Posts Tagged "Restaurant Industry Trends"

Recent 2017 Restaurant Investments (And What They Mean for the Industry’s Future)

The past year has seen a flurry of high-profile mergers and acquisitions in the restaurant space, and restaurant investments. We’ve already rounded up most of the 2017 restaurant investments in previous posts but here, we pick up where we left off in September 2017, rounding up the most recent restaurant M&A news and examining how 2017 restaurant investments are indicative…read more →Read more...

5 Digital Consumer Restaurant Trends To Watch for in 2018

Most of the digital consumer trends currently impacting the restaurant industry are nothing new — mobile ordering has been used for several years now, for instance, and AI has achieved great success in other industries, like medicine. But even though companies like Starbucks and Chick-fil-A have been turning to tech for some time, others are slower to catch on —…read more →Read more...

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...

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...

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...

The Chains Investing Millions Into Restaurant Mobile Ordering

A slew of chains have committed millions to restaurant mobile ordering technology. By and large, those investments have paid off. Still, technology is only beginning to shift the way restaurants do business. While e-commerce has made its mark on the retail industry, restaurants have been more reluctant to turn to tech. Well, some have. Others, like those below, have reaped…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...

Listen to the Creator of ‘Billions’ Discuss His Love of Restaurants

This week’s Eater Upsell (a podcast form the team behind Vox Media’s food website Eater) explores the relationship between Wall Street money and New York City restaurants through a conversation with Showtime’s Billions creator Brian Koppelman. Our love for Billions is no small secret (we’ve referenced it before, in fact) and Koppelman’s passion for food shines bright in the show….read more →Read more...

A History of Restaurant Initial Public Offerings, 2000-2017

A slew of restaurant chains have made their initial public offerings in the past few decades. For some, the move has paid off. But for others, the future is a little more murky. Case in point: Chipotle, which received several downgrades from Wall Street analysts in July after reports of customers falling sick from eating at one of its restaurants….read more →Read more...