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Latest Episodes…

  1. How customer preferences have shaped the design and menu at Moe’s Southwest Grill

    Like many restaurants, Focus Brands-owned fast-casual Tex-Mex chain Moe’s Southwest Grill had to think fast to keep up with changing customer preferences and technological needs during the pandemic. From recently updating its app to improve the digital ordering experience, to creating a refreshed logo and rolling out a new store ...

    07/16/2021

  2. Just Salad keeps sustainability as its ‘north star’

    New York City-based Just Salad was in a peculiar spot when the pandemic started. A small restaurant company — only 50 units — the fast-casual salad chain decided in March 2020 to donate meals to hospital workers while its own stores were temporarily shut down due to COVID restrictions. But, as ...

    07/13/2021

  3. CKE Restaurants CEO Ned Lyerly discusses the success of Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s during the pandemic

    It has been a long two years in the restaurant industry, and at CKE Restaurants Ned Lyerly has been in charge of the company’s two brands, Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s, during that time Both had their challenges during the pandemic. Carl’s Jr. has a large presence in urban areas of Southern ...

    07/09/2021

  4. Clean Juice aims to be a leader in the healthy foods market

    Charlotte, N.C.-based smoothie and organic healthy foods chain Clean Juice saw significant growth during the pandemic with their focus on a healthy, organic lifestyle. Landon and Kat Eckles discuss how their brand saw double-digit growth in 2020 by focusing on the success of their franchisees and branding the Clean Juice ...

    07/09/2021

  5. Eggs Up Grill grows despite pandemic opening delays

    Eggs Up Grill, the breakfast-lunch concept, adapted to the 2020 pandemic year despite suffering restaurant-opening delays, according to Ricky Richardson, CEO of the concept. The Spartanburg, S.C.-based midscale breakfast franchisor added nine restaurants in 2020, even though it had to delay opening two units by several months because of the pandemic. ...

    07/06/2021