval for its acquisition of the Services Group of America, according to the Federal Trade Commission. US Foods will have to sell distribution centers in three states to finalize the deal.
Crain's Chicago Business (tiered subscription model) (9/11) 
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Just Salad rolls out plant-based meatballs from Beyond Meat
Restaurant chain Just Salad will add plant-based Beyond Beef Meatballs to the menu at its approximately 40 units. The company will substitute the meatballs for grilled steak as a protein option in its Keto Zoodle Bowl, and will also offer it as an add-on for other salads and bowls.
Forbes (9/12) 
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Espresso stars in Dunkin's national growth effort
Espresso stars in Dunkin's national growth effort
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Dunkin' Brands will add as many as 250 new units annually for the next three years and increase its focus on espresso drinks and other beverages as it grows its brand in key US markets. The company's rebranding efforts have included a $100 million investment in espresso machines and equipment upgrades.
CNBC (9/12) 
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Minn. chef Ann Kim succeeds by cooking the food she loves to eat
Chef Ann Kim is the first woman and person of color from Minneapolis to win the James Beard Foundation award for Best Chef: Midwest. The former actress runs three Minneapolis-area restaurants in partnership with her husband, and the menus reflect an eclectic mix of her Korean heritage and her favorite foods, which include pizza and soft-serve ice cream.
The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (9/10) 
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