Family-dining chain Bob Evans this week became the latest chain to confront declining guest counts as a result of the continuing midscale-restaurant recession. The chain reported a same store sales decline of 2.9% for the quarter ended Oct. 25, 2013, thanks in part to negative guest counts at lunch and dinner.
But rather than call [...]
Olive Garden hit the bottom of its Never Ending Pasta Bowl this week, adding a burger and fries to its menu in an effort to boost guest traffic at lunch.
The Italiano Burger is a 6-oz. beef patty topped with Italian prosciutto, fresh mozzarella cheese, arugula, marinated tomatoes and garlic-aïoli. It’s served with Parmesan garlic [...]
Red Robin Gourmet Burgers pushes ahead with its ongoing brand transformation this week with the systemwide introduction of the first of the premium-price burgers the chain has been testing for the past year.
Red Robin is calling these new burgers its Finest line. The first to move onto the menu is the Finest Smoke & [...]
All the CEOs who have blamed disappointing sales on soft consumer spending have been telling it true. Data from The NPD Group show that restaurant visits using a deal or discount increased across all segments during the first nine months of 2013.
Source: The NPD Group/CREST, year ending August. Percentage changes are vs. year [...]
While some other QSRs are backing away from premium-price limited-time items, which can be a tough sell, Sonic Drive-In is considering hiking prices for premium LTOs. The chain is readying a new menu and a shift of ad dollars toward digital media.
Sonic Drive-In this week reported an impressive 5.9% increase in same-store sales for [...]