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Cracker Barrel Named Favorite Casual Dining Restaurant in New Market Force Information Study

Cracker Barrel Named Favorite Casual Dining Restaurant in New Market Force Information Study

Maggiano’s is favorite for Italian, Texas Roadhouse for steak, Bob Evans for breakfast and Pizza Ranch for buffet Cracker Barrel edged out Cheesecake Factory as America’s overall favorite casual-dining chain, according to a new study by Market Force Information (Market Force). More than 6,700 consumers were polled for the study, […]

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Top Trends for the Year Ahead in Casual Dining

Top Trends for the Year Ahead in Casual Dining

by Sanjiv Razdan SVP Operations Applebee’s USA In many ways, times have never been tougher for casual dining restaurants. Changing demographics, fresh competition and digital disruption, all stacked up to a lot of pressure on the segment and an unprecedented need for change, innovation and differentiation from brands. At Applebee’s, […]

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Reports of Casual Dining’s Death Are Greatly Exaggerated

Segment pioneer Bennigan’s stays true to heritage, remains relevant, keeps growing Conventional wisdom among today’s restaurant industry pundits is that casual dining chains are destined for the history books, squeezed out of the marketplace by polished casual brands from above and upstart fast casual concepts from below. Bennigan’s begs to differ. The nearly 40-year-old brand […]

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Quickcue partners with Mellow Mushroom to become exclusive provider of host stand technology delivering a truly Mellow experience

Beyond waitlists, text notification and table management, Quickcue helps build relationships with guests, something Mellow Mushroom has excelled at for years. The chain has built a loyal following willing to travel great distances just to have a slice of their awesome pie. Mellow Mushroom has long been known for awesome […]

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Corey Joins Quickcue Board of Directors – Bringing Valuable Industry Insight

Former President and CEO of Craftworks Restaurants and Breweries, Allen Corey sees bright future for Quickcue. Allen Corey, former President and CEO of Craftworks Restaurants and Breweries, has accepted an invitation to join the Board of Directors for Quickcue, LLC. Corey, a well respected member of the hospitality community, brings […]

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Fewer Consumers Trying New Casual-Dining Restaurants

In an intensely competitive industry, Pizza Hut, Golden Corral and Joe’s Crab Shack pull in the most new diners With the economy rebounding, are restaurants driving more new foot traffic and acquiring new customers? According to a new study of 7,000 consumers by Market Force Information, despite the recovery, fewer […]

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Offering Large Selection of Wine Brands Boosts Sales at Restaurants and Especially at Bars, Survey Shows

According to Alcoholic Beverage DemandTracker, a periodic survey of US adults age 21+ who consume any type of alcohol at least once a week or more, offering a larger selection of wine brands in the on-premise channel helps the operator sell more wine, especially for bars. Among wine drinkers who […]

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Each Casual-Dining Restaurant Brand Has Unique Set of Opportunities to Increase Traffic

According to Restaurant DemandTracker, a recent survey of restaurant customers in the United States, casual-dining restaurants can take a variety of steps to increase traffic.  The survey asked restaurant-goers who were aware of each casual-dining brand what the brand could do to make them visit more often in the future.  […]

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Quickcue Unveils Complete Table Management

Quickcue, the intuitive, beautiful tablet App created to serve restaurant hosts, staff, managers and owners – announces the launch of complete Table Management. Building upon its wait list and one-touch text paging capabilities, Quickcue has added a new suite of tools designed to put the entire restaurant at your fingertips. […]

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Casual Dining Shows Signs of Life – but New Challenges Arise

There’s good news to report for the casual-dining segment: customer enthusiasm is up. But the other side of the coin shows that new challenges are emerging for casual-dining operators as the lines continue to blur between limited-service fast-casual restaurants and full-service casual-dining chains. Consumer expectations are shifting as customers continue […]

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Casual-Dining Restaurants to Feel Bite of Higher Taxes

Popular casual-dining restaurants such as Olive Garden, Ruby Tuesday and Cheesecake Factory will have their work cut out for them in 2013 as consumers grapple with smaller paychecks and less disposable income. A payroll-tax break granted during the recent recession that for two years had added about 2% to every  […]

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Quickcue Engages Investors – Raising $2.7 million in 60 days

Quickcue, a restaurant-focused, guest-experience platform, raised $2.7 million in private equity during a 60-day Series A funding round, to continue its vision of enabling exceptional hospitality everywhere. The round opened September 1 and closed October 31. It’s Quickcue’s vision and planned product development that separates them from other iPad-based reservation, […]

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Craftworks Choose Quickcue as Guest Engagement Partner

Chattanooga restaurant tech startup takes product to national level CraftWorks Restaurant and Breweries, the nation’s leading operator and franchisor of nearly 200 craft beer-focused casual dining and brewery restaurants announced today that they have selected Quickcue for guest engagement technology. Allen Corey, CEO of CraftWorks stated, “We are excited about what […]

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Casual Dining Entree and Drink Prices up in 2010

How do you explain a menu pricing strategy where discount meals complete with appetizers are offered up on the cheap, while at the same time, lunch entrées have been bumped up almost a dollar versus last year? “In a recession when restaurant customers are perceived to be worried about high […]

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