Texas, La. restaurants take a hit from hurricane | McDonald's hires tech consultants to speed digital growth | CEO shares Fazoli's turnaround story
August 29, 2017
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Texas, La. restaurants take a hit from hurricane
Texas, La. restaurants take a hit from hurricane
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Rain and flooding from Hurricane Harvey has affected businesses in Texas and Louisiana, and more than 30,000 people could be displaced from their homes, federal officials say. A number of eateries and restaurant companies, including Starbucks, have begun coordinating efforts to raise funds for those affected.
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Brakebush Buttermilk Classic Fillet is exactly as it sounds. A traditional southern breading wrapped around whole muscle chicken breast, and it can be served any time of day. Plus, the amazing flavor allows versatility across the menu. From dawn to dusk, it can be used in any way you can imagine.
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McDonald's hires tech consultants to speed digital growth
McDonald's has teamed with French tech consulting firm Capgemini Group to accelerate its aggressive digital agenda, which includes in-store kiosks, mobile ordering and Bluetooth-enabled table service. The partnership is expected to create about 600 new jobs in the Chicago area.
Chicago Tribune (tiered subscription model) (8/28) 
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Webinar: How to Bring Plant-Based Eating into Your Business
Need help developing dish solutions and meeting your guests' changing needs when it comes to sustainable plant-based alternatives? Unilever Food Solutions and The Good Food Institute teamed up to bring you an exclusive webinar with advice about incorporating plant-based dishes onto your menus. Register here.
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CEO shares Fazoli's turnaround story
After joining the Fazoli's franchise nine years ago, CEO Carl Howard led a turnaround effort that included installing a leadership team, removing artificial ingredients and evolving the customer experience. "Every known way a consumer can order a product, we want to provide it," Howard said, noting that there is still work to be done.
FastCasual (8/23) 
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New twists at New York City's newest steakhouses
A new crop of New York City restaurants will put their own stamps on the traditional steakhouse concept, from the Greek-influenced rotisserie cooking style at Merakia to the pink Himalayan salt slabs at Brooklyn's SaltBrick Tavern.
The New York Times (free-article access for SmartBrief readers) (8/28) 
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An ice cream maker grows in Brooklyn
Brooklyn, N.Y.-based Ample Hills Creamery will move its ice cream production to a 15,000-square-foot plant that will include a scoop shop and let customers take tours to watch the ice cream being made. The shift from hand crafting to automated production will give the growing company the ability to produce a million gallons of ice cream annually.
The New York Times (free-article access for SmartBrief readers) (8/28) 
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Millennials hold companies accountable for their mission statements
When a company's actions don't align with its mission statement, younger employees in particular can become dissatisfied and leave, writes Sydney Finkelstein. "The only thing that millennials care about more than mission is transparency, integrity and accountability," he writes.
BBC (8/23) 
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    David Chang debuts burger with Chinese-style bun at US Open
    At his Fuku food stand at the US Open, chef David Chang will offer a burger served on a chewy, Chinese-style bun that he developed with Harlem's Hot Bread Kitchen. The burger is among the food offerings exclusive to the tennis championship, which also include an ice cream sandwich made with doughnuts from Wylie Dufresne's Du's doughnut shop.
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