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The Top 100 Independent Restaurants in the US: Who’s In, Who’s Out

An analysis of the top 100 independent restaurants in the US reveals a few trends: steakhouses, for one, are among the highest-grossing chains. American-focused concepts are tops, too, generating as much as sales as seafood, French, and Spanish independents combined. But a look at how that list has changed since it was first published by Restaurant Business back in 2014…read more →Read more...

How Food Startups Are Re-Shaping The Way We Eat

With Amazon’s acquisition of Whole Foods, new dietary habits shaping the way we eat, and whole new dining categories cropping up, it’s clear that the restaurant industry (and food, at large) is in flux. In a November webinar, CB Insights Senior Intelligence Analyst Zoe Leavitt delved further into new investment into F&B, along with the latest trends to attract investors….read more →Read more...

Four Ways Changing Consumer Preferences Are Impacting Restaurants

Changing consumer preferences impact every facet of the economy but perhaps none quite so much as restaurants. Urbanization is seeing more consumers move to cities — as a result, restaurants are creating prototypes with smaller footprints and newer ways of dining (grocery delivery, kiosks, etc.) are stealing share from the traditional sit-down models. A move toward healthier eats has made…read more →Read more...

October 2017 US Restaurant Labor Data

October 2017 US restaurant labor data was largely a mixed bag. While job growth outperformed expectations, wage growth slowed — though it’s important to note that hourly wages in the Leisure & Hospitality sector increased faster than the average of the private sector. Below, we take a further look at where employment and wages stand as of October 2017, along…read more →Read more...

How Restaurant Chains Are Using Tech to Engineer Convenience Into the Dining Experience

As quick-service and full-service restaurants continue fighting for market share from fast-casual players, they are increasingly turning to tech, unveiling mobile order apps, bill-splitting technologies, and delivery to engineer more convenience into the dining experience (and add to their bottom lines in the process). Still, not all chains are on board. In fact, entire segments (paging Casual Dining Restaurants) still…read more →Read more...

Pizza and Healthy Foods Dominate the Fastest Growing Fast Casual Restaurants

In September 2017, Restaurant Business released its list of the top 25 Fastest Growing Fast Casual restaurant chains. The list was full of notable names, from sweetgreen to Blaze Pizza, and unveiled plenty of trends. The fast-casual segment’s growth hasn’t been as strong as in years past (more on that below), but it is still growing, with new players cropping…read more →Read more...

August 2017 US Restaurant Labor Data

August 2017 US restaurant labor data reveals that not much has changed much in the US, employment-wise, since July — which, by and large, is positive for operators. The news isn’t all good, however. Fewer jobs originated in restaurants and bars in August, for instance. Still, restaurant jobs continue to grow faster than the overall economy, and have every single…read more →Read more...

U.S. Steakhouse Restaurant Sales: A Bright Spot In the Industry

Despite the recent struggles of some pockets of the restaurant industry, steakhouses have provided a bright spot in even the most dismal dining segments. While many Casual-Dining chains struggled, casual steakhouses came out on top. Fine-Dining chains (many of which are steakhouses) saw an uptick in sales, too. Steakhouses and high-end restaurants tend to be less volatile to swings in…read more →Read more...

How Much Americans Spent at Restaurants So Far in 2017

How much Americans spend at restaurants has fluctuated over the years, but lately, the numbers have been increasingly positive. Historically, grocery stores have taken the largest share of this pie. But in May 2015, restaurant spend had surpassed grocery spend for the first time in recorded history. Those who had been tracking the evolution in consumer spend likely saw this…read more →Read more...