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Latest Episodes…

  1. Tim McEnery on the continued diversification of Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant

    One of few full-service brands to report both sales and unit growth in 2020, Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurants began positioning itself as a lifestyle brand with multiple revenue streams long before the pandemic. The full-service restaurant and wine bar is also part wine maker. The brand has a wine club ...

    06/23/2021

  2. Tropical Smoothie is chasing the industry titans — and it’s quickly catching up

    Tropical Smoothie Cafe CEO Charles Watson admits that his brand isn’t always at the leading edge when it comes to technology innovation. It is, however, a “darn good chaser,” he said — and that was a big reason why Tropical Smoothie closed 2020 up 11.3% in sales, according to NRN’s ...

    06/22/2021

  3. Raising Cane’s finds focus leads to sales, unit growth in 2020

    During the 2020 pandemic year, Datassential tracked Raising Cane’s to a 12.1% growth in units and 7% growth in sales. AJ Kumaran, co-CEO of the Baton Rouge, La.-based fast-casual brand, said he expects “2021 is going to be even bigger and better” for the limited-service chicken tender concept. “We have aspirations to ...

    06/21/2021

  4. Shake Shack's culinary director discusses menu development and growth

    Mark Rosati has been culinary director of Shake Shack since it was a single hotdog stand in New York City’s Madison Square Park. He wasn’t sure he should take the job. He’d been cooking at Danny Meyer’s and Tom Colicchio’s fine-dining restaurant Gramercy Tavern, and running a takeout kiosk seemed like ...

    06/18/2021

  5. Lettuce Entertain You president sees the future of restaurants as brick and mortar, not virtual

    As Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises (LEYE) marks its fiftieth year in business, president RJ Melman doesn’t see any signs of slowing down. The multiconcept operator has over 150 restaurants in several states across the country ranging from fast-casual to fine-dining and, during the pandemic, brought some closed concepts back as ...

    06/04/2021